Forest Holidays’ purpose is to create positive experiences in Britain’s amazing forests; connecting people, nature and local communities. The Company’s cabins are sensitively planned around the existing forest, with minimal felling, strategic re-planting, and a very low environmental footprint due to the use of sustainable materials, such as air-source heat pumps, hydroelectric plants, and a dark skies policy across its estate. Each location is designed specifically to integrate into the forest environment, keeping open access for wildlife, local communities and visitors.
With an emphasis on luxury facilities and high quality accommodation, cabins sleep between two and ten people, in a mixture of single storey, two storey and tree house accommodation. The majority of cabins have private outdoor hot tubs, as well as indoor log burning stoves and under floor heating. Forest Holidays suit couples, families and groups travelling at all times of the year.
In September 2012 LDC completed a significant investment to support the management buyout and future new site roll-out of Forest Holidays, in 2013 LDC supported further growth of Forest Holidays with follow-on funding for new site expansion in Hampshire.
The company has grown strongly since LDC invested - cabin numbers more than doubled and EBITDA has increased from under £1m to in excess of £10m. The company now has 571 cabins across nine sites, with a further two in development in Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons. On completion of those two sites, over half of its locations will be within Britain’s National Parks.
In December 2017, after a five-year partnership, LDC completed the sale of Forest Holidays to Phoenix Equity Partners. As part of the transaction, LDC will reinvest for a significant minority stake, alongside the Forestry Commission and the management team.
In April 2018 the 19th annual Sunday Times BDO Profit Track 100 league table was published which ranks Britain’s private companies with the fastest-growing profits over three years. Forest Holidays ranked at No.4 due to the buisness' profits growing by an avarege of 130% a year.
Read Interview - Peter Phillipson, Non-Executive Chairman, Forest Holidays