Kahlo isn’t a name you’d expect for a holiday lodge. It’s quite possible that you hadn’t heard the name at all until Victory unveiled its lodge of that name in 2023. The new holiday lodge is named after Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, famous for her use of bold colours. And, for sure, the Victory Kahlo does stand apart, as did Frida Kahlo’s work.
The Kahlo is Victory’s new flagship holiday home, designed to be luxurious, in an understated way, with the use of bold green for the luxuriously velvet-upholstered L-shaped sofa, and dark brown for the kitchen units.
The Kahlo’s spectacular, high mono-pitch roof will make it stand out on parks – and makes the bedroom, in particular, a very light environment, because the windows are very tall.
Let’s take a look inside:
There’s an air of drama about the Victory Khalo’s interior design. The bold, dark mossy green of the sofa contrasts starkly with the white finish of the two-level cabinet unit under the television position and the large, black-framed, circular glass-topped coffee table.
There’s no carpet; the floor is dark oak effect laminate and the wall behind the three (or more) seater sofa is composed of panels in a soft green shade.
The armchair’s angular black frame and zigzag patterned upholstery adds to the dramatic look. You can place this armchair anywhere in the lounge, as you can with the footstool seat; the moveability of these two pieces of furniture means the Kahlo’s lounge is an environment that you can change to suit needs as they arise.
The lounge look is softened by fawn hessian voiles and heavy plain cream curtains that rely on their prominent texture weave for their stylish look.
The three windows in the kitchen/dining area ally with the drama theme; these have black Venetian blinds. We pull out one of the two dining chairs and find it easy to picture the Karol in family dining mode. There’s a bench seat opposite, also finished in green velvet; at least three could sit here.
The Victory Kahlo has so many very different styling elements. Among them is the dark brown ridged surface of the kitchen cabinet doors. Another is the striking over-table light, composed of six bulbs each containing visible filaments, sitting on the end of long black stalks.
The kitchen’s galley configuration means that one side is for cooking and the other for washing up. The sink is huge and flanked by large surface areas. The Bosch four-zone induction hob has surface areas on each side of it. The microwave and oven are arranged tier style, in a unit on the fore end of the kitchen that also gives you cabinets above and below.
Unusually, the fridge and freezer are separate units, integrated into the cabinet run. A dishwasher is opposite, conveniently close to the sink. A large, double-doored cabinet is alongside, and four top cabinets, finished in white, are above the hob area. An extractor fan with two inset lights is integrated into the suite of cabinets.
As we leave the stunning kitchen dining lounge area to explore more, we notice that all of the doors are black; another outstanding element of the Victory Kahlo’s design. We also discovered a clever position for the (optional washing machine), in a cabinet by the side door.
The first room we find along this corridor is the bathroom, featuring a P-shaped bath with both rainfall and directional shower roses. The circular mirror, framed in black and suspended on a simple black strap, that sits on a simple black hook, has a light inset around its rim; very stylish.
And the washbasin, large and rectangular, sits on top of its cabinet, beneath a drawer, plus a shelf that is perfect for rolled-up towels; that is those that are not on the tall chrome towel warmer on the other side of the bathroom.
In the Kahlo’s main bedroom, upholstered panels surround the bed and match the headboard that stretches the whole width of the room. Black is the feature colour; this time for the dressing table and the frame of its circular mirror, and the frames of the pendant bedside lights that are shaped in circles and ovals.
This room has sliding wardrobe doors – or so you presume, until you open them. In fact, these doors open into the gorgeous en-suite shower room, with identical styling to that in the bathroom, complete with touch control for the light that surrounds the mirror.
The mono-pitch roof gives the bedroom a loft feel and enables the windows to be exceptionally tall. Did we miss out the wardrobe? Well, nearly. It’s behind the door to the bedroom, so easy to miss. When you find it, you discover a wide rail plus a suite of shelves below it, and doors that are composed of dark wood strips on a black background.
The Kahlo’s second bedroom is designed to be flexible. The twin beds can be joined together to form a double bed. Or this room can be converted to an office; perfect for buyers who need to combine leisure time with work time.
The bedhead wall is composed of natural wood pieces, with a rough sawn quality, aligned in a V-shape.
Design drama is here again, in the form of black bedside lamps with shades that have a copper effect to reflect the light. They sit on simply styled black tables.
Verdict: Victory’s marketing phrase is ‘stand apart’, and the Kahlo certainly does exactly that. Spacious in the lounge and a large enough kitchen to appeal to most families. The Victory Kahlo will stun you with its stark style elements, its use of dark green and pale green to bring in an earthy, nature-inspired look, its black features and its kitchen that is clearly designed with functionality and flow in mind.
Plus points: The skylight over the kitchen. The versatility of the second bedroom. The armchair and footstool that you can move around
Minus points: When the large dining table is pulled towards the windows to enable people to sit on the bench, there is very little corridor space.
In a nutshell: Victory’s new flagship lodge is packed with wow-factor design elements – and is something of a style icon, being totally unlike anything else on the holiday home and lodge market.
Size: 44ft x 14ft
Build standard: BS 3632
Sleeps: Six (including air bed with electric pump in the lounge)
Key options: The Kahlo can be ordered with the second bedroom as an office.
Velux window in main bedroom and kitchen. A washing machine is an optional extra.
Ex-works price: £102,995*
Spotted in the classifieds: A 2024 Victory Kahlo holiday lodge for sale in Yorkshire. (PL13). Sited costs £124,950
Cost to insure this sited holiday lodge would be £385**
**Leisuredays holiday lodge insurance quote based on 2024 Victory Kahlo two-bedroomed holiday lodge insured for £129,950 (£124,950 for structure and £5,000 contents). Owners are a 68-year-old retired couple with previous holiday lodge insurance and three years no claim discount. £5,000 contents included. £75 excess applies. Insurance premium includes insurance premium tax at the current rate and is correct as of 31/10/2023.
For more information about Victory Leisure Homes visit: www.victoryleisurehomes.co.uk
* Extra charges will be made by park operators and/or distributors for transport and siting and annual maintenance. Please check the price carefully before you commit to buy as prices vary considerably dependant amongst other factors, on the geographical location of your chosen park