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The Pod is one of the keystones of what has become known as glamping and is now a feature on many of the best campsites in UK and Europe. The iconic design was created to fill whatwe saw as a gap in the provision of ‘leisure time accommodation’, being more robust, comfortable and secure than a tent and more flexible, affordable and more ‘earthy’ than a caravan. The Pod was developed alongside the manufacture of our luxury timber lodge building activity as part of Newfoundland Lodges Ltd. After some time consuming maneuvering to establish planning legitimacy we first introduced the Pod to the world in 2007 with the first campsite development opening in the Lake District early in 2008. The rest as they say is history, the Pod has evolved to be the market leading product in the intermediate accommodation sector, offering good value for money, unrivalled quality and providing great customer support. Our business is very much a people thing, it’s all about working together with other small businesses, it’s about keeping it ‘real’ and ‘sustainable’ and putting a smile on the faces of those who Pod. We have been fortunate in many ways and will be eternally grateful to the many operators who have put their faith and investments into the Pod.
The manufacturing base of Newfoundland Lodges Ltd. is in the south Lakes area of Cumbria which is fairly central for distribution around the UK and Northern Ireland however we have an arrangement with the Northallerton based North Yorkshire Timber Company where they provide the Pods and manage sales in the east of England and the Scottish Borders. We also have agreements with manufacturers in the Ireland, Portugal and Poland who support a distribution network covering most of the countries of Europe.
Through our years of specialisation and for a modest sized business we have remarkably wide resources: We will deal with your enquiry by providing the information you are looking for and we will happily discuss how Pods might best fit in with your plans. We can advise on the suitability of the various types of Pod and possible variations on our ‘stock’ models. We will always do our best to pick up on the pro’s and con’s of your situation and put forward an honest appraisal – at the end of the day we want Pod installations to really work for the operator and be a great experience for the customer. We have professional facilities such as Computer Aided Design. We can guide you through the planning rules that have been applied to Pods plus we know some useful consultants if specialist planning services are needed. We will look into the best transport and delivery service to access the proposed pitches and provide a keen quotation and prospectus suited to a client’s requirements and timetable.
The success of the Pod has inspired a few copyists over the years - despite our owning the UK Registered Design rights to the Pod and having the word POD being our registered EU Community ‘mark’ in the timber buildings class. We would suggest that anyone looking at buying ‘Pods’ other than those made by ourselves or our licensees should be aware of the provisions of the Intellectual Property Act 2014 which now makes unauthorised copying of any registered design a criminal offence.