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‘We cleared our mortgage and moved to our dream park home!’

‘We cleared our mortgage and moved to our dream park home!’When Mr and Mrs Holder decided they wanted to clear their mortgage and move to a park home, they were delighted to find out about Quick Move Properties’ Assisted Move service which, they discovered, could make their move easy and hassle-free.

Mrs Holder explained: ‘We saw the luxury lodges at Finchale Abbey, in Durham, and decided it would be a great place to live. The Abbey grounds are just beautiful.

‘We were searching on the internet for information about buying a park home and we came across Quick Move Properties and its Assisted Move service. We liked the idea of an easy, hassle-free move, so we got in contact with the company.

‘The team at Quick Move Properties were really helpful – they explained that they could help us to secure our park home and sell our existing property.  The funds from our property sale were used to pay for the park home and clear our mortgage, which was exactly what we wanted, and the sale of our property was timed to coincide with when our park home was ready, so the whole process went very smoothly. I’d definitely recommend the service to others. Quick Move Properties just dealt with everything. It was so easy and hassle-free.’

Assisted Move, which is available to anyone interested in buying a park or leisure home, allows movers to use the capital from their existing home to secure their move without requiring any cash up-front; facilitating a quick, smooth and hassle-free move.

Members of the public can simply tell Quick Move Properties where they’d like to live and the team will set about finding the residential park or leisure park to suit them. Quick Move Properties will then work with them to choose the park or leisure home that best suits their requirements, budget and timescales. Because the company has longstanding relationships with home manufacturers it can often reduce the timescale and speed up your move. Finally, the company will also work alongside an independent estate agent to sell the client’s existing bricks-and-mortar property.  The funds from the sale will then be used to cover their onward purchase and hopefully leave them with a little leftover to enjoy life in their new home.

Patrick Chambers, sales director at Quick Move Properties, explained: ‘The aim of Assisted Move is to take the hassle and the up-front costs out of moving to a residential park or leisure park. Because we pay all of the up-front costs, there are no estate agent’s fees or solicitor’s fees, and no deposit to pay on your new park or leisure home. You simply select the location and the property, with our expert team on hand to offer advice and guidance every step of the way.’

For more information on Quick Move Properties’ Assisted Move scheme you can call the team on 01793 840917 or visit the website at

Perfect Paignton parks

Perfect Paignton parksSister holiday parks Beverley Holidays and Whitehill Country Park, both in the Devon seaside town of Paignton, cracked open the champagne following a hat-trick of tourism honours at the Devon Tourism Awards 2015.

The celebrations started early on the night of the awards, when Beverley Holidays took the first much-coveted gold of the evening in the Holiday Park & Holiday Village category. Shortly after, Whitehill Country Park took to the stage to collect a silver award for Dog Friendly Accommodation, followed by a bronze in the Camping & Caravanning category.


New owners for Gallaber Park

New owners for Gallaber ParkColliers International’s specialist holiday parks team has secured the sale of Gallaber Park, a 63-acre five-star rated holiday park set near Skipton on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

The park has been acquired by established holiday park operator, Thornley Leisure Parks, for an undisclosed sum, taking its total number of parks to eight.

Located in Long Preston, Gallaber Park boasts 79 static caravan pitches, 13 lodge pitches and 69 touring caravan pitches. The park has the added benefit of a licence to develop up to 177 static caravans and 67 touring caravans within the site and was marketed at a guide price of £3m.


Join the Park Home Owners Club!

Join the Park Home Owners Club!The Park Home Owners Club - - is the only club specifically designed for park home owners and those part of, or considering, the park home lifestyle. Sign up as a member and enjoy all the exclusive member benefits for free.

From legal advice to insurance queries, Towergate Insurance’s panel of experts will provide an answer to your question. No query is too big or too small. If Towergate’s team don’t know the answer, then they will try to find out for you.


Choose the home of your dreams!

january news1Fancy living the park home dream at a top Cambridgeshire site that was once crowned UK champion by Park Home & Holiday Caravan?

Cottenham Park, in the charming village of Cottenham, close to the historic city of Cambridge, currently has space for a large home on a vacant plot.

Park owner Grant Miller said, ‘We very rarely have any homes for sale at Cottenham, let alone opportunities to purchase new ones, as this has always been a popular park in a sought-after spot.

‘However, one of our more elderly residents needed to move, after living on the park for 35 years, so there is space for somebody to site a new home from 45ft x 20 up to 46ft x 22.’
Prospective purchasers are free to select homes from any manufacturer for this attractive corner plot.


Making your home more thermally efficient

january news4With the onset of winter we once again find ourselves reaching for the thermostat to keep us snug on those cold nights. Having installed more than a few park home heat pumps, Gloucestershire-based Refali is well placed to comment on winter living inside a park home.
Refali managing director, Jon Shipman, said, ‘I recently had an interesting conversation with a park home manufacturer, with whom we are working, regarding construction and insulation values.

‘He said that a park home can never be as insulated as a conventional modern house; for one it’s not built of brick! If we had to build park homes to the same specification as houses our market would disappear overnight as we would not be competitive.

‘We recently installed a system on a very nice park home in Berkshire. The owners found that in the winter evenings the standard wet system they had on their home was not adequate enough to give them the close control they wanted.


Welsh park finds a buyer

january news2Real estate advisor Savills, on behalf of a private vendor, has just sold the freehold of Pant Y Neuadd Caravan Park on the North Wales coast from a guide price of £1.95 million. The site totals 6.94 acres (2.81 hectares) and is developed for 81 static holiday caravans.

Richard Prestwich, associate director in leisure at Savills, commented, ‘Pant Y Neuadd Caravan Park is a well-presented site in a picturesque location, with both the hills of Snowdonia and sandy beaches on its doorstep. We’re pleased to have secured a sale for the vendor, with the new owner set to benefit from a well-established visitor base as well as the opportunity to potentially expand the park if they so wish.’

Island park for sale

Island park for saleEstate agent Savills has been instructed by the private owners of Appuldurcombe Gardens Holiday Park, in Wroxall, Isle of Wight, to bring the freehold property to the market with a guide price of £2.98 million.

The park, which extends to 12 acres (4.9 hectares), features good quality amenity buildings including a bar with an entertainment complex, outdoor heated swimming pool, toilet and shower facilities, café, shop and laundrette. Currently the site comprises 40 static caravan plots, one lodge, two apartments and 134 touring caravan/camping pitches, and benefits from planning permission to develop additional touring and camping pitches. Two attractive period residential houses are also included with the property.

Ian Simpson, director of leisure and trading services at Savills, commented, ‘This is a great opportunity to invest in a well-established holiday park, with a wide appeal thanks to its state of the art facilities and picturesque setting.’

For further information, please contact Ian Simpson at Savills on 01865 269022.

Blooming beach!

december newsGreen-fingered staff at four North Wales holiday parks owned by Thornley Leisure made a colourful splash in the 2015 Wales in Bloom awards. The Beach Caravan Park and Maenan Abbey Caravan Park, both in Conwy, beat hundreds of other eligible parks throughout Wales to take the top spots in two award categories.

The Beach came first in the category for ‘parks with over 100 holiday homes’, and Maenan Abbey was the overall category winner for ‘parks with fewer than 100 units’.

There were honours too for Dinlle Caravan Park near Caernarfon which was awarded a Certificate of Recognition, and for Craiglwyd Hall Caravan Park placed third in the 100-plus category. There is more information about the company’s holiday parks at



Specialist broker, Towergate, has launched a nationwide competition, #showusyourbaubles, to find Britain’s brightest winter wonderland.

The company, which protects park homes, holiday caravans and lodges, is offering a Fortnum and Mason Christmas hamper for the entrant with the most eye-catching festive home display.

To be in with a chance of winning a just send a photo showing off your Christmas haven.

To enter simply email your photo to, tweet #showusyourbaubles or post your photo on the Towergate Facebook page. Closing date for all entries is Monday 14th December 2015 and the winner will be revealed on Friday 18th December.