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Keat Farm Parks (Est. since 1953)

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Keat Farm Parks (Est. since 1953)

The Kent Family moved to Keat farm in 1954 to a smallholding of about 2 acres with a large farm house reputedly owned a few hundred years ago by Lord Sandwich.  In the early days it continued to be run as a small holding, however things became  more difficult. Keat Farm house became a B&B Run by Muriel Kent, and Ronald Kent worked as a lorry driver on the local sea defence construction.

One day a man knocked on the farmhouse door asking if he could store a small caravan there for a short while, and the rest is history as they say.  In the late 50’s they started allowing a few tents and the odd storage caravan in The Orchard. Everything moved forward and gradually changed to holiday caravans (18’ x 7’6”). In the early 60’s Keat Farm finally became legal with permission granted for caravans.

In 1964 the expansion of Keat Farm began with the purchase of a near derelict residential caravan park of 20 very old units, this is now a 90 unit Park Home development. That was followed in 1969 by a green field development, Holiday Park.  In 1972 another holiday park was purchased, this is now a residential park of 110 park homes.

Our Holiday home dealership started in the early 80’s along with our export market.  As a company we shipped many new and used caravans to Holland, Belgium, France and Ireland.  This lasted for many years until Europe started to develop their own industry or dealt directly with the UK factories. We still continue to export a few caravans 

In 1986 sadly Ronald passed away and Malcolm took over the business. Within a year he had purchased his first park, making a total of 4 parks under the Keat Farm banner. In 1996 Malcolm added another Holiday and residential park to Keat Farm’s portfolio. 1999 saw the purchase of another residential park and in 2002 an old holiday park was purchased for redevelopment.

Keat farm has been established for over 50 years and has expanded to today’s total of ten, holiday, touring and residential parks with over 1,300 pitches. As well as a distributorship for the holiday homes.

Now with the third generation involved in the business the legacy that is ’Keat Farm’ will continue.

 

Taken from Keat Farm Website

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