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New Model Review: The Beach Retreat

We step inside a stunningly pretty holiday home, perfect for an exclusive location! Bella Brodie reports

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At PH&HC, we get very excited when we see a manufacturer and park operator working closely together to create an innovative new holiday lodge option. As soon as we spotted images of Tingdene Homes’ Beach Retreats arriving at one of Darwin’s beautiful new parks we simply couldn’t wait to find out more.  

Darwin Escapes has 20 handpicked locations all over the UK, each offering a unique experience, but all with the same core ethos of creating memories that last a lifetime.The operator believes in making memories that last, taking time away from the daily grind to relax and have fun. That’s more than just words for Darwin, and translates to a really relaxing and enjoyable experience for the holidaymaker.  So, getting its next lodge option right in a way that surprises and delights the occupant is an absolute priority for a park group so focused on delivering the very best to its customers.

The Beach Retreats we spotted were arriving at their new Sandymouth Holiday Resort in Bude, so we thought we’d take a tour of these lovely lodges to find out what was behind their intriguing exteriors.


New Model Review: Omar Sandringham

We take a look at one of Omar’s inviting luxury residential park home models, the Sandringham. Bella Brodie reports


Followers of Omar will know that the Sandringham is a much-loved residential park home and one of the mainstays of the Suffolk-based company’s range. With a real touch of regal class to it, the Sandringham offers a traditional layout, tried and tested to work well, and an ultimately elegant exterior. It has recently received a refreshing new interior uplift to bring it right up-to-date without losing any of the original charms that have made it so popular. This beautiful, light and traditional park home is now set to continue as a firm favourite in the range, particularly if you love to see the outdoors from the comfort of your park home.

Much-loved retreat
The Sandringham takes its inspiration from the Sandringham in Norfolk, the much-loved country retreat of the Queen, and the private home of four generations of British monarchs since 1862.

King George V famously said of it: ‘Dear old Sandringham, the place I love better than anywhere in the world.’  

It’s said to be the royals’ favourite residence, boasting a friendly and informal atmosphere with a relaxed, countryside feel, as well as plenty of stunning vistas to enjoy.


New Model Review: The Wessex Hideaway

The iconic Hideaway, with its instantly recognizable façade, has set the bar in the luxury lodge market for many a year. This new incarnation further strengthens its status. Bella Brodie reports

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For many a year the Hideaway, Wessex’s much acclaimed signature lodge, has been remembered as a ground-breaking high end lodge that really set new standards in the industry. Regularly mentioned as a firm favourite and ultimate dream lodge by many, the Hideway has already graced many stunning park locations, opening up some incredible views for lodge owners. Now it’s back afresh, and with a new interior design theme from Jill Withers, who was on the original team, it has just as much visual impact, and more!

It was relaunched in February at the Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show at the NEC, in Birmingham.  

With clean, simple lines, contemporary interior design, natural finishes and a subtle, sophisticated colour palette, the Hideaway is still the embodiment of lodge luxury, and sets the standard in terms of class and interior sophistication.


New Model Review: The Wessex Cranborne

Bella Brodie takes a look at the latest luxurious residential park home from Wessex


With its own unique and sophisticated style, the Cranborne is a luxurious park home with an open-plan layout and plenty of personality.

Launched late in 2016, the Cranborne was one of the two Wessex models that heralded the return of highly respected designer Jill Withers back to the Wessex fold. It certainly had impact, with its contemporary grey colour scheme and flashes of cerise pink throughout, adding energy to an already classy home.
This model somehow combines that vibrant touch without losing its own unique, sophisticated style.

It’s bold yet understated, vibrant yet relaxing: a veritable odyssey for the senses that results in a home with a huge amount of ‘wow’ factor. It delivers a traditional feel for those looking for it, but with those contemporary overtones adding an edge that creates a really special living space. Nathalie Montague, sales manager for Wessex, said: ‘It’s already proving to be a really popular home, with high quality features throughout making it feel extra special - exactly what Wessex does best.’


New Model Review: The Light House

Bella Brodie reviews the latest exciting new launch from Pathfinder Homes


Pathfinder is undoubtedly in just as innovative and creative mode as ever, and visiting the company’s showground recently, we saw some truly superb homes on show including the brand new Light House, which, like many of its models is available either as a residential park home or lodge, although it’s shown here as the residential version

This model is really very different, and it’s wonderful to see something so fresh and uplifting hit the market place.  No compromise has been made on the quality of this home but with clever engineering and smart planning and product selection this is a perfectly pitched entry level home available at an extremely competitive price.  This 40 x 20 model hosts a whole range of luxuries you wouldn’t normally expect to find at entry level, and there’s plenty of built-in ‘wow’ factor which could well make it a magnet for potential buyers too! 


New Model Review: The Foresters Lodge

If you fancy a lodge with a warming cabin feel, and one that’s bang on trend and up-to-date with all mod cons then look no further than Prestige’s Foresters Lodge. It’s a real head-turner!


This brand new lodge from Prestige has all the style and appeal of a traditional barn conversion, combined with the ambience and character of a woodland-based Highland escape. Dressed in warming reds and tartans, with blended pastel shades working brilliantly together, the interior styling is really quite beautiful, and the result very cosy and inviting.    

The layout is slightly unusual too, with a good-sized utility room making this lodge perfect for those who love the great outdoors, ensuring that it’s as practical as it is pretty.

External features
One of the first things you notice about this lodge from the outside is that it’s designed for all-seasons. The fully glazed front elevation lets sunlight stream in during the spring and summer months, while the extra Velux in the lounge will help it stay light and bright in winter, too. It’s available in a variety of cladding options. We really love the original earthy look in Prestige’s first launch model – it gives it a real log-cabin feel that would blend in well at most country park environments. 

The side looks quite traditional and homely, with a dormer canopy into the roof pitch on the side entrance, a triple-panel glazed door and outside lights on either side.

The overhang to the front elevation is deep, with two further external lights provided there, too.