Goodbye holiday camp, hello the village!
Property editor Caroline Culot visited Mundesley Holiday Village where new life is being breathed into an old style ‘hi de hi’ camp.
It’s just a sign of the times that the appeal of going to a holiday camp where you never leave the site and eat all your meals in a communal canteen has dwindled.
Once Mundesley Holiday Camp was welcoming hundreds of people a week who would pack into its chalets and spill out into its palatial grounds by the sea for golf before supper and an evening dance.
Right up to last year parties were still enjoying this destination but then it closed only for the site to be bought and new life breathed into it.The camp is now being reinvented and renamed as Mundesley Holiday Village with properties for sale for use as holiday homes. Currently some of the existing bungalows have been remodelled and painted in pastel shades with white picket fences.
The inspiration comes from New England and the idea is the brainchild of its owner Timothy Hay.
The aim is to have a total of 155 properties on the site, a combination of the remodelled and some new builds. You can’t live in the properties all the year round as they are for holiday use only and there will not be communal facilities on site so each of the homes comes fully equipped with luxurious kitchens and en suites.
They vary in size from the modest Anmer detached studio from £54, 995 which offers one bedroom and a lounge area aimed at one person to the Holkham one bedroom property which is a little bigger, for sale for £64, 995, right through to the Houghton end terrace, two bedroom home from £79, 995 and the Sandringham interior designed two bedroom home from £89, 995.
However, there will be some large new builds available too which will range from £100, 000 to the most expensive, at £250, 000.
I was lucky to be given a tour of the current properties for sale, in various stages of renovation, but there are show homes for each of the above which are fully decorated and dressed inside to really give you an idea of what’s on offer.
Joe Szomolanyi, General Manager, said: “We are reinventing the holding camp. We have done a lot of research into what people want and of course, people’s expectation and needs have changed.
However, what is interesting is the desire to buy homes from people who holidayed here as children. “This place holds a lot of happy memories for people.”