Weekender: Holiday lodge development defies Brexit blues with surge in sales

A holiday park in the North York Moors National Park has defied Brexit woes after securing a string of sales.

The 10-acre £500,000 Wayside Lakes development between Kirkbymoorside and Pickering is situated next to Wayside Holiday Park. Both are owned by Yorkshire businessman Mark Goodson.

So far this year, four lodges, worth a total of more than £300,000, have been sold at Wayside Lakes. In addition, a static caravan has also been purchased at the Holiday Park, making a total sales figure of £350,000.

Goodson, whose family are steeped in the entertainment business and ran iconic cinemas in Filey, Tadcaster and Sleaford, is hoping that 2019 the most successful year for Wayside Lakes since it was launched in 2015.

The development, which includes two lakes, caters for up to 38 exclusive lodges. Already 18 lodges have been bought and are occupied on site, with strong interest coming in for others from across the north of England.

Goodson said: “This adds up a stunning start to 2019 for us – and bodes really well for the year. This is despite the uncertainty of Brexit and the difficult political times.

“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.”