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21st November 2017

Omar Group's, OPDS Park Development - Lode Hall Country Park - was delighted to be awarded the 2017 Diamond Award for Lodge Escapes, Lodges and Parks in Britain (small park category) for East of England at the recent Hoseasons Owners Conference.

Set in beautiful countryside in the heart of the fens, Lode Hall Lodges offers luxury holiday accommodation in a secluded rural location.  The lodge park itself is set within the grounds of Lode Hall, a 200 year old Georgian country house.  Omar luxury lodges provide adult only guests with luxury accommodation to enjoy the surroundings and local area.  All the lodges have private Jacuzzi hot tubs and there are even luxury, single-bedroom lodges designed especially for couples.

It was only two years ago that Dick and Fran Johnson, the owners of Lode Hall, were looking at ways to generate further income from their countryside estate.  Having looked into various options they decided that creating a small exclusive lodge park was the way to go.

Having no experience in the leisure lodge market they enlisted the services of OPDS.  Working alongside Dick and Fran, OPDS helped to transform their Greenfield site into a luxury holiday retreat.  OPDS gave advice on planning, park infrastructure, lodge specification, marketing and the overall guest experience, delivering their vision through in-depth industry knowledge. 

OPDS also introduced Dick and Fran to lodge holiday giants, Hoseasons.  Hoseasons provided input into how Lode Hall could deliver the very best lodge holidays in East Anglia with features such as Jacuzzi hot tubs, pet friendly accommodation and free Wi-Fi.  Before Dick and Fran knew it the bookings were flooding in and, rather than selling the lodges, they've now decided to purely concentrate on holiday lets.

Richard Sigsworth, Director of OPDS, commented: "From working farm to successful lodge park, Lode Hall Lodges is a fantastic example of diversification; I am thrilled for the owners to have won this award.  It doesn't stop here though, with visitors drawn to the beautiful, tranquil location, warm welcome and, of course, luxury lodges with private hot tubs, Dick and Fran have decided to expand and more lodges will be coming very soon."

Dick Johnson, owner of Lode Hall Country Park, commented: We're delighted to have won the award and would like to thank OPDS for helping us to achieve our vision, their vast experience and assistance has been second to none."