Park Home Resident Magazine Christmas 2017 - Page 40

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T

he Caravan Club of Great

Britain was founded in

1907; not long after, Tony

and Gerry Horton occupied

Pathfinder Village, which began

in 1932 hiring out caravans for

self-towing. This soon turned

into a holiday village that paused

during the war years but the

post-war national shortage of

houses offered the prospect for

residential caravaning and the

business rapidly expanded adding

facilities.

By 1954, it was evident that

‘residential caravaning’ was a

permanent trend and heating,

electricity and water were installed

in subsequent years. Additional

facilities were also added such

as the Village Hall and in 1958

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the first true mobile home was

produced. The business thrived

with manufacturing, repairs,

Today, Pathfinder Village is set

amongst 46 acres of beautiful

established Devonian woodland,

which is home

to a community

I have lived at Pathfinder Village

of residents

for 20 years. It’s a beautiful, quiet site

over 55. There

with a strong sense of community.

are a real mix

of “locals” and

People look out for each other

people who have

Joan, Resident, Pathfinder Village

moved to Devon

as a lifestyle

choice to enjoy

the countryside,

residential and touring facilities.

friendliness, coast and moors.



In 1988, the site was sold to

one of Britain’s premier park

home developers, Avondale,

which has now been established

as a reputable management

company for over 27 years. The

name of Pathfinder continues as

a manufacturer of stunning park

homes in nearby Newton Abbot.



Close to the vibrant and

expanding city of Exeter and to

the A30, Pathfinder Village is in an

enviable location with Dartmoor

and the North and South Devon

coast on its doorstep. The village

hosts a variety of lifestyle homes;

from quiet wooded corners, tucked

away with homes often nestled in

generous plots, through to modern

homes sited for easy-access and

that are maintenance-free.

Although Pathfinder Village

houses hundreds of homes, it

does not feel that way at all. The

roads to take you around the

village twist and turn meaning that

there are fewer cars and those

that are there, drive with a slow

relaxed feel that matches the park.

We enjoyed exploring the

different areas of Pathfinder

village. Some homes overlook the

neighbouring golf course; others

have a lodge feel, surrounded by

woodland as well as stunning new

modern homes.

Although Pathfinder Village is

only 8 miles away from Exeter, it

is unnecessary to venture outside

for shopping, as the site is selfcontained with its own post office,

church, shop, hairdressers and

doctor’s surgery. The site also

boasts a lively social life with clubs

and groups on-site.

46 Acres of Devonian

woodland

Long

Woods

newDeveloment

development

Long

Woods

demonstrations, entertainment,

parties, celebrations and

outgoings. There is something

for everyone.

The social lives of residents

who reside in these park

homes are known to thrive off

the company of like-minded

friends, who are bound by the

safe, secure and supportive

environments.

Written by ASHLEIGH SANDFORD

01647 270070

www.pathfindervillage.org.uk

New this year, Long Woods is

a development of fifteen luxury

1, 2 and 3 bedroom bungalow

The Village has its own fully

licensed Residents’ Club. Activities style park homes.

include bingo, dancing, pool,

With many people saying that

darts, skittles, painting, keepPathfinder

Village is a “great

fit and regular social evenings.

place to live”, residents are

The Club’s many activities

excited to be part of a friendly

include social meetings, talks,

and flourishing community. R

slide and film shows, cookery

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