A new holiday park is being established in Essex.
Part of the Berkeley Parks portfolio, Kingfisher Holiday Park is on the bank of the River Crouch, close to the village of Hullbridge and four miles from the village of Hockley.
This park is an ideal location if you are looking for an escape from the city; a holiday home here enables you to relax in a peaceful atmosphere in a delightfully remote rural location – yet it’s just over an hour from central London. If work necessitates that you spend the weekdays in London, this is a perfect weekend retreat location. And there are pubs within walking distance.
Local people call the banks of the River Crouch ‘the Essex Riviera’; if that seems rather too ambitious a description, it probably is but it’s nice anyway. The certain fact is, though, that the River Crouch is well known as a sailing region and has three yacht clubs – and that the region has a delightfully tranquil charm.
The river flows through the flatlands of Essex. It’s tidal for almost all of its length. It rises in a pond close to Billericay and reaches the sea 18 miles later, just north of the Thames estuary.
Fascinatingly, the river was at one time called the Huolve, which links with the origin of the village name, Hullbridge.
Southend-on-Sea is just 10 miles from the new holiday park. There are several beaches, art galleries, traditional seaside attractions, even an historic cliff lift (dating from 1912) – and the longest pleasure pier in the world, at 1.34 miles… It’s all here spread out before you; a place to visit time and time again from your holiday home at Kingfisher Park.
And Southend’s place on the culinary map of Britain was secured last year by Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty’s Friday Night Feast on Channel 4, which was filmed at a café on Southend Pier.
The picturesque waterfront of Burnham-on-Crouch, which has a good choice of eateries along its quayside, is 18 miles from the park. This one-time oyster port dates back to the eleventh century. You can explore the town’s past at its museum where you can see finds from archaeological digs, plus items tracing the agricultural development of the area.
Burnham-on-Crouch is a sailing and birdwatching centre. Not far away is Wallasea Island, a landscape of saltmarshes and lagoons. It’s an RSPB wetlands reserve, and a regeneration project is taking place with the aim of attracting more wildfowl; hides will be established. You can expect to see avocet, black-tailed godwit – and seals.
The park will be launched with an official opening weekend, 1-3 May. Three show homes will be at the park.
These are a Prestige Homeseeker Bella Vista, a Wessex Classic and a Country Homes Holliwell. The postcode is SS5 6QA.
The park will have 37 bases available for holiday homes in a range of sizes and prices starting from £150,000. Lodges will have a 35-year licence.
Its name means ‘beautiful view’ and its enormous windows that stretch the entire height and width of the front provide just that. White and grey tones, an island kitchen unit and an open-plan living space characterise this stunning, luxury home.
The Wessex Classic has country-style furnishings and a soft, neutral colour palette.
This is sophisticated holiday living, with lots of design statements including wicker high-backed dining chairs that emphasise the classic country theme of the lodge.
There is also a Country Homes Holliwell available at the park.
Berkeley Parks is best known for residential parks; it has parks in 21 counties in England and Wales. Now, the company is expanding into the holiday park sector with the establishment of Kingfisher Park and also a park in Wales. Llewelyn Park, near the market town of Builth Wells, offers valley views and is close to many walking trails.
Tel: 01935 862079