Green light given to new Devon holiday resort

Private equity-backed holiday firm Lakeshore Leisure Group has secured planning permission to develop an 80-acre site in Devon.

Clawford Lakes in Holsworthy, north-west Devon, will be developed  to include 144 lodges, nine floating lodges and a Scandinavian-inspired spa with swimming pool and treatment rooms, set beside a central lake.

The resort will feature 17 man-made fishing and recreation lakes and 24 self-catering units, as well as a bar and restaurant.

The site was purchased in 2019 with initial investment from Kings Park Capital and the resort is due to open in the autumn.

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Water sports will be added in 2022 including paddle boarding, kayaking, open water swimming and canoeing, and the new swimming pool and spa will open.

The new holiday lodges will be available for both holiday rentals and purchase as pre-furnished holiday homes, available to use year-round and with the option of sub-letting.

Lakeshaw chief executive Stephen Twiss said:  Set in an incredible rural valley not far from the north Cornwall coastal towns of Bude and Padstow, Clawford Lakes Resort and Spa has an amazing 30 acres of lakes and is quite simply the perfect canvas to design a very special self-catering resort experience for today’s market, but with a restaurant on site, too.

“The goal of the Clawford Lakes Resort and Spa development is to create a seamless and sustainable integration of holiday accommodation within an ecologically enhanced landscape, creating a new high-quality benchmark for tourism for the local area.

“It’s just over two years ago that I first viewed the site on a very wet March day and saw the potential that Clawford Lakes had to offer. So, a huge thank you must go to Kings Park Capital and all the brilliant local people that helped secure this planning permission and put us in a position to start the build and redevelopment of a location that allows us to further support an amazing local community.”

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