Buying advice: Our five-point plan for buying a holiday home
The benefits of buying a holiday home are plentiful, and here’s our five-point plan for choosing your ideal holiday home.
Owning your own holiday home takes the hassle out of finding somewhere to stay with availability, since you know your holiday home is there for whenever you choose to go away, and already fully set up with everything you need inside. So you can just pack the car and head off whenever the feeling takes you.
Your favourite. Your happy place. Your place where you’re content – and there’s plenty to interest you… However you define your ideal region, there’s one thing to bear in mind: the closer it is to your main home, the more often you will be able to go there. Remember, holiday homes aren’t just for holidays, they’re for long and short weekend breaks, maybe just overnight sometimes, or even for a day visit, if that’s all you can spare. And, the big consideration: coast or country? Or proximity to both?
Oaklands Park in Cornwall (photo courtesy of Oaklands Park)
Wenningdale Escapes in Yorkshire (photo courtesy of Wenningdale Escapes)
Pick a place that aligns perfectly with your interests. In an area surrounded by walking opportunities, perhaps, or lanes that are ideal for cycling. Do you want to be near to one or more golf courses? Maybe you want to look for a park that has its own golf course; there are a few! Maybe you’re interested in observing birds. Or even ground wildlife, like rare species of newt or natterjack toads. Do you want to be within easy distance of a city, for theatre, cinema, retail interest and eating out?
Parks come in all sizes and types. Small or enormous, fun-filled or tranquil, terraced or flat, scenic or featureless… They all have their merits and they all have appeal. It’s just a question of picking the park that’s ideal for your requirements as a couple, a family or a part-time family (grandparents whose grandkids are likely to visit). You can get a pretty close idea from parks’ websites, of course, but there is no substitute for visiting. So, get your shortlist ready now!
The Willerby Manor holiday home (photo courtesy of Willerby)
The Willerby Sierra holiday home (photo courtesy of Willerby)
A benefit of buying a holiday home is that you can tailor your holiday budget for the coming years. Once bought, that’s your holidays and breaks sorted for many years. The length of time you can keep a holiday home is defined by each park – averagely, 20-plus years; some less, some more.
There are homes for all budgets. If you’re not sure how much you need to spend, start by looking at pre-owned ones, to see example prices. If buying new is your aim, you’ll be looking at a start price of around £40,000 (some lower), climbing, with size and luxury, to well into prices comparable with houses. Don’t forget, you can consider finance for part of a holiday home purchase. Paying for it out of income, rather than depleting capital, is a good way to align at least part of its purchase to your holiday budget.
The holiday home
How many bedrooms? All but a very few have two, some have three. Some have sofa beds for accommodating occasional guests. Do you prefer completely open-plan layouts or would you like a kitchen that’s partially separate from the lounge/dining area? No matter what your budget, there is an enormous choice of layouts, styles and levels of luxury out there for you.
Buying Your First Holiday Home
The guide is packed with expert advice and information to help readers buy the right holiday home for them. It provides details on the latest holiday homes and lodges from leading manufacturers including Willerby, Omar, Regal, Tingdene, Pemberton and Victory. It also includes a section on parks, to guide holiday home buyers on the best choice of park to suit them.
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