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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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New Model Review: Tingdene Kensington

When customer demand drives a new model launch you just know it’s going to be a success. That’s exactly what’s happened with the new twin version of the Tingdene Kensington, as Bella Brodie reports

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Launched at the World of Park and Leisure Homes at Stoneleigh, the new Kensington twin was a real hit with visitors, a brave move in the design stakes and a model with potentially huge appeal.

As a single unit the Kensington was a flagship model in its range, with a clear visual identity and an upmarket feel. As a larger unit, the Kensington Twin shown here - in a 45ft x 20 footprint - boasts many of the same features, but is displayed with a bold new colour scheme which is actually somewhat jaw-dropping. After this first debut outing it’s clear that the expanded version will be at least as popular as the original.  

An overview
A spacious and well-planned model, the twin boasts many features, both externally and internally, including vaulted ceilings, a contemporary yet chic kitchen, and a lovely surprise at the end of your tour – a walk-in wardrobe and large en-suite bathroom to the master bedroom, complete with roll-top bath.  

It’s a slightly unusual configuration with the bedrooms and bathrooms, but it makes complete sense, practically, which is what Tingdene has obviously kept in mind with this model. Throughout, the quality of fixtures and fittings and generous allocation of storage space are also major plus points, making this a model bound to really appeal to the marketplace. The colour scheme could easily be adapted according to taste, so this is likely to settle into Tingdene’s range as another key model we’re bound to see plenty of times in the future.

External features
Externally, it’s a very striking home indeed, with three apexs in total - more than expected in a home this size but giving it real character and a visual lift. Feature-arched windows each have an apex over, and there’s a further apex over the front entrance with half pillars either side and a bungalow style roof. That gives it a very solid feel, and the render exterior with Canexel features framing the two end-arched feature windows really do look very pretty indeed.

Entrance and hallway
This model has an L-shaped hallway and a spacious entrance hall/lobby, complete with two handy storage cupboards, the larger a cloaks cupboard and the other an airing cupboard.

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New Model Review: The Osborn Selby Deluxe

Philip Pond visits Golden Cross Holiday Park, near Hailsham, East Sussex, to run the rule over a fantastic new model from exciting new home manufacturer Osborn Leisure

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Visit your average luxury leisure lodge park and you will find holiday homes manufactured by one or more of the familiar household names - everyone from Atlas to Willerby. In other words, the usual suspects.  

Most of these companies have been making holiday homes for decades, some as many as 50 or 60 years. A very large proportion of the manufacturers are based in the Hull area.

But every now and then – and it doesn’t happen very often – there appears on the scene a new arrival bringing fresh blood, a different approach, a new perspective.

Latest arrival
The latest arrival, as of this year, is Osborn Leisure’s based in Hailsham, East Sussex. Now, the launch of a completely new range of holiday homes is one thing. A big event. When it is combined with the opening of a leisure lodge park owned by the same company and stocked with its own models, that is something else again. A major event.

I first came across Osborn Leisure in April when I visited its new park, Golden Cross, near Hailsham. It was within days of the company receiving the National Caravan Council (NCC) seal of approval.

Both the park and the range of leisure lodges are owned by Osborn Leisure, a family business comprising Nicki and Martin Osborn and their two children, Abbie and Ryan. Set up in the early 1990s, Osborn Leisure has various interests, not least in property development. The company has been building houses, flats and apartments in East and West Sussex and Kent for more than 20 years.

Looking to diversify, the Osborns purchased Golden Cross, an existing park, in 2010 and started working on plans to redevelop it completely as a luxury leisure lodge park.

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New Model Review: The Regency Classic

Bella Brodie reviews a Tingdene residential model with a wide appeal and a brand new luxurious interior design

The Regency Classic

With its new models and adaptations of previous models so different that they feel brand new, Tingdene Homes has consistently pushed the boundaries of design innovation and excellence.

The Northamptonshire-based company has done it again with its new Regency Classic, which was on display for the first time at the Newbury showground in May (see page 52 for a full review of the show).

The original was very different; this new version has a brand new interior design with some tweaks to the original layout, too. The décor is modern and contemporary with a classy, yet chic, new colour scheme.  

External features
The Regency Classic has been created with a view to being easy on the eye, with a few characterful twists that will make it clearly identifiable in any park setting. Corner stones in white contrast with the rendered finish, matching the window and door frames. The hipped roof has a feature apex with mock Tudor beams, and each side of the apex is a pillar framing the very pretty entrance. Either side of the door there are square strip window panels, and an inset lattice of four panels. Just inside each pillar is a small window arch, allowing plenty of light to the entrance of the home, which doubles up as a dining room.

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New Model Review: Pathfinder Summit

The whole industry’s currently abuzz with excitement about award-winning park and holiday lodge manufacturer Pathfinder’s latest creation, the aptly named Summit. Philip Pond finds out what all the fuss is about

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Look up the definition of the word ‘summit’ in the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary. You will find that it means ‘the top… the highest degree…the acme…perfection’.
What better name could you choose for the new flagship of Pathfinder’s long-established range of park and holiday homes? And where better to unveil it than at the Ideal Home Show on the Dream Lodge Group stand?

That’s exactly what Pathfinder has done within the past few months, launching its latest luxury leisure lodge at London’s renowned annual shop window of all that is best in homes.

And the company did it in co-operation with the Dream Lodge Group, which sired this new flagship and is siting the version reviewed here on one of its luxury leisure lodge parks in the south of England.

Summit, ideal, luxury, dream: the words all go together. But do they accurately describe this brand-new holiday home or are they all, rather, a figment of a marketing man’s imagination?

We took a close look at the very first Pathfinder Summit, a 55ft x 22 version fresh off the production line, to find out. 

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New Model Review: The Wessex Gite

Bella Brodie reviews a brand new version of one of the most fêted lodges ever launched

The Wessex Gite

When the original Wessex Gîte was launched it was one of the most celebrated and iconic lodges for some time, encapsulating as it did all the spirit of French holiday retreat. It created a huge buzz due to its stunning colour scheme, rustic features and farmhouse feel.

That’s now been taken a step further with the brand new Wessex Gîte, and while it retains its wonderful French farmhouse feel that’s been stripped back to freshen it up, giving it a real home from home feel.  

Its launch at the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome at Birmingham’s NEC aroused quite a bit of interest as the industry waited to see what those changes were, and there’s no doubt that this Gîte luxury lodge took centre stage at the event.

Peter Berwick, sales director said, ‘Bringing out a new version of an iconic lodge was always going to be tough and expectations have been very high. The feedback we’ve had at the show has made it all worthwhile. The Gîte has been a real showstopper. The team has pulled out all the stops to make this lodge what it is but watch this space… other exciting new models are in the pipeline!’

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