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Benefits of buying a holiday home - your own safe haven

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Out from the gloom of pandemic havoc that swept into every corner of the holiday home industry, a sparkling bright light has emerged – and it focuses on the benefits of buying a holiday home.

Never before has owning your own holiday home, your own safe haven in which to cocoon yourself from everything, been so attractive.

As John Lally, Director General of the National Caravan Council (the trade association that represents the caravan holiday home industry), pointed out: “The UK’s holiday parks benefit from rural and coastal locations, away from densely populated urban areas.” Social distancing measures implemented by parks make them, he said, “the best option for holidays in the UK this year.”

Another really important factor that is sure to spur interest in buying holiday homes in the UK is that confidence in foreign travel has taken a knock that will take a long time to heal. It means that the surety of owning your own holiday base on home terrain is more attractive than ever.

Although people’s plans to get into holiday home ownership have been dramatically frustrated this year, now that normality is resuming, there is still enough of the summer left to enjoy. So, if you have used the enforced home-time of lockdown to do your research into finding the right holiday home for you, and the right park for your pursuits of choice, now’s the time when you can press the start button and go for it.

A Wessex Classic  Swift Biarritz Lodge

As the leisure world gets back into gear, it’s no longer necessary to confine your search for a holiday home to online research. You can now visit holiday home manufacturer Willerby’s open-air showgrounds in Hull and in Scotland, by appointment. Tingdene’s showroom, at Wellingborough, is also open by appointment, as is the Prestige Homeseeker showground at Rushden; both are in Northamptonshire. The two Omar and Wessex showgrounds, in Brandon, Suffolk, and Hull, are also open by appointment.

One thing is for sure: holiday parks are clamouring for buyers’ attention as normal patterns of leisure resume. So, watch out for tempting special offers as they get their sales back on track.

For some time to come, the signs are that many people will want to perpetuate some degree of isolation, especially if they are in a high-risk category. Or simply want to stay as safe as possible. In your own home from home, you are as good as at home.

For all of these reasons, we’ve been finding some examples of what your money can buy, from what might be described as great starter homes to luxury lodges. As a note of guidance on prices: these vary from park to park as each park puts its mark-up on a home according to the park’s facilities and location.

So, holiday homes on a park with full-on family facilities in a superbly popular location are likely to cost more than those on a park with minimal facilities in a less popular area. So, some examples to guide you, from £30,000 to almost £600,000…

We found a Willerby Linwood at £29,500 in north Wales; it’s an ideal starter home. And a Willerby Sierra at £41,500 on the Cumbria-Lancashire border; a good example of a model in a mid price range.

On the south coast of Devon, a Swift Loire for £51,000 and a Regal Seascape for £55,000. A Swift Biarritz Lodge at £69,995 in Cornwall. An Aspire Nordica, in Scandinavian style, with a roof terrace on Anglesey for £595,000.

On the north coast of Wales, from Prestige Homeseeker, a Glasshouse at £315,000 and a Casa di Lusso at £325,000, plus and a Wessex Classic at £250,000. In south Devon, an Oakgrove Waverton at £214,000...

So, as this snapshot of prices and locations shows, whatever your budget and wherever you are thinking of buying a holiday home, there’s plenty of choice out there waiting for you.

If you are interested in finding out more about park and holiday homes, Park and Holiday Home Inspiration magazine is for you.

You can download a copy of Park and Holiday Home Inspiration magazine here.

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