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New Model Review: Omar Apex Lodge

A full hip roof makes this 45ft x 20 leisure lodge very distinctive and, inside, the lounge features elements of conservatory styling

Omar Apex LodgeIt’s a constant source of amazement that year after year park home and leisure lodge manufacturers come up with innovations that will make their latest homes stand out from the others. Although hip roofs are not new, they are quite rare in leisure lodge designs and Omar is to be congratulated for the use of this exterior feature.    

The Apex lodge changes the way lodges look with its classy hip roof front elevation and conservatory style lounge living.. Read more...

New Model Review: The Bowmoor Lodge

Anne Webb runs the rule over a stunning new model from Prestige with a striking central lounge area

The Bowmoor Lodge

Prestige launched its original Bowmoor Lodge at the Hull show in 2012 and a full review of that model appeared in the December 2012 issue of this magazine.

At that time the lodge market was very sensitive pricewise and Prestige came up with a 42ft x 20 lodge at an ex-works price of under £100,000. That version had a conventional layout – open plan lounge, dining area and kitchen with family bathroom, study, and two bedrooms (one with en suite facilities) at the rear. You got a lot of home for your money. That model has proved very successful but a variation came out last year as a result of a request from Woodward Lakes and Lodges in Yorkshire. That company was developing some plots overlooking a 40-acre fishing lake. A centre lounge leisure home, with patio doors giving access to a wide veranda, seemed the obvious solution, and that’s how a centre lounge version of the Bowmoor came to be born.

Although keeping the 42ft length, Prestige’s designers felt they could come up with an even better layout if they went to a 22ft width for this particular version, and that has certainly paid dividends.

The layout is quite unusual but very practical as it has a living area in the centre of the home with bedrooms at either end, each with their own en suite facilities.

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New Model Review: The Navigator’s Lodge

The name is nautical and décor in the living area certainly lives up to the maritime theme. Nevertheless, Anne Webb discovers that this new Homeseeker Park & Leisure Homes model is equally suitable for a countryside or coastal location...

The Navigator’s Lodge

An unusual name that suggests that the lodge in question is a haven to which a seafarer returns after exploring the seven seas. A romantic image, no doubt, but the Navigator’s Lodge would be a delightful retreat for anyone – whether they are navigators or just landlubbers like the rest of us!

This holiday lodge from Homeseeker is offered in a number of sizes and layouts, but we are featuring the 40ft x 20 version with three bedrooms here. There are also a number of options – three colour schemes, and various exterior finishes. We saw this model clad in white Canexel, but log or other finishes are available to order.
The most significant feature of the exterior is the angling of the front corners. There are French doors on the front wall with the main entrance about halfway along the side wall, under a dormer roof feature.

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New Model Review: Pathfinder Thorverton Lodge

Although it’s an entry level model, the Thorverton offers stylish, contemporary and comfortable accommodation – once again achieving the high standards we have come to expect from Pathfinder

Pathfinder Thorverton Lodge

As the majority of lodges reviewed on these pages are of the ultra luxurious type, it is nice to be able to feature one that is described as entry level. In addition to being suitable for those just dipping their toes into the waters of holiday home ownership, it is also ideal for the rental market.

However, don’t let the entry level description fool you. The Thorverton Lodge is modern, stylish, extremely comfortable and beautifully furnished and equipped.

There are various options for the exterior finish – timber or Vulcan maintenance-free cladding (in a wide range of colour options). Window and door frames are in uPVC – wood finish on the outside and white inside. The front elevation is fully glazed, right up to the roof apex, and this makes the living area very light.

French doors on the front wall give access to the dining area (with the kitchen behind) and with the lounge adjacent.

The main entrance door is at the side, leading into a lobby with a glazed door giving direct access to the rear of the living area, and from there a corridor leads to the bedrooms and bathrooms. There are soffit lights over both exterior doors

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New Model Review: The Omar Accent

This latest residential model from Omar is spacious and stylish with a very practical and well-equipped open plan kitchen and a useful study area

The Omar Accent

Omar describes its latest residential home – the Accent – as representing ‘the next generation of park homes’. Why? This manufacturer says that the Accent incorporates innovative and intelligent features that set the standard for the future.

It certainly has a very contemporary feel overall, and the design is in some ways more in keeping with a lodge rather than a park home because it has a fully glazed front aspect and a semi open-plan lounge/diner/kitchen. However, the Accent is most certainly an impressive residential home which includes very generous living space, a fantastically well-equipped kitchen, a study and two bedrooms (one with en suite shower room).

The Accent has a high pitched tiled roof and a fully glazed front aspect reaching right into the apex of the peak where downlights illuminate the area. There is a cross gable feature above the side entrance door which has a porch light adjacent. Window and door frames are in white uPVC finish – double glazed, of course – with a ten-year warranty on the frames and five years on the glazing.

When this home was launched last October at Birmingham’s Motorhome and Caravan Show, it was shown with an extensive front and side veranda, but there are no doors in the lounge giving direct access to that veranda. Anyone wanting to sit outside, for instance, would have to approach from the side entrance door.

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New Model Review: Pathfinder Tuscany

It may not be the largest or the most luxurious of lodges, but it is comfortable,  practical and well-fitted and equipped - an ideal choice for those who are just dipping their toes into lodge ownership...

Pathfinder Tuscany

Not everyone can afford, or needs, a huge lodge when they are planning to spend only occasional weekends there. It is great to have accommodation that you know will always be available, waiting for your arrival whenever that might be, but if circumstances prevent regular use it could be standing idle (and costing you money).

Renting out is one option, but that needs careful planning so that it is rented out only at times when you think you can’t use it – and we all know how unpredictable our working and leisure lives can be.

The other option is to buy something smaller (but, most importantly, equally comfortable, luxurious and practical).

Just such a home is the single unit version of Pathfinder’s Tuscany which was launched in Hull last September. It has two bedrooms – a twin, plus a large master bedroom with en suite shower and walk-in wardrobe.

Dark wood-look Canexel cladding features on this model with French doors on the front wall complemented by half-depth windows on either side with top opening sections. There is also a single door on the side which leads directly into the back of the dining area (as with most lodges, the lounge, dining and kitchen areas are in an open plan arrangement at the front of the home). The ceiling in the living area is vaulted but the bedrooms and bathroom have flat ceilings.

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