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Old holiday home gets a cool makeover


A holiday home makeover project, launched by three interior designers to promote the great British staycation to new markets, has been unveiled

Why the makeover started

The project, named Club Jupiter, was established by friends Anna Hart, Emma Jane Palin and Whinnie Williams to champion UK holidays and to draw attention to caravan holiday homes as a cool concept. The idea was born during lockdown from a realisation that more people would be holidaying in the UK as a result of Covid-19 restrictions on foreign travel.

The project

The trio bought a three-bedroom, 2010-model Willerby holiday home at Birchington Vale Holiday Park near Margate, in Kent, and spent months giving it a complete makeover, with a distinct 1970s twist. Holiday homes manufacturer, Willerby, supported the Club Jupiter team.

The result of the makeover is being called a “Pontins meets Palm Springs” holiday home, pairing aesthetics inspired by the Californian desert resort with a classic British seaside static caravan. The living and bathroom areas are inspired by Palm Springs and 50s and 60s vibes. The three friends have each designed their own bedroom, reflecting their individual personalities and tastes.

The trio, Emma, Anna, and Whinnie, said


We wanted to find an older holiday home model and show people how the humble caravan can be transformed into a glamorous holiday home.

We all have nostalgic memories of caravan holidays as children, and now we’ve put our wildest design aspirations into a once-beige and slightly battered holiday home at our local caravan park. British caravan holidays are long overdue for a revival – they offer an achievable form of adventure and escapism.

We’ve upcycled as much as much as possible, sourcing vintage fabrics from our favourite junk stores around Margate, scouring eBay and Facebook Marketplace, and we even found our brass kitchen sink in a skip!

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