Hillside Meadow Lodges is an extension of Hillside Caravan Park, which was founded by the Cook family in 2005 as a farm diversification project to help support the farming enterprise. The farm has been in the family since 1966, during which time three generations have farmed dairy and beef cattle and then progressed to solely arable land from 2003. After many years of happy caravanning trips around the country and experience of running two Certificated Location sites, when the opportunity to diversify came, setting up a caravan park seemed the obvious choice.
The caravan park opened in summer of 2006 with 35 touring caravan pitches and a purpose built amenities block and caravan storage facility run by the owners Chris and Pat. Whilst setting up the site, Chris and Pat decided from their experience of caravanning with three young children, having all fully serviced super pitches was the way to go. This proved extremely popular with our customers and in 2012 we decided that the time was right time to expand. We added a further 15 extra-large super pitches set overlooking the lake. With an increasing workload our son, Mark, who had previously worked in farm administration, came to work for the family business.
After a number of years running the business from the farmhouse kitchen (as some of our long standing customers will remember), we decided the next step was to provide a reception area. With some redundant farm buildings at the entrance to the site we identified the perfect location. We developed these into a new reception area, along with a coffee lounge, three family wet rooms and a holiday apartment. This was officially opened in 2016 by one of our first seasonal pitch customers, who had been with us for the full 10 year period.
Our next step was to diversify slightly from caravanning after keeping our eye on the ‘glamping’ trend over a number of years. We now have 5 glamping pods which have proved extremely popular over the years.
The next and largest venture was the development of Hillside Meadow Lodges which opened in spring 2018. These owner occupied Holiday Lodges provide a perfect location for those wanting to make a bigger commitment to holidaying in North Yorkshire. Hillside Meadow Lodges has followed the same ethos as the caravan park, ensuring that the set up makes life as easy as possible for the owner so that they can focus on relaxing whilst on their holidays. Gas is piped to the site to alliviate the need for bottles, the plots are spacious and each one has a charming view of the hills that surround the park and everything is finished to high standard to keep the park looking neat and tidy. The lodges have proved a hit, having 14 sold lodges already on the park and numbers growing quickly.
To cope with the increasing workload, our team of staff has expanded to keep both the Caravan Site and Lodge Park running smoothly. Sarah & Kate provide valuable support to Pat, who is often the first to welcome customers to the site in the reception area. Ruth (daughter of Chris and Pat) also joined the family business in Spring 2019 and largely assists with the running of the Lodge Park. Tom has also joined the team and assists Mark with keeping the park looking immaculate, along side doing his apprenticeship in Horticulture and Landscaping at Askham Bryan College.