From the outside, this leisure lodge is evolutionary rather than revolutionary in style and appearance.
There is a stylish symmetrical pitched roof incorporating four Velux-style electric roof windows (remote controlled and fitted with Venetian blinds). No dormers, mind; nothing too fussy. Just a simple charcoal-grey Metrotile roof with galvanized gutters and downpipes mounted on plain black soffits. On two sides, those incorporate a dozen LED down lighters.
The body of the Summit is a clean-cut rectangular design with shiplap cedar-clad walls concealing slabs of 90mm-thick Earthwool insulation. (Roof and floor are insulated with 100mm of isowool.)
Dark-grey uPVC frames for the double-glazed doors and cottage bar-style windows match the Metrotiles up top in colour. I counted them all and found that there were no fewer than 14 in total, including four sets of French or bi-fold doors as well as what appears to be the front door proper. In fact, it is the back door, leading into the utility room and kitchen.
The real front entrance is a pair of French doors, giving direct access to the open-plan lounge/kitchen/diner (LKD) area.
The thinking behind the Summit is, to quote the marketing men, ‘authentic Alpine landscapes and the spirit of Tibet and the Himalayas’. (There, now you know…)
So spread across the more-or-less rectangular lounge-kitchen-diner are various items with a Himalayan and Tibetan flavour. Those include faceplates, pictures, scatter cushions, objets d’art, rugs, all sorts. (You will find examples of some or all of these in the three bedrooms and two bathrooms also.)
Providing a fitting backdrop are a vaulted ceiling and walls lined with light grey planks of old oak and a matching laminate floor. (This pattern for ceiling and walls is repeated throughout the Pathfinder.) The one exception is a single wall featuring silver grey tiles that looks more like stone. It’s bound to become a talking point.
SIZE: The 50ft x 22 three-bedroom version is reviewed here. Assorted versions, including various different layouts, are available ranging in size from 45ft x 20 up to 65ft x 22. Other options are available to special order.
BEDROOMS: Three doubles, two with full en suite facilities.
BATHROOMS: One with en suite bath and shower; one with en suite shower.
The 50ft x 20 Summit reviewed here (sited price £349,000) is being sited at one of Dream Lodge Group’s six (soon to be nine) parks. Those are spread across the south of England, from Norfolk Park, in East Anglia, to Hilton Woods, in Cornwall. For more details telephone 0845 123 6333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.thedreamlodgegroup.co.uk.