50 Years of Millbrook

 

We always looked forward to our summer holiday back in the mists of time- the 1950’s. For us then there was no jetting out to far flung resorts in foreign climes, but a drive to Endmoor, Cumbria to stay with our grandparents at Brook House. Of course it was always sunny and warm, or maybe we were looking back through rose tinted spectacles? We did things much like visitors of Millbrook do today, played games on the grassland and spent many happy hours picnicking in the Lake District. We fished from the bridge with the promise of a sixpence from our Grandpa if we caught a fish, however he knew his money would be safe as he told us the best bait was brown bread! We would peep through the big white gate at the end of the road, beyond the gate was forbidden territory. This was where the men and women of the Civil Defence came to train for disaster relief, finding casualties in collapsed buildings. Exciting stuff, happy days!

In 1968 Civil Defence was stood down and the land at Endmoor reverted back to our family. The options from the council of how the land could be used were limited but included use of a caravan site, so this is what our parents decided to do and they were granted licence in 1969. Millbrook Caravan Park was born.


Early development was not easy, the site had to be cleared of derelict buildings that had collapsed for the Civil Defence training. The old buildings were the remains of Low Gatebeck gunpowder works founded by W H Wakefield in 1850. There had been horse drawn tramways, waterwheels and a mill race, evidence of which can still be seen in the south woodland today.

The caravan park was laid out and our parents spent weekends and holidays working hard to develop the site. We served our apprenticeship; digging, wheeling barrow loads of gravel and cutting and raking grass. Most of the work was done by our parents, machinery only hired for the very heavy work. Eventually the park was opened but at that same time there were no water or sewage pipes to the caravans. Heat and light were from the gas bottles and water was carried from the stand pipes. We all remember the anticipation when lighting the gas mantles, they went with a pop and hiss. We had the oldest caravan on the site and we hated it! But it was all that we could afford, no posh new caravans for us. When Linda married Rodney, and later Barry to Glynis we welcomed two new members to the Millbrook road gang making a 6 bodied team.

Over the years Millbrook slowly developed, water sewage and electricity were made available to each site. The original small nissen huts which housed the gents and ladies toilets were remodelled, the central nissen originally a tool store now became our reception and shop. After our Dad passed away in 2004 the responsibility fell to us to take on the business and as partners we have continued to care for Millbrook with the continued involvement of our Mum.

In recent years, after storm Desmond in 2015 we were faced with flooding; Peasy Beck had never been known to overflow as it did that day. Thankfully, although we had flood damage, we did not suffer as badly as many in the area, but there were problems to rectify and measures to be taken to minimise any damage should the worst happen again. Fingers are firmly crossed every time there is a storm, after all who can predict the bipolar weather of the Lakes.


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Each passing year brings new challenges, not all physical or material. There have been enormous changes to legislation since we first opened those 50 years ago; health and safety, data protection and VAT to name a few. We always do our best to ensure all our clients have protection to which they are entitled.

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As we look around the site today our minds often go back to those early days, and we are proud of what our family has achieved and grateful for the efforts of all our wardens who have been with us over the years. I know Dad would be pleased with how Millbrook has developed. When our children and grandchildren come to visit we know they love it as much as we do, and will be giving the grandchildren lessons in wheelbarrow technique and mower handling just in case!

Take a look at how Millbrook looks today by visiting our gallery page on our website.

Linda Bedford and Barry Hutchings.

 

 

New Year, New Holiday Home. Swift Bordeaux For Sale on the park!

The “Swift Bordeaux” Holiday Home from “Kendal Caravans”, one of our approved agents is for sale at Millbrook Caravan Park, Plot 11. Come and see for yourself! Please see link below to view the Bordeaux on our website.

The Bordeaux offer at Millbrook Caravan Park

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What better way to start the new year than owning your own holiday home? If you set yourself a new years resolution to relax, spend more time with the family, or just find something you can enjoy and escape to then please let us introduce you to the Swift Bordeaux. This luxurious holiday home is accompanied by smart and contemporary interior design such as grey wood panelling “Nebraska Oak”, high quality charcoal coloured units and pendant lighting- just to name a few. The overall feel of the interior is cosy from the use of darker neutral colours and soft furnishings, whilst also gives a Scandinavian design theme. If you’d like a little bit of luxury in 2019 then the Swift Bordeaux ticks those boxes with spacious high ceilings (7ft), chic LED lighting and full insulation.

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Finished in the colour environmental green and fitted with double glazing this holiday home will be feel toasty and warm whilst blending into the countryside landscape. With a set of outlook patio doors to let the fresh country air in during the warmer months, a decking would complete the deluxe feel perfectly so you can relax and sit back with easy access inside.

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The dining and kitchen area is one of the highlights of this holiday home. The charcoal cupboards topped with marble tops and finished off with industrial copper and golden details on the taps and handles is right on trend within the interior design field. The kitchen section of the home has it’s own large space, room for plenty of helpers in the kitchen, complete with vinyl wooden flooring to clean up any spillages easily. The far left island can be converted into a breakfast bar if the sofa is moved forward slightly to enhance the space even more. With 4 country styled dining chairs and large table you’ll have plenty room for family or guests to entertain and enjoy your holiday home. Using black for the chairs helps to tie in all the darker tones as well as highlighting that slight Scandinavian theme making the dining space slick and on trend.

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Bedrooms are a place for peaceful sleeping and so have been designed to make the room as cosy and warm as possible with help from the muted yellow tones and tartan details on the headboards. The twin and 2 master bedrooms come complete with over the head storage as well as separate wardrobes and sideboards so you can store belongings in your caravan to feel like you have a home from home. Both bedrooms are roomy with heating throughout and large open windows for the light to filter through. For that little extra that makes life easier the bedrooms also have USB ports to charge your mobile phones next to the beds- caravans may seem like an old english traditional holiday, but they’re moving with the times and proving a luxurious stay, and that is one reason why holiday homes are here to stay.

The Swift Bordeaux is here for the taking so click the link at the start of the post to find out more details or contact us! The only thing you have to decide on is how you want to style it, that is up to you, come and take a look at the Bordeaux on Millbrook Caravan Park.

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Live a little in luxury with The Swift Loire for sale on the park …SOLD


The “Swift Loire” Holiday Home from “Kendal Caravans”, one of our approved agents is for sale at Millbrook Caravan Park, Plot 39. Come and see for yourself! Please see link below to view the Loire on our website.

The Loire offer at Millbrook Caravan Park!

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From the exterior of the Loire it instantly looks clean, crisp and inviting through the environmental green colour, immediately springing to mind you’re in your dream space in the country. Complete with 2 bedrooms, a spacious living, dining and kitchen area and a bathroom there’s room for all the family. With a generously sized front bay window to match, let in the light and soak up all the beautiful views, this holiday home shouts luxury!

If you’re looking for that little bit more luxurious and elegant design then this is the holiday home for you.

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From stepping inside the Loire the feel of the interior is calming. The spacious interior, light colour palette and soft wooden details all combine together to create a relaxing holiday home to escape to. The way the interior is designed is to fuse traditional accents with contemporary to make the look classic and something that would always look the part no matter how old the holiday home. The mid century styled furniture blends perfectly in tones of stone, sand and white so that you can style and accessorise your holiday home in whichever way you like. Want something more punchy? Add a contrast of red like above. Want something monochrome but cosy? Add textured cushions for comfort and character. One initial perk about the Loire is that it already is styled inside so that it is ready to be enjoyed, putting your own stamp on it is just up to you.

The main living space has everything you’d need including a remote dining area for all the family to sit or to even entertain a diner party with friends. The L shaped sofa provides ample space to have a choice of where to sit and enjoy the view. The sofa can even be pulled out to create an extra bed for when you have those extra guests to entertain and share your holiday memories with, to ensure they have a soft and peaceful nights sleep.

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In the kitchen the traditional use of the wooden cupboards against contemporary matte black countertops and cream lower cupboards brings a theme of rustic country whilst also keeping it modern, so bringing an overall appealing and beautiful design to the kitchen area. With such an open space there’s plenty of room for several people to get involved in the kitchen, so I guess no excuses. Complete with fridge/freezer and electric hob and oven with extractor fan the Loire has everything you need.

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The theme throughout the home blends its way into the bedroom in some way shape or form through the wooden overhead storage as well as a contemporary headboard, stretching all the way across the room bringing a sense of earthan luxury, highlighting the grains and patterns of the wood. Nifty and mid century modern styled side tables provide stacks of room with extra storage underneath using an opened shelf design. With room for a master bedroom,  twin beds and even an extra bed in the lounge, the Loire is the perfect host for your holiday home.

If you’d like that perfect holiday home with a luxurious interior and spacious design then head over to our website through the link above and get in contact to arrange a tour of your future holiday home today, come and take a look. We can’t wait to give you a friendly welcome!


 

The Brand New Willerby Peppy For Sale On The Park… SOLD

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The Willerby Peppy III Holiday Home from “New Statics for Sale”, one of our approved agents is for sale at Millbrook Caravan Park, Plot 31. Come and take a look! Please see link below to view it on our website.

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Clean, cosy and contemporary is what instantly comes to mind when seeing the Willerby Peppy III interior. This space is ideal for the perfect get away to relax and enjoy the countryside. The Peppy is spacious enough for the whole family or more spacious for a couples retreat, making it a perfect choice with an affordale starting price for a new holiday home. With our summers taking a surprising turn on the warm side this year, it’s the natural choice to spend time in the beautiful countryside of the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and coastal areas of South Lakeland and Morecambe Bay.

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The kitchen area is bright and modern with a monochrome finish making the design stylish and contemporary. Complete the space with stainless steel accessories or even matte black if you want this zone to be minimalist and simple. For those who would like a bit of colour injected, how about the favourite country colour heritage green matched with wooden details; you are in the country after all. Complete with fridge/freezer and gas hob and oven with splash back and extractor fan the Peppy has everything you need.

See moodboard below to PEP UP YOUR PEPPY!

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Images from: Pinterest: Anthropologie UK: H&M Home and Zara Home.

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Number one priority on the list is having a beautiful, relaxing area to sit back and put your feet up, as well as having enough room for a family table to feast on, the Peppy ticks both boxes. This Scandinavian styled sofa (with matching dining area) also has the perks of under seating storage space where you can stash as many cuddly blankets and soft furnishings as you’d like so you can sit and watch the stars at night next to the Peppy’s opening patio doors. Oh, and of course you have a modern fire to keep you toasty and warm. To add to the Scandinavian style of the sofa, introduce some coloured cushions such as mustard, navy and millennial pinks to brighten up the interior, whilst also adding a splash of Scandinavian colour palettes. If you’d prefer a more neutral palette add cushions that focus on texture such as knitted, velvets and appliquéd but in greys, beiges and creams.

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The Willerby Peppy III I’m sure you’ll agree has a sleek and beautiful exterior in a warm creamy shade. Complete with double glazing and central heating you can enjoy your holiday home in the colder months.

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The Peppy has a dedicated room with single beds great for the kids or guests, and of course the main master bedroom with a king size bed and space for plenty of storage, so if you’re a heavy packer there’s no need to worry there’s plenty of room. An upholstered headboard makes this room feel plush and luxurious to make your stay an even more desired one. If you’d like the bedroom to feel even more luxurious, then adding mirrors around the room, statement pendant lighting and even a Hollywood vanity dressing table mirror will all make the space the epitome of glamour.

The Willerby Peppy is here for the taking so click the link above to find out more details or contact us! The only thing you have to decide on is how you want to style it, that is up to you, come and take a look at the Peppy on Millbrook.