Life’s a beach for new owner of Britain’s loveliest lodge
Major park operators Park Holidays UK and holiday home manufacturers Prestige have joined forces to create the ultimate fantasy escape at Sandhills Holiday Park in Dorset.
It takes the form of a high-tech £420,000 bespoke luxury lodge with one of the most picturesque beach-side settings to be found anywhere in Britain.
And this autumn, the keys to the holiday home were officially handed over to its extremely proud new owner.
The visually striking and lavishly equipped lodge is the result of a design collaboration with Prestige which was sparked by Park Holidays UK earlier this year.
It arose when Sandhills had to opportunity to develop a new holiday home on the sea-facing front of the park, just a few paces from the sandy beach at Mudeford near Christchurch.
According to Park Holidays UK director Tony Clish, it was agreed that the breathtaking position warranted the creation of a unique and very special holiday home:
“Only very rarely do pitches become available on Sandhills’ front row, and we wanted the new owners to enjoy surroundings that were just as amazing as the views,” he said.
“Together with Prestige, we developed a blueprint which included large areas of glazing to give the outlook star billing from the interior, but maintained a warm and homely feel.
“Natural materials, including timber, are a big feature together with ocean-inspired colours and decoration to evoke the glorious seascape vista,” added Tony.
The split-level 40-ft x 20-ft lodge has a large elevated lounge, two spacious bedrooms, modern kitchen and bathrooms, and a 350-square foot decking surrounded by infinity glass.
Its new owner is haulage entrepreneur John Dean who, with his partner Carol can now spend leisure time away from their Salisbury home in surroundings he describes as “simply stunning”.
John, aged 79, founded his distribution company almost 50 years ago with a single truck, and grew the business to serve both national and international customers.
His love of the sea led him to acquire a 65-foot motor cruiser and then, last year, a holiday home at Sandhills Holiday Park with a view of Christchurch Harbour.
Having made new friends at the park and found its relaxed and peaceful atmosphere very much to his liking, John was quick to seize his chance when the sea-front lodge became available.
The impressive manor house at the centre of the landscaped grounds at Sandhills Holiday Park was a favourite holiday retreat of King George III who helped to popularise the area.
Substantial investment in Sandhills by Park Holidays UK has introduced many new modern-day facilities to the park including a country club, gymnasium, and a heated outdoor pool.
For buyers on a more modest budget, holiday homes at the park start from around £150,000 – in an area where wooden beach huts are regularly reported as changing hands for up to £300,000.
Meanwhile, the park has just released a second bespoke holiday home on its front row which features a roof-top garden – and a slightly more accessible price tag of £399,950.
There is more about Sandhills on the website of Park Holidays UK: www.ParkHolidays.com