Wessex pet friendly Allure impresses at The New Forest & Hampshire County Show
Wednesday 1st Aug 2018
Wessex left a strong impression with visitors to the New Forest & Hampshire County Show last week where they showcased the cosy and stylish, pet friendly Allure luxury lodge.
The New Forest and Hampshire County Show is a long established three-day agricultural show, attracting thousands of visitors annually. The show, held in the heart of the beautiful New Forest provides a fantastic day out for all the family; attractions at this years event included an action horse stunt display, a new ‘Sports Zone’, kitchen workshops and much more. With over 600 trade stands, selling a huge variety of products and services, visitors were spoilt for what to see and do!
With more of us opting to take breaks away in the UK rather than abroad, luxury lodge accommodation has grown exponentially over recent years. Alongside this, more of us are choosing to holiday with our pets. According to leading holiday bookings operator Hoseasons, pet friendly accommodation now accounts for 24% of the domestic, self-catering market. The Allure luxury lodge takes this demand one step further; a lodge where pets aren’t just welcome, they’re catered for!
The Allure isn’t just about pets though, it’s a distinctive stylish lodge with a wonderful warm and cosy feel, a real home from home.
The striking exterior, clad in beautiful larch has a split-level roofline, highlighted by feature lighting in the extended front soffit. Full-height windows to the snug and master bedroom, and two sets of bi-fold doors to the lounge accentuate the distinctive, architectural styling to complete the look.
On entering through a welcoming, country-style front door, all family members are catered for. There’s a large boot seat with wicker storage baskets, a mirror with coat hooks, the washing machine is conveniently tucked out of the way here and there’s also a dog shower! No need for dirty paws to traipse through into the main living space, but if they do, it doesn’t matter thanks to a practical choice of laminate flooring in a forgiving warm wood finish.
Through into the spacious open-plan living area with its white panelled vaulted ceilings and there’s a wonderful cosy and welcoming feel. There’s a snug, lounge, dining area and kitchen and a soft, country chic colour scheme of oatmeal’s, wood and stone with accents of berry flows throughout.
The snug, which benefits from extensive feature glazing and includes a comfy love seat, beanbag, storage trunks and larch shelves, provides a wonderful space to snuggle down with a good book.
The spacious lounge is light and bright thanks to the two sets of bi-fold doors. A fantastic feature for making the most of a view and to extend the living space outside. There’s a large comfortable sofa and two cosy armchairs to sink into and white painted country style furniture with lime-washed tops provides plenty of storage.
The kitchen is the perfect space to rustle up a holiday feast and includes a large walk-in larder, ceramic sink and central workspace between the kitchen and dining areas with a five-burner hob and island extractor. Integrated Hotpoint appliances include a fridge freezer, microwave, single electric oven and dishwasher, and fitted Deli style kitchen units with soft / self close doors and drawers and a Corian Burled Beach worktop complete the practical and stylish arrangement.
Next to the kitchen, a white, country-style extending dining table and benches with lime-washed tops is over-lit by a stylish, designer box pendant light; a lovely relaxed space to wile away the hours over a hearty meal and a glass of wine or two!
Through into the master bedroom and there’s a waxed oak king-size bed, bedside cabinets, chest of drawers, freestanding wardrobes and a large mirror. A pavilion style fuschia upholstered chair sits next to full-height triple panel windows to make this a room with a view, and beautiful feature wallpaper in soft, soothing tones, compliments the colour-way that flows through from the main living area.
The luxurious en-suite carries through the warm cosy colour scheme. Here there’s not only a bath, there’s a shower too. A beautiful Hampton vanity unit with counter-top basin adds style and a certain sophistication to complete the look.
The second bedroom with white painted twin beds, a freestanding wardrobe, bedside cabinet and mirror, is equally luxurious. In this room curtains, scatter cushions and a lightshade, in a warm blue, tartan style fabric give a different, but equally relaxed feel.
The family shower room mirrors the colour-way from the second bedroom and includes a large walk-in shower and Hampton vanity unit with counter-top basin.
Not only is this beautiful addition to the Wessex range practical, it also has a wonderful warm, relaxed feel that make it the perfect lodge retreat.
Claire Tallon, Retail Sales & Showground Manager for Wessex commented: “It’s been a fantastic show for Wessex; visitors absolutely loved the Allure! The dog shower and the practicality of the lodge where pets are concerned was a huge plus point – we had quite a few dogs try out the dog shower for size! It was also surprising how many visitors were interested in the lodge as a permanent residence; all our holiday lodges are built to residential standard BS 3632 so suitable to be lived in throughout the year, however, it’s important to note that being able to live in a lodge permanently depends on the park site licence so check with the park. Getting out to shows and talking to people is a fantastic opportunity to introduce the holiday lodge lifestyle and I think it’s safe to say that quite a few are likely to be taking the plunge soon!”
For more information please call Wessex on 0845 257 0400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.