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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





East meets West...

blogIn Britian, we’re blessed with some of the most picturesque landscapes and coastlines in the world. Coupled with our often derided but nevertheless relatively mild and temperate climate and you’ve got the perfect ‘blank canvas’ to create some amazing parks.

In our recent New Model Homes Issue we’ve also seen just how much the UK’s best park homes and lodges have come on in the past few years, both in terms of build quality and design innovation.

Continuing that theme in your February issue, we wanted to showcase some more fantastic examples of parks that are raising the bar and the expectations of the home buying public through their hard work and creativitiy.

We’re going from east to west this month with an elite selection of residential sites in East Anglia and Wales, all boasting superb show homes, great park management and friendly and welcoming communities of residents. Turn to page ten to get your park search underway!

But it’s not just England and Wales that boast great parks - north of the border in Scotland, there are also some real beauties.

With the Scottish Caravan, Motorhome and Holiday Home Show taking place at  the SEC in Glasgow from 8 to 11 February, this month offers the perfect opportunity to find out more about some of the creme de la creme, as well as step inside some lovely new show homes! Turn to page 87 to read our essential show preview and ensure you don’t miss a thing!

As well as the Scottish event, we’re also getting pretty excited about the upcoming Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show, which gets started at Birmingham’s ever-welcoming National Exhibition Centre between 20 and 25 February.
There will be a whole host of big name manufacturers including the likes of Omar, Wessex, Willerby, Pemberton, Pathfinder and Tingdene Homes at the exciting event, as well as a wealth of top UK parks in attendance. Don’t miss our at-a-glance preview of the show on page 92.

We’ve also got a wealth of fascinating news items and legal updates for you this February including an important Court of Appeal decsion on a recent park home case that the experts at The Leasehold Advisory Service get their teeth into (see page 75). Enjoy the issue!

coverAlexAlex Melvin

 

 

 

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

 February 2018 - buy it here

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2018 New Models issue

blogTake a breath, don’t let the excitement get the better of you... That’s right, the hour has finally arrived for our hotly-anticipated maiden New Model Homes issue to enter your lives! We’re sure that our ‘extra’ issue will take pride of place on coffee tables, park offices and clubhouses from Arbroath to Abergavenny and everywhere else in between. However, like the pristine looking new park homes and lodges - all built to BS:3632 - found inside the pages of this cracking compendium, our magazine is not just for gazing longingly at.

Oh no, as well as being easy on the eye, our guide to the UK’s premier new homes is also a veritable buyer’s bible, traversing a heady field of park home-specific information, legalities and buying advice. In short, it’s everything a budding buyer could ever want.

It’s been a long time since such a comprehensive ‘tasting menu’ of the season’s new homes has been served up to the park home purchasing public. We thought we’d remedy that omission in the shape of a 13th issue in the calendar year.
Yes, that’s right, the powers-that-be at Park Home & Holiday Caravan Towers have decreed that you deserve even more enjoyment each year. So, like a gastronome who’s just gorged on a dozen oysters but still craves more, you’ll now be able to heartily consume your favourite ‘monthly’ magazine every four weeks, making it a ‘lucky 13’ for you! That means more pitch-perfect park home estates, top legal help and advice, great small garden tips, specialist suppliers and services from across our industry and lots, lots more.

To kick things off in style, we wanted to do something a little different... and do something that unambiguosly showed off the best this industry can produce.

As well as the beautiful new homes inside though, we’ve also got some brilliant examples of them in situ on superb sites like the all-new development, Willowpool at Lymm, in Cheshire, that features on our front cover.

Owned and managed by Arbor Living, this pearl of a park, is replete with Lissett homes and in a wonderful location. It’s just one example of how much our sector has stepped up over the past decade and become one of the biggest British success stories of recent times.

Forget the ‘Brexit effect’, our industry is bucking the trend and setting the standards when it comes to manufacturing and production! We wanted to celebrate that. Enjoy the issue!

coverAlexAlex Melvin

 

 

 

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

 New Models 2018 - buy it here

PS: Don’t miss our great subscription offer if you subscribe for 12 months!

The specialists...

BlogFinding a trusted tradesman or specialist in a particular field of park home enquiry can be tricky. For starters, where should you begin? There are so many different companies out there - all professing excellence and honesty, as standard - it’s often hard to know what to look for. Fear not, the cavalry has arrived! You might not have realised it yet but you’ve already made the shrewdest decision possible by buying the maiden 2018 issue of Park Home & Holiday Caravan! Why? Because there’s a whopping 40-plus page guide to all the leading specialist suppliers and services in the park and holiday home industry inside!

Yes, that’s right, we’ve rebooted our ever-popular Suppliers and Services Directory for the New Year for one reason only: to ensure you start the year in full possession of all the relevant facts... and that goes for whether you’re a prospective purchaser who’s new to this field, or a seasoned vet looking to sharpen their skills and boost their knowledge base. From refurb companies and decking providers to insurance brokers and legal experts, we’ve got the lot covered!

We list all the major players in our comprehensive A to Z, as well as offering a plethora of top tips and advice. We’ve canvassed opinion around the industry and sought the expert views of our most trusted allies so there’s no need to fret about where to spend your hard-earned cash any longer... we’ve got it all covered!

Away from the world of service providers and suppliers who keep our community ticking over, we’ve still got lots of regulars for your delectation...

In fact, our intrepid team of journalists have been busy visiting shows, park home estates, manufacturers’ production plants and many more places besides.

Look out for reviews of a duo of gorgeous parks - one in Cambridgeshire; the other in Flintshire. Don’t say we don’t cover the length and breadth of Britain to score you a premium quality park hit!

On the home front, there are some delightful models on show from industry new boys Aspire and established name Prestige Homeseeker, as well as a special feature on another new entrant into our fraternity, Urban Marque. Exciting stuff!

Finally, don’t miss our feature with industry body the National Caravan Council (NCC) on the possible pitfalls of living permanently on a park that only holds a holiday licence. We walk you through the organisation’s advice and guidance on this most important of matters.

coverAlexAlex Melvin

 

 

 

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

 January 2018 - buy it here

PS: Don’t miss our great subscription offer if you subscribe for 12 months!

Peace of mind...

blogIt may not be the most glamorous of subjects, but we all need insurance and, in the event of a disaster like a fire or flood, insuring your home can be crucial. But only if you’ve selected the correct cover for your home. Park homes, leisure lodges and static caravans are very different types of properties to bricks-and-mortar dwellings and, subsequently, are better protected by specialist insurance policies.

Fortunately, we’re turning the spotlight on insurance once more in your exciting December issue. As well as an unrivalled A to Z of all the industry’s biggest and best-known brokers, we also delve deeper to bring you details of some great new policies for 2017.

Parksure, for instance, has launched a specialist boiler breakdown plan especially for park homes, called Flamesure Insurance. It matters not if you do not currently insure your home with Parksure; you can still benefit from the peace of mind of knowing your boiler is protected through Flamesure. And the scheme covers mains, Calor, LPG and oil functioning boilers,too! Our insurance compendium also features a selection of expert tips on looking after your property to ensure you’re doing everything you can to keep it safe, extend its longevity and save money. Turn to page 65 and let the fact-finding mission begin!

Away from insurance, we’ve got some lovely community-based stories in your action-packed December issue. A number of brave fellas on a Hampshire park recently bared all for the camera, producing an altogether different sort of 2018 calendar in aid of a prostate cancer charity. We get ‘up close and personal’ with the plucky volunteers on page 28!

North of the border, we visit a residential park near Glasgow that has just benefited from a state-of-the-art new ‘community  hub’. The multi-million pound centre will allow the park’s residents to enjoy even more fun-packed activities and social time together on what is already a friendly and welcoming site. Find out more on page 23.

On the home front, we travel to Northamptonshire to see Tingdene Homes’ fantastic new factory expansion and find out how the extra space and innovative production features will boost the company in the coming years (see page 57).

It’s not just established manufacturers like Tingdene in the news though. We also have information and updates on a wealth of newboys like Red Rose and Aspire.
Enjoy the issue!

coverAlexAlex Melvin

 

 

 

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

 December 2017 - buy it here

PS: Don’t miss our great subscription offer if you subscribe for 12 months!

It's a real winter warmer

blogIt’s starting to get cold again. The nights are well and truly drawing in and the morning frost is not far away. But I’m not being maudlin about summer’s slow death - far from it! The winter months can be some of the most spectacular when you live in a park home community. There are lots of fantastic walking and cycling opportunities around the UK’s best parks but, if you’d rather hunker down and semi-hibernate for the coldest season, there’s even more to look forward to!

Many sociable park homers get together to arrange warming coffee mornings and the like, while indoor sports and hobbies like snooker, darts, rummy and the bingo come into their own. Then there’s the magnetic pull of Christmas and all that that entails. While the rest of the country may be fretting about placing their internet orders in time, or whether to take out that second credit card in time for the festive season, park home residents tend to do things differently. Having downsized, released some equity or paid off that mortgage, Christmas can be a bit less stressful. Park home residents are also a thrifty and resourceful lot who often get together to enjoy ‘olde worlde’ activities like making cards, wrapping paper - even the presents themselves. Amazon eat your heart out!

Most of these winter time activities are cheap, if not free, but one aspect of this time of year that most certainly isn’t free is the gas and electricity we consume. With most households’ bills on the rise again this year, while the value of the pound in your pocket depreciates, many of the oldest and most vulnerable in our community face a worrying period.

That’s where the knowledgeable specialists within the park home industry can help. Once again, we’re bringing you our unmissable A to Z of trusted industry companies to help get you through the winter.

Our essential guide to a whole range of experts that specialise in the park home and holiday home sector includes more products and services than ever for 2017! We have details of companies that can insulate the walls, roof or the underneath of your home, as well as suppliers who can provide you with the latest in energy-efficient boilers and heaters, and much more! You won’t find our directory anywhere else so turn to page 51 and get started.
Enjoy the issue!

coverAlexAlex Melvin

 

 

 

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

 November 2017 - buy it here

PS: Don’t miss our great reader offer of 60 FREE Dwarf Narcissus worth £27.96, plus a great magazine subscription offer if you subscribe for 12 months!

Busy, busy, busy!

BlogAhead of another mouth-watering month of shows and events, we’ve got a bumper harvest of parks and homes for you inside your fantastic October issue!

As we went to print, the industry was getting ready for the hotly-anticipated Lawns Caravan Extravaganza, and the neighbouring Cottingham Golf Club event, which both take place near Hull.
In a busy month of events, The Lawns organisers - the Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire Caravan Manufacturers’ Association (Hercma) - will also host another top event from the Beaulieu estate in the New Forest, in Hampshire.

For those further south, there’s also the Westpoint Show, which sees thousands of outdoor enthusiasts flock to Exeter to run the rule over the latest lodges, caravans and specialist products and services.

We’ve got previews and essential information on the shows so you won’t miss a thing thanks to your favourite monthly magazine. Turn to page 82 and let the fun begin!

The industry likes to show its best side during a big season of events so we’ve got more parks and homes than ever this month!

We visit top residential sites in Surrey, Kent, Dorset, Cumbria and North Lanarkshire, as well as idyllic holiday options in Worcestershire and Northumberland. Turn to page 10 to start exploring!

On top of all this, we’re bringing you an extra selection of great new homes from big name manufacturers including Wessex, Willerby, Prestige & Homeseeker, Omar, Tingdene, Aspire, Pathfinder, Red Rose and Oakgrove. You won’t find a more comprehensive range in any other trusted publication (see page 44).

We’ve also got some exciting lifestyle features like our in-depth article on how to save money on your fuel bills. With winter soon on its way, now’s the time to start thinking about these important things (see page 60).

If you’re a nature lover (and many park homers are), look out for our wildlife expert’s feature on the decline of our native hedgehog population on page 62.

Finally, we’ve got an intriguing feature on Omar Homes’ brand new refurbishment service that we’re sure will be of interest (see page 70). Enjoy the issue!

coverAlexAlex Melvin

 

 

 

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

 October 2017 - buy it here

PS: Don’t miss our great reader offer of 150 FREE Spring Flowering Bulbs worth £21.99, plus a great magazine subscription offer if you subscribe for 12 months!