Retreat Homes was the brainchild of London based Architects Buckley Gray Yeoman; it was created after they were challenged to design a new concept of holiday home lodge living. The result was nothing like the preconceived idea of a holiday home, its modern and cutting edge design caused quite a stir within the holiday home industry. Many critics dismissed this radical re-invention of the mobile home, thinking it was ‘too modern’ for the industry. How wrong they were; The Retreat simply pushed the boundaries, capturing the public’s eye for high quality, innovative, architectural design.
The Retreat is manufactured under it’s Trademark from the Architects on the edge of the Lake District in Cumbria by Retreat Homes (Manufacturing) Limited. The 50,000sqft manufacturing base is set within 6 acres of countryside, with fantastic views up to Scotland and the surrounding area. Managing Director Alan Rooke and Production Manager Trevor Lawson have been manufacturing bespoke lodges for many years and were chosen by the Architects for their traditional construction methods and extensive building knowledge. Their established approach to the build quality of hand crafted lodges, sits well with the architectural design of The Retreat lodge, which requires precise expertise of finish.
Since the launch of The Retreat, the market has seen a dramatic influx of similar lodges with modern styling but none feature the complex architectural elements, which distinguishes The Retreat from others. These elements require exact finishing and expert skills, to complete the lodge to the high standards a Retreat client would expect. Gone are the plastic finishes and thin walls and in, was the first sustainable, ecological lodge. A lodge with the environment in mind, before climate and energy saving became a headline issue; this clearly put The Retreat, before its time.
Contemporary, intelligent and rigidly constructed. The Retreat is extensively built from timber, from sustainable forests, because it is the world’s most sustainable, and arguably most beautiful, building material. There are no faux finishes. Where there is wood, it is solid timber, where there are windows; they are floor to ceiling glass. Several models feature a unique private decked courtyard unheard of in a holiday caravan.
Ever conscious of environmental issues, all of The Retreat models have been designed with sustainability in mind and even produce a dedicated sustainable model.