Amazing FLOATING lodges and yurts could come in holiday park's £3m transformation
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 12 Feb 2018
A luxury holiday lodge park overlooking lakes near Beverley has ambitious £3m plans, including amazing floating lodges and yurts.
Heron Lakes Luxury Lodge Park, which opened at Routh 10 years ago, currently has some 50 lodges set in 75 acres.
Now, a £3m-plus scheme has been unveiled to expand, with the addition of 224 holiday units.
The proposals include 131 static and lodge-style caravans, 37 touring caravans and 56 glamping pitches, for camping pods and yurts in woodland.
Heron Lakes opened 10 years ago (Image: Katie Pugh)
Nine luxury floating lodges are also planned for one of the park lakes.
A bistro, gym and play areas are also proposed at the site, which is off the A1035 between Beverleyand Leven.
John Bird, managing director of Heron Lakes, says: “We are wanting to cater for many different types of holiday, from yurts, to touring caravans and lodges, including floating lodges, which will be amazing.
“We are going to be one of the first in the UK with these type of floating lodges, they will be very high end lodges.
Heron Lakes managing director John Bird (Image: Peter Harbour)
“It will be really good for the area.
“I am very excited by the prospect, I think it will be a wonderful thing.”
Mr Bird says the range of holiday accommodation is designed to suit every pocket, from luxury lodges with hot tubs to simple yurts.
Inside one of the lodges in Heron Lakes
He says: “At the moment we are in a very narrow band for our lettings but what we want to do is open that to anyone with £25 in their pocket to stay in a yurt, right up to someone who is wanting to spend £1,500 a week in a luxury lodge.
“What we have started doing over the last few years is create more of a holiday park theme, like if you go to Center Parcs you can stay for short breaks or a week.
“There will also be some units for people to purchase, with a lease to us.”
Waterside lodges at Heron Lakes (Image: Katie Pugh)
The new plans are expected to be developed over a 10-year period.
Mr Bird, of FD Bird Group, says: “It is 10 years since we first started on the site so we are at the point where we have fulfilled our planning permission and are seeking new planning consent to take it forward.
“East Riding Council have said they want to see investment into holiday accommodation.
“This will bring money into the local economy and it also will create 10 to 15 jobs.”
The plans will be considered by East Riding Council
The site, which has a David Bellamy Award as one of the UK’s greenest holiday spots, has been designed around lakes stocked with freshwater fish for fishing.
Mr Bird says: “We are looking to create more units overlooking water.
“We are going to put more water in so there will also be more wild fowl.
Some of the lodges at Heron Lakes
“We are not into motorised sports, we are more into sailing.
Heron Lakes has a waterside setting (Image: Katie Pugh)
“The site already has a David Bellamy Award and I am wanting to work with Rural England and fauna experts to encourage more wildlife at the site.”
The planning application has been submitted to East Riding Council by Coastline Leisure Ltd.