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What impact do you think the Brexit vote will have on the park and holiday home industry?

The outlook will improve as more people will retire to and holiday in the UK - 72.2%
Things will get worse before they get better because of the uncertainty - 11.1%
Nothing much will change; it never does! - 16.7%
The voting for this poll has ended on: 16 Sep 2016 - 14:33





New Model Review: The Omar Sheringham

Bella Brodie reviews Omar’s 2016 version of its ever-popular Sheringham and examines why the latest incarnation looks set to be a sure-fire success! 

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When I think of Sheringham in my home county of Norfolk, I think of a characterful, little town by the sea. Home to the jolly Sheringham Shantymen, with a glittering pebbled shoreline in a multitude of greys, whites and creams, pretty sunsets and a friendly welcome.  It’s a spot jam packed with character and a strong sense of its own identity, so it’s not a major leap of the imagination to realise that the park home bearing its title is particularly aptly-named!

The new 2016 Sheringham park home, whilst retaining its name and traditional styled exterior, with Tudor style beams and box bay windows, now benefits from all-new interior design and as a new take on an existing model it’s been very well received so far.  

Tom Conman, Omar’s senior area sales manager sums up the concept; “The Sheringham is a beautiful and elegant luxury park home which offers plenty of space. For those looking for a traditional, luxury park home, the Sheringham ticks all the boxes.”
That pretty much sums it up – this is a grown-up park home and a serious contender in the residential park home stakes; this classy updated version is likely to be a real people-pleaser.  It’s the sort of home which you could walk into and feel at home straight away, yet wallow happily in its luxury too.

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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…

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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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