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A fitting showpiece...

augblogThis summer’s World of Park & Leisure Homes Show, which took place at Stoneleigh Park, in Warwickshire, was undoudtedly a stunning success and a fitting annual showpiece for all that’s good within the industry.

A debt of gratitude should most certainly be paid to the event’s long-serving organisers, Jo and Pat Turner.

The tireless pair are two recognisable, friendly faces who everybody meets upon entering the free event. Whether you’re a member of the public, looking for help in finding a particular exhibitor or the nearest eatery, or one of the trade (like us!), who needs assistance with their stand, the Turners are always there for you! Thanks again Jo and Pat - we all had a ball!

If you are a member of the trade and would like to book a place at next year’s show, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Turners by email on: organisers@parkandleisurehomeshows.co.uk.

Indeed, the industry itself should also be lauded and applauded for its sterling endeavours in coming together so effectively, once again.

There were more than 50 state-of-the-art new homes on display. I particuarly enjoyed running the rule over the fabulous Prestige, Omar, Wessex, Pathfinder and Tingdene stands. There really was something for everybody, but Prestige’s Bella Vista - reviewed here on page 30 - and Omar’s Accent (page 34) were two really thought-provoking options. I’m sure other showgoers have different opinions though, and I’d love to hear them. Get in touch at the usual email address if you’d like to talk me through your Stoneleigh favourites!

It wasn’t just the grand-standing park homes and lodges that wowed the crowds though. As one of the industry’s loyal service providers ourselves, we at PH&HC can certainly testify to the importance of this event in the annual calendar.

It really is the best place for park representatives and specialist suppliers and service providers from a wealth of different fields to meet existing and prospective park home buyers, as well as forge valuable inter-trade connections.

If you missed the show, or attended but just want to find out more about what caught our experts’ eye, turn to page 50 for our extensive show review.
Enjoy the issue!

cover125AlexAlex Melvin

 

 

 

Alex Melvin, Editor
Email: alex.melvin@kelsey.co.uk

 August 2017 - buy it here

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Summer breeze...

julyblogAfter a long, cold winter, it fi nally feels like summer has arrived. If you’re a park home dweller, the chances are you’re a big fan of the warmer months. Choosing to live in a park setting probably means that making the most of the great outdoors is important to you. Now that the lengthier, balmier days are here, there are many ways you can do that from the comfort of your own home. Who wouldn’t enjoy a cold pint or glass of vino on a lovely park or lodge home’s veranda after a day spent exploring the countryside or coast around their site? Or an impromptu park barbecue, organised by the friendly denizens on the park’s social club committee? Our uniquely welcoming community is probably one of the UK’s best places to make the most of this short, but oh-so-sweet, season.

But, as well as enjoying some much-needed R&R with park neighbours and friends, the summer also sees opportunities aplenty to visit specialist park home shows and events.

As you read this, the annual World of Park & Leisure Homes Show, which rolls into Stoneleigh Park, in Warwickshire, each year, will be taking place. Following on from our extensive 63-page guide to the event in our previous issue, we bring you some exciting, last-minute, breaking show news in your July issue (turn to page 121 for more information).

While all eyes will inevitably be on Stoneleigh from 8 to 11 June, there’s lots more to grab the attention of park and holiday home owners this month. We’ve got some fantastic sites and new models for you to explore! Our park home team travel to Surrey, Herefordshire, Cambridgeshire, Devon and Berkshire to run the rule over a fabulous selection of picturesque parks in des-res locations.

Special mention should go to Warfield Park, in Bracknell: the nation’s second largest park home estate has just won a top eco award for raising the standard of energy efficiency in its rental homes.

Well done to Warfield and very interesting indeed if you’re looking to cash in on your bricks-and-mortar property and rent for a while, before buying your dream park home. Turn to page 10, where your parks section begins in earnest!

On the home front, there are reviews of a brace of homes from Wessex and Willerby that are sure to excite (see page 44).

cover125AlexAlex Melvin

 

 

 

Alex Melvin, Editor
Email: alex.melvin@kelsey.co.uk

 July 2017 - buy it here

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Make time for Stoneleigh!

june blogWe’ve all got such busy lives these days. Even for those fortunate folk on park home sites who are lucky enough to be retired or semi-retired, there often never seems to be enough hours in the day to fit everything in.

So we’re all suckers for time-saving solutions, in whatever guises we find them. There can be no better way to save time, while keeping well informed, than to attend June’s upcoming World of Park & Leisure Homes Show, which takes place at Stoneleigh Park, in Warwickshire, from 8 to 11 June. If a ‘one-stop shop’ for existing and prospective park home owners existed, then the Stoneleigh Show would be it! This year’s event, which we’re dedicating more than 60 glorious pages of your issue to, promises to be bigger and better than ever! There’ll be a bumper crop of park homes and luxury lodges on display at the leafy Midlands showground, which is as near as you’re going to get to seeing these beautiful models in their ‘natural habitat’. The big plus point being that no park - no matter how impressive - will ever be able to show you that many new homes in one place.

But it isn’t just homes you’ll get to learn about. No, Stoneleigh will give you free and unfettered access to all the leading UK park operators, along with the industry’s premier suppliers and services. Don’t forget to drop in on the friendly Park Home & Holiday Caravan team at the show either! We’ll be out in force at our usual stand right by the show’s entrance. The first reader to buy me a nice cup of black coffee gets a free, signed copy of this issue!

To raise your excitement levels even further - if you dare! - turn to page 117 and let your World of Park & Leisure Homes Show journey begin with our easy-to-use showguide.

Away from the fervour and hubbub of Stoneleigh though, we’ve got lots more to celebrate from the world of park homes this June!

We’re off to Gloucestershire and Bedfordshire to profile a brace of exciting parks from the Turners Parks Group and the Charles Simpson Organisation respectively (turn to page 14). On the legal front, we’ve got another absorbing issue under the microscope from the Leasehold Advisory Service’s expert team of solicitors.

One not to miss!
Enjoy the issue

june cover125AlexAlex Melvin

 

 

 

Alex Melvin, Editor
Email: alex.melvin@kelsey.co.uk

 June 2017 - buy it here

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Free to learn new things!

May BlogOne of the many great things about the park home lifestyle is the freedom it can afford. By downsizing and getting access to that all-important extra equity, many park home converts are able to retire, or scale back their hours, and spend more time on the important things in life like family, holidays and relaxation.

While all of those things make our lives special, there should always be scope to better the mind, body and spirit. With spring now upon us, it’s the ideal time to take up a new hobby or make time for an old, perhaps long-neglected, favourite.

It’s in that spirit that - on top of some fantastic park profiles, home reviews, legal help and home improvement tips - we’re bringing you lots of fascinating lifestyle features in your all-action May issue!

First up, we’ve got a new feature and a new writer to shout about! The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds’ Jenny Shelton has joined the PH&HC team. Each month expert twitcher Jenny will offer great advice and top tips for attracting more garden birds to your plot, as well as recommending great products and kit to help with the job. Turn to page 24 for your first installment!

After you’ve scrubbed out the bird table and stocked up on nyjer seeds, I expect you’ll want a break? No such luck, I’m afraid! Next, we’re turning the spotlight on exercise, examining just how you can keep in trim, stimulate the old grey matter and maybe even get a little spiritual in the process. From yoga and tai chi to massage and meditation, we reveal how partaking of a little moderate exercise can help you to enjoy your park home retirement years to the maximum (see page 51).

It’s not just the body that needs the occasional workout though... The muscle of the mind also needs a bit of a cerebral flexing once in a while too! If you’re a puzzler, you’ll love our new Sudoku teasers (see page 86). Addled by early mornings spent changing a toddler’s nappy and midnight sessions supping strong real ale, I’ll confess that these brain-training grids have me stumped but I’m sure our erudite readership will make short work of them! As if that wasn’t enough, our intrepid cartoon park homers, Ted and Tilly, are also busy solving more DIY and garden-related conundrums for you this month (see page 86). This Tingdene Homes’ sponsored strip is meant to provide inspiration, as well as advice, for those enjoying this wonderful lifestyle. Enjoy!

May coverAlexAlex Melvin

 

 

 

Alex Melvin, Editor
Email: phhc.ed@kelsey.co.uk

 May 2017 - buy it here

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The perfect start!

april blog‘We’re absolute beginners,’ crooned the late, great David Bowie on one of his most popular and arresting hit songs. While the androgynous artist may not have had park homes on his mind when he penned these lyrics, he was right about one thing: when it comes to learning about something new, nothing’s easy.

Dipping a maiden toe into the previously uncharted waters of mobile home living can, therefore, be both exciting and daunting. Let’s face it: when you’re out of your comfort zone, you can sometimes need a bit of a helping hand. That’s why we’re refreshing and rebooting our popular Beginners’ Guide to Park Home Living for 2017. Our comprehensive 32-page guide, kindly sponsored once more by Tingdene Parks, boasts an Aladdin’s Cave of essential information for the uninitiated... as well as plenty of pointers, real life stories and advice for those who already live the dream on a UK park site. Turn to page 47 and let the fun begin. You never know, your ‘golden years’ may be just about to begin!

For those after help and advice on day-to-day park home matters, don’t fret - we’ve got that well and truly covered, too!

We’ve got a fantastic piece on dewinterizing your park home and getting it ready for the spring and summer months ahead. Now that the worst excesses of cold appear to have disappeared, we’re all probably safe to turn off, or at least turn down, the thermostats on our central heating systems, and plan for kinder, more clement seasons. (If you were unsure, or wavering, Npower and British Gas’s proposed fuel bill hikes have probably made the final decision for you anyway!) Turn to page 79 for all our expert tips!

Many park home residents’ minds also start to turn to their annual pitch fee increases at this time of year, too. With Retail Prices Index (RPI) figures on something of an alarming rise, there’s never been a better time to ensure you fully understand how these increases are calculated and when they can be applied. The Leasehold Advisory Service’s specialist park homes team lend their time and expertise to this specialist issue on page 107.

Finally, we’ve also brought you lots more new homes to inspect and great parks to explore. Enjoy this cracker of an issue!

AprilcoverAlexAlex Melvin

 

 

 

Alex Melvin, Editor
Email: phhc.ed@kelsey.co.uk

 April 2017 - buy it here

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Easy as ABC at the NEC!

march-blogAhead of the hotly anticipated Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show, which takes place at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre (NEC), from 21 to 26 February, we’ve got a very special March issue that will whet your appetite for all things show-related!

As well as an indispensible show preview that details everything you’ll ever need to know to help you prepare for this bacchanalian mid-winter orgy of outdoor living, we also offer you a fun run-through of all the best homes, parks and related specialist suppliers and services at the event (turn to page 42). What could be better than that?

Among the parks featured in our show special, we turn the spotlight on luminaries like Sunningdale and Peaklands parks, both in Derbyshire. These stunning parks occupy enviable locations very close to the NEC. They both boast representatives at the show and both have fabulous new homes for sale. Why not pop along to the event and find out more?

You could even visit both sites, along with the scores of other park options with a presence at the NEC, while you’re there!

Away from the bright lights and delights of Birmingham’s finest indoor exhibition arena, look out for park stories on blue riband sites in Cumbria, Gloucestershire, Cheshire and Cambridgeshire (from page 10).

We’ve also got a fascinating company profile on David Light Park Homes - a long established and well respected park operator that has been making a concerted expansion effort in recent months. The company is now one of the UK’s largest residential park home owners with a whopping 34 sites in its burgeoning portfolio. Find out the secrets to the company’s success on page 26!

If you want brand new homes, along with information on the best places to find them sited, look no further than your March issue either. This month, we run the rule over the Wessex Cranborne, Homeseeker Seascape and Pathfinder’s fantastic new show-stopper, the Stockholm (from page 28).

We’ve also stuffed our issue with legal help, as we know how much you value it. Don’t miss Neil Miller’s top ten tips for buying a home (page 86), or LEASE’s advice on utility charging (page 91).

march coverAlexAlex Melvin

 

 

 

Alex Melvin, Editor
Email: phhc.ed@kelsey.co.uk

 March 2017 - buy it here

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