The Retreat Caravan Park is a family-run holiday park on the Somerset coast, where all the caravans are owner-occupied and an exciting new lodge development “The Paddocks” is now ready.
Family-owned for generations
In these days of large corporate-owned parks, it’s great to come across a holiday park that has been in the same family ownership for generations. This is the case at Retreat Caravan Park in the Somerset seaside town of Burnham-on-Sea.
The Jackson family acquired the park in 1947, and ran it as a touring caravan park. Over time it was developed into a holiday caravan park, with static caravans and a total of 200 pitches.
Retreat luxury lodge development planned
The big news at the moment is the new development for luxury lodges, in an area called The Paddocks. Here, owners can buy their own luxurious holiday lodge, with prices from just over £100,000.
As with the caravans on the rest of the park, the lodges will come with their own individual fenced-off garden areas, as well as large areas of decking.
Community atmosphere and great facilities
All of the holiday caravans and lodges are owner-occupied, with no rental caravans. This helps to maintain the peaceful and friendly character of the park, with holiday home owners usually knowing their neighbours.
Although all the caravans come with their own washroom facilities, the site owners still provide a modern washroom block, with disabled facilities.
There’s also a playground for children, as well as an indoor play centre. However, with the beach just a short walk away, on the other side of the sand dunes, most families spend their days on the beach.
The town centre of Burnham-on-Sea is within walking distance from the park, plus there are plenty of local supermarkets and places to eat out.
If you want to go further afield, Weston-Super-Mare is a 20-minute drive away, or you can use the local bus service to get there, with a bus stop near the entrance to the park.
There are plenty of other easy to reach attractions. Wookey Hole and Cheddar Gorge provide enough scenery and spectacle to keep all the family happy.
Holiday homes for sale
There’s always a good selection of new and used holiday caravans for sale. Plus, the new lodge development enjoys a lovely secluded spot on the park, with luxury lodges starting from £105,000 and come with decking and plus their own fenced-off gardens.
Used holiday caravans are available from under £10,000, with new ones ranging between £30,000 and £70,000.
As an example, when we visited a new 32ft x 12, two-bedroom Willerby Avonmore holiday caravan was for sale at £39,250.
On the new lodge development, there was a new 40ft x 20, two-bedroom Willerby Clearwater Lodge for sale at £105,000, as well as a new 40ft x 20 two-bedroom Victory Versailles Lodge for sale at £125,000
What the customers say
Pauline and Geoffrey Leaver from Great Barr near Birmingham bought their first caravan here six years ago and have since upgraded to a newer model. “This area appealed to us because we didn’t want to be too far away from home.
We were looking for a quieter holiday park rather than a larger one with a noisy club house and amusements. We loved the look of this site and decided to buy a caravan here.”
“As well as the peace and quiet, each caravan has its own private garden area, so we can sit out and make the most of our time here.
Our caravan also had its own shed, which Geoffrey has made into his den! It’s a very well kept site and the park owners and staff are a great bunch of people.”
Committed to good park management
The Park runs several “Owners Events” throughout the year as well as holding the annual Garden Competition in July.
They are also very proud of achieving their 10th consecutive Gold Award in the “David Bellamy Conservation Award Scheme”. The park is also now a member of the NCC Approved Holiday Parks scheme, showing the management’s commitment to good park management practice and customer service.
Retreat is a lovely little holiday park in a great seaside location and one which really lived up to the ‘Retreat’ name tag. If you’re looking for a quiet and friendly holiday park, with an enthusiastic team running it, plus holiday homes that come with their own little gardens, then this park is well worth a look.
Availability: the park is open 50 weeks of the year
Pitch fees: annual pitch fees range from £3150 for a holiday caravan to £5148 for a holiday lodge
Water and sewerage: Water and sewerage costs are included in the annual ‘rates’ fee which is £510 for holiday caravans and £690 for lodges
Electricity: Mains electricity supplied and billed via the park owner
Gas: Gas bottles
Park rules: Pets, including dogs, are VERY WELCOME
Tenure: New holiday caravans come with a 15-year site agreement while lodges come with a 30 year site agreement
See for yourself
Just contact the park owners and they will be happy to greet you and show round any caravans or lodges you may be interested in.
It would also be a great chance to walk round and chat to some of the other caravan owners to see what they think of the park.
Retreat Caravan Park
T: 01278 795006