The Hoseasons Owners Conference is a spectacular annual event! This past year, OPDS, a leading name in the holiday park industry, received huge plaudits, and in good company. No stranger to success, OPDS were thrilled to take home Diamond Awards at Hoseasons’ 2019 event. Two of OPDS’ developments, Lode Hall Country Park and New Oaks Farm Lodges, went away with recognition. It’s not hard to understand why!
Lode Hall took home the big award in the Lodge Escapes, Lodges and Parks in Britain (Small Parks) for the East of England. It’s not the first time that this park has won big, either. New Oaks, meanwhile, was a finalist in the Small Parks category for Devon and Somerset. For a holiday home brand that’s really worked hard over the years, it was nothing short of fully-deserved success.
“Both Lode Hall Country Park and New Oaks are fantastic examples of diversification,” OPDS’ Director Richard Sigsworth confirms. “I’m very proud to have been involved in both projects from the beginning. It just goes to show what hard work can achieve. Recognition is very well deserved.”
Lode Hall Country Park is well-loved for its luxury, rural standards. It really is a secret escape for many people holidaying in the East of England! Set in the very heart of the fens, Lode Hall Park backs onto the grounds of Lode Hall itself, hence its name. Lode Hall is a country house which has stood for over 200 years. It’s a true marvel of Georgian architecture!
Lode Hall Country Park hasn’t just won awards for fantastic holiday experiences. It’s won the support of the RSPB thanks to its incredible wildlife. The site is also much-loved for its conservation efforts and has previously won the David Bellamy Gold Award.
But what’s driven the team to pick up yet another Hoseasons Diamond Award? It may have something to do with the fantastic, luxury accommodation on-site. Lode Hall Country Park works with OPDS, also known as Omar, one of the leading names in luxury lodge creation. Therefore, anyone buying or renting holiday property here can always expect the height of private, luxury accommodation. You’ll even be able to enjoy a private hot tub with your partner, alongside luxury, discrete holiday living standards for couples.
But it’s not just the accommodation standards which have gotten Hoseasons’ attention! The staff and management at the park work tirelessly to create a truly unique holiday breakaway. What’s more, it’s in one of the most gorgeous areas England has to offer.
Lode Hall’s owners, Dick and Fran Johnson, made the decision to revitalise their countryside estate only a few years ago. With expansive space and the opulent Lode Hall itself as a backdrop, it was a project in need of a fantastic purpose! Therefore, the Johnsons decided to pursue setting up a private holiday estate.
That’s where OPDS came into the picture. The Johnsons, while keen to pursue setting up a holiday community, had little to no experience in handling such a project! Therefore, they sought the services of a brand with years of expertise in the trade. OPDS is a name many people associate with private and holiday living success. It’s little wonder why they, and the Johnsons, have come away with plaudits from Hoseasons.
OPDS helped the Johnsons to transform their existing greenfield location into a bespoke retreat. Now, Lode Hall Country Park is a unique luxury holiday resort – quite unlike any other. It was thanks to OPDS that the Johnsons were able to draw up and continue with plans for their dream site. Everything from lodge specifics to marketing and guest experiences was covered. Essentially, when you want to set up a holiday community, you head straight for the experts!
OPDS are leading experts in the holiday park building industry. Without them, the Johnsons may not be where they are today! However, there was, of course, another party involved in the Lode Hall success story.
Of course, the Johnsons and OPDS would then cross paths with Hoseasons, the holiday giants. It was Hoseasons who would put the Johnsons in touch with the wider public. Their plans for their holiday park were finally taking shape. But where do you go from here? Naturally, you think carefully about looking into how you can market your park for the best.
To be able to stand a chance in a competitive industry, Lode Hall Country Park needed the very best in modern luxuries. It’s safe to say that holiday communities are expanding and getting all the more luxurious! With such demands increasing, Hoseasons was more than happy to point the Johnsons in the right direction.
For example, Hoseasons inspired the Johnsons to pursue modern facilities and uncommon luxuries. They brought in Jacuzzis and free Wi-Fi, and even made their whole site pet-friendly for families and couples alike. It was these changes, arguably, that really helped to tip the balance in the direction of further bookings! It reached the point where the Johnsons decided to transform their holiday park into a let-only park. Therefore, it’s the perfect park to rent at while touring the East of England.
So – what is it about Lode Hall that has impressed Hoseasons so much on these separate occasions? It’s partly thanks to incredible management. What’s more, the unique, rural getaway location has helped to bring the Lode Hall name to the masses. It benefits from beautiful Somerset countryside, and has close links to various local towns and historic sites of interest. All around, it’s a great place to stay if you want to explore the local history and panoramas. Wookey Hole caves, for example, are only a short drive away.
New Oaks now has a full site of luxury lodges ready to go, too. Thanks to their partnership with Omar luxury lodges, it’s now easier than ever for local tourists to find their perfect countryside spot. Each lodge in the park offers expansive living space, sleeping four with full open-plan living, dining and kitchen facilities. Holidaymakers also benefit from private patios and French door access, meaning they can sit out and enjoy the incredible views across the county and further away.
The managers at New Oaks, Gary and Laura, have worked closely with ODPS to create a fantastic getaway for local holidaymakers as well as those heading from elsewhere. Once again, OPDS was instrumental in making sure the park appealed to the public, and to ensure that the highest in luxury holiday standards were upheld.
Therefore, it seems fitting that Hoseasons would recognise such accessible, popular parks in their regions. Hopefully, in the year to come, New Oaks will pick up its own award or two!
Hoseasons is a name that many people trust when it comes to holiday homes in the UK. Holiday park owners and developers, too, rely on the brand and their experts for advice on building appealing, attractive, accessible parks. As such, the brand also makes sure to celebrate the very best holiday parks in the UK each year. Some awards receive votes from the public, while others receive backing from Hoseasons’ directors.
In any case, the Diamond Awards are carefully offered to those parks who go above and beyond. While there are many wonderful holiday parks and communities up and down the UK, Hoseasons makes sure to recognise the cream of the crop. For anyone running a park, it’s an immense accolade. It means that they are seen as amongst the very best in holiday experiences in the country!
It also works well as a form of promotion. Many would-be holidaymakers will now look to Lode Park and New Oaks for holiday fun and rural getaways. If they are good enough for Hoseasons recognition – then they will be good enough to stay in all year round!
For park owners and developers, the annual Hoseasons Conference is a great chance to celebrate the best of the industry. It’s normally a glitzy affair, and 2019’s conference benefited from having TV comic Alan Carr on hand as compere.
Here at Sell My Group, we want to make sure that our visitors have access to award-winning parks up and down the country. We’re thrilled to see a hard-working brand in OPDS take away another big win. We also feel that New Oaks deserves its recognition. As stated, we won’t be too surprised to see its name come up again on Hoseasons’ books in future.
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