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New Model Review: The Wessex Contemporary

Bella Brodie reviews this chic model, cleverly remastered for 2016

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Quietly confident, classy and chic, the Wessex Contemporary is a delight to the eye and a popular choice with buyers.

Since its re-launch in 2014, this has been a model that has sold really well and has held its position as one of the leaders in the modern-day luxury lodge stakes, packed full of charm and character.

That individual character, coupled with clean lines and tasteful décor, is synonymous with the Wessex brand, and a perfect example of lodge design at its best. So why then do I call it quietly confident? Well, the outside certainly has kerb appeal and plenty of it, but somehow it doesn’t really fully prepare you for the rather exceptional interior, nor could it completely, or it would remove the element of surprise which is so important to the buyer.  

Its latest version was uncovered at the World of Park and Leisure Homes Show, where it was as popular as ever, and a bit of a ‘must visit’ lodge for those who knew there would be a treat in store.

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New Model Review: The Pathfinder Willow

Making its debut at the recent World of Park & Leisure Homes, the Willow showed clear potential with its luxurious feel and classy lines. Tasteful and chic with a pastel feel, this is a lodge with a really promising future. Bella Brodie explains why she believes it will soon be gracing many of the UK’s  best parks

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For Pathfinder this is their big lodge launch of the year, following the single unit Croft which was on show at Newbury Showground earlier in the year.  That was out for its second appearance on display alongside the newly-launching Willow on the Pathfinder stand at Stoneleigh in their Pop Up Park, the only one of it’s kind recreating a park setting in this way.  

Pathfinder are well known for their winning lodges, so it’s always interesting to see what they’re going to come up with next.  The Tuscany is their best-selling lodge, and that’s based around clean and simple lines combined with quality fixtures and fittings. That winning formula has been used again in the Willow, which is refreshingly simple, yet fresh, clever and innovative too, and looks set to hit a pretty appealing price point as a result.  Their marketing describes this lodge as ‘effortlessly stylish, architecturally brilliant and practically designed’ and we think that’s pretty spot on as a description. 

A great concept
A lot of thought has gone into the concept of this lodge, giving it a personality and identity all of its own.   Pathfinder are clearly taking a lot of inspiration from the environment at the moment and in this model, the similarities between Willow tree and lodge are that both are gracefully flowing, yet ‘dancing’ with enough interest to animate the surrounding landscape, and perhaps the happy owner too!  Their ambition was to recreate this effortless environmental delight within the lodge, and they’ve done that pretty successfully. Willow trees thrive in full sun and from this perspective this is a lodge designed to let light flood in, but also to become a perfectly shaded sanctuary at times too, so as a concept that works very nicely.

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New Model Review: Omar Regency

Bella Brodie runs the rule over the brand new version of Omar’s popular Regency, which looks set to wow the crowds at the upcoming Royal Highland Show, in Ingliston, near Edinburgh, from 23 to 26 June

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Affordable and traditionally styled, the Omar Regency park home is well-positioned in the marketplace already, demonstrating a high quality finish usually associated with pricier homes, yet with a realistic and achievable price-tag.  It’s pitched to appeal to a very wide market place too, and as such has already proved itself time and time again as a very popular model.  

That’s a winning combination already, and for 2016 Omar have now given it a stunning makeover, with a new interior design and beautiful new colour scheme of soft, warm earthy tones.

Relaunched with the new colour scheme at Newbury, it was a busy home popular with visitors, who loved the traditional feel, layout and flow of the rooms.

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The new 2016 model retains its elegant exterior and benefits from feature box bay windows with Georgian bar, a central roof dormer framing a feature front door with lintel and pilasters, corner quoins and feature brick effect slips underneath the windows. That all combines to re-enforce its solid feel, and it’s clear that this is a home which would work very well on most residential parks.

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New Model Launch: Pathfinder Homes

See the launch of year – the stunning new Willow lodge - at the UK’s only pop-up park this June! Look out for The Willow, and other great homes, at Pathfinder Homes’ Garden Quarter at the World of Park & Leisure Homes Show, at Stoneleigh Park, in Warwickshire, from 10 to 12 June

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Pathfinder Homes’ lodge of the year, The Willow, is an effortlessly stylish, architecturally brilliant and intelligently designed beauty! The Willow offers natural lifestyle inspiration in every corner and is the latest hotly-anticipated addition to the Pathfinder Homes range.

Pathfinder wanted to create something that not only felt different but was indeed truly different. With its headquarters set in a stunning part of Devon, Pathfinder Homes takes its inspiration from the natural world that surrounds it. There’s something unique about a willow tree – the graceful way it lights up the landscape around it. The presence of these towering trees inspires growth, independence and, in reality, life.

In the same way, the Pathfinder Willow enhances its natural surroundings and the lives of those lucky enough to own one.
Pathfinder’s aim was simple: to capture the effortless grace and beauty of the willow tree in its latest model. Willow trees thrive in full sunlight and the design and layout of the Pathfinder Willow lodge reflects this, creating a perfectly shaded sanctuary that allows lots of natural light to flood the area.

Introducing the Willow
The Willow’s symmetrical, centre-lounge design emphasises the focus on the living areas, maximising social, open-plan living.
With vaulted ceilings throughout and a horizontal panel of large windows and French doors, light fills the spacious living space. A large, elegant table and distressed-style chairs allow you to enjoy beautiful sunsets on long summer evenings.

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New Model Review: The Sovereign Heywood

Outdoor environment is the inspiration for Sovereign’s latest model, as Bella Brodie discovers…

The Sovereign Heywood

Sovereign Park and Leisure is now well established as a manufacturer and, as the company works steadily on increasing its range of park and leisure homes, it seems to go from strength to strength with every next step it makes.  

Sovereign’s latest model is the Heywood, a delightful park home suitable as a residential home or lodge, offering great variety and good, solid build quality.  This 50ft x 20 launch model is now for sale at Broadwell Woods Park, in Kenilworth, and another will be on display at the World of Park and Leisure Homes Show at Stoneleigh in June, so there’s plenty of opportunity to take a tour for yourself. Meanwhile, we take a sneak peek at this stunning new model...  

Overview
Contemporary and luxurious, grounded and practical, this is a model that really brings all the best build and design qualities together very neatly.  

Sovereign likes to ensure that all its units feel special so you’ll find little touches throughout bringing a coordinated colour scheme together but also making the most of the textures, materials and fabrics quite cleverly, too.  

Where Sovereign seems to have the eye in overall design is in potential longevity. It produces homes that won’t date easily and are classical rather than faddy. Sovereign is also very successfully re-affirming what is now becoming its trademark high-quality look and feel with this home. You can’t help but admire that strategy and it should reap benefits for both park and home owner well into the future.  

The interior design used in this particular model has plenty to take in, with a natural theme running successfully throughout.  

It is striking and bold but not loud, using an oak and hardwood finish in the furnishings and doors and a textured feature wallpaper in the lounge and bedrooms, creating a backdrop to tie in perfectly with the park’s natural surroundings.

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New Model Review: The Wessex Harbour

Bringing all the feel of the water’s edge to the luxury lodge lifestyle, the Harbour is packed full of character and old world charm, mixed brilliantly with modern chic. Bella Brodie reports on another big-hitting lodge model from the Wessex stable

The Wessex Harbour

Launched at February’s Motorhome and Caravan Show at the NEC, the Harbour is a sophisticated and stylish lodge with individuality and character that takes luxury lodge living to a whole new level.

This lodge isn’t just about the impressive structure, stunning interior design or the beautiful, carefully chosen furnishings though; it’s the little details that make it even more special. Victorian style radiators, brushed steel sockets and switches, and lined curtains and blinds in gorgeous fabrics add those all-important finishing touches.

External features
The show model was clad in Canexel but the standard cladding for this lodge is A-grade cedar wood, giving it a truly stunning finish as shown on the photo here.

The angular striking monopitch roof with extended soffit and extensive feature glazing is the first thing you notice. Two sets of folding doors to either side of the front of the lodge and a further to the lounge on the side elevation expand the living space, opening it up to bring the outside in.  Further glazing frames the feature double front door, and tall slender glazed panels finish off the look. This is a lodge perfectly designed for a view, and even at this point it has a slightly nautical feel, all just setting the scene perfectly for the interior design and furnishing.  

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