A busy October at WDLH
While our visitors enjoyed half term and some nice October weather in Dorset, we’ve had a very busy few weeks at West Dorset Leisure Holidays with changes taking shape.
This week saw the arrival of the first new Pinelog Lodge at the front of Golden Cap Holiday Park. Our team battled against wet weather and muddy ground to move the 2 halves of the Lodge onto one of the new pitches. We are very pleased with how the area is looking, the quality of finish and the views from the Lodge. The pitches are ready for the next 2 Lodges, which will arrive next week and the week after from Derbyshire. These Lodges are available for Holiday lets and short breaks from 1st March, 2016 and we have already begun taking bookings for these.
On October 16th a few members of the team attended the Dorset Tourism Awards at The Tank Museum, where Highlands End won the Gold Award for Camping, Caravanning & Holiday Park of the Year for the second time in 3 years. We were very proud to see the team’s hard work recognised over the 2015 season. It was encouraging to see other local businesses in the Bridport area win Gold Awards also, such as Symondsbury Estate and Lyme Bay RIB Charter.
Well the wind is blowing a little here at Highlands End, the sea has gorgeous brilliant white caps on the waves and the Park is really busy, with our customers enjoying a more relaxed atmosphere now the children have returned to school.
Dorset has so much to offer for those who enjoy the autumnal walks in the countryside or along the coastal path, whether you have 2 or 4 legs, you will find a hearty welcome in Martins Bar each evening, which has competitive meal deals between now and the end of October.
The decision to extend the season for touring caravans until the end of November at Highlands End has been a success with a good number of bookings for the winter period.
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If you are a fan of Historic Houses, the National Trust has a number of properties and gardens in the area which are well worth a visit. The early autumn shades of golden browns as the leaves turn colour and go crispy before they drop and the picturesque early evening sunsets act as a reminder to bring your camera and snap these gorgeous scenes.
The development of the front of Golden Cap has already commenced and three new holiday lodges will be delivered in early October. We will soon be running a competition for one lucky family to be our “official testers” and have a free holiday before the season starts.
In accordance with our policy to provide the highest quality accommodation at affordable prices; we have already added some new Hire Fleet Holiday Caravans for 2016 from Willerby, Swift, Victory and ABI for both Golden Cap and Highlands End, many of which will have Sea views.
We have a limited number of Seaview Plots for new caravan purchasers at Highlands and Golden Cap, if you were thinking of delaying your decision to purchase to the New Year you risk missing out on a unique opportunity.
If you have a Holiday Caravan anywhere on the parks, I would remind you to turn the water off at the stop cock before leaving in case we receive an early frost, to prevent unnecessary damage.
The Sales Team are busy preparing for the Beaulieu and Westpoint Shows and are busy dealing with an influx of Seasonal Touring customers who are looking to upgrade to their first Static Holiday Home.
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Own a Holiday Home by one of Britain’s most blissful country pubs!
Whilst the children are enjoying their Summer Break, the Sales Office has been really busy at Highlands End. The latest 2016 Models are being delivered and in the case of a 2016 Victory Coaster it was sold soon after it was unloaded. Currently there is a varied selection of pre-owned stock on Golden Cap, Graston Copse and Sandyholme. Many of our customers ask when is a good time to become a Holiday Home Owner? The answer is obvious when you see something you like!
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We anticipate having a few pitches on both Highlands End and Golden Cap becoming available this winter for top of the range holiday homes in locations with Sea and or Countryside views, so it is a good time to express an interest or request a part exchange valuation if you are already an owner.
If you have a tourer or motorhome a member of the Sales Team will happily obtain a valuation from our network of dealers. Increasing numbers of people with seasonal touring pitches along the Jurassic Coast are joining us year on year as Holiday Home Owners.
As the schools go back, the market traditionally heats up in September and demand normally out strips supply, so August is a really good time to see what is about and with prices for pre-owned models from only £5,500.00 they don’t get much cheaper.
At Golden Cap, you could own a Holiday Home right by wonderful The Anchor Inn, which featured in the Daily Mail at the weekend as one of Britain’s most blissful country pubs! We highly recommend The Anchor to visitors at all our parks as one of the best places to eat in the local area, with a great view of Seatown Beach and the Jurassic coastline.
VIPs at Highlands End Holiday Park
Martin’s VIP alert!
I was very pleased to call into the Martin’s Bar and Restaurant this morning, where the team had done a great job doing just over 50 breakfasts. I was also pleased to see a familiar face that I met a few years ago and heard of his story about cycling to Highlands End from Watford which would take him between 10 and 22 hours. I was informed today that they are here celebrating their Golden Wedding Anniversary at Highlands End Holiday Park! Cip and Dig Felton (as they are known on the park) and 4 generations of family are camping with us over the weekend and have returned many times over the years after celebrating their honeymoon at what was Highlands End Farm 50 years ago! A genuine Highlands End success story.
We wish them congratulations and a great weekend
Enjoy the champagne!
Happy Birthday Sydney!
So this week I have been taken over the by our dog – it seems that James from Marketing and Sydney have decided to promote a special offer! Happy Birthday Syd!
Woof! I’m Sydney and my family own the five holiday parks. Lots of people bring their doggies with them on holiday because we love the walks and beaches in Dorset. I’m very excited because this week it’s my 9th birthday and to celebrate we are running a special offer for my doggie friends.
I love doggies so much, I suggested that it should be free to bring dogs with you to my parks in October and November 2015 if you are touring or camping! This offer applies to Golden Cap Holiday Park and Sandyholme Holiday Park throughout October and Highlands End Holiday Park throughout October and November.
I look forward to seeing you and enjoy your summer holidays, Sydney x
Visit our Special Offers page for more information
First Lodge for sale at Golden Cap in 20 years!
I apologise for the break over the last few weeks, the build up to the summer and a trip to France has really meant my Blog writing days seemed to have disappeared, anyhow plenty to catch up on now.
I was delighted when visiting Golden Cap at the weekend to see our first lodge for sale in 20+ years is now ready for sale. The 2015 Victory Evron Lodge sits in a unique secluded position on the park just 300 yards from Seatown Beach on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast. Being shown around it by Jasper our Sales Manager and Jen the Park Manager I could really feel they were proud to have brought this fantastic product to the park and to show us as a family what we can offer.
The front of the Victory Evron Lodge
Vanessa was pleased to be shown inside the 2 bedroom Lodge and to see it is fully furnished with open-plan living, including a utility room, walk in wardrobe and bath!
A manufacturer’s photo of the Lodge’s open-plan living
I was pleased to be joined by the marketing team and we were able to get some great pictures and footage of the Lodge to show its setting and location. Click here to view a video of the Lodge’s location and click here to view a virtual tour of the lodge from manufacturers Victory. I had a busy weekend with my photography hat on, which is becoming more and more enjoyable as we transformed a unit of accommodation to bring Christmas to WDLH early for a marketing campaign and our annual Christmas Card, but as I have not had time to sort through the pictures I will touch on that more next time.
Within sight and sound of Seatown Beach
For more information and images of the Lodge visit our website.
Poll Dorset Sheep looking for further TV appearances
As the farming side of our business continues to grow, we have recently introduced 36 Poll Dorset Sheep to our original flock. The Poll Dorset is a breed of sheep that was bred for its meat and the name refers to its hornless variation of the Horned Dorset Breed. Poll Dorset’s are an all-white, medium sized sheep and able to breed out of season and we are planning to lamb in January when the park is not open.
Our new ewes which we didn’t realise until we purchased them had been part of the flock which were featured in the recent filming of ‘Far From the Madding Crowd’ which has just been released in the cinemas. Far from the Madding Crowd, was the fourth novel written in 1874 by Thomas Hardy and who was originally from West Dorset.
The BBC have recently released this review about the film: Based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy, FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD is the story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, captivated by her wilful spirit; Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a handsome and reckless sergeant; and William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba’s choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love – as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance.
Over the last few days our almost famous sheep have had their winter coats removed at Highlands End Holiday Park. There was a lot of noise but I am sure that they are a lot more comfortable in the lovely sunshine that we have been experiencing.
If there are any film producers reading this blog and are looking for some sheep to use in a feature film, our Poll Dorset’s are now looking very smart and are ready for their next auditions!
Trip Advisor Winners
We have received some very exciting news today! Trip Advisor has awarded Highlands End Holiday Park and Golden Cap Holiday Park with 2015 Certificates of Excellence. An achievement that is a direct result of the consistent good reviews from our customers. If you would like to read some of our Trip Advisor reviews ‘Click Here for Highlands’and ‘Click here for Golden Cap’
Golden Cap Holiday Park
Highlands End Holiday Park
Cupcakes and Drones
This week the West Dorset Leisure Holidays maintenance vehicles have had a makeover. The Team thought it would be a good idea to add a bit of colour and advertise some key attractions about the holiday parks.
The large VW Transporter is advertising ‘Martin’s Bar & Restaurant’, and the smaller caddy vans we have enhanced with some of our best Jurassic Coast pictures and company contact details. I think that all the vans are now looking very eye catching and hopefully they will encourage our guests to make conversation with the maintenance team when they are working around the parks.
This Bank holiday weekend the caravan holiday home sales team are hosting a ‘Temptation Challenge’ for our holiday home owners. An email invitation was sent out in the week, inviting them to the Sales Office at Highlands End Holiday Park for a cup of tea and a very tempting cupcake. Jasper our Sales Manager has pulled a few strings and will be supplying some extra special cupcakes.
We look forward to welcoming the owners to the Temptation Weekend and the team will be very interested to show our existing owner’s the new holiday homes which are available.
This week we have been looking at the possibility of purchasing a Drone to enable us to have video of the parks – I am looking forward to a test flight next week and we have seen some very interesting videos taken already by local friends – click for a quick flight. I am thinking that we could also use the drone to check the lambs and save a trip across the fields!!
Golden Cap Holiday Park – Lodge for sale
Last week we were celebrating the completion of the Golden Cap Holiday Park’s winter developments. A local contractor completed the tarmac surface of the roads and the landscaping is continuing around ten stunning new hire caravans; all with wrap around balconies which allow our visitors to enjoy the views.
There is currently a Lodge at Golden Cap Holiday Park for sale and this has been creating a lot of interest over the last few days. The lodge is located on the opposite side of the newly tarmacked road at Golden Cap and is called a ‘Victory Evron ’. At Golden Cap Holiday Park we have established a new sales ground and with the earlier installation of 6 new pitches for caravans for sale, we will be welcoming some new owners to the holiday park very soon.
April is proving to be a popular month for walking the south west coast path. The views along the Jurassic Coast from Golden Cap (The highest point on the south coast) and Thorncombe beacon have been breath taking. I have seen many dogs enjoying the walk with their owners, as they leave or return to the holiday Parks.
This week we have sited a number of new caravans which are now for sale at Graston Copse and Larkfield, two of the smaller holiday parks within West Dorset Leisure Holidays and located in the quaint village of Burton Bradstock.
On another note the WDLH team at Martin’s have been busy this week; our final installation of the Kitchen for 2015 is being fitted. Unfortunately the installation did mean that just for this week we have had a restricted menu, but we are now back up and running with a full menu for the weekend.
If you did want to arrange to come and view the new area at Golden Cap Holiday Park or speak to a member of our Sales team we would be very happy to organise this for you.
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