Willerby Holiday Homes must be doing something right in view of the fact that the company has produced the Mk 4 version of its two bedroom Winchester holiday home. And it also has a three bedroom option, plus an Outlook model featuring French doors. Additionally there’s a further open plan version, with all the homes being a standard size of 38ft x 12ft 6in.
To be honest, the exterior of the home isn’t that much different from similar size holiday homes, being built on a galvanised chassis and having aluminium cladding. Where the Winchester Mk4 does differ from some of the competition is the fact that it has both double glazed PVCu windows and doors, plus gas central heating as standard.
As you enter the Winchester through the front door, the kitchen is immediately on your left with the dining area opposite. Immediately to the right of the doorway is a 70/30 fridge/freezer followed by a base unit with a double door cupboard and four drawers. Above this unit is a wall unit comprising a cupboard and space for an optional microwave. The sink unit with cupboards below is to the left of the doorway.
At the end of the sink unit is the party wall with the lounge and it’s here that the gas oven plus a four burner hob and grill have been fitted. Behind the hob is a glass splashback and above it an extractor hood. At the right-hand end of the cooker – and at right-angles – is a base unit with a semi-circular end worktop forming a small breakfast bar. It is convenient to point out here that all the units in the kitchen, lounge, and elsewhere, are very dark wood-effect which for us was too dark. No doubt however, others will disagree since colour schemes are very much a personal choice.
Opposite the doorway, facing the kitchen is the dining area which, although not large, could seat up to six. Standard furniture comprises a rectangular table and four upholstered matching chairs.
A feature of the Winchester which we especially like is that the lounge is totally separated from the kitchen and dining areas by a party wall and doorway. The lounge is basically rectangular although the kitchen does encroach slightly. The model we visited had the optional French doors in the end wall but bay windows are standard. Furniture comprises two arm chairs and a sofa bed enabling the home to sleep six.
There’s also a low level table for a TV, an electric fire fitted on a panel on the home’s back wall, a nest of tables and a freestanding display cabinet on the party wall within the kitchen. The panel containing the fire also includes two small illuminated display recesses above the fire, whilst general lighting is from a pendant ceiling light with five arms.
A door from the kitchen leads into the night time accommodation. The first room on the left is the bathroom which has a bath and a thermostatically controlled shower above the taps. The walls surrounding the bath are clad with white plastic planking. Next to the end of the bath and protected by the shower screen, is a tall unit with shelves and a cupboard for toiletries.
Facing the end of the bath is the low level toilet with its cistern built into a unit which also houses the home’s gas boiler. Next to the toilet is a short partition the other side of which is an attractive unit containing a large circular washbasin with a mirror above it.
The home’s second bedroom is across the corridor from the bathroom. For a second bedroom we thought it a good size. It has two divan beds separated by a bedside cabinet whilst above the headboards are cupboards and shelves. Reading lights have been fitted on the underside of the cupboards whilst opposite the foot of the divan on the home’s outside wall is a floor to ceiling wardrobe with a TV point at high level. In the base of the wardrobe are three drawers and on the wall next to it is a large mirror mounted on a panel.
The main bedroom at the end of the corridor has a king-size bed with lift up storage and a series of cupboards on the wall above the headboard. The room itself takes up the full width of the home and is large enough to have its own small en suite toilet in the corner adjacent to the head of the bed. On the home’s front wall is a small seat below the window followed by a dressing table with a mirror and cupboard above it. Next to the dressing table is a single wardrobe with three drawers in its base, whilst on the opposite wall, between the en suite and the party wall with the bathroom, are two more wardrobes, each having double doors with framed mirrors. Below each pair of doors are three drawers so that overall there is plenty of storage for clothes. The en suite has corner mounted pedestal washbasin with a mirror above it and a three shelf unit above the low level toilet.
PVCu double glazing throughout
Gas central heating
En suite toilet to main bedroom
Thermostatically controlled shower in the bathroom
The Willerby Winchester MK 4 has many things going for it and in our opinion offers good value for money. We liked the fact that it is built on a galvanised chassis and comes with double glazing and central heating as standard enabling it to become a year round holiday home. It also has plenty of storage space for clothes etc as well as having all the appliances we think most people will want – although sadly a microwave is not standard.
Our main reservation concerns the dark wood-effect of the units which we felt some, like us, would find somewhat overpowering. The same home with light oak colours would, in our opinion, be more pleasing. Similarly, in addition to the glass splashback behind the hob we would have liked to see the walls in the kitchen tiled. But these small criticisms apart, the Winchester MK 4 is a home which should appear on the list of anyone looking for a new mid range holiday home.
So what’s your opinion on the dark wood? Should Willerby offer a lighter alternative or do you think its modern design is refreshing and stands out from the crowd? Leave a comment below and tell us what you think.
Type: Single holiday home
Standard: EN 1647
Size: 38ft x 12ft 6in