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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.

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New Model Review: The Wessex Cranborne

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

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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.’

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New Model Review: The Light House

Bella Brodie reviews the latest exciting new launch from Pathfinder Homes

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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! 

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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!

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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.

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New Model Review: The Wessex

Bella Brodie takes a look around the latest cutting-edge luxury lodge from Wessex, The Sanctuary

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The first luxury lodge to be designed by Jill Withers since her return to Wessex, The Sanctuary has a completely fresh look and feel, so it’s certainly a step ‘out of the box’ for this well-established, quality brand name.

With an urban/ warehouse feel, moody hues, subtle patterns and cutting-edge furniture, The Sanctuary is a really edgy lodge with a wonderful, atmospheric environment.

Here they’ve created a great holiday retreat, and the really fresh layout offers a very flexible option to potential lodge owners.   

External features
Unique exterior styling and features make this lodge really special. Beautiful A-grade cedar cladding and range of other cladding options available ensure the Sanctuary fits perfectly into park settings, not just providing a view but complementing it.

There’s an integrated barbecue area with Smeg grill off the dining area - perfect for eating al fresco - and an integrated decking area off the master bedroom provides couples with the perfect space to enjoy timeout.

These really are stand-out features and the covered section of the integrated barbecue area could be very flexibly used for other purposes, so we thought it was an ingenious innovation. I could imagine that very easily as a sauna, or even perhaps a hobby area or storage for bicycles. The only limit to how you could use it is your imagination!  

French doors to the lounge and dining areas allow the living space to open-up to the outside, and square-leaded glazing gives a contemporary, relaxed feel.

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New Model Review: The Prestige LookOut

Bella Brodie goes on a room by room tour of the latest new launch from Prestige Park & Leisure Homes

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The Lawns Show, which takes place in Cottingham, East Yorkshire every September, always provides a fresh opportunity for manufacturers to push the boat out and really show their capabilities, revealing the next best thing for the year ahead.  

All eyes this year were on The LookOut, which created a real buzz with its architecturally modular look and feel, and blue sky creative thinking. Demonstrating some real creative flair from the Prestige stable this was intriguing to explore, with twists, turns and surprises galore.  
Hardly surprising then that it was a rip-roaring success at the show, with Prestige reporting strong sales, and the lodge selling instantly to a customer heading to its destination park at Coast View in Devon.  

The concept
The concept for this first model was a lodge re-invented to make the most of a great view, so it does exactly what it says on the tin with its name, providing every opportunity for occupants to chill out and soak up the delightful panoramas in front of them.

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