A Family Run Park By Our Family For Your Family

The Retreat is very much a family holiday park. Run by the same family over five generations, here is a snippet of how Retreat has matured into the park it is today.

To enquire about our current caravans or lodges for sale, arrange a visit to see the park or anything else, please call 01278 795006 or enquire online. Please remember that you cannot use a holiday home as your permanent residence. The prices do not include pitch fees but delivery, siting and connections are included in the prices of New Holiday Homes and Lodges. Pre Owned Holiday Homes are sold on their current pitch and are all sited and fully connected. Holiday homes are free to view with a booking between the hours of 10:00-16:00 via the link below.

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The land that The Retreat sits on was bought by Benjamin Plant Priest, the grandfather of the current Managing Director Roger, creating the 1st generation of the family legacy here at The Retreat.
Following the conclusion of the war in 1947, The Retreat Estates (Burnham-on-Sea) Limited was Incorporated.
1950s & 1960s
The early development of a caravan park began in the 1950s in conjunction with a local Burnham-on-Sea builder. The builder rented the land and operated the park on behalf of Benjamin.
The community spirit of The Retreat started to show signs of growth amongst its holidaymakers, and in 1977, the park held a sports day alongside the first Jubilee celebrations.
The 3rd Generation of Family Ownership began, with Roger and Rosemary as Directors taking over the leadership of The Retreat from the local builder in 1980. Over the decade the park saw significant infrastructure changes with the installation of mains electric, water and sewerage giving rise for an increase in pitch numbers on here at The Retreat.
Further additions were made at the park in the 90s with the introduction of the first play equipment in 1992. In 1995 the 4th generation of the family enters the company with Debbie, Roger and Rosemary’s eldest daughter, joining as Park Manager.
At the turn of the millennium with all caravans now connected to the mains; the offices, toilets and laundry facilities were all upgraded with the completion of the Jubilee Building in 2002. The 2000s also welcomed The Retreat’s long standing support for Burnham Area Rescue Boat Search and Rescue Charity (BARB) and The David Bellamy Conservation Award, which is now known as ‘The David Bellamy Blooming Marvellous Pledge for Nature’.
An exciting project was started in 2014 with the development of the park’s first lodge bases in Driftwood Way and The Paddocks. Growing to 12 in total by the end of the decade. The decade also saw the introduction of the 5th generation of the family, Roger and Rosemary’s grandchildren Lucy and Scott, coming on board continuing the family run legacy of The Retreat. 2017 saw the caravan park celebrate its 70th Birthday with its owner’s past and present, hosting a special summer party with a hog roast, live band, ice cream van and one of BARB’s hovercraft.
With Roger and Rosemary enjoying a more gentle pace of life, their youngest daughter Sarah joined The Retreat Team to continue to support the family legacy and younger generation. The most recent additions to the park have seen further upgrades with a new play area, additional lodge bases added along with a brand-new website.
Present Day
In its 75th Year, The Retreat is continuing the family feel with the park ethos of: ‘By our Family for your Family