Welcome to ‘Our View’, a place where you can get to know us, our family, and Doe Wood a little better!
This year we’re celebrating 10 years since we first opened our gates (following a rather swift five-month transformation of our land!) and so this seemed like a great time to take a look back over the past decade and tell you the story of how Doe Wood came to be…
Where it all began
We’re a farming family, working and living on the land surrounding what is now the Doe Wood lodge park and the decision to diversify into leisure came about when we sold our milk cows in 2004.
We chose the area of land to develop and began planning out the site and we soon decided that lodges were the most suited product for the location; they’re a perfect fit for the surroundings.
Our inspiration for the name of the lodge park simply came from one of the fields being called Dow Wood and we had resident Roe Deer, so Doe Wood was born!
From building site to lodge site!
Our aim was to develop a high quality, luxury site and that has been at the forefront of every decision we have made along the way. We invested heavily into the design and construction of the site – from the entrance and to the roads around the park, to the terraced hillside.
There has been a big emphasis on the conservation of the area too and we have done plenty of planting over the years – more than 9000 plantings to date to, in fact!
Part of our vision for creating a quality site was also to retain an enormous amount of space around each lodge so that lodge owners felt they had an open, peaceful, home-away-from-home, and that’s still a priority for us today.
Luxury lodges at their best
Having scoured the country for a lodge design that was best suited to Doe Wood, we came across Lissett Homes and we opened the park initially with two of their lodges.
Last year we welcomed our first Pathfinder lodge to the site and we love the style and design of these lodges – they’re really light, spacious and of such high quality.
When we started designing the site we knew that we wanted to build a lodge park that we would personally want to own a lodge in and we’ve kept that in mind over the years to make sure we offer a site that’s personally created and cared for.
Over the past 10 years…
It’s been wonderful to see our dream become a reality! We’ve welcomed such lovely lodge owners to the site and hearing how happy they are here and that buying one of our lodges is the best thing they’ve done, well that makes it all so rewarding.
In 2008 we opened with two show lodges and today we have 12 owned lodges, with another two being currently built, so the development of the site over the past decade has been so exciting.
It’s been a real family effort, we’ve all been so involved in the business from day one, so it’s been lovely for us all to see Doe Wood expand over the years as we’ve welcomed new lodge owners to the park – our own family has even expanded, and we have welcomed a grandson in that time too!
We’re looking forward to welcoming new lodge owners to the site over the coming years, it’s wonderful helping people to create their perfect holiday home. From their first visit to the park, to choosing a lodge to suit them and then to moving day!
Our lodges can be custom designed, built and furnished so you can literally build your dream home here from scratch, making it truly personal to you. Then it’s yours to enjoy for years to come; whether it’s your weekend retreat, a space for family holidays or your home home-away-from home.
If you’d like to find out more about us, Doe Wood or the process of buying a lodge please do get in touch, we’d love to introduce ourselves in person.
Mark and Helen