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Choose Leisure
The UK's first dedicated motorhome broker

Choose Leisure Limited
The Showroom
Howfield Lane/A28
Chartham, Canterbury
Kent CT4 7HG [map]

To avoid narrow lanes approach from A28

01227 733557

sales@chooseleisure.co.uk

 

Open 7 days a week
Summer Mon-Sat 9am-5.30pm
Sun 10am-5pm
Winter Mon-Sat 9am-5pm
Sun 10am-4pm

 

 






Our Journey

Many of you will know our story, which started nearly a decade ago, as we have the pleasure of our loyal customers coming back to us more than once. For those of you who don’t already know, Choose Leisure started in summer 2008 as just a twinkle in Paul’s eye...

 

                                                            [Start at the Beginning]

 

Present

 

It's our 10th Birthday this year and we just want to keep getting better!

 

 

Christmas 2017 - What a Team!

 

Our group photo in Christmas 2017 had rather more faces than the photographs from the beginning of our journey and we seem to be ever growing.

 

 

April 2017 - We Expanded

 

In 2011, when we took the huge step of buying our current showroom, workshops and forecourt, we gave up half of our previous site next door, thinking we’d never need it again - little did we know! We were bursting at the seams so were delighted to have taken that site back over again giving us another huge workshop and masses more forecourt space.

 

 

2017 - More Happy Customers!

 

     
We have always loved selling to people who are ready to start their adventures in a new motorhome. Choose Freedom, Choose Adventure, Choose Leisure!

 

 

October 2015 - The Choose Leisure Workshop Team Expanded

 

Charlie (far right) joined us Service Coordinator and we became fully equipped to carry out mechanical servicing alongside our existing habitation workshops. Father and son, Tony and James Spriggs, made up our Mechanical team. The youngest son of the Spriggs family, Curtis, has since joined us as a Hab Technician - truly a family business!

 

 

May 2015 - Our First Bailey Motorhomes Arrived

 

To continue our growth in the new sales market, we took on the Bailey franchise, specialising in the Advance range but later broadening to the Autograph.

 

 

June 2014 - The UK Summer Motorhome & Caravan Show

 

The UK Summer Motorhome & Caravan Show came to the Detling Showground in Kent for the first time. Being on our home turf, we were keen to have a stand there and have been back every year since.

 

 

February 2014 - Dominic Joined the Team

 

Our team began to expand more rapidly. As we continued to grow busier we needed more hands on deck and Dom, second from left, joined us in 2014. He now keeps everything in check as General Manager at Choose Leisure.

 

 

February 2013 - Our First (of many!) NEC Shows

 

Now selling brand new Auto-Sleepers, Wayne and Paul went to trade on the Auto-Sleepers stand at The Caravan & Camping Show at the NEC in Birmingham.

 

It was at the show that we took our first order on a new van.

 

To date, we’re delighted with our level of Auto-Sleeper sales and plan for it to be a long and fruitful relationship.

 

Here are the boys

posing at one of

the latest NEC

shows:

 

 

February 2013 - Our First Auto-Sleepers Arrived

 

In February 2013 we took delivery of our first brand new Auto-Sleepers. Despite having been offered many new franchises, we felt that this was the right partnership. The quality product is backed up by quality support which is vital for our business and our hard-earned reputation.

 

 

January 2013 - We Became Sponsors of Kent County Cricket Club

 

In 2013 we teamed up with Kent County Cricket Club who are based very locally to us in Canterbury. We have been proud sponsors ever since.

 

 

January 2013 - Our First Away Day

 

To celebrate the start of our fifth year and having had our best six months so far, we took a day out to do some clay pigeon shooting. We have exceeded ourselves every year since, meaning a number of fun days out have been had!

 

 

Summer 2012

 

   
A full pitch of stock attracted a full car park and used vehicle sales were rapidly gaining momentum.

 

 

Christmas 2011 - Choose Leisure Kept it Under Wraps...

 

      
We've always made time to have some fun! We wrapped an entire Elddis Autoquest 160 as a Christmas present from Mr and Mrs Taylor for their very excited daughters.

 

 

December 2011

 

...It didn't take us long!

 

 

October 2011 - Exciting Times

 

With an enormous showroom and empty pitch to fill, these were exciting times!

 

 

September 2011 - We Moved into Our New Site

 

The South East lost two major dealers of the time back in May 2009 when both Brownhills and Discover Leisure closed their sites in the area. Business went from strength to strength for Choose Leisure and in September 2011 Paul and Jenny purchased the former Brownhills site and showroom on the A28 in Chartham.

 

 

2011 - Happy Customers

 

   

Increased sales meant a growing number of happy Choose Leisure customers, many of whom have come back to buy from us on more than one occasion. Our feedback page says it all: Choose Leisure Customer Feeback

 

 

August 2010 - Business was Growing

 

A successful summer meant we started to need more space for our 'sold' row. Business was definitely growing despite being in the middle of the recession.

 

 

February 2010 - Snow Day

 

   
Can you tell we had a little more time on our hands back then...?

 

 

2009 - Choose Leisure Pioneered Motorhome Brokerage

 

   

Choose Leisure created ‘Motorhome Brokerage’ as a hassle-free way to sell for a higher return.

 

“Five years ago if you googled ‘motorhome brokerage’ it didn’t exist. We’re really proud to be the first people that did this and take it as a compliment that so many others have since followed suit. I believe we’re by far the best though!”
Paul Santos, MD

 

 

2009 - The Choose Leisure Team

 

The team started to grow... Left to right: Jools, Wayne, Paul, Steve, Pete & Chris

 

 

July 2008 - Choose Leisure was Founded

 

Nottingham-born Paul Santos was no stranger to the motorhome industry having cut his teeth as a salesman fifteen years ago before moving on to be a sales manager and then general manager for major UK motorhome dealerships. This culminated in a move to Canterbury and his passion for the industry was set.

He was trading motorhomes for himself in 2007 when the lure of an empty site in Canterbury, next door to the reduced-sized Brownhills, proved too tempting. In 2008 Choose Leisure was born.

 

Paul tells the story “We started out with just three of us. Me with my mechanical, sales and business background, my wife Jenny, who’s experience in accounts and marketing have proved to be invaluable, and Wayne Sargent who had worked as a salesman for me before. We had about six vans which we would clean and rearrange every day to make it look busy!"

 

The timing couldn’t have been worse in terms of the country’s economy with recession being declared in the autumn of 2008.

 

Paul said “It was a tough start. We sold our house and invested absolutely everything we had. It was a huge gamble but we’ve never looked back.

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