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An Anglo-American affair!

Screen Shot 2017-07-05 at 11.20.05Ritz Homes announced itself to the park home and lodge buying public at the recent World of Park & Leisure Homes Show, which took place at Stoneleigh Park, in Warwickshire, this June. Luxurious park homes and holiday lodges, featuring a refreshing blend of American and British designs, are currently being crafted at the company’s swish Humberside facility. Later this year a second, purpose-built 600ft long assembly plant will start production and feature an adjoining indoor showground displaying a dozen model homes, too.  

The elegant Hampton is Ritz’s residential park home flagship, combining a nine foot flat ceiling and spacious rooms, delivering a timeless West End Penthouse ambiance.  Such elements typically appeal to the more discerning, affluent and sophisticated buyers.   

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Cumbria park is teaching toddlers to aim high

augnews2Toddlers staying at a Lake District holiday park have been provided with a £20,000 play zone which could put them – quite literally - on the path to peak fitness.

That’s because Silverdale Holiday Park’s new soft play area is designed to help develop the skills needed to tackle Cumbria’s world-famous fells.

The colourful multi-level mini-gym presents a series of fun challenges which are tackled with a combination of climbing, scrambling, clambering and crawling.

But while the youngsters are letting rip, says the park, they are also preparing themselves for taking on more grown-up activities in the Lake District.

Benefits will include developing muscular strength, hand-eye coordination, flexibility, balance, endurance and agility as the calories burn away.

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Staycation-driven boom

augnews1One of the UK’s premier touring caravan, motorhome and holiday caravan dealers, Salop Leisure, attracted nearly 19,000 visitors to its annual West Midlands Caravan and Motorhome Spring Show, in Shrewsbury. The event was 18 per cent up on last year and sales across the business increased by between 15 and 20 per cent. It seems that more people are now looking to holiday in the UK, with this dramatic increase in ‘staycations’ helping the sales boom.

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IN THE KNOW

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The Omar Group’s Richard Sigsworth answers prospective park home owners’ buying questions…

Q: I remember when park homes were basic structures and a world apart from today's beautiful, well-insulated homes. With all the advances in technology, I was interested to find out what the next big thing to be seen in park homes is likely to be?

A: Over the next few years I believe we will see many new innovations in the area of increased insulation; helping owners to reduce running costs whilst creating a more environmentally friendly home. Here are a few examples of technologies that are likely to be seen in park homes in the near future.

Nano Technology Paint sounds like it’s come straight out of a sci-fi movie, and if I hadn’t have seen it for myself, I wouldn't have believed it! As the name suggests, technicians have suspended particles as small as a nanometre (one billionth of a metre) within a latex solution; these tiny particles trap heat. As strange as it may sound, manufacturers claim that only two coats of this insulating paint can mirror the effects of traditional insulation.

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Barney buys back Lifestyle Living

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Experienced park operator Tony Barney has purchased the Lifestyle Living group just three years after selling the business

Residential and holiday parks owned and run by Lifestyle Living UK Ltd will continue to operate as normal under new ownership.

FRP Advisory, the business advisory firm, has sold the business and assets of Lifestyle Living UK to a group owned and operated by Tony Barney, the experienced park operator.

The sale was sealed after four months of continuous trading at all Lifestyle Living UK Ltd sites across Suffolk, Norfolk and Cumbria.

The administrators concluded that the offer from Tony Barney, who will continue to trade the business and its sites under the Lifestyle Living brand, offered the best value and certainty in the interests of all creditors and other stakeholders.

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Putting health first

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Holiday home owners at Verdant Leisure’s Kingfisher Leisure Park have raised £1,200 for a new park defibrillator. The Easter fundraising weekend began with a wine and cheese quiz night on the Friday, which all owners and guests at Kingfisher Leisure Park were invited to. On Saturday, the park hosted a Family Funday, with a bouncy castle and hog roast, followed by an auction in the afternoon. On Sunday, the park celebrated with an egg hunt and a special visit from the Easter Bunny!

Stuart Wood, General Manager at the park, commented, ‘Everyone at Kingfisher Leisure Park had an absolutely brilliant time raising money for the new defibrillator. We can’t believe the total amount raised was so much! We are so grateful to everyone that contributed to the life-saving equipment for our park.’

Red alert!

julyhol1Multiple sightings of red squirrels at Cumbria's Skelwith Fold caravan park are causing excitement among holidaymakers – and especially youngsters. The wildlife-friendly Ambleside park says the red revival is evidence of the success of its 12-year conservation programme to encourage the animals' return.

Now guests at Skelwith Fold are reporting regular appearances of the red squirrel colonies which are beginning to thrive in the 130 acre grounds of the park.

Tempting the elusive reds back has required a concerted effort by the park and its staff over a period of more than a decade. It required a reduction in the number of grey squirrels through humane culling, and a woodland management scheme to ensure that the natural environment remained red-friendly.

Beware of the hidden costs!

Beware of the hidden costs!When comparing park home insurance quotations, it is worth bearing in mind the hidden costs which are often overlooked. It’s a bit like cheap air fares where you pay an awful lot more for in hold baggage and other benefits that are often included in higher priced flights.

So what are the hidden costs – costs that are rarely, if ever, referred to in the quotation conversation but which are included in the copious small print you typically receive with insurance quotations?

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STEPPING UP TO THE CHALLENGE FOR CRANSLEY HOSPICE

STEPPING UP TO THE CHALLENGE FOR CRANSLEY HOSPICEIt was a wet cold morning in March but this didn’t stop the staff and family of Prestige and Homeseeker, and the company’s friends of Midshires Electrical, who took part in Stanwick Lakes 10k and 5k runs. They were determined to raise money in aid of Cransley Hospice and the funds continued to rise after the event, hitting above targets!

Prestige and Homeseeker Park and Leisure Homes is one of largest employers in Northamptonshire, employing more than 450 people across two sites in Kettering and Rushden.

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Welsh park for sale

june news3On behalf of a private client, agent Savills has brought Trawsfynydd Holiday Village, in Snowdonia National Park, to market, with a guide price of £3.495 million.

The luxury leisure lodge park is set within approximately 60 acres of picturesque countryside and has planning permission for a total of 347 lodges, with 306 currently in place.The lodges are a mixture of leasehold, freehold and company owned letting units together with a holiday cottage and bunkhouse.

The site itself is well appointed with a centrally located recreation field and playground with timber play equipment.

For further information about the park, please contact Richard Prestwich at Savills on 01244 702 053.