An upmarket holiday park in the North York Moors National Park has enjoyed an excellent year.
The ten-acre £500,000 Wayside Lakes development between Kirkbymoorside and Pickering is situated next to the popular Wayside Holiday Park. Both are owned by Yorkshire businessman Mark Goodson.
Mr Goodson, whose family are steeped in the entertainment business and ran iconic cinemas in Filey, Tadcaster and Sleaford, is hoping that 2018 will prove even more successful for Wayside Lakes.
The five-star development, whose focal point is two picturesque lakes, caters for up to 38 exclusive lodges. Already 12 lodges have been bought and are occupied on site, with strong interest coming in for others from across the north of England. Prices start from £60,000, rising to £120,000.
Mr Goodson said: “Wayside Lakes is a quality addition to Wayside Holiday Park and we believe strongly it’s our best creation to date. The up-market holiday lodge market is buoyant, thanks to the strength of the so-called grey pound, and we have discovered that an exclusive holiday park is an idea whose time has come.
“Post-Brexit, despite worries about the future, the market has picked up well and we are looking forward to an excellent year. Currently the fall in the strength of the pound means that holidays abroad are markedly more expensive and the idea of a ‘staycation’ is increasingly attractive. What better than making that staycation permanent by investing in a high-quality but affordable lodge in beautiful surroundings?
“Most of our new owners are 50-plus, professional and white collar workers who are retired or semi-retired. They have decent pension pots and want a comfortable and attractive home, away from the bustling world, but close enough to beautiful countryside and sophisticated tourist attractions. They find our development fits this bill perfectly.”
Clive Hillier bought a lodge at Wayside Lakes last year. He enthused: “I cannot stress enough the wonderful lifestyle this park provides. The management and staff, and the other residents, are wonderfully friendly. Finding this place was one of my luckiest days. We are ecstatically content and happy here, as are the family. A truly wonderful location.”
“Location, of course, is crucial,” said Mr Goodson. “Wayside Lakes is ideally situated within easy reach of Yorkshire’s breath-taking coastline, historic market towns, world-class heritage and mile upon mile of superb walking country. Set amid North Yorkshire’s rolling, wood-fringed fields, its peace and tranquillity are perfect for those who want to escape, relax and recharge their batteries.”