Holiday and Residential Park Homes: What’s new for 2018?
In response to the rising demand for both holiday and residential park homes, manufacturers launched a wide choice of new models for 2018. And, they have updated many existing models.
The annual showcases, at the Lawns near Hull, and Beaulieu in Hampshire, of park homes and lodges of all styles and types, revealed some stunning models. We pick out some highlights.
The Kudos lodge gets a more modern interior look, an increase in specification – and now also has a large en suite to the main bedroom, with a roll-top bath plus a shower cubicle.
This vaulted-ceiling model is designed to create a city apartment feel; industrial elements in the design include tall, dark grey radiators and a spectacular metal beam over the kitchen.
The lounge is in the centre of the layout, with huge side doors to let in vast amounts of light. Kitchen features include a roof light, a wine cooler plus wine shelves, a dishwasher and a washing machine.
In the entrance, a stunning mirror composed of many facets set at different angles catches the eyes.
A spectacular aspect of the bathroom, in addition to the roll-top bath, is the wall-covering, with silvery script involving the word 'beautiful' repeated in the pattern. We love it!
The main bedroom, with a king-sized bed, is huge, with three windows, one of them opening out to a small covered, recessed in-built decking area.
Welly racks are by the door of this model – a superb touch of practicality, together with an alcove for coats and a seat on which to perch to take off and put on shoes or walking boots.
The Country Lodge has enhanced family versatility for 2018, with full-sized single beds in the large second bedroom. The décor has a coastal theme, with distressed wood – almost a driftwood look – used in the kitchen and bedroom; a feature wall of log cladding over the TV area, and blues used to create a sea-and-sky look.
Kitchen features include an induction hob in the island unit, a large, burgundy-coloured Gorenje fridge-freezer, and a wine cooler. Equipment includes a dishwasher and washing machine.
The oval table seats six. USB ports are introduced, and the main bedroom has reading lights built into shelving.
The main bathroom is huge, with a tile pattern that creates a hint of waves, adhering to the coastal theme. A circular mirror with an in-built light creates a stunning feature.
The master bedroom, with a king-sized bed, is spacious, and with two large mirrors which make the room look even larger. A walk-through wardrobe area leads to the en suite with a big corner shower, lots of shelving and the same wave-suggestion tile pattern, plus a round illuminated mirror, as in the main bathroom.
Wessex turns attention to pets for 2018, with the Allure pet friendly lodge, picture here. It has a dog shower by the main entrance, plus hooks for leads and dog towels.
The Allure is clad in larch, has two sets of bi-fold doors and a split roof line which makes it look architecturally distinctive.
The Biarritz features a sofa bed, an alcove cloakroom with a seat and four hooks with shelves for shoes. An acrylic panel between the kitchen and the lounge is another notable feature, allowing light to flow between the two spaces. A wall of shelves and a log-effect fire makes the lounge feel cosy.
Stunning wood-effect panels are features of the lounge and bedrooms. Marble-effect kitchen surfaces and dark matt grey kitchen doors plus copper pendant lights define this new lodge.
There's a touch of country cottage about the styling, mingling with touches of modernity, for example in dark grey pelmets and plain upholstery. This home has a covered decking area at the front.
Another new model, like the Bordeaux Escape but without a covered decking area. Four layouts are offered with different bedroom options.
Stunningly bright turquoise is the accent colour for this year, creating a summer-holiday image, teamed with creams. Sliding front patio door flood the lounge with light.
This model has an L-shaped dining area with freestanding circular stools which can alternatively be used in the lounge. Plenty of lounge seating and loads of floor space make this an ideal choice for a family. 'Spring green' is the colour theme.
You can have your Atlantique without French doors, or opt for this feature at an extra cost.
There's a huge amount of seating in this coastal-theme holiday home with a delightful colour scheme of blue and grey.
Carnaby's new models for 2018 include the Envoy, reviewed in our last issue. This manufacturer also showcased, at the Lawns show, the new Helmsley Lodge, Ashdale, Oakdale models.
Helmsley gets new colours for 2018 – browns, with plaid-inspired curtains and suede-effect armrests. The styling is now rather traditional in a cosy sort of way, and with a woodland theme in the bedrooms.
The Ashdale, a range designed for first-time buyers, also gets new colours, subtler than those in previous models and with curtains and cushions with a strikingly smooth and soft texture.
There's a choice of four sizes, all with big L-shaped sofas to create lots of seating Pictured here is the 35ft, two-bedroom version, which has a cleverly designed, versatile bench seat you can take the upholstered top off to create a coffee table.
The Oakdale range now has darker base cushions and mushroom shades, and rather traditional styling in floral curtains featuring yellow, teamed with floral cushions.
In line with the growing number of families and couples choosing to buy holiday homes specifically so that they can take their dogs on holidays and shorter breaks, Willerby is focusing on dog facilities.
In a new concept, the company showcased devices designed for dogs at the shows. Among the devices are a semi-stable door so that you can have the top section open and prevent your dog from 'escaping'.
There's an outdoor tap (to wash his muddy paws), a secure bolt on the side of a holiday home to tether your dog, a Willerby-brand kennel for the decking, even graphics (coloured paw marks!) for the side of your home, and – the one we like the best – a roll-back barrier to fit between lounge and kitchen to confine paws to the vinyl flooring.
A cabinet had been removed from the kitchen in the doggy concept holiday home, to create space for a dog bed. There are dog tail-shaped hooks for leads, too – great fun as well as practical.
Willerby has also introduced changes to many other models for 2018.
The popular Clearwater Lodge is re-launched, with a white exterior, and citrine-shade in the fabrics scheme.
One of the best-selling units gets new colours and a fresh look majoring on turquoise and blue. The Rio Gold range offers 11 options of lengths and numbers of bedrooms.
One of the two, two-bedroomed, country-style Sheraton models is now a foot wider, at 14 feet; that's the widest model in Willerby's range.
This model has an en suite bathroom behind the main bedroom. It now has larger sofas, upholstered in tartan and incorporating pale turquoise and warm rust shades.
The New Hampshire lodge gets new colours for 2018. This is a holiday home lodge built to residential specification. Among its distinguishing features are a window seat in the lounge and a cathedral-style side entrance door.
The Brockenhurst get a new look, with florals and ferns in pink and fawn, creating a generally cosy look. A half-wall divides the U-shaped kitchen from the lounge.
The Sierra range also gets new colours; tartan-inspired, in burgundy and yellow and now has whole-front-aspect windows.
A new Winchester arrives, with a third bedroom, and a new colour scheme is introduced: chocolate and lime, with mustard-gold cushions. The curtains now have 'black-out' lining to exclude daylight so that you won't be woken at dawn when you're on holiday!
New manufacturer Red Rose Park Homes exhibited at the Lawns for the first time, showcasing three residential models, the Contemporary Rose (which we reviewed in the last issue) plus the Orton Gold and the England Rose; homes with different style characters.
The Orton Gold has a strong country theme created by wallpaper and curtain fabric featuring a design incorporating birds and rabbits, plus tartan seats and backrests for the armchairs.
The key element of the Orton Gold's layout is the kitchen is entirely separate from the lounge and dining room. From the entrance, you turn left into the kitchen; it's rectangular, with shaker-style units, a five-burner hob and much storage.
The lounge spans the whole of the width of the home; a big settee and two armchairs create a cosy look.
However, to the warm country theme of the Orton Gold, the England Rose's décor is all white, minimalist, and with silver and chrome detail. Light, both natural and LEDs, is a feature of the ultra-modern-style England Rose. Lights are set within kitchen cabinets and roof lights let in loads of natural light.
Silvery grey crushed velvet upholstery the large lounge settees and the dining chairs – which have a stunning style detail: chunky chrome circular handles set into the backrests, so that when you move your chair in and out from its table position, you do so by taking hold of the handle!
It's a luxurious look, simultaneously as being modern. That theme carries on into the bathroom, with a big-foot roll-top bath in a raised area. In the second bedroom are mirrored sliding doors and wallpaper above the bed has a subtle silvery weave.
The main bedroom is sumptuous, with plenty of natural light coming in through a cathedral-shaped window and with a multi-functional area off the main room that could be used as a mini office or for storage.
The Ash Lodge
Northern Ireland manufacturer Oakgrove produces some innovative designs – including, for 2018, a 'back-vaulted ceiling' feature of the lounge, over the area that opens up to decking. That's a raised, tilted section of roof line window, letting in significant light.
Curved seating faces the opening windows. Other notable features are the six-seater oval table with high-back chairs and an island unit in the kitchen. It's a homely lodge, stacked with practicality and with significant storage capacity in the bedrooms.
The Ash is a luxurious lodge with bedrooms at each end; two, at one end, both with full-width beds, share an en suite.
The main bedroom has an ottoman unit at the foot of the bed and a dressing table/desk unit built into a wall of sliding doors. The ensuite has an oval bath and, unusually, the shower and toilet are in separate compartments.
We love the five-burner hob, quartz kitchen tops and the inbuilt, ridged drainer in the island unit that houses the dishwasher.
All Oakgrove's lodges are built for both the holiday and residential markets.
Like the Ash, the Beech is a luxurious lodge; this three-bedroomed lodge, with lots of windows, was initially designed for a specific plot at scenic White Cross Bay in Cumbria. The lounge is L-shaped, with a focal-point corner glowing fire.
Subtle fawns feature in the kitchen, with island unit and quartz surfaces in cream. Equipment includes a dishwasher washer-dryer. We love the seating alcove by the side door, with four coat hooks. And we love the small amount of loft space, too.
The Glendale (pictured) gets a totally new look – and a stunning new layout option for 2018. You can have a Glendale with an open plan living area – or, now, with a lounge totally separate from the kitchen-dining area.
The lounge runs longitudinally from big opening windows at the front. Two side window flank a hearth with an open log-burning-style fire.
In the kitchen-breakfast-dining room, the hub of the Glendale, the six-seater rectangular table is at the front, bordered by side windows and a fully opening front window.
In the centre is a breakfast bar with three stools. All the units are white. A roof light ensures the kitchen, like the other living areas, is exceptionally bright.
There are three St David models; the one we feature here is the 39ft, three-bedroom model, with an L-shaped lounge separated from the kitchen by a floating cabinet supported by a chunky metal pole. The dining area is opposite the U-shaped kitchen, with matt cream doors set into light oak cabinets.
A new unit, with a side entrance hall, a corridor (with coat hooks and mirror) leading to the main bedroom.
Among notable features are the kitchen splash-back and rear wall in stunning distressed wood; a design crafted from horizontally-aligned pieces of wood. The kitchen spans the whole width of the home.
An archway leads to the lounge characterised by pale woodwork, a traditional-style fireplace with pale wood surround and the same distressed wood feature as in the kitchen, surrounding a coal-effect fire.
Double French doors are at the front of the lounge. Pastel shades are the theme here; restful in character. The only pattern is in the curtain top panels and upholstering an ottoman in the centre of the lounge. A touch of shaker style characterises the furniture.
The hallway has ornate tile-pattern flooring, three coat hooks and a shelf for shoes.
The Artisan is a holiday home also available in residential specification.
It has an entrance hall with a mirror and large cabinet. The corridor leads from here to a twin room and onto the main bedroom with a feature bedhead constructed of horizontally-aligned upholstered sections.
The lounge, dining area and kitchen are open-plan, with stunning grey geometric pattern curtains – the curtains are a prominent feature of the décor; there are many windows and curtains.
The kitchen, with skylight, a five-burner hob and large Hotpoint fridge-freezer, is L-shaped, wrapping around the central table. Woodwork is pale. A notable feature of the lounge is the large, oval pendant light.
The Somerton gets changes in colours and a new kitchen layout for 2018. An en suite shower is now standard. It has an open-plan lounge-kitchen-diner with floor-to-ceiling windows on both sides of the front elevation and a coal-effect glass-fronted feature fire.
Subtle shades of fawn create the lounge décor. There's a free-standing three-seater settee and one chair – rather traditional in style. The kitchen is U-shaped with a separate dining area opposite.
This is Regal's entry-level holiday home. It has a square lounge in soft greys with sunny yellow curtains and cushions, creating a bright, fresh look, and a glowing coal-effect fire mounted on a half-wall that divides the lounge from the kitchen.
The kitchen is almost as large as the lounge; big and square, incorporating the dining area – a rectangular table with, unusually, four big square stools.
Distressed wood surfaces and cream doors distinguish the kitchen.
The open-plan Kingfisher (pictured) is generally credited with launching the lodge market, Omar tells us. It's a continually popular model which, for 2018, has duck egg blue, white and oatmeal shades and furnishings in warm oak. Distinguishing features include a black, rock-effect fireplace and a utility room. The twin room has full-sized beds.