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Lakeside luxury

Lakeside luxuryFancy a luxurious lakeside home close to the Lake District? Well, this may be your chance. A planning application has been submitted to extend a luxury lakeside lodge development currently under construction on the Cumbria and Lancashire border.
Work started in February to redevelop the former Tewitfield Fisheries site, north of Carnforth, and 30 lodges are currently being built for luxury leisure and accommodation provider Lodge Quest.

The planning application is for a further 23 three-bedroom lodges for the 26-acre site, off Burton Road, which will be known as Twin Lakes Country Club.
Richard Wooldridge, a director of Harrison Pitt Architects, which is designing the development, explained, ‘The lodges are designed to have high energy-efficiency and are built with timber from sustainable sources. They will provide top-quality accommodation and can only enhance the tourism facilities available in the area.’


Gardening great graces open day

december newsTingdene Homes’ open house event on 3 October proved to be an entertaining and informative day for those considering the park home or holiday lodge lifestyle.

Celebrity gardener David Domoney’s garden talk was packed with tips and advice, from how to get the best out of your plants, to tips on keeping the slugs at bay.  

David also created two autumn planted tubs which were raffled off; the two lucky winners  were Mr and Mrs Lindsay-Smith who won the first prize and Mr and Mrs Moore who won second prize.

David has many years of experience in the gardening world with 28 RHS medals under his belt to date, including gold medals at Chelsea Flower Show and BBC Gardeners’ World Live. He is also co-presenter of ITV1’s popular gardening series, Love Your Garden.  David enjoyed talking to visitors and answering the many questions received after the presentation.

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An invitation like no other...

december newsPathfinder Homes, one of the UK’s leading park home and lodge manufacturers, has announced the dates of its annual open weekend. Pathfinder’s Bovey Tracey-based HQ, in Devon, will host the event on 28 and 29 November. The company already operates an open door policy and welcomes anyone who is interested in the industry to stop by, however the yearly event always brings surprises, prizes and the very best of innovation, inspiration and imagination.

The reimagined Thorverton is sure to be a favourite at the event. Featuring a centre lounge and large living space, this home is perfectly styled for holiday living. The Thorverton is finished by fine quality, colour co-ordinated furnishings and a floor to ceiling glazed wall, generating an unrivalled contemporary swagger.

Alongside the Thorverton, the innovative Sunrise will also be available to explore. The Sunrise demands that the latest ecological design meets the highest standard of internal finish which perfectly combine to create the ultimate holiday retreat.

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Retired couple move into their dream home by the sea with residential park operator Harlland

Retired couple move into their dream home by the sea with residential park operator HarllandLooking out from their new home, Peter and Pauline Carter can see unspoilt beaches and the blue hue of the Irish sea. To the other side of their haven are the mountains and lush green valleys of the Lake District National Park.

Attracting millions of domestic and international visitors each year, the outstanding natural beauty of the Lake District alone might have been enough to draw in the retirees. For the Carters, who were born and bred in the north-west, holiday park operator Harlland was as equally impressive as the surroundings of their new park home.

Former accountant, Peter, said: ‘It was so easy to complete the purchase process. Harlland made it a really smooth process. Pauline and I placed a small deposit and because we bought new, we were able to visit the factory to choose furnishings and fittings, the colour of our carpets and curtains. Once our new home was complete, we were able to move in immediately and we’ve got the peace of mind of a 10-year guarantee, which can be transferred to new owners in the unlikely event of us selling up.

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Alfie Best and Wyldecrest Parks nominated for Business Awards 2015

Alfie Best and Wyldecrest Parks nominated for Business Awards 2015Alfie Best and Wyldecrest Parks have just been shortlisted for both Entrepreneur of the Year and Retail and Property categories at the 2015 LondonlovesExcellence Awards!

‘It’s such an amazing feeling,’ said Alfie. ‘Both shortlists represent the recognition of our sustained work as a team across our area of expertise and we are already proud of this achievement.’

The winners will be announced at the awards gala dinner on 15 October, bringing together 500 senior guests representing London’s business leaders, entrepreneurs and government to acknowledge and celebrate the fantastic achievements of London’s business community.

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Omar Group builds on its success

Omar Group builds on its successMarket-leading park home and luxury lodge manufacturer Omar Group is to make a major investment in expanding its production facility at its headquarters in Brandon, Suffolk. Having delivered 25 per cent compound annual growth over the last four years, with an outstanding 49 per cent sales growth last year, this move is essential as part of a long-term strategic plan to support on-going growth and to address demand.

Omar has already made a major investment in its manufacturing capability, opening a new production plant in Valletta Street, Hull in the spring of this year; this new operation has already reached full production capacity.  On this basis the company has made the decision to make further significant investment by expanding the group’s production facility at its 13½-acre headquarters in Brandon, Suffolk.

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Berkeleyparks bride

Berkeleyparks brideAnyone who has bought a home on one of Berkeleyparks high-quality residential estates will almost certainly have spoken to Frances Dent, either on the telephone or in person. Frances has a long history in the park homes industry and for the past 27 years has been sales administrator at Berkeleyparks’ head office.

In future, though, inquirers will have to ask to speak to Frances Cowderoy because Frances was married to John Cowderoy in September. The couple were blessed with a wonderfully sunny day and Frances looked stunning and so very happy.

John is not involved in the park home industry. Although he is English, most of his working life was spent in Norway in the wholesale bridal business, and he moved back to England just a few years ago. Naturally, he has already met many of Frances’s ‘park home’ friends and contacts (several of whom were at the wedding) and will undoubtedly learn more about this very friendly industry in the years to come.

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Dream job

Dream jobThe new managers of a luxury caravan holiday home and lodge park in picturesque South Shropshire say they literally have to pinch themselves every morning to prove that they are not dreaming. Russ and Jane Smithurst gave up good jobs in their home county of Nottinghamshire to take over at Bow House Country Park, near Bishop’s Castle.

Jane worked for the social services department for 30 years while Russ ran his own building business. They took the decision to change their lifestyle after staying on Morris Leisure’s Oxon Hall Touring Park in Shrewsbury. ‘We were sat sunbathing and we questioned what we were doing with our lives,’ said Jane. ‘We were nearly 50 and it was time we did something that we both enjoyed. We love being outdoors and being together, and had spoken about becoming managers of a caravan park for about three years.’

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Essex Excellence

Essex ExcellenceWeeley Bridge Holiday Park, close to the popular Essex seaside resort of Clacton-on-Sea, has just been awarded a prestigious Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence for the third consecutive year.

This scheme, which has been running for five years, is given to outstanding businesses that have consistently received praise and recognition in the form of great reviews from Tripadvisor travellers.

Operated by Park Resorts, Weeley Bridge is popular with both holiday home owners and holidaymakers and has recently undergone refurbishment to its Lakeside Tavern and Takeaway. It has also extended its season, meaning that existing and new owners will now be able to enjoy their holiday homes for 11 months of the year. A picturesque fishing lake, outdoor pool and sports court are just some of the park’s attractions.

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A sterling performance and a fresh new perspective

A sterling performance and a fresh new perspectiveAt the Stoneleigh show this year Sovereign exhibited not one but two park homes, a lodge and a more traditional park home, both built to residential standards and demonstrating its expanding breadth of offering. The Arden lodge looked sleek yet stylish with a new interior design, and the new Berkswell park home was a real crowd-pleaser offering something for all.

This is a manufacturer not set to stand still, and to push forward and innovate, so it will be interesting to watch with its up-and-coming model releases.  Expansion plans are already in the pipeline, and new team members are joining steadily in line with their quality and assurance ethos.

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