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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
Email: phhc.ed@kelsey.co.uk

 April 2015 - buy it here

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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
Email: phhc.ed@kelsey.co.uk

 March 2015 - buy it here

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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
Email: phhc.ed@kelsey.co.uk

 February 2015 - buy it here

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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
Email: phhc.ed@kelsey.co.uk

 January 2015 - buy it here

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Where to buy abroad...

december blogAt this time of year most of us start to think about next year’s summer holidays. Amid the cold, rain and gloom we all need something to cheer us up and warm our spirits.

While the community spirit and neighbourliness on many of the nation’s best park home estates can undoubtedly help banish the winter blues, a continential soujourn or two can also help.

Fortunately, you don’t need to worry about being ripped off on a time-share scheme or over-paying for a pricey apartment. Our Buying Abroad Special (see page 70) provides extensive details of a number of excellent mobile home sites in Europe. As a fan of the park and holiday home lifestyle, you already know you’ll enjoy spending time in the homes and meeting the people that own them. All you really need to do now is choose your perfect foreign park!

Closer to home, we’ve got lots more to offer. We visit parks in Suffolk, Northumberland. Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire (see page eight). So, whether you’re looking for a northern, southern or eastern site - we’ve got it covered!

Last year’s Mobile Homes Act has certainly had a big impact on our community. That’s why we’ve also asked the experts at The Leasehold Advisory Service to explain how the new legislation has affected the buying and selling process. I think you’ll find it essential reading matter (see page 66).

Finally, we also celebrate the success and longevity of a brace of high-achieving home manufacturers - Omar and Tingdene. Omar has had a barn-storming couple of years while Tingdene is in the midsts of celebrating a landmark anniversary.

Enjoy your bumper December issue!

december coverAlexAlex Melvin

 

 

 

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

 December 2014 - buy it here

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Energy savings special

november blogAfter the balmy summer we’ve been fortunate enough to enjoy, it seems a shame to remind readers about the onset of winter. However, it’s really important, especially for our community.

While our parks might occupy some great countryside and coastal locations, these beauty spots can leave homes - especially older ones - exposed to the elements. In fact, even those who live on city parks would do well to make plans for the coldest season.

Many residents are over-50, while some suffer from mobilty issues too. This makes it crucial to plan ahead. With this in mind, we’ve re-loaded our spectacularly successful Energy Savings Special (page 43).

Whether you’re interested in upgrading insulation levels in your home, need a boiler repair or simply want some tips to make your home warmer, our guide’s a great place to start your planning.

We hope our guide will give you some idea of what’s out there, as well as providing some numbers to call and websites to peruse when doing your research. Aside from our eco special, we also visit parks in Cumbria and Wiltshire. Our Wiltshire park-in-focus, Lillybrook, showcases a stunning new bespoke Omar eco home that is both environmentally-friendly and could also reduce your fuel bills too (page 15).

There’s also more legal help and advice than ever before! We’ve got advice from LEASE on site rules (page 76), a review of the Towergate Insurance-sponsored Bedfordshire roadshow (page 70) and a new monthly Q&A feature, with the expert answers from Park Home Legal Services (page 62).

Enjoy the issue!

november coverAlexAlex Melvin

 

 

 

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

 November 2014 - buy it here

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