Seaside Lodge Ultimate Location

Seaside Lodge Ultimate Location

Seaside Lodge Ultimate Location 1Speculation is rife as to whether an ultimate fantasy escape at Sandhills Holiday Park in Dorset, is the most expensive holiday lodge in the UK. It takes the form of a high-tech £420,000 bespoke luxury lodge with one of the most picturesque beach-side settings to be found anywhere in Britain. This autumn, the keys to the holiday home were officially handed over to its extremely proud new owner. The visually striking and lavishly equipped lodge is the result of a design collaboration with Prestige which was sparked by Park Holidays UK earlier this year. It arose when Sandhills had to opportunity to develop a new holiday home on the sea-facing front of the park, just a few paces from the sandy beach at Mudeford near Christchurch. According to Park Holidays UK director Tony Clish, it was agreed that the breathtaking position warranted the creation of a unique and very special holiday home: “Only very rarely do pitches become available on Sandhills’ front row, and we wanted the new owners to enjoy surroundings that were just as amazing as the views,” he said. “Together with Prestige, we developed a blueprint which included large areas of glazing to give the outlook star billing from the interior, but maintained a warm and homely feel. “Natural materials, including timber, are a big feature together with ocean-inspired colours and decoration to evoke the glorious seascape vista,” added Tony.

MODERN DAY
Substantial investment in Sandhills by Park Holidays UK has introduced many new modern-day facilities to the park including a country club, gymnasium, and a heated outdoor pool. The split-level 40ft x 20ft lodge has a large elevated lounge, two spacious bedrooms, modern kitchen and bathrooms, and a 3502 ft decking surrounded by infinity glass. Its new owner is haulage entrepreneur John Dean who, with his partner Carol can now spend leisure time away from their Salisbury home in surroundings he describes as “simply stunning”. John, aged 79, founded his distribution company almost 50 years ago with a single truck, and grew the business to serve both national and international customers. His love of the sea led him to acquire a 65ft motor cruiser and then, last year, a holiday home at Sandhills Holiday Park with a view of Christchurch Harbour. Having made new friends at the park and found a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere very much to his liking, John was quick to seize his chance when the sea-front lodge became available. For buyers on a more modest budget, holiday homes at the park start from around £150,000 – in an area where wooden beach huts are regularly reported as changing hands for up to £300,000. Meanwhile, the park has just released a second bespoke holiday home on its front row which features a roof-top garden – and a slightly more accessible price tag of £399,950.

Sandhills
Tel. 01425 200744
www.ParkHolidays.com

Strong Motorhome and Caravan Show

Strong Motorhome and Caravan ShowStrong Motorhome and Caravan Show

The 2018 Motorhome and Caravan Show closed its doors after six days of new product launches, live theatre entertainment and other attractions for all the family, making the show a destination for those looking for new leisure vehicles and holiday inspiration. The annual show at the NEC, held by NCC Events, covered 11 halls of the exhibition centre. More than 96,000 visitors confirmed the show’s appeal as the one-stop destination for all the new-for-2019 leisure vehicles: over 1,000 motorhomes, touring caravans, campervans, caravan holiday homes and trailer tents, with a combined value of more than £36.5 million were displayed by more than 400 exhibitors. The Motorhome and Caravan Show is at the NEC from 15 to 20 October 2019 and the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show from 19 to 24 February 2019.

 

 

Wish You Were Here – Craiglwyd Hall Caravan Park

Wish You Were Here - Craiglwyd Hall Caravan Park

Wish You Were Here 1Located at the foot of the Penmaenmawr Mountain, overlooking the spectacular coastal views from Llandudno and across to Anglesey, Puffin Island and beyond, Craiglwyd Hall Caravan Park is truly a holiday location that stands out from the crowd.Surrounded by natural beauty, this secluded luxury park is perfect for a peaceful get away, but at the same time is close to popular resorts and attractionsand has easy access to lovely mountain walks. On site,Craiglwyd Hall offers visitors a play area, on site bar, games room, gym and is a dog-friendly location.The flag ship of the Thornley Leisure group, the park’s many awards include a top five-star tourist board grading – but according to managing director David Thornley, the latest Go North Wales accolade has an extra significance “The award is especially important to us because it recognises not just the quality of the park’s facilities and surroundings, but also the levels of hospitality and service provided to guests. “It’s our staff team which deserves the lion’s share of the credit for this, and they do a great job in making everybody feel welcome and helping them enjoy their stay. “It’s been a superb year for Craiglwyd Hall Caravan Wish You Were Here 2Park and the group as a whole, and I hope the publicity from this award will help benefit all tourism businesses here in North Wales,” added David. Situated on the north coast of County Conwy between Anglesey and the Menai Straits, the park provides tranquil landscaped grounds in a picture-postcard setting. It has long proved popular with families wishing to own a caravan holiday home in one of North Wales’s most popular areas for lovers of natural scenic beauty.

Craiglwyd Hall Caravan Park
Tel. 01492 623355
www.thornleyleisure.co.uk

 

Natural Play

Natural Play

natural play

Fenland Leisure Play (FLP) offer a full range of multi-play systems, swings, playhouses, outdoor gyms, fi tness trails, springers and much more. Unique playgrounds are created in either natural laminated ‘safalog’ timber, coated steel or a combination of materials and combined with a range of safety surfacing systems including ‘wetpour’, ‘safagrass’ and natural alternatives. FLP also provide maintenance services from small surfacing and net repairs to complete area refurbishment all carried out by our own experienced maintenance and installation teams providing UK coverage. Where resorts have their own dedicated maintenance teams, FLP can supply parts only through Online Playgrounds, where 5000 common components are stocked for next day delivery.

FLP
Tel. 01354 638359
www.fenlandleisure.co.uk
www.onlineplaygrounds.co.uk

Wow Factor

Wow Factor

wow factor

The impact of the interior scheme at any holiday park or attraction can play a crucial role in providing visitors with the ultimate experience. So why not create the ‘wow’ factor and design a bespoke fl ooring that visitors will remember for a long time. At Forbo Flooring Systems there are virtually no limits with what can be achieved in terms of design, colour and intricate detailing. Bespoke designs can be printed on vinyl and Flotex flocked floor coverings, or alternatively, Forbo’s unique Aquajet water cutting technology, for its Marmoleum range, enables the reproduction of the most completed designs and allows for endless creativity.

Forbo Flooring
Tel. 0800 0935 258
www.forbo-flooring.co.uk/leisure

Pool Blankets

Pool Blankets

pool blankets

Plastica manufacture a range of heat retention covers specifically designed to minimise this loss. The need to reduce carbon emissions has become greater than ever. Most establishments are looking for new ways to reduce their carbon footprint. Installing a heat retention cover is the single, most effective means of reducing swimming pool energy consumption. Fit the right cover on your pool and you will see a reduction in energy bills of up to £18,000 per annum (figures based on a 25m x 12m pool at 2011 prices). Typical payback on our customers’ systems is just 12 months. Once your pool cover is in place you will virtually eliminate evaporation and benefit from reduced humidity and condensation.

Plastica Pools
Tel. 01424 857802
www.plasticapools.net

Weather Proof

Weather Proof

weather proof

Barnards Farm Gardens are 22 hectares of landscaped gardens open to the public as part of the National Gardens Scheme. One way to see the vast expanse is to travel on the miniature railway. To enhance the visitor experience and to make it weather proof, Barnards Farm Gardens commissioned Fordingbridge to design and build the two canopies which form a station and ‘waiting room’. The first canopy was designed and installed by Fordingbridge a few years ago. The client came back to Fordingbridge with the brief of a light and airy weather protected space to be used as a waiting / café area.

Fordingbridge
Tel. 01243 55 44 55
www.fordingbridge.co.uk

Compass Points

Compass Points

compass points

In 2018, Binnacle was appointed by the British Holiday & Home Parks Association (BH&HPA) as the new scheme provider for Compass. Compass has over 40 years’ experience in the provision of bespoke insurance products and services to the parks industry. The Compass team is equipped and excited to deliver improved product provision, business-wide innovations and first-rate customer service. Ever-ambitious for growth and evolution, Compass remains committed to its core values – support, reliability, expertise, trust, knowledge and integrity. Be assured. The same Compass team is here and ready to help you!

Compass Insurance
Tel. 01452 511430
www.compass.co.uk

Hook-Up Management

Hook-Up Management

hook-up management

Rolec’s PitchSMART is a computer operated MID approved Smart metering system for remotely managing caravan hook-ups. It has been specifi cally designed to enable park operators to automatically read every static and touring hook-up meter from the comfort of their offi ce computer, and in turn generate instant invoices for customers. PitchSMART is also future-proofed to include water and gas metering and invoicing for the park operator – either now or in the future – and can individually switch on/off the park’s electric hook-up units and lighting systems, again from the offi ce computer.

Rolec
Tel. 01205 724754
www.rolecserv.com

Time For Change?

Time For Change?

time for change

There are changes a foot in the holiday park insurance market. The Appointed Representative (AR) status is coming under increased scrutiny from the Financial Conduct Authority. Parks are increasingly switching to an Introducer Appointed Representative (IAR) model, reducing their compliance and insurance workload. Leisuredays are IAR experts, specialising in admin-free customer insurance arrangements. Let our expert team of 120 people serve your customers seven days a week, giving them Defaqto 5 Star rated cover, competitive prices, and award winning customer care. We’ll maximise take up rates and your insurance profits.

Leisuredays insurance
Tel. 01422 396 693
www.leisuredays.co.uk/park-insure