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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

 December 2014 - buy it here


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

 November 2014 - buy it here


Celebrity glamour!

october blogYou don’t always associate the mobile home lifestyle with celebrities. Over the years, I have heard of various soap stars and footballers owning holiday homes and lodges at exclusive UK locations. But aside from running into Olympic gold medal winning heptathlete Denise Lewis at the 2013 World of Park & Leisure Homes Show and witnessing Bucks Fizz singer Cheryl Baker cut the ribbon to unveil a brand new Tingdene home in the same year, ‘sightings’ have been few and far between.Until this month that is...

Like London buses, you wait ages for a park home-related celeb spot and then three come along at once! Firstly, we had Olympic swimming sensations Rebecca Adlington and Steve Parry’s appearance at Acresfield Park, in Lancashire. Rebecca and Steve made a splash with the park’s residents and owners by opening a state-of-the-art new leisure complex earlier in the year. Read the full story on page 24.

As if that wasn’t enough, former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett entertained the lucky residents of Pant Mawr, in Harlech, Wales, at a party to celebrate American Independence Day (page 80). For me, impromptu parties like that typify the park home experience. Full of easy-going, fun people, ready to kick back and enjoy a good time, no matter what the occasion! Celebrities Rebecca and the two Steves have unique talents that catch the eye. Similarly, the park home lifestyle is both singular and memorable and I’m sure these three famous faces recognised that!

There’s plenty more to enjoy in your October issue, too. Among the highlights, we’ve got great new home reviews on models from Country Homes, Tingdene and Pathfinder (page 34). There is also legal help and advice from the Leasehold Advisory Service (page 75). With real life stories, refurb tips and park profiles, you’re spoilt for choice this month!

Enjoy the issue!

october coverAlexAlex Melvin




Alex Melvin, Editor

 October 2014 - buy it here


A Hull of a month!

BlogAs you read this the mobile home community will be gearing up for an extremely important month. This September there are three unmissable park and leisure home events to enjoy; two of which take place in and around one of the UK’s most vibrant, up-and-coming cities - Hull. Occupying a prime position on the banks of the River Humber, Hull - made famous by luminaries as deserving or otherwise as poet Philip Larkin and politician John Prescott - has benefitted from a massive regeneration in recent decades. Britain’s tenth biggest city is now a hive of art, culture and, for the month of September, mobile homes. (Actually, with many of the nation’s favourite caravan manufacturers and holiday parks in the vicinity, it’s pretty important to our industry all-year-round.)

Thousands of prospective mobile home buyers will flock to the region for the annual Caravan Extravaganza at The Lawns from 6 to 7 September, while also enjoying the vast array of delectable options of offer at the rival Cottingham Parks Caravan and Lodge Show on the same dates. Both events will showcase some of the best new homes currently on the market. There will also be a chance for visitors to talk to hundreds of park operators and specialist suppliers and service contractors at these events. Needless to say, these East Yorkshire-based events are not to be missed. Neither are our comprehensive guides to both show, which begin on page 71.

But if Hull is too far north for you, don’t despair: September also sees scores of homes arrive at Beaulieu, in Hampshire, for Holiday Caravan 2014. You’ll have to wait for our bumper October issue to find out what you can expect at that top-rated event.

In the meantime, enjoy your September issue, which also includes expert profiles of parks in Essex, Derbyshire and the West Midlands.

september coverAlexAlex Melvin




Alex Melvin, Editor

 September 2014 - buy it here


Summer to remember!

august blogI love this time of year! The sun is shining, you’ve got your summer holidays to look forward to and half the country seems to be living outside in their gardens (or, in my case, the pub beer garden!).
July’s an even better month if you’re fortunate enough to be a part of the park home community. There really is no better time to see the nation’s best park home estates.

Our green-fingered fraternity would put Alan Titchmarsh, Monty Don and the landscape gardening professionals at the recent Chelsea Flower Show to shame!

Park home plots have got to be some of the most spectacular in the UK and there’s no nicer month to see them in full bloom!

Then there’s the fantastic community spirit. Park home residents will get together for a cuppa or a natter throughout the calendar year. They’ll also organise days out, park trips, coffee mornings, bingo nights and the like but the summer time perfectly encapsulates this sociable feeling. It’s no wonder people are flocking to buy park homes right now!

All of these benefits are clearly in evidence at the residential parks we visit in this issue. Our expert reviewers travel to Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Durham to get the lowdown on a quartet of brillant parks. Our window into these happy communities will whet your appetite for a park trip or two of your own.

Before you fire up your motor or board the nearest National Express coach, make sure you do your homework! Again, Augus’s a great month to plan visits to park open weekends or visit shows.
The recent World of Park & Leisure Homes Show - Europe’s biggest of its kind - was held at Stoneleigh Park, in Warwickshire, to great acclaim. Read our in-depth review of this super event.

august coverAlexAlex Melvin




Alex Melvin, Editor

 August 2014 - buy it here


Nifty 50 at Stoneleigh!

july blogAs we went to press, the annual World of Park & Leisure Homes Show was drawing to a close at Stoneleigh Park, in Warwickshire. This year’s event, Europe’s biggest specialist mobile homes show, boasted 50 stunning park homes and luxury lodges and the crowds responded!

Also on hand were a host of related service and product suppliers and, of course, hundreds of parks were represented, allowing visitors the opportunity to discover the enormous variety of wonderful locations available across the UK and beyond.

A record number of visitors poured into Stoneleigh and everybody we spoke to seemed both delighted and excited with the quality and choice on offer. The ‘wow factor’ was certainly in evidence for 2014!

For the second successive year, PH&HC also invited visitors to vote for their favourite park home and lodge in our hotly contested show competition. All 50 homes received winning comments from showgoers but congratulations should go to Omar for its Heritage (Park Home of the Year category) and to Pathfinder for its County Retreat lodge (Ultimate Lodge of the Year section). Pathfinder’s Devon and Prestige’s Casa Di Lusso were also the respective runners-up in these competitions. Look out for our comprehensive review of the show and these awards in our August issue. For now, we’d like to thank everybody who made the show happen - primarily Pat and Jo Turner, the show organisers, for ensuring everything went so smoothly and the public and exhibitors were so happy with things.

Following the tremendous success of this year’s show, we’d encourage all prospective 2015 exhibitors to contact the Turners on 01789 491451 to book and secure your stand for next year.

If this year’s epic event is anything to go by, 2015 should be a humdinger! Enjoy the issue!

july coverAlexAlex Melvin




Alex Melvin, Editor

 July 2014 - buy it here