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What is your favourite thing about owning a park home or lodge?

I just love the welcoming people and the community spiritedness - 50%
The value for money of the homes and the lower living costs - 0%
The great location of my park and the fact that it’s so peaceful and secure - 50%
The voting for this poll has ended on: 19 Jan 2018 - 13:52





New Model Review: Omar Apex

Contemporary, chic, and packed with stylish features. Bella Brodie steps inside the new lodge from Omar that everybody’s talking about

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The Omar Apex is already a popular choice thanks to its striking hip roof and spacious open layout to the living areas, but the latest model now offers something a little different with its new colour scheme of soft, natural tones highlighted by marine blues and greens.

The conservatory style, semi-open plan living space in the Apex incorporates a kitchen, lounge and dining area, and is spacious and light with panelled ceilings that mirror the pitch of the hip roof, creating a striking internal feature.

Central to the living space, a feature wall houses a contemporary wall-hung fire to one side, and a stylish, freestanding console table to the other. The high gloss contemporary kitchen comes complete with a full complement of integrated appliances, while a skylight over the dining table allows light to flood in, creating the perfect ambience for dining.

The bedrooms are large enough to include double or twin beds, and the master bedroom has a stylish en-suite with large, fully tiled walk-in shower. There’s even the option of a fully fitted study or third single bedroom on selected floor plans without compromising on the feeling of spaciousness, as shown in this particular model.

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New Model Review: The Warreners Lodge

Bella Brodie reviews the Tingdene Warreners Lodge, a warm and welcoming model with a stunning new country-style feel

The Warreners Lodge

A leisure lodge to impress, the Warreners Lodge has all the ingredients of a superb retreat in the country, and all the character and warmth to match. A firm favourite in the Tingdene range already, The Warreners Lodge now has a brand new interior in a barn style with exposed beams and rafters, double glazed windows to ceiling height, a luxury open plan living area, and the model shown here has two bedrooms and two bathrooms.

The interior design is based on natural earthy colours to complement the barn look, so it feels rustic in a sort of National Geographic style, cosy and traditional.  However, on closer inspection this lodge reveals a pretty high specification, the latest in kitchen designs and gadgetry, and lots of clever little characterful quirks and design touches, so while full of charm and character it’s bang up to date too!  

External features
The Warreners Lodge cuts a lovely dash externally, with Thermowood exterior finish, a high pitched, tiled roof with large overhang and double glazed oak windows. The entrance is to one side with an apex above and a glazed triple panel front door with strip to side and window above, letting plenty of light into the entrance hall.  What’s really striking about this lodge though is the front elevation, which is fully glazed so opens the lodge right up, a major advantage on a park position with a great view.

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New Model Review: Pathfinder Sunrise

Making an early splash in 2016 as our cover star, The Sunrise is Pathfinder’s very own grand design.We take a look around both the two- and three-bedroom versions to find out what’s possible with this flexible yet laid back and classy lodge. Bella Brodie reports

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With eco-friendly features outside, sheer luxury inside and quality throughout, the Sunrise is sure to make major appeal to the discerning buyer, creating the ultimate holiday treat without compromise.

Wherever the setting: woodland, open countryside or coast, the natural cedar cladding and architecturally stunning curved eco-roof, planted with beautiful sedum, works perfectly and gives just a hint of what lies beyond the skylights and inviting front door.

The two-bedroom Sunrise
Inside Pathfinder’s two-bedroom incarnation, light floods the vaulted hallway, showcasing engineered oak flooring. Step into the living room and you’ll find twin calf-leather sofas in a distressed tan finish, vertical radiators and, beyond that, two sets of French doors leading outside. Read, relax and revel in the views on offer or make the most of the cosy area to enjoy a film with a glass of something lovely, be it cold outside or a stunning sunset! You’ll find plenty of light flooding through from a Velux window above, and an oak beam that catches the eye, in keeping with the design theme.

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New Model Review: The Wessex Dorset

If you’re looking for a traditional park home that boasts all the mod-cons you’d expect from a contemporary home, the Wessex Dorset could be the home for you. Bella Brodie steps inside...

The Wessex Dorset

Simple and understated, practical yet stylish, the Dorset has a traditional layout with a contemporary feel, perfectly pitched to sit securely as a key target for homebuyers.
Wessex, as a manufacturer, has had a cracking year with some great new models helping to re-enforce its market position as creators of unique leisure lodges and luxurious park homes. As a manufacturer it has a great deal of flair, and the homes are solidly built to a high standard, with interiors set for discerning tastes.

A key new residential home launch this year was the Dorset, which made its debut at the World of Park & Leisure Homes Show, at Stoneleigh Park, in June. As a core model the Dorset is now available to view at Wessex’s showground in Brandon, Suffolk. For those looking for a park home, it’s really one that deserves to make the shortlist.
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New Model Review: The Prestige Glass House

They say people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones but we think Prestige’s stunning new lodge is simply smashing! Bella Brodie finds out more…

The Prestige Glass House

The Hull Lawns show is an opportunity for manufacturers to push the boat out and really show what they can do, often giving us our first glimpse of their latest models for the year ahead. Prestige Park and Leisure Homes did that in style with its brand new Glass House lodge this year to great acclaim. It’s an exciting model inside and out - Prestige really is riding the crest of a wave with this gleaming new model.

First appearances are quite intriguing with the Glass House. With its raised front elevation this is a lodge which was always intended to be something really special.  Award-winning architect Henry Ward, described in The Sunday Times as ‘one of the hottest young designers on the maritime scene’, worked in conjunction with manufacturers Prestige on the lodge after managing director Silvano Geranio thought it might be an interesting collaboration.

Overview
It certainly has a bit of a nautical look externally, and would grace a plot with a sea view particularly superbly. This is a lodge in which you would feel a part of your environment anywhere.

In summer it would make a glorious space to spend time in, sunny and uplifting as weather permits. Throughout the show as the sun kept putting in an appearance and the ‘front’ end of the lodge lit up beautifully, those standing in it were prompted to draw breath in surprise at the overall effect. The black trim on the window and overhangs contrasts wonderfully with the cladding, and the 400mm overhangs don’t constrict that incoming sunlight from the raised front elevation. Due to the warm design colours you’d also be tucked up snugly in winter yet your view would take in all the elements in truly dramatic style, making you feel even cosier indoors.

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An Elite lodge for an elite waterside park!

After it turned heads at the Elite Show in London, Bella Brodie followed Wessex’s staggering new Elite lodge south to its new home at Osmington Mills Holiday Park, in Dorset, to find out exactly what makes it so special

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Escape down a country lane to the beautiful hamlet of Osmington Mills, and you’ll find a very special park nestled in a beautiful wooded valley just before you get to Osmington beach. It’s part of the very highly regarded Waterside Holiday Group, set on the outskirts of Weymouth with spectacular views out over the Isle of Portland.

It’s also an ideal base for exploring the delights of the Jurassic Coast, a Unesco World Heritage site, with walks starting on the doorstep and accessible from the park. It’s an area where you’ll never run out of something to enjoy, as you are on one of the most stunning and popular coastal stretches in the UK. This stretch of coastline is quite intriguing too, with lots of little coves which used to be the haunt of smugglers. This is an area rich in history and romance.  

Outstanding lodges for an outstanding park
That’s reflected in the park too. What’s wonderful is that, as it has developed it has retained lots of character and charm, and it feels uber exclusive. Skilled managers work with all the top industry manufacturers to design some of the most outstanding lodges currently in production; perfect for such an outstanding location. There are no statics or tourers at Osmington - it’s purely lodges, and they are spectacular, starting from £199,950 and rising to £425,000 for The Elite, undoubtedly one of the most stunning lodges currently on the market in the UK.

The lodges are cedar-clad and have unusual, quirky and larger-than-usual plots, separated by characterful, treated railway sleepers. Each has a large decking area included, hand crafted in cedar by local craftsmen, with glass panelling and copper-topped posts. Some also have roof terraces and hot-tubs; the latter of which can be added at the lodge owner’s request.

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