From 33 to 51
I am pleased to see the conclusion of our first project this winter carried out by an external contractor. This involved the transformation from Grass pitches to Gravel pitches at Highlands End. In 2016 this will mean an increase from 33 to 51 gravel pitches, which is exciting because last year they proved to be our most popular pitches for Touring and Motorhome visitors. The team just need to wait for the weather to get a bit warmer to get the grass seed down and complete the landscaping.
I visited Golden Cap this morning to see how the team are getting on in the toilet block. The transformation is very pleasing and I am sure both our returning customers and our new customers will find the new look very welcoming. January is always a busy time on the parks as we finish off work started before the Christmas break. I am sure that our touring customers will be very impressed with the upgrade of the toilet and shower facilities.
This week we have seen the arrival of our new hire fleet, the siting team have been busy changing them over which is also means we have some pre-owned stock up for sale now at Graston Copse Holiday Park. Tomorrow brings another visit to Golden Cap as our next project starts upgrading the roads in Alberlon and adding parking spaces for the owners Caravans.
Next week we are attending the annual BH&HPA conference in London. It is always great to hear what our colleagues in the industry are up and to exchange ideas and experiences. We will also have an opportunity to meet many of our suppliers
Yesterday we welcomed the first lamb of 2016 to WDLH. Hopefully the first of many!
A seal in Seatown!
Brian the seal
At WDLH we love welcoming everyone to West Dorset, as a family business we thrive on making memories for families and their pets. Normally this involves a pet dog and I am sure you will join me in astonishment when the Anchor at Seatown shared an image on Facebook of a seal they named ‘Brian’ relaxing at Seatown. It seems our most recent visitor had a rest and has gone back out to sea, let’s hope he returns when the parks open on 1st March.
New caravan holiday home bases at Golden Cap
It has been a busy day at Golden Cap with a line of lorries queuing up to deliver concrete to the next 6 caravan Holiday Home bases. We are struggling with the weather but I am pleased the team are working well together to overcome issues. Next week we will be starting roadways and parking bays.
Happy New Year from WDLH!
From all our holiday parks in Dorset we wish you a Happy New Year!
How does the start of January come around some quickly? It only seems like yesterday that we had a Christmas drink before we broke up for the festive season. I hope you all have had a fantastic break and are looking forward to 2016.
The team have all returned to work after 10 days off. Inside we are busy catching up with enquiries, emails and phone calls. Outside it is wet, but the maintenance team and the contractors currently working on the parks have come out of the starting blocks quickly this year. The works lists need to be ticked off and we have decided to try to complete the three toilet block refurbishments first while the ground dries a little. The weather during the winter break has caused West Dorset some issues but thankfully we have suffered no major disruptions or issues and our winter bookings have enjoyed watching the stormy seas.
I have just completed my first two meetings of 2016, the first being with Sally our Bar and Catering Manager of Martin’s Bar and Restaurant. We concluded our plans for the January decoration program and the bar team are now on their way to the Touring at Highlands End reopening on 5th February. We are also working on an exciting new menu for 2016, looking for new dishes while keeping all the old favourites. My second meeting was with Jasper, our Caravan Holiday Home Sales Manager, we reviewed the Christmas period and have planned when the 2016 Demo stock was arriving, all of which should be in the next 6 weeks with the first arriving this morning! I am pleased the enquiries have been busy over Christmas and we have some viewings planned over the next 10 days. Pitches will be snapped up quickly like the one below, purchased by newly retired Mr and Mrs Robson who are looking forward to spending plenty of time relaxing in Dorset over the coming season.
Happy New Year once again and we look forward to welcoming you to one of our holiday parks in Dorset in 2016