Away Resorts adds car-charging ports and treehouses

A UK holiday park operator will invest £10 million in new holiday homes at its woodland retreat in the New Forest.

Away Resorts will feature car-charging points and treehouse-inspired accommodation in a development of 108 new units at Sandy Balls Holiday Village.

The units will also feature additions such as mini kitchen gardens that could be used for educational purposes.

The company aims to open half of the new development by Easter next year with the remaining holiday homes welcoming guests by Whitsun.

The £10 million investment follows a £1 million expenditure in the Zen holiday home, which is exclusive accommodation to Sandy Balls and was designed to create a calm and relaxing environment.

Away Resorts chief executive officer Carl Castledine said: “Sandy Balls really is the jewel in the New Forest’s crown when it comes to family and adult accommodation in the region. It has a long-held, well-established reputation of many decades for providing family holidays that create memories that last a lifetime. Indeed, it celebrates its 100th birthday in 2019.

“We are keen to uphold its reputation as a much-loved New Forest holiday experience, and over the last 20 months since we added Sandy Balls Holiday Village to our portfolio of parks, we have invested nearly £2 million in a wide range of additions to the park, from new homes to improving on-site facilities, prior to this £10 million investment.

“We have also focused on introducing new experiences for our guests that locals can also enjoy, including screening live outdoor opera and ballet broadcasts from the Royal Opera House, one of the most prestigious theatres in the world.
“All of our investment has served to enhance the guest experience as well as provide a much-welcome lift to local businesses, who benefit from the visitor economy. Our new development of 108 new accommodation units will bring a further boost to the local shops, pubs, bars, restaurants and visitor attractions.”