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JJ Cooper Parks: Parks with lots of character


LINCOLN FARM PARK (main image)

Lincoln Farm Park, on the southern edge of the Cotswolds, is an extraordinary park home estate.

Its homes are an unusual log-cabin style, it’s surrounded by farmland views and it has a lovely country character. It’s not those attributes, though, that make this park extraordinary. It’s the presence, on the park, of an indoor swimming pool, gym and sauna complex (for which there is free membership for residents).

Not many park home estates offer that sort of facility. And there’s more to make this place special. There’s something of a holiday atmosphere. That’s because adjacent to the residential section of the park there is a separate touring park where owners of touring caravans and motorhomes arrive for short breaks and holidays. So residents of the park homes always feel as if they’re on holiday. We visited this lovely park last year and that’s exactly what residents told us.

All of the plots are large and most have open field views.



The name of this park; ‘home village’ accurately sums up the appeal and character of this 17-acre park.

Garstons Park has a well-established look, with mature trees and well-tended shrubs. Homes are arranged in little avenues with Victorian-style lamps. The plots vary in size and angle, some with picket fencing, some with open aspect. There’s a quiet maturity about this park; a well-settled feel that makes you feel instantly at home.

This park is in a brilliantly convenient location, 15 minutes from Reading, 10 minutes from Pangbourne, on the Thames (well known for its good choice of restaurants and cafés), London is a 40-minute drive away and less by train from Reading.

A part-exchange scheme is in place to consider if you have a property to sell.


Close to the character town of Horley, in Surrey, this is a long-established park with units and plots in a variety of sizes. Some border the edge of the park with field views.

Horley is a great place to live, with traditional shops and even its own theatre.

There are beautiful parks at Reigate, three miles away, and Crawley. Lingfield is home to the British Wildlife Centre; another great day out idea.



California Country Park is at Finchinhampstead, just four miles from the historic market town of Wokingham, noted for its lovely character architecture and wide streets. The park gets its name from California Country Park, which borders the park home estate. It’s a short walk to a large lake and woodland area.

The park has a woodland character in-keeping with its forest surroundings – and the address of the park, Nine Mile Ride, gives a clue that this place has a long and prestigious history. It’s close to the famous road named Nine Mile Ride, which has its roots in the royal hunting history of this region.

Mature trees line avenues of homes. It’s a well established park, neatly-kept, with wide roadways, tall pine trees and some of the homes overlooking areas that really look like village greens.