HOLIDAY PLANS: An artist’s impression of the new lodges at Hillcrest Park, near Caldwell
HOLIDAY PLANS: An artist’s impression of the new lodges at Hillcrest Park, near Caldwell

A FAMILY-run holiday park in Teesdale is adding 20 holiday lodges following a six-figure refinancing deal.

The lodges will increase accommodation at Hillcrest Park by more than 55 per cent.

The business will use the support of HSBC UK to fund the groundwork and infrastructure required to house the bespoke holiday lodges that it plans to sell.

The park, near Caldwell, has been owned and run by wife and husband team Kate and Ed Nichols since 2011. Starting with just three cottages and a few touring pitches, it has grown in recent years and now hosts 35 units, consisting of five holiday cottages, 20 touring pitches, and 10 glamping pods.

Ms Nichols said: “The logical next step to expansion was to add holiday lodges to our site, to complement the cottages, pods and touring pitches we currently hold.

“HSBC UK was incredibly supportive and enthusiastic in our plans for growth and its backing means we are able to put the required infrastructure in place.

“We’re big believers in giving back to the local community and we use local contractors and building suppliers wherever possible.

“Our hope is that the owners of the new lodges, who can visit all year round, will also spend money in the local community ensuring that Teesdale has a sustainable rural economy.”

David Slane, area director at HSBC UK, said: “Kate and Ed have shown incredible passion and motivation for the future plans for Hillcrest Park and HSBC UK was delighted to provide the support needed for the next phase in their growth.

“Their dedication to supporting the local economy is laudable and we’ve no doubt the growth of Hillcrest Park will have a fantastic, positive impact on the local area and wider community.”