Ten of the best holiday and residential park homes for 2019
We've been out and about looking at what's new for 2019 in the park and holiday homes market. Here are ten models which caught our eye and which we think you'll like too!
Words by Val Chapman and Richard Chapman
The Willowdale is the latest creation from Welsh manufacturer Aspire Park and Leisure Homes, in Porthmadog.
It's a 42 x 20 home with three entrances – into the kitchen, into the hallway and into the dining area. We enter to the dining room, separate from the lounge and kitchen – although there are no doors, the walls and archways give it a separate feel.
White curtains finely embroidered in a twig and bud leaf design are high in quality; the same fabric is used for the lounge curtains.
Wood-effect flooring runs from the dining area into the kitchen, where the colour theme is grey. Drawers under the hob are dark grey, the others are the palest grey. The worktop is marble effect, with the sink and drainer in mid-grey. It works perfectly.
This home has a utility room, alongside the main entrance door, with a washing machine, sink and drainer and plenty of places to hang outdoor garments.
Cambrian Sovereign Watchtower
An innovative creation with a lounge that has an elevated ceiling. This new design is 3.5m high, maximising on the legal height limit for a unit of this category. It is 45 ft long and 13 ft wide.
Having a lounge with a ceiling higher than the rest of the home gives a feeling of space; it's a light, airy home with 10 windows set into the top sector of the lounge, and bi-fold doors at the front.
The Watchtower has a media wall unit offering a place for your TV plus cabinets above and below, USB sockets and HDMI sockets behind the TV.
There's a totally modern, continental feel, with no carpet; the floor is wood effect laminate light oak. Buyers can chose colours and finishes in different colours.
The archway between the lounge and the kitchen has a divider made of a series of shelves.
Its kitchen island unit has a breakfast bar function, with three leather upholstered chairs.
Kitchen appliances are a microwave, oven-grill, four burner hob, fridge-freezer, wine cooler dishwasher and washing machine.
The Watchtower is designed for four people, with a master bedroom plus a second bedroom with bunks; buyers can opt for a single bed here instead of the bunks.
Cambrian Sovereign manufactures in Porthmadog, North Wales.
Country Homes Queensland
The Country Homes brand is relaunched with the arrival of the Queensland; its first public unveiling was at Stoneleigh. Country Homes now has a range of five residential homes and four holiday lodges. The company manufactures in Eye, Suffolk.
The 45ft x 20ft Queensland's lounge is totally separate from the large dining kitchen, by a double wooden door. One feature wall is clad in grey, a geometric design; the other walls are pale grey as are the curtains, which have a light-reflecting silvery pattern.
A plain grey suite, grey carpet, some many cushions have a hexagonal pattern keying in with the geometric pattern on the feature wall… the Queensland's décor elements blend perfectly. A statement mirror and wall-mounted flame-effect fire in a black glass frame look stunning.
I perch on one for the two high chairs at the island unit breakfast bar. The induction hob is opposite, and I am looking at an array of white units each bordered by steel panels. Grey fleck wall covering is all around me, in the kitchen and dining area. Paler grey granite composite effect worktop, under-cabinet lighting and a Roman blind that matches the wallcovering all combine to create a magnificent kitchen.
Appliances include a wine cooler, waist-height SMEG grill and oven, fright-freezer, washing machine and dishwasher.
The dining furniture is special; a glass topped stable stands on a chrome and marble base, surrounded by grey leather upholstered chairs.
Then I discover the Queensland's study, ticked away off the kitchen, a tiny room but with a white wall of cupboard, with a sliding door, a hideaway for all the boring paperwork essentials.
Stately-Albion Chatsworth Gold
A 50 ft x 20 ft version of the Chatsworth Gold destined for Laird Estates' Heatherbank Park in Renfrewshire, Scotland, was showcased at Stoneleigh.
This home has an enormous L-shaped lounge-dining area and so many lights set into the ceiling it's almost like a starscape.
The lounge area spans the whole width of the home with two opening double-doored windows at the end and a bay window at the side.
A pale cream-framed white rock-and-crystal flame-effect fire forms the focal point. The amount of floor space in this room is awesome.
Furniture is a traditional three-piece suite in plain cream. Curtains and cushions carry on the traditional look with a floral pattern in pale yellow and grey.
The kitchen is amazing – large, like the lounge, and with an island unit housing the four-burner hob and storage cabinets. A rock-effect kitchen surface in cream, wood planking effect flooring in a toning shade and cream tiles look lovely.
Then you notice the cabinet doors. Some are cream, some are a subtle sage green; it's a stunning integration of colour. The roller blind is a tartan-inspired design with bold inset metal rings to the edge.
The kitchen flows into a utility area by the rear door – extra surface and extra cabinets are here. We love the flexible hose tap with an on-off button at the end of the hose.
By the door is a seat, under three coat hooks in an alcove; perfect for unlacing or lacing up walking boots. Four more coat hooks are in a cupboard alongside.
From Beverley in East Yorkshire comes a new manufacturer, producing various holiday lodges with many bespoke options. Among them is the Phantom, 50ft long. 20ft wide, with two spectacular hexagonal windows on one side, one opening into the dining area.
It has a wide open aspect, with an open-plan dining lounge area. The dining suite is stark black leather and chrome – beautiful! The lounge décor colour is pale grey for the two sofas and curtains.
Along the corridor past the kitchen we discover the study – perhaps the largest study we've yet seen in a lodge, complete with a sofa as well as a large desk. This is where the second of the hexagonal windows opens into.
The bathroom, with free-standing bath, has grey wood planking-effect wall covering and grey rock-effect tiles, continuing the grey theme of the lodge.
The enormity of this lodge is nowhere more obvious than in the kitchen, a big square space with an island unit that houses, unusually, the sink. Its washer and dishwasher are housed within the cabinet of the island unit.
On one side of the kitchen, the microwave, oven and grill line up in a wall of cabinets that houses the fridge-freezer. On the opposite side of the kitchen sits a five-burner hob, with many cabinets and drawers. VC
Red Rose Park Homes Contemporary Rose
Contemporary by name, contemporary by nature, Red Rose has created a superior living experience with this new home showcased at Stoneleigh.
An instant eye-catcher is the plush silver floral seating in the lounge. Huge windows flood the room with light, perfectly balancing the subtle greys and silvers of the finish.
The dining table, unusually, seats six and the galley-style kitchen is a beautiful place to cook up a contemporary cuisine. The kitchen units are finished in white gloss, with some cupboard doors finished in a gloss graphite colour; the light and the dark balanced extremely well.
Underneath the kitchen units are LED strip lighting, creating a lovely effect as the light bounces off the marbleesque floor. The cupboard handles are finished in chrome and smoked glass, all extremely modern and extremely vibrant.
Both bedrooms are well appointed with plenty of fitted storage in a light warm grey. Both bathrooms are luxuriously designed, with a freestanding bath in the main bathroom and a huge shower area in the en suite. Each of these bathrooms have a special feature wall, with sand, glass and mirrored mosaic tiles set into the wall behind the shower and bath respectively.
Clean and modern, the Contemporary Rose is a rose by another name!
As you walk into the Dorset you are greeted by the L- shaped lounge and dining area, leading off to the kitchen.
Simple but elegant, the Dorset exudes modern styling, from the cream carpets and champagne walls in the lounge (with a wood burner-effect fire) to the plum-coloured splashback in the kitchen.
The kitchen is complete with glass fronted covered doors and a tartan Roman blind on the main window. The furniture is pale oak, simple but delightfully stylish.
Move through the hallway and you are greeted by the full-width master bedroom with walk-in wardrobe and en suite bathroom. Both the master and second bedroom are furnished with more pale oak features and accentuated with curtains and cushions of differing shades of pale grey.
The bedrooms are well furnished with dressing tables and plenty of lighting, the purple scatter cushions accentuating the grey walls and curtains. The Dorset offers a large, open and relaxed homely feeling. RC
An elegant classic design is evident in this home. The entrance opens to a practical porch area which then leads to the lounge. Features are a pale marble stone-tiled chimney breast and wood 'burner' with turquoise and chocolate checked lounge suite and matching curtains and tie backs.
It sounds bold but is relaxing in its tone, the pale grey wallpapers finishing the classic look. The lounge has two bay windows which flood the room with light, muting the colour scheme pleasantly to its relaxed tone.
The kitchen has a breakfast bar separating the cooking area from the dining area, the dining table finished in pale oak with grey base.
Walking through the Canford, you come to the large study, coloured in pale limes and greys, then the bathroom with more greys; these tiles are darker, perfectly accenting the white and cream fittings.
Both master and second bedrooms have full bed width mirrors hung above the headboards with large circular downlighters hanging in the centre of the rooms. The bedroom furniture is pale oak topped and a pale grey champagne finish to the drawers and wardrobes.
The master bedroom has a bay window, making for a bright and airy feel in the room, silver floral curtains frame the window keeping the bright theme. Off from the master is the dressing room area and the en suite with a large shower. The shower is tiled in a woodrings and grey effect, perfect for the bathroom setting The mirror above the sink unit is down-lit by lights set into the ceiling.
A completely new home – and, in a word, amazing. Exterior is clad in stunning Ced'R-Vue Sandalwood. The Spinney is a refreshing take on country lodge home living. Enter through the door, coloured in Chartwell National Trust green, and you step into the galley kitchen with a split entrance to the lounge and the rest of the home.
The kitchen features a glossy tiled splashback in the same green as the front door. The fixtures are finished in a light cream and the porcelain sink has a sloped draining area. It also has an integrated wine cooler and 'slide-and-hide' oven door, maximising the available space by sliding beneath the oven.
I met up with Nathalie Montague, who designed the Spinney. She explained the ethos behind the Spinney: "Rustic, country yet practical, we tried to keep the home open and quirky whilst keeping its unique and fresh feel."
The lounge has a feature wall with log burner-effect unit in the centre, lit from above. This is framed by wallpaper in a stacked log style, perfectly in-keeping with the Spinney's country theme.
The dining area is next to the lounge area, which has a huge reclaimed single plank effect table with matching benches. The attention to detail is inspirational and fantastic in this home.
Move down the corridor and the reclaimed wood effect wallpaper of the master bedroom comes into view, with small recesses with integrated lighting making this room stand out; it also has filament bulbs hanging above and beside the bed.
Its bed is a rarity, too, as it is a four-poster, delightfully following with the country theme. The en suite has a wet room area comprising both freestanding bath and shower area with a full width mirror opposite.
The second bathroom has a huge shower with gloss white and light brown tiles backing.
Free-standing furniture is in the second bedroom. Next to each of the beds is a little recess with independently controlled lighting and power/USB sockets.
This is replicated in the master bedroom too. If you're considering a park home then you must have a look around the Spinney: exquisite and clever design meets modern living.
Prestige Homeseeker Anthem
The Anthem gets new styling and a new kitchen for this year.
The entrance is amazing – a white door leads into an angled hallway with a window giving you a view into the dining area – which correspondingly also has an angled shape. That's the defining feature of the Anthem – because the dining table is set at and angle it looks a separate entity, rather than part of the kitchen.
Here, the island unit of drawers and cabinets is also a breakfast bar, with two chrome monopod leather-seat stools.
The pure gloss white of the kitchen cabinets and bevelled edge tiles looks gloriously ultra-modern. Kitchen surfaces are in three areas – the island unit, the L shaped to the main kitchen area that houses the hob and oven and grill, and a side surface, with a washing machine beneath. The dishwasher is conveniently close to the sink.
Double glass doors lead from the kitchen-dining area to the lounge. A cream three-piece suite laden with cushions and bolsters creates an ultra-cosy, inviting look. The sideboard, coffee table and a square occasional table are in dark coffee colour. It's an elegant room with floor-to- ceiling curtains that match the cabinetry and a cream fireplace housing a log burning effect fire, with a mirror above – touches of classic styling.
Back into the hallway, I find the study. It's small but there's enough space to get organised here and I borrow the desk to compose some words before moving on, to the bathroom.
The same white gloss bevelled edge tiles that we liked in the kitchen are here, creating a crisply plain style.
There's an over bath shower with a screen, and a tall heated towel rail.
The master bedroom has a desk style dressing table with a stool. Feature wallpaper on the bedhead wall has a watermark pattern in a vaguely floral, traditional style – another touch of the elegance that seems to define this home.
A big mirror over the dressing table framed in silky silver looks lovely. A corridor of wardrobes each side leads to the small en suite shower room. More of the white gloss tiles are here.
In the second bedroom is a large wardrobe plus a full-height shelved cabinet, and the same wallpaper as in the main bedroom. Both bedrooms have high quality ultra pale cream curtains – those in the second bedroom are a mottled pattern that catches the light; those in the main bedroom have a diamond relief pattern.
The first thing that strikes you about the Addington is colour. Big bold colour, in bright lime green upholstered dining chairs, rounded in shape and comfortable.
The second major colour statement is in the lounge, a large rug a mixture of the brightest pink, yellow, blues, greens and reds, all mixed in an abstract design. Two purple cushions are among a bank of cream ones on the settee and chair.
The rest of the décor is calming creams - that's for the plain upholstery of the sofa and large armchair, curtains and fireplace. A stunning element of the lounge is concealed lighting running all the way around the room at ceiling level – awesome!
The log-effect fire sits in a slate-effect recess in a cream fireplace. Floor-to-ceiling windows are on three sides of the room.
The kitchen is spacious, wrapping around an island breakfast bar unit which has two button-upholstered chairs – like the dining chairs, they are ultra comfortable.
Kitchen appliances include a wine cooler, five-burner hob, washer, dishwasher, waist-level microwave, oven and grill.
Lots of open shelving is an unusual feature of this kitchen, along with three wall cabinets; storage space is immense.
The bathroom has a roll-top free-standing bath with traditional feet and a free-standing shower unit – a style stamen of which we are seeing more and more in park and holiday homes.