Advice: benefits of buying a park home
You can live the holiday lifestyle all of the time!
There is a relaxed vibe about most park home estates. That’s an important element of the park home lifestyle; a distinct benefit of buying a park home.
For one thing, because most park home buyers are semi-retired or retired, there’s not much car commuter activity. And a significant benefit of park home living is that residents have time to talk to each other, which is why many buyers tell us that they make friends quickly once they move onto a park home estate.
Many park home residents have also told us that the lifestyle is like being on holiday all of the time. That’s another benefit of buying a park home. So it set us thinking. What if you want to take that a step further, by living on a residential estate that has a holiday element? We already knew of a few parks that have both holiday homes and residential units. So, there must be more... And there are. It didn’t take us long to discover several. Here are some examples that may inspire you…
Hoburne Naish and Swanage
If you thought Hoburne was all about holidays, think again, for this company has residential opportunities, too.
At New Milton, in Hampshire, there is a residential park that looks out over Highcliffe Beach and the bay beyond. This is Hoburne Naish, a residential park of 139 homes that also has a
large section of privately-owned holiday homes.
The park is equipped with all manner of holiday facilities including a swimming pool, sauna and a steam room, plus family ‘adventure golf’.
At Swanage on the Dorset coast, Hoburne Park has 67 residential pitches. The park has stunning views of Swanage Bay so, if you buy a residential home here, you would have the beach and the countryside waiting for you every time you wake up, just as you would if you were on holiday!
Bowland Fell Park
Bowland Fell sits between the Forest of Bowland and the Yorkshire Dales. And it’s only about an hour’s drive to the Lake District from here.
This is another example of a residential park that gives you the benefit of holiday-style facilities.
The park, owned by Bridge Leisure Parks, has a seventeenth century inn, a restaurant, a swimming pool and a farm shop; a mini village, then!
You can buy a holiday lodge or static caravan at Bowland Fell – or a home in which to live permanently. And a new residential home development is taking place here. Plots are available for you to choose a home made by a range of park home manufacturers. Prices start at £140,000.
In Cornwall, Sun Haven is, just as the name implies, in a sheltered location. At just eight miles from Padstow, it’s not far from the spectacular scenery of the north Cornwall coast. The park is a 15-minute walk, through woodland, to the gorgeous Mawgan Porth beach. So, the best of both coastand country.
The park is well known as a holiday location, for touring caravans and campervans, and as a place where you can buy your own holiday home.
Last September the park became part of the Lovat Parks group.
A programme of development began – including the creation of a small number of residential pitches, in an elevated position with countryside views. Each home has landscaped gardens and parking space.
Currently, buyers can choose a Prestige Homeseeker Burleigh or a Willerby Forest Grove home. Both are 40ft by 20ft homes with open-plan layouts and both are priced at £249,995. So, another great example of an opportunity to buy a residential home not just in a holiday area but on a holiday park. Worth a closer look? We think so.
Berkeleyparks Llewelyn Park
Elsewhere in this issue we’ve explored a park in the Berkeleyparks group, which has both residential and holiday homes. It’s in central Wales, near to the market town of Builth Wells and six miles from the spa town of Llandrindod Wells and plots are available for residential park homes. We haven’t yet visited this park, but we know the region, so this is definitely one of the parks to consider if you fancy a home on a park with a holiday vibe – and in a region of gorgeous mountain and valley scenery.
Lincoln Farm Park
In rural Oxfordshire, around 14 miles from Oxford, lies a beautiful leafy park with a dual purpose. There’s a residential estate, with homes on large plots, and also a touring park.
Lincoln Farm Park has its own shop, plus a leisure centre, with two swimming pools, a gym, a sauna and steam room. It all adds up to a definite holiday vibe. We’ve visited this park several times over the last few years and have always been impressed by its lovely atmosphere and location, surrounded by fields.
Shireburne Park is less than a mile from the market town of Clitheroe, in Lancashire’s Ribble Valley. The park has two sections, one residential and the other for holiday homes.
Clitheroe is an old, character town with a good choice of eateries and some galleries, too.
Shireburne Park has its own Victorian manor house, in which there’s a small bar, open on Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons.
Wildlife watching is an attraction of the park, including deer, which are regular visitors.
The Lake District is a 45-minute drive away and there is plenty to explore nearer to the park. Among nearby places of interest are Skipton (like Clitheroe, the town has a
castle) and the quaint village of Whalley, which dates back to 600AD. The village is home to cafes, restaurants and the ruins of a fourteenth century abbey.
Edithmead Leisure and Park Homes
In Somerset, Edithmead Leisure and Park Homes is a park with its own bar and bistro where entertainment takes place. There are just 25 residential homes on the park.
This estate is close to Burnham-on-Sea and Weston-Super-Mare, so is in the heart of Somerset’s tourist region.
In the gorgeous Cotswolds, a short walk from the quaint and beautiful village of Broadway, Leedons Residential Park is adjacent to Leedons Holiday Park, which has a swimming pool and leisure complex with a covered outdoor terrace overlooking a stream.
There’s also Broadway Park, close by and owned by the same company. A bowling green, tennis court, swimming pooI and more are on offer at the park’s leisure complex. These are two more examples of parks where you’d always feel as if you were on holiday.
So, if you yearn for perpetual holidays and would like to truly live that dream, you can! The examples here may to set you thinking.
Happy home hunting – and happy full-time holidays!
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