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New Model Review: The Graceland

Homeseeker’s latest model combines comfort and practicality with touches of luxury, exuberance and flair. ‘The King’ would definitely have approved!

The Graceland

The word Graceland immediately conjures up an image of Elvis Presley and his beloved, opulent mansion. Even now, more than 35 years after his death, crowds still make pilgrimages to that iconic home in Memphis, Tennessee.

So, on hearing that Homeseeker had named its latest model Graceland, one could be forgiven for imagining an extremely opulent (possibly over the top) home that might have appeal only to a minority. However, the exact opposite is true. The Graceland is an attractive and very well designed model with spacious rooms and plenty of storage space, and should have almost universal appeal.

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It is only the columns outside the main entrance that bear any resemblance at all to the ‘original’ Graceland. Homeseeker’s Graceland is a 45ft x 20 model with a portico over the main entrance, Georgian glazing throughout and two bay windows at the front and two on the main entrance side. According to Steve Taylor, Homeseeker’s national sales manager, the Graceland is the first Homeseeker model to feature columns around the front entrance. He comments that the Graceland has been designed to cosset customers who want to reward themselves with quality and luxury in their retirement after a lifetime of hard work.

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Country Homes Woodland

A new and bold look for a well-established favourite. Anne Webb reports

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The Woodland is a model that has been in the Country Homes range for some time and this manufacturer thought that the Stoneleigh show would be a good opportunity to show it off in some ‘new clothes’. That new look proved to be very striking and it certainly lifted the whole appearance of this very well-designed home. The layout features a ‘closed-off ’ spacious lounge with open-plan kitchen and dining area, a family bathroom, master bedroom with walk-in wardrobe and a spacious second double.

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New Model Review: Cambrian Horizon

Generous room sizes, three bedrooms, a stylish lounge and contemporary kitchen should ensure that this lodge finds favour with purchasers and hirers alike. Better still, its price is very competitive

Cambrian Horizon

We are featuring two lodges this month – the Delta Chepstow and this Cambrian Horizon. Apart from the size difference (the Horizon is twice the length of the smallest Chepstow), there is also a difference in the standards to which they are built (and therefore the price).

The Chepstow is built to the British Standard for holiday caravans - BS EN 1647 – indicating that although it is ideal for use as a holiday home on a seasonal park, it is not intended for year-round (i.e. residential) occupation and could not be sited on a park licensed for residential use.

By contrast, the Cambrian Horizon is built to the British Standard for residential park homes – BS 3632 – and could be used residentially on a park licensed for that purpose. However, its design (as a lodge) and layout suggest that it will be purchased for holiday use, and its build quality will ensure that its owners are comfortable at whatever time of year they are using it.

Introduced at January’s Caravan and Motor Caravan Show at Event City, Manchester, the Horizon was one of two new models that Cambrian had on display there (the other being the Cottage which will be featured in detail in a future issue of this magazine).

The 40ft Horizon twin has three bedrooms (one double with en suite shower and two twins), a spacious family bathroom and a generous living area.

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New Model Review: Homeseeker Affinity

Homeseeker wanted to build a home that was ‘more affordable than its existing products without sacrificing comfort’. The resulting home – the Affinity – is one that any resident would be proud to own...

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It doesn’t matter whether you are buying a park home or a paper clip in the current economic climate everyone is very price conscious. Quite often, someone selling a bricks and mortar house to fund a park home purchase does not realise the figure they were expecting and then has to adjust what they can afford for their park home. It can also happen that some prospective purchasers have set their hearts on particular parks but find the siting charges mean that they can no longer afford the home they originally had in mind.

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New Model Review: Cambrian Maritime

The latest leisure lodge from this North Wales manufacturer shows exceptional flair in design and décor, and creates a great fun holiday atmosphere

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Fulfilling the dream of ‘beach front living’ is how Cambrian describes its latest leisure lodge, the Maritime, which had its first public viewing at The Lawns show in September.  
Although there are coastal themes evident in both furniture and décor, they are not overpowering and this home would certainly not look out of place in a countryside setting either.

Measuring 42ft long by 20ft wide, the Maritime features three bedrooms, confirming a trend that we have noticed in 2013 models to provide more sleeping accommodation. This may be to cater for the rental, or ‘buy to let’ markets, or to appeal to the extended families who currently seem to like to holiday together.

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New Model Review: Prestige Bowmoor Lodge

Unusually, Prestige launched only one new lodge at the recent leisure shows in Hull and Beaulieu, but that one proved to be a huge success with both trade and public visitors

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With the lodges market still very price sensitive, all manufacturers are trying to keep prices as low as possible so that, even for the most luxurious, an ex-works price under £100,00 is something that many are aiming for.

That’s what Prestige has achieved with its 42 x 20ft Bowmoor Lodge which was launched at this year’s leisure lodge and holiday caravan show in Hull. This particular lodge was destined for the up-market Abbot’s Green Park, near York, which is owned and operated by York Leisure.

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