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A world of opportunity!

A world of opportunity!As we enter June, excitement continues to build around this year’s industry showpiece event, The World of Park & Leisure Homes Show.

Every year, thousands of visitors flock to the ‘mobile home Mecca’ of Stoneleigh Park, in Warwickshire, to see the cream of the crop of the latest park homes and luxury leisure lodges.

On top of this hundreds of park representatives, alongside specialist suppliers and services, will be on hand; all of them spreading the word and proselytizing about this unique way of life!

Among the exhibitors will be the Park Home & Holiday Caravan team so please do come and say ‘hello’. I love meeting both regular readers and those newbies dipping a tentative maiden toe into the waters of this fabulous retirement option.

In readiness for the Stoneleigh Show, we’ve brought you an exclusive show guide that provides all the information you’ll need for the big event, which runs from 12 June to 14 June.

As well as the show guide, we’ve also got a park review for a cracking site close to the show. You’ll be bowled over by lovely Warwickshire site, Broadwell Woods, which boasts brand new park infrastructure and some superb new homes available to move into. We also visit a lovely Cambridgeshire park and a beauty in Dorset. Turn to page 10 to start your park adventure!

There will be plenty to admire at Stoneleigh, none more enticing than Pathfinder Homes’ sumptuous new Summit. This gorgeous model is our June issue cover star and we’ve also got a review of the lodge on page 32.

Finally, we love to keep you abreast of all the latest legal developments and make sure you get sound advice on all things park home-related. That’s why we’ve asked The Leasehold Advisory Service to tackle six of the most common issues that regularly affect the lives of park home owners (see page 69).

Enjoy the issue!

june coverAlexAlex Melvin




Alex Melvin, Editor

 June 2015 - buy it here


Omar still nifty at 50!

Omar still nifty at 50!For any business to make it through 50 years is a significant achievement. But for a company to do this amid the backdrop of recession, austerity and general financial doom and gloom makes it even more impressive.

The Omar Group, which we feature in a special Golden Anniversary supplement this month, has not only survived, it has thrived. Only two years ago, the market-leading park home manufacturer snapped up rival firm Wessex and saved it from extinction. There aren’t many who can lay claim to such successes.

But it hasn’t all been plain sailing for the Omar team. The company went into administration in 2009 but, happily, managed to haul itself back from the brink. The Suffolk-based company is now stronger than ever.

Paul Plezko, whose father - a Polish immigrant - founded the firm back in 1965, has lived through massive changes in the mobile home industry over the decades. In fact, he has lived his whole life in this unique, ‘cottage’ industry. Again, a really impressive feat. You can re-live this pioneering company’s journey from page 44.

What else is there to look forward to in your May issue? Answer: more parks and new home reviews than you can shake a stick at and much, much more!

We visit Pembrokeshire, in south-west Wales, and run the rule over a brace of brilliant residential park home estates. We also travel to the Fens, in Cambridgeshire, and meet the residents at a lovely Tingdene-owned park.

As well as Omar, we also review the all-new Wessex Gite and the Prestige Residence. Two very different homes with two things in common: innovation and originality in design. We hope you’ll be as impressed as we are!

On the legal front, we ask the Leasehold Advisory Service (LEASE) to explain how the new site licensing laws - introduced under the 2013 Mobile Homes Act - will affect you. The 2013 Act is the second serious legislative change that Paul Plezko and the Omar team has worked through (the original Act dating back to 1983). I’m pretty sure they will be around for the next lot - whenever that may be.

may cover AlexAlex Melvin




Alex Melvin, Editor

 May 2015 - buy it here


It’s show season!

april blogThe park and holiday home world, like most others, ebbs and flows just like the seasons. As we enter springtime and throw off the shackles of a bitterly cold winter, our industry is well and truly into a new season of its own - show season.

The huge success of the Caravan and Motorhome Show at Manchester’s Event City heralded in a busy period of events earlier this year. At that event, there were more than 200 exhibitors, along with all the big names from the mobile home world.

Before we had time to draw breath and take in all the new homes, new park developments and new interior trends from Manchester, more elite events leapt from our calendars like demented frogs, excited by the return of spring!

To reflect that, in our April issue, we bring you in-depth reviews of the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show from Birmingham’s NEC, the Scottish Caravan, Motorhome and Holiday Home Show from the SECC in Glasgow, as well as a sneak preview of the National Motorhome Show, which takes place in Peterborough this April, and will feature holiday homes and park homes on top of the obligatory motorhomes. Turn to page 30 where the fun really begins!

All this feverish show-based activity is sure to nicely whet your appetite for the big one - June’s upcoming World of Park and Leisure Home Show, our industry’s showpiece event, which opens its doors at Stoneleigh Park, in Warwickshire, on 11 June. Look out for a special Stoneleigh Show edition later in the year!

But it’s not just shows and events that feature prominently in your April issue. We’ve also got some ‘classic’ new homes under review - the Tingdene Hayden Classic and the Wessex Classic. Having stepped inside both dazzling units, I’m sure both creations will eventually go down as classics in their own right (page 36).

On the park front, we visit some lovely residential sites in Nottinghamshire, Lancashire and Berkshire, as well previewing some big changes at the Lifestyle Living Group (see page 10). We also travel to Cornwall and find out what a family-of-three make of Piran Meadows, a sumptuous new holiday park with a raft of activities to enjoy (page 104).

april coverAlexAlex Melvin




 Alex Melvin, Editor

 April 2015 - buy it here


Anniversary time!

march blogHappy birthday to us, happy birthday to us! In the age of the internet, social media and 24-hour rolling news, not many specialist-interest printed publications survive for long, let alone a magnificent 55 years. But that’s precisely what Park Home & Holiday Caravan has achieved. Founded way back in 1960 - the year Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho was released, the first televised US Presidential debates were aired and Wolverhampton Wanderers won the FA Cup - our esteemed organ started life with a different name. In March 1960, it was called Mobile Home and has had a number of name changes over the decades, finally adopting its present pithy moniker in the 1990s. To celebrate  the milestone we’ve got some special, nostalgic news and features that hark back to 1960, when it all began. Married couples lucky enough to reach 55 years traditionally bestow an emerald gift on their loved ones. At PH&HC, to commemorate our longevity, we’re also giving out little green parcels of love this month! Look out for the half-dozen special emerald boxes that detail the best of  the articles in all six Mobile Home issues to appear in 1960, as well as UK and world events from the same period.

Back then, Mobile Home was bi-monthly. Fortunately, you can get your park home fix every month these days. In our March issue, we’ve also got park reviews from Hertfordshire, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Derbyshire and Gloucestershire in a packed issue (see page 10), as well as new home reviews of models from Omar and Pathfinder (see page 40).

Finally, look out for an intriguing legal feature on something that’s always struck me as a bit of a grey area: who’s responsibility it is to maintain or remove damaged trees on park sites. Nicholas Dyson, a partner at Blacks Solicitors, and the Leasehold Advisory Service’s Ibraheem Dulmeer attempt to give a definitive answer to a topic that sometimes flummoxes even long-serving park home dwellers (see page 77). Speaking of long-serving park home figures, I myself will clock up nine years in the industry this May (seven of them as Editor). Like everybody else associated with the magazine over the past 55 years, I can say it’s been a real pleasure!

march coverAlexAlex Melvin




Alex Melvin, Editor

 March 2015 - buy it here


All the answers...

feb blogWe live and work in such a unique sector that seemingly simple things such as selecting a trusted tradesman to renovate your home can feel a bit daunting.

As we know, mobile homes, classified a ‘chattels’, are built to different standards and in a different way to traditional bricks-and-mortar houses. That’s why it’s so important to call in a specialist when in comes to getting work done on your property.

In this month’s issue, we’ve revamped our popular annual suppliers and services directory to bring you all the contacts you’ll ever need in the park home world.

It might not simply be a home refurbishment you’re looking for. You might be interested in checking out the best insurance companies, finance firms and legal eagles around. Fear not, our Guide, which begins on page 51, has all the answers.

As well as that, we’ve also got a feast of fantastic parks for you to explore in your February issue. Our experts travel to Essex, Gloucestershire and Suffolk and tuck into a veritable smorgasbord of mobile home treats (see page 10). Not for the PH&HC team the traditional post-Christmas ‘detox’! We like to gorge on the UK’s best parks and homes all-year-round.

So, on top of the ace sites featured in this issue, we’ve also got reviews of lovely new model homes from leading manufacturers Prestige and Homeseeker! Find out what our panel of experts think on page 24.

Finally, we’ve got a brace a fascinating legal articles (see page 96). The first tackles the sometimes thorny issue of pitch fees and how you can avoid running into problems, be you a home owner or site operator. The second is about an intriguing case heard by the Supreme Court that could set an important precedent about site licences.

Enjoy the issue!

feb coverAlexAlex Melvin




Alex Melvin, Editor

 February 2015 - buy it here


In the beginning...

january blogThere’s so much to excite about the park home lifestyle. Great sites in superb countryside, coastal and city locations. State-of-the-art homes boasting all the mod cons, ready to move into at affordable prices. And most of all, fantastic people who are all willing to embrace the welcoming, community-spirited nature of this unique way of life.

But before you can start to enjoy the fruits of the UK’s premier retirement option, you need to know what’s what.

That’s why we’ve brought you our unmissable 32-page Beginners’ Guide to park living.

Our comprehensive guide is packed full of information on finding the best parks, homes and specialist suppliers and services. It also explains what steps you should take to get the ball rolling and make your dream a reality.

On top of this, there are testimonials and brilliant tips and advice from real park home residents.
Finally, we’ve also got expert legal advice that will prove crucial before, during and after you begin your park home odyssey. Turn to the centre pages of this issue begin your quest!

As well as all this, we also reveal our new champion Park of the Year. Find out which site scooped our prestigious accolade on page eight! We also visit other great parks in Northumberland, Cheshire and Devon.

For those of you interested in keeping abreast of the latest legal issues, we also asked The Leasehold Advisory Service to explain more about how the tribunal process works in the park home world (see page 68).

Enjoy the issue!

january coverAlexAlex Melvin




Alex Melvin, Editor

 January 2015 - buy it here