Willerby are celebrating 70 fabulous years in the park and holiday home business with some superb new model launches. First it was the return of the Willerby Granada, one of their best-selling units ever. Then on the luxury lodge side they’ve come up with something extra-special in the form of the Willerby Portland lodge.
A natural focal point
Launched at the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show at the NEC in Birmingham earlier this year, the Portland very definitely had a few surprises up its sleeve for visitors, and its truly ingenious design was one of the main talking points of the show.
In fact, when we were viewing it we had a job to photograph it because it was so popular. Everyone was buzzing about it and you had to wait your turn to make your way round it comfortably!
The Portland concept
The Portland delivers a modern contemporary theme exceptionally well, with a subtle nod here and there to its nautical name. It has a beautiful colour scheme, earthy fabrics and some intriguing clever touches such as the hidden larder tucked behind double doors in the kitchen, which was a big talking point.
There was also a hidden utility room just inside the entrance hall that was so tucked away out of sight that we missed it first time – very clever stuff indeed!
The concept here is classy yet understated, but with so much packed in that this lodge would be best appreciated by actually spending time in it, then the practicality and extra special touches would surely be likely to pay off in abundance!
This is a lodge with a real sense of home and this particular version on show was built very solidly to a residential specification of BS3632.
Historically Willerby have perhaps been better known for their static caravans rather than luxury lodges, but that doesn’t make them newcomers to this side of the market and their lodges are well built, holding up well under close scrutiny for quality and fine detail.
Open plan living area
The open plan layout is spacious yet cosy. The distinctive lounge benefits from a modern sofa and accent striped armchairs with an attractive electric stove fire and feature surround.
Double glazed sliding patio doors and a feature bay window keep the room light and bright and the central point in the room is a flame effect electric stove fire with feature fire surround. It’s nicely furnished too, with two seater sofa and two armchairs, TV/storage unit and sideboard and coffee table.
The dining area boasts a freestanding dining table, welsh dresser complete with wine rack, wall art and a breakfast bar with stools for a more casual dining option, lit casually with feature pendant lighting.
The warm, country-style kitchen features wood effect worktops with contrasting units and is packed with extra features. The wealth of cupboard space includes a unique double width larder with wicker drawers and wine rack.
Hidden away in the ‘main’ kitchen area are the integrated under-counter fridge and freezer and there’s also an integrated microwave. A double cavity gas oven/grill with stainless steel splash back benefits from a stainless steel extractor fan above.
The flooring is in stone effect, and the window is finished off with a warm wood effect Venetian blind. This is a warm and inviting area with plenty of space to add your own extras, and the optional deluxe pack option provides a washer/dryer and integrated dishwasher amongst other added-value features.
The elegant master bedroom with its full height padded headboard has a king size bed with lift-up storage system and a mirrored dressing area with upholstered stool. There’s ample storage here, with bedside cabinets, and full height wardrobes including drawers leading towards the en-suite shower room.
Stone effect vinyl flooring gives it a solid, earthy feel here, and the shower enlosure has a thermostatic, easy to control shower for complete practicality.
Bath with overhead shower and screen (40 x 20 models). The 40 x 16 model has a quad shower enclosure instead. Stone effect flooring, vanity mirror and extractor fan completes the finish, mirroring the fitments in the en-suite.
Twin single beds with bedside cabinets, a mirrored dressing area with stool and walk in wardrobe with hanging rails and drawers.
Portland optional extras
- ‘Deluxe Pack’ – includes integrated dishwasher and washer/dryer, plus MP3 sound system and footstool to lounge
- Pull-out sofa bed to lounge
- Kingsize or double bed to replace twin beds in bedroom 2 (selected models)
- Canexel® cladding
- Genuine timber cladding
- ‘Environmental Green’ exterior cladding and window frames
- Residential Specification (BS 3632)
- European Specification
The Portland is quite simply an outstanding model, with a huge amount of kerb appeal and plenty of exciting extras. Not only easy on the eye but also very practical, this lodge is easy to love. I heard nothing but positive comments from those viewing it at the show, and the visitors looking round it were in large numbers.
There were plenty of exclamations of delight and surprise at the hidden elements in particular, and they are so cleverly incorporated that they really make it a memorable model; quirky and exciting.
This is a real buyer’s delight, and on any park it would work very well as a show home due to it’s instant magnetism – it’s the sort of lodge you want on the spot! Willerby’s plan was to come up with something extra special for their 70th, and without a shadow of a doubt they’ve succeeded.
Accommodation in this 40 x 12 two bedroomed model comprises:
Large open plan living area, incorporating lounge, dining area and kitchen, ‘Hidden’ utility room and larder. Family bathroom. Second bedroom with twin beds. Spacious master bedroom with en-suite shower room and walk-in wardrobe
Other sizes and layouts available:
With three model variants to choose from, there is a Portland to suit all requirements.
The 40 x 20 reviewed here was the 2 bedroomed version, with spacious master double bedroom, en-suite shower room and extensive wardrobes. The second bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe and there’s a separate family bathroom.
The 40 x 16 two bedroomed model has a double master bedroom with en-suite shower room and walk-in wardrobe, a twin bedroom, and a separate family en-suite shower room. There’s also a 40 x 20 three bedroomed model with two twin bedded rooms, a double master bedroom with en-suite shower room and separate bathroom.
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