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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

Let’s park the housing problem!

newsPrestige Homeseeker’s founder director, Silvano Geranio, met MP Peter Bone to discuss how park homes could play a vital part in fixing the UK’s property crisis. Peter was present when the company’s new factory opened in 2008 and was pleased to hear of the growth of the company since then, with Prestige Homeseeker now employing more than 400 people in Northamptonshire. Discussions on how off-site manufacturing and park homes could provide part of the solution for the current housing crisis, plus raising awareness of how park homes, both came up in a friendly but forthright discussion. If you think park homes should be part of the housing solution please let Prestige Homeseeker know so the firm can forward your views onto Peter - email:


It’s gold again!

newsFor the seventh year in succession, a holiday park and marina in Derbyshire, Mercia Marina, has won a gold award in the David Bellamy Conservation Awards, by giving wildlife the same VIP treatment as its visitors.

There was an extra honour for Mercia when Professor Bellamy declared it a ‘Honey Bee Friendly’ park, as part of his new initiative to help protect the threatened insects. He praised especially its wildflower hedgerows, where high nectarbearing blooms provide valuable foraging for honey bees as well as butterflies and other pollinators.

The marina’s commitment to running a business based on forward-looking sustainability policies marks it out as a true green champion, said David Bellamy, who enthused: ‘Winning seven golds in as many years is a fantastic achievement for Mercia Marina.’

Staycation bonanza

newsPointing to the continuing boom in ‘staycation’ holidays in the UK, a top Dorset park has placed a massive order for 80 new luxury holiday caravans, which are lined-up for delivery this winter.

Shorefield Holidays says the major investment in its letting fleet at Oakdene Forest Park, near Bournemouth, follows a record number of staycation visits in 2017. Now, says the group, holiday guests will have the choice of some of southern England’s most highly specified caravan holiday homes and lodges in which to stay.

Family-run Shorefield Holidays, which is preparing to celebrate its 60th anniversary next year, owns seven multi-award winning holiday parks in Dorset and Hampshire.

The 80 new holiday homes scheduled for arrival at Oakdene Forest Park include top-end models from UK manufacturers, some with four bedrooms and others with private hot-tubs.


newsThe UK’s largest residential park operator has unveiled more details about available plots and show homes for sale at its new South Wales venture. Wyldecrest Parks, which already owns 52 residential and holiday sites across the country, has some exciting purchasing prospects at Westover Park, in Whitland, Camarthenshire.

As we went to press, there was a 36ft × 20 Omar Regency available at the park for just £93,499. This two-bedroom home – example model pictured – boasts two spacious bedrooms, two bathrooms and measures 36ft x 20.


A new path!

newsPathfinder Homes opened its doors to the public and unveiled a fantastic new
model home at the end of the year. The Devon-based manufacturer hosted a
well-attended open weekend on 25 and 26 November, during which visitors got a first sight of its stunning new Evolution model. The gorgeous looking new lodge boasts a wealth of special features and attendees were suitably impressed. For more on the model see our new models section at the back of the magazine. Guest were also able to explore Pathfinder Homes’ impressive Newton Abbotbased headquarters and run the rule over a selection of park homes and lodges from the rest of the established manufacturer’s range.


A touch of luxury

holnews1Holiday home provider, Park Leisure, enjoyed a successful partnership with holiday home manufacturer, Swift Group, at the recent 2017 Caravan & Motorhome Show in Birmingham.

Swift exhibited its luxury Whistler Lodge, Antibes Home, and the full 2018 range of luxury holiday homes, which are available throughout a selection of Park Leisure’s five-star parks, including Malvern View, located on the beautiful border of Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Park Leisure also gave show attendees the chance to win a taste of the lifestyle by entering its competition to win a luxury holiday home break.  
The company has 12 sites across the UK, in stunning countryside and coastal locations, so there’s something to suit every personality and budget.

South west park group scoops ‘best park’ title

newsEstablished residential and holiday park operator Acorn and Oaktree Parks Ltd has scooped a prestigious holiday award.

Looe Coastal Retreat was voted ‘Best Park in Cornwall’ in the hotly contested ‘Relax and Explore’ category of the Hoeseasons’ awards.

Winning the award in just its first year of business represents a real coup for the luxurious Cornwall-based holiday lodge park.

Park owner Rachel Nation told PH&HC: ‘It feel amazing to win this award as we’ve only been open a year. The fact that it was voted for by our customers, and there is so much competition in Cornwall and in this category, makes it even sweeter.

‘Thanks to everyone who helped us to achieve this.’

Looe Coastal Retreat is a chi-chi development of lodges, available for hire from Hoeseasons, as part of its exclusive Bouja Luxury Caravan Breaks Collection. It is situated less than a mile away from the award-winning Cornish coastline with its unblemished beaches and crystal blue waters.


Pedal power!

newsIn 2017, PH&HC featured Cathi Foale, of Park Home Chassis Services, and her impending charity cycle ride to raise awareness and funds for The MS Society (multiple sclerosis).

In April, Cathi and her partner Paul Finch flew with their bikes to Bologna in Italy and rode 500 miles to Rome in eight days. With just their bicycles and two pannier bags each, they set off and found accommodation at the end of each day, wherever they happened to reach! It is not generally a risk but they did have one hairy evening where all B&Bs and hotels closed on a Monday but eventually they found a resting place out of town!

The cycle was absolutely glorious, starting off through Tuscany and then moving into the Umbrian countryside. The roads were pretty pot-holed but Cathi only experienced one blow out tyre.

She explained: ‘We saw amazing landscape and absolutely wonderful mountain top villages and towns where we would stay overnight.


Reaching out and having fun!

newsNew Park’s community association is something of a revelation. At present, the organisation boasts a whopping 356 members with only 30 homes out of 248 without a member. On such a large park, that’s truly impressive.

Chairman Colin Back explained: ‘We aim to reach out to all residents. In 2012 the association was rescued from closure by the current committee; it was reformed and a new approach led to a vibrant and caring association for the whole community.
‘In 2016 we won a prestigious best residents’ association competition, the runner up for best resident and also runner up for best manager.’


Hit park with the X-Factor!

newsAlways ahead of the game when it comes to booking quality entertainment acts, popular holiday park Bunn Leisure booked X-Factor winner Sam Bailey to showcase her phenomenal vocals earlier in October, to perform tracks from her latest album, as well as her hits and favourite covers.

All entertainment at Bunn Leisure is free to guests, with three-night breaks starting from only £190 for up to six people in a standard two-bedroom caravan.

All breaks include free access to an amazing range of children’s activities and the Oasis Leisure Centre.