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Park home review: Wessex Cranford


Practicality and elegance. The latest park home from Wessex, with both a study and a utility room, has a stunning deep aubergine statement colour in the kitchen.

The practicalities of a utility room, a study and a large hallway are among features which mark out the new Wessex Canford as destined to be popular.

Named after a beautiful – and exceptionally affluent – beach region of Dorset, you’re almost expecting the Canford to be the pinnacle of elegance before you step inside. And, yes, we discovered that the latest addition to Wessex’s park home portfolio amply lives up to that ideal.

This home has a mix of classic and ultra-modern styling. Several décor elements instantly get your attention: among them are a deep aubergine accent colour in the kitchen and utility room, a reclaimed oak wooden mantel over an electric stove in the lounge and striking, freestanding mirrors in the bedrooms.



The deep aubergine of the lower unit doors is stunning, creating a rich, elegant look, nicely contrasting with the Cashmere of the upper cabinets and fawn horizontally aligned tiles. All of the doors have soft-close hinges.

A utility room leads off the kitchen. The same aubergine and Cashmere scheme is here, on an array of units that create excellent hideaway space. One houses a washing machine; another hides away the central heating boiler and also gives plenty of storage space.

The back door leads into the utility room; that’s a practical feature to appeal to dog owners. (More canine practicality is at the front of the home; there’s plenty of space in which to dry dogs’ paws in the sizeable hallway, together with a large walk-in cloakroom.)

An island unit forms a barrier between the kitchen and dining area.

Lounge-dining area

Lounge-dining area

The Canford’s lounge is a really cosy room, with a reclaimed oak wooden mantel over a log

burner-effect electric fire set into a deep fireplace which is backed by pale grey stone-effect tiles.

Two comfortable sofas and a large taupe-painted sideboard with three drawers and three cabinets furnish the room, which is very light and bright, thanks to five vertical windows.

The dining area has taupe painted furniture, too – and there’s a wine cabinet with spaces for 21 bottles!

Two pendant lights above the table are made of gold wire basket construction surrounding the bulbs; they’re imposing – and quite exquisite.



The Canford’s study is a delightful secluded room for pursuits or quiet reading as well as for filing away the necessary home admin stuff.

Furnishings are a simple desk with drawers and a sumptuous, comfortable, supportive chair. It’s upholstered in grey velvet, studded around the high back and base to add a touch of classic styling.

Bedrooms and bathrooms


The bathroom décor mixes dark and light shades, gloss and matt, creating a stunning, chic look. Darkest grey finish for the lower wall cladding and bath side contrasts with gloss fawn tiles with a ripple effect. Very bright lights are set within the mirror above the large basin.


The main bedroom has two floor-to-ceiling windows with Roman blinds. Style points include an enormous circular pendant light.

Furniture is the same taupe painted style. A huge full-length mirror gives you no excuse for not checking your outfit. The same dark grey vertical wall cladding and ripple effect tiles as in the bathroom are in the en suite, together with an identical mirror.

The second bedroom has similar styling to the master bedroom, with two floor-to-ceiling windows dressed with Roman blinds, taupe painted furnishings and a big circular pendant light.

Both rooms are charming, in a classical elegance sort of way.


Wessex Unique Lodges & Park Homes
Pleszko House, London Road,
Brandon, Suffolk IP27 0NE
Tel: 0345 257 0400