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New Model Review: The Wessex

Bella Brodie takes a look around the latest cutting-edge luxury lodge from Wessex, The Sanctuary


The first luxury lodge to be designed by Jill Withers since her return to Wessex, The Sanctuary has a completely fresh look and feel, so it’s certainly a step ‘out of the box’ for this well-established, quality brand name.

With an urban/ warehouse feel, moody hues, subtle patterns and cutting-edge furniture, The Sanctuary is a really edgy lodge with a wonderful, atmospheric environment.

Here they’ve created a great holiday retreat, and the really fresh layout offers a very flexible option to potential lodge owners.   

External features
Unique exterior styling and features make this lodge really special. Beautiful A-grade cedar cladding and range of other cladding options available ensure the Sanctuary fits perfectly into park settings, not just providing a view but complementing it.

There’s an integrated barbecue area with Smeg grill off the dining area - perfect for eating al fresco - and an integrated decking area off the master bedroom provides couples with the perfect space to enjoy timeout.

These really are stand-out features and the covered section of the integrated barbecue area could be very flexibly used for other purposes, so we thought it was an ingenious innovation. I could imagine that very easily as a sauna, or even perhaps a hobby area or storage for bicycles. The only limit to how you could use it is your imagination!  

French doors to the lounge and dining areas allow the living space to open-up to the outside, and square-leaded glazing gives a contemporary, relaxed feel.


New Model Review: The Prestige LookOut

Bella Brodie goes on a room by room tour of the latest new launch from Prestige Park & Leisure Homes

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The Lawns Show, which takes place in Cottingham, East Yorkshire every September, always provides a fresh opportunity for manufacturers to push the boat out and really show their capabilities, revealing the next best thing for the year ahead.  

All eyes this year were on The LookOut, which created a real buzz with its architecturally modular look and feel, and blue sky creative thinking. Demonstrating some real creative flair from the Prestige stable this was intriguing to explore, with twists, turns and surprises galore.  
Hardly surprising then that it was a rip-roaring success at the show, with Prestige reporting strong sales, and the lodge selling instantly to a customer heading to its destination park at Coast View in Devon.  

The concept
The concept for this first model was a lodge re-invented to make the most of a great view, so it does exactly what it says on the tin with its name, providing every opportunity for occupants to chill out and soak up the delightful panoramas in front of them.


New Model Review: The Omar Sheringham

Bella Brodie reviews Omar’s 2016 version of its ever-popular Sheringham and examines why the latest incarnation looks set to be a sure-fire success! 

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When I think of Sheringham in my home county of Norfolk, I think of a characterful, little town by the sea. Home to the jolly Sheringham Shantymen, with a glittering pebbled shoreline in a multitude of greys, whites and creams, pretty sunsets and a friendly welcome.  It’s a spot jam packed with character and a strong sense of its own identity, so it’s not a major leap of the imagination to realise that the park home bearing its title is particularly aptly-named!

The new 2016 Sheringham park home, whilst retaining its name and traditional styled exterior, with Tudor style beams and box bay windows, now benefits from all-new interior design and as a new take on an existing model it’s been very well received so far.  

Tom Conman, Omar’s senior area sales manager sums up the concept; “The Sheringham is a beautiful and elegant luxury park home which offers plenty of space. For those looking for a traditional, luxury park home, the Sheringham ticks all the boxes.”
That pretty much sums it up – this is a grown-up park home and a serious contender in the residential park home stakes; this classy updated version is likely to be a real people-pleaser.  It’s the sort of home which you could walk into and feel at home straight away, yet wallow happily in its luxury too.


New Model Review: The Wessex Contemporary

Bella Brodie reviews this chic model, cleverly remastered for 2016

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Quietly confident, classy and chic, the Wessex Contemporary is a delight to the eye and a popular choice with buyers.

Since its re-launch in 2014, this has been a model that has sold really well and has held its position as one of the leaders in the modern-day luxury lodge stakes, packed full of charm and character.

That individual character, coupled with clean lines and tasteful décor, is synonymous with the Wessex brand, and a perfect example of lodge design at its best. So why then do I call it quietly confident? Well, the outside certainly has kerb appeal and plenty of it, but somehow it doesn’t really fully prepare you for the rather exceptional interior, nor could it completely, or it would remove the element of surprise which is so important to the buyer.  

Its latest version was uncovered at the World of Park and Leisure Homes Show, where it was as popular as ever, and a bit of a ‘must visit’ lodge for those who knew there would be a treat in store.


New Model Review: The Pathfinder Willow

Making its debut at the recent World of Park & Leisure Homes, the Willow showed clear potential with its luxurious feel and classy lines. Tasteful and chic with a pastel feel, this is a lodge with a really promising future. Bella Brodie explains why she believes it will soon be gracing many of the UK’s  best parks

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For Pathfinder this is their big lodge launch of the year, following the single unit Croft which was on show at Newbury Showground earlier in the year.  That was out for its second appearance on display alongside the newly-launching Willow on the Pathfinder stand at Stoneleigh in their Pop Up Park, the only one of it’s kind recreating a park setting in this way.  

Pathfinder are well known for their winning lodges, so it’s always interesting to see what they’re going to come up with next.  The Tuscany is their best-selling lodge, and that’s based around clean and simple lines combined with quality fixtures and fittings. That winning formula has been used again in the Willow, which is refreshingly simple, yet fresh, clever and innovative too, and looks set to hit a pretty appealing price point as a result.  Their marketing describes this lodge as ‘effortlessly stylish, architecturally brilliant and practically designed’ and we think that’s pretty spot on as a description. 

A great concept
A lot of thought has gone into the concept of this lodge, giving it a personality and identity all of its own.   Pathfinder are clearly taking a lot of inspiration from the environment at the moment and in this model, the similarities between Willow tree and lodge are that both are gracefully flowing, yet ‘dancing’ with enough interest to animate the surrounding landscape, and perhaps the happy owner too!  Their ambition was to recreate this effortless environmental delight within the lodge, and they’ve done that pretty successfully. Willow trees thrive in full sun and from this perspective this is a lodge designed to let light flood in, but also to become a perfectly shaded sanctuary at times too, so as a concept that works very nicely.


New Model Review: Omar Regency

Bella Brodie runs the rule over the brand new version of Omar’s popular Regency, which looks set to wow the crowds at the upcoming Royal Highland Show, in Ingliston, near Edinburgh, from 23 to 26 June

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Affordable and traditionally styled, the Omar Regency park home is well-positioned in the marketplace already, demonstrating a high quality finish usually associated with pricier homes, yet with a realistic and achievable price-tag.  It’s pitched to appeal to a very wide market place too, and as such has already proved itself time and time again as a very popular model.  

That’s a winning combination already, and for 2016 Omar have now given it a stunning makeover, with a new interior design and beautiful new colour scheme of soft, warm earthy tones.

Relaunched with the new colour scheme at Newbury, it was a busy home popular with visitors, who loved the traditional feel, layout and flow of the rooms.

External features
The new 2016 model retains its elegant exterior and benefits from feature box bay windows with Georgian bar, a central roof dormer framing a feature front door with lintel and pilasters, corner quoins and feature brick effect slips underneath the windows. That all combines to re-enforce its solid feel, and it’s clear that this is a home which would work very well on most residential parks.