The 10-acre £500,000 Wayside Lakes development between Kirkbymoorside and Pickering is situated next to the popular Wayside Holiday Park. They are both owned by Yorkshire businessman Mark Goodson.
Mr Goodson, whose family have experience in the entertainment business as they ran iconic cinemas in Filey, Tadcaster and Sleaford, is hoping that 2019 will bring them even more success with Wayside Lakes.
The five-star development, whose focal point is two scenic lakes which caters for up to 38 exclusive lodges. 16 lodges have already been bought and are busy on site, with a large amount of interest coming in from others across the north of England. The lodges are being sold between £60,000, rising to £120,000.
Mr Goodson commented: “2018 was a strong year for us. We sold four lodges, together with five static caravans, worth a total of nearly £400,000. This was despite the uncertainty of Brexit, the awful weather at the beginning of the season and the football World Cup, when everything stopped,” explained Mr Goodson.
“This time around, the late February weather has been amazing, Brexit may well encourage our key demographic, the Grey Pound, to holiday in the UK and there is no World Cup. We currently have three demonstration Lodges at Wayside Lakes and four new static caravans at the Holiday Park. We are already experiencing strong interest in both the Lakes and the Park.
“Last year was also notable for the fact that we were short-listed for two prestigious awards, the York Press Family Business of the Year and the Ryedale Family Business of the Year. It was extremely gratifying for Wayside to gain such recognition in the county,” he said.
Kevin Hollinrake, who is the Conservative MP for Thirsk and Malton, is visiting Wayside in April 2019 during National Tourism Week. He will be celebrating the success of the holiday park and honouring the park manager Trevor Jones, who has completed 30 years’ service at Wayside.
Mark Goodson explained: “We are delighted that Mr Hollinrake is visiting Wayside. We are proud of our contribution to tourism in Ryedale and look forward to showing our MP around. We will be telling him that the quality holiday lodge market is buoyant, and that an exclusive holiday park is an idea whose time has come.
“Currently the fall in the strength of the pound means that holidays abroad are markedly more expensive and the idea of a ‘staycation’ is increasingly attractive. What better than making that staycation permanent by investing in a high-quality but affordable lodge in beautiful surroundings?”
“Most of our new owners are 50-plus, professional and white collar workers who are retired or semi-retired. They have decent pension pots and want a comfortable and attractive home, away from the bustling world, but close enough to beautiful countryside and sophisticated tourist attractions. They find our development fits this bill perfectly.”
“Location, of course, is crucial,” said Mr Goodson. “Wayside Lakes is ideally situated within easy reach of Yorkshire’s breath-taking coastline, historic market towns, world-class heritage and mile upon mile of superb walking country. Set amid North Yorkshire’s rolling, wood-fringed fields, its peace and tranquillity are perfect for those who want to escape, relax and recharge their batteries.”
“We have enhanced this beauty and tranquillity, too, by creating a wildlife haven, with special wildlife walks, where nature is unfettered. We are already attracting nature-lovers and bird-spotters and we believe that our new lodge owners will find the natural environment incredibly uplifting and joyful.”
It’s run by three succeeding generations of the Goodson family, dedicated to personal service, quality and direction of the land, the original Wayside Holiday park development provides static caravan holiday home luxury, together with a provision for seasonal touring caravans.
Mr Goodson stressed that Wayside Holiday Park development was an essential park of Yorkshire, not just because there are so many wonderful tourist attractions, such as the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and the Yorkshire coast, are on the doorstep, but also because all the suppliers and contractors of the development are local.