The Water Gardens, the stunning new development at the award-winning Wayside Holiday Park in the heart of the North Yorkshire Moors, is now open.
Three of the 13 new pitches for this “game-changing” development at Wrelton, near Pickering, have already been snapped up, with strong interest in the remaining nine.
Ryedale District Council approved plans for Wayside to create 13 new pitches for luxury caravans and lodges in the centre of the park last year.
The £250,000 state-of-the-art development has meant the end of seasonal touring caravans on site.
Owner Mark Goodson explained this was a “transformational move”, taking Wayside up-market and breathing new and exciting life into the popular holiday park, creating a quality environment in its heart.
“We are absolutely delighted with the response to the Water Gardens so far. Now the groundwork and the infrastructure on the development are finished, interest is gathering pace. Three pitches have already been sold, which has repaid my confidence in going ahead with this speculative project.
“This confidence stemmed from the continuing staycation boom and the tremendous success of our up-market Lakes development at Wayside, where we have sold every single one of our 37 lodges.
“We have a number of demonstration lodges on site now, so it’s the perfect time to come and have a look. In the recent past, there have been supply problems across the industry with the delivery of lodges, but these problems have been solved, so once you have decided to buy a pitch, it’s not long before you can move into your lodge.
Mike Drummond, a recently retired office worker from Wakefield, is one of the new owners of a state-of-the-art lodge at the Water Gardens.
“Wayside was just what we were looking for as a restful retreat, because of the quality of the park and its wonderful location. We originally bought a static caravan there, but when we saw the original artist’s impressions of the Water Gardens, they looked stunning.
“When I approached Mark about the possibility of moving there, he said we could have first choice of pitch. The rest, as they say, is history and we moved into our new Lodge in March this year.
“We avidly watched the Water Gardens evolve with the Mediterranean planting. The view we have down the lakes watching the birds in and over the water is stunning and so relaxing, which will only get better as the plants and trees become established.
“Mark and the rest of the team are always there to help, advise and assist at any time and they even made sure that when they were planning the ford, it would not be too deep to allow access for my MX5 sports car!
“If you are looking for a quiet, tranquil and friendly holiday park. then I would certainly have no hesitation in recommending Wayside. The Water Gardens is perfect.”
Mark Goodson continued: “I am very proud indeed of what we are creating at the Water Gardens. As the name suggests, water is the predominant theme, with two small lakes and a connecting ford at the heart of the development. Each lodge has a veranda which actually extends over the water.
“The surrounding area features rock gardens, low-lying bushes and specialist planting to give a wonderful Mediterranean feel to the whole development, right here in the heart of North Yorkshire,” said Mark. “We believe it is magnificent.”
Mark paid tribute to his “fantastic” team at Wayside, which comprises Park Director Trevor Jones; Dave and Karen Freebre, the Park Managers; Chris Bailey, the Landscape Manager; and John and Jill, the part-time Park Managers.
“Apart from the remaining pitches at the Water Gardens, we have a number of pitches to suit all pockets elsewhere on the park, which are ideal for anyone wanting to get away from it all and making a home in one of the most beautiful parts of the UK.
“For those who don’t know Wayside, it is a haven of tranquillity and beauty in the North York Moors National Park. We are 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 beauty and tranquillity are perfect for those who want to escape, relax and recharge their batteries.”