Holiday homes development reaps rewards of staycation popularity

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The Wayside Lakes development in North Yorkshire has enjoyed another stellar year amid the staycation boom.

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

Goodson, whose family ran cinemas in Filey, Tadcaster and Sleaford, sold seven up-market lodges at Wayside Lakes this year, worth a total of £700,000.

In 2020, Wayside Holiday Park and Wayside Lakes had broken the £1m turnover barrier for the first time in its 45-year history.

The Wayside Lakes development, whose focal point is two picturesque lakes, caters for up to 38 exclusive lodges. 37 lodges have now been sold, leaving only one pitch still available.

Mark Goodson

Goodson said: “2020 and 2021 have been extraordinary years for us. The Covid-19 crisis closed us down from March until July last year, but the demand after that for our lodges was unreal. We sold 10 lodges last year and seven this. It is astounding.

“On one level, it seems wrong to have had such successful years amid such a ghastly pandemic.

“But on another, we are proud to have provided a safe and healthy bolthole for people wanting to escape from the virus and all the pressures it brings.

“This has been a stressful time for everyone in the UK, as Covid-19 brought the country to a standstill. Now, with lockdown and restrictions ending, there is some real light at the end of the tunnel at last.

“I would like to extend the warmest of thank yous to our loyal and patient caravan and lodge owners.

“We are consistently amazed and humbled by the positive comments we receive from our owners on site.”