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What is your favourite thing about owning a park home or lodge?

I just love the welcoming people and the community spiritedness - 50%
The value for money of the homes and the lower living costs - 0%
The great location of my park and the fact that it’s so peaceful and secure - 50%
The voting for this poll has ended on: 19 Jan 2018 - 13:52

2012: A Great Year For A Great British Caravan Holiday

The year 2012 is finally here, and with it comes a raft of events and big things to look forward to, particularly during the summer. With this in mind, and with the occasional superstitious worry of Mayan doomsday predictions coming true and making this summer holiday the last ever for humanity as a whole, it's the best time to explore the British Isles in all of their glory.


With London hosting both the Diamond Jubilee and both the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012, lots of people will be flocking to the capital to celebrate all things British. With the countryside and other smaller cities becoming decidedly more quiet as a result of this encroachment on London - and with fantastic developments in the world of caravans and motorhomes - there's every opportunity to have a DIY holiday to cut costs, have fun and enjoy the good summers that the UK has recently and surprisingly become famous for.

After sorting yourself out with the bare essentials such as food and drink, as well as securing a reasonable caravan insurance quote thus leaving you free to explore the British Isles with peace of mind of knowing your tourer is protected.

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Chassis Renovation

Steve Rowe goes to Kent to visit a small company specialising in park home chassis restoration, seeing how they can even retro-fit a chassis to an old, ‘illegal’ home extension

Jeff Webber Hard At Work

It’s something that few of us will ever think about, but the chassis underneath a park home is crucial to the longevity and structural integrity of the home.

On older park homes, particularly ones in salty seaside locations, the chassis can corrode quite badly over time, to the extent that it can even rust-through completely, making the building unsound.

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Like Peas In A Pod!

Holgates, an award-winning holiday park company in Cumbria

Holgates, an award-winning holiday park company in Cumbria, is offering the ideal romantic rendezvous for Valentine’s Day 14. Couples seeking a truly unique celebration can indulge in pure peace and serenity with Holgates’ Romantic Pod Retreat, at its Bay View site, located in the beautiful Cumbrian countryside.

The pretty wooden ‘glamping’ pods put the glamour back into camping. Built in Ullswater in the Lake District, each pod is individually handcrafted and comes complete with lighting, power point and heating. Each pod is also fully insulated with lamb’s wool, which ensures a toasty night whatever the weather. The Bay View Romantic Pod Retreat costs from just £40 per night and can sleep up to six people. For further information, visit the website at:


Financing Your Purchase

What can you do if you want to buy a holiday caravan or lodge but don’t have enough spare cash? We answer some of your questions

What loans are available to me?
That will depend upon which finance house you approach and also on the price of your chosen holiday home.Typically 75-90 per cent of the purchase price can be borrowed, alongside a cash deposit.  

How long is the typical loan repayment period?
They usually vary between seven and 15 years, depending upon the finance house, the size of your loan, and the cost of the holiday home.

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‘Greenest’ Home Gets Celebrity Endorsement!

Interested in an eco home at a bargain price? Haven Holidays and Willerby Homes have unveiled their greenest ever holiday home, which has been supported by celebrity eco-campaigner Anna Ryder Richardson of Changing Rooms TV fame

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5 Things You Should Ask When Buying A Holiday Home

1. Not all holiday sites are the same. Is the site secluded and quiet or lively and family-friendly? Find out!

2. If you buy a second-hand caravan, get a full history of its former owners and hire a specialist park  home surveyor to check it out. Many advertise in this magazine.

3. Get a ‘Written Statement’ from your park owner and go through it with
a fine toothcomb. If you are unsure about anything, get further advice. Specialist solicitors advertise in this magazine.

4. Remember that unlike residential park home owners, you are not covered by the Mobile Homes Act (1983). That’s why your Written Statement or Agreement is
so important.

5. If you’re still unsure, why not order a copy our annual, What Holiday Caravan & Holiday Lodges 2010?. Just call 01562 69296 to get your copy and start researching! 


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