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Stoneleigh show time!

It’s that time of year again! Yes, that’s right, the hotly anticipated World of Park & Leisure Homes Show rolls into Warwickshire once more from 6 to 8 June.
The event, which is Europe’s biggest specialist mobile homes show, takes place in the leafy surrounds of Stoneleigh Park this month. A fitting venue for a stunning display of 40 new and exciting park homes and luxury leisure lodges.

While our community holds its collective breath in expectation, you can enjoy a privileged first look at some of the homes you’ll see at Stoneleigh in our bumper 24-page guide to the show (page 63).

But it’s not just gorgeous new model homes you can look forward to viewing at The World of Park & Leisure Homes Show. The event is essentially a who’s-who of the park and holiday home fraternity.

Anybody who’s anybody in the mobile home community will be there. Whether it’s information on the UK’s top parks, specialist refurbishers, insurance and legal companies or great decking and veranda firms, you’ll find them all under one sky at Stoneleigh.

Even if you can’t make the event, our comprehensive guide - packed full of glossy home interiors, essential contact information and insider tips - will make you feel like you attended!

Exciting though it may be, there’s not just Stoneleigh to enjoy in your May issue. We’ve also brought you new model reviews from top names like Prestige, Pathfinder and Tingdene, plus there’s a company profile on Omar Homes. Turn to page 36 to learn more.

If you’re looking for a residential park in Wales or near the Welsh border, we also visit parks in Prestatyn and Oswestry, Shropshire (see page 10) After the unprecedented success of last year’s competition, we’re also re-launching our Park of the Year and Residents’ Association of the Year competitions. If you want your park, or your residents’ group to scoop our cash prizes and earn the kudos that goes with being crowned PH&HC champion, don’t forget to enter (see pages 28 and 30).

Enjoy the issue!

june coverAlexAlex Melvin




Alex Melvin, Editor

 June 2014 - buy it here


East meets west

may blogThe east and west sides of the United States are extremely different, but no less exciting, places. But it’s not just our star-spangled cousins across the Atlantic who have cornered the market on pan-geographical excitement. The landscape, people and living options on either side of the UK are just as fascinating, especially if you’re looking to put down roots in a residential mobile home.

This month, we visit a trio of sublime parks: one in Worcestershire, in the west; and two in the east, in Kent and Norfolk.

All three sites have something different to offer prospective home buyers but they are all united by the welcoming, community spirit that’s unique to our wonderful way of life. Turn to page eight to kick off your park search this May!

But that’s not all - there’s also an illuminating article on refurbishing your park home on page 44. We drop in on a radical transformation of an aged park home by Residentiel Vinyl, a specialist outfit who can work wonders on any make or model. You’ll be amazed when you see our dramatic photos!

Finally, we turn the spotlight on one of the hottest topics currently occupying the imaginations of the park home community: the 10 per cent commission charge paid to site owners on the sale of a home.

This is an issue that, historically, has divided opinion. To reflect the range of views on this complicated subject we talk to trade organisations the British Holiday and Home Parks’ Association and the National Caravan Council and different park owners. Whatever your take on the matter - whether you think the commission should be reviewed or you see it as a vital revenue stream that keeps great park owners in business - you’ll find our feature unmissable reading (see page 64).

Enjoy the issue!

may cover AlexAlex Melvin




Alex Melvin, Editor

 May 2014 - buy it here


Suppliers & services

April blogSpring is almost upon us and, like many others at this time of year, my thoughts inevitably turn to giving my home a seasonal refresh. If you’re of a similar mind, our comprehensive specialist suppliers and services directory will make for indispensible reading.

Unless you own a park home, or have spent time researching the subject, you might not realise how essential it is to engage the services of a specialist operator. Virtually every aspect of park home living - whether it be refurbishment, interior decoration, insurance, legal help and advice or garden design - requires some form of expert knowledge.

If you opt for a refurbisher who’s not familiar with the construction of a park home, you could run into some serious problems. Fit the wrong type of replacement window frame, for instance, and the excess weight could unbalance the structure of your park home (odd-leg frames are what are required, in case you were wondering).

Go for a decking company with no understanding of park home legislation or regard for site rules and regulations and the outfit could unwittingly put you in breach of the six-metre rule (by law, there must be at least six metres’ space between neighbouring park homes). There are many other examples I could cite. Suffice to say, our specialist directory (see page 51) could save you a lot of aggravation!

As well as our 33-page directory, there’s plenty more to enjoy in our April issue. Continuing the spring renewal theme, we bring you a striking park home transformation by Residentiel Vinyl.

We’ve also got an exciting new columnist joining the team! Chris Wildgoose, a park resident at award-winning Pant Mawr, in Harlech, explains more about life at the Welsh park and why she loves it in her maiden article for PH&HC. Read her debut offering in full this month.

Enjoy the issue!

April coverAlexAlex Melvin




Alex Melvin, Editor

 April 2014 - buy it here


1,200+ parks listed!

march blogIt’s the final part of our epic Holiday Parks Guide trilogy this month! Our three-part compendium has provided a comprehensive guide to the holiday lifestyle with everything you need to know about the parks, the homes, buying, selling, specialist refurbishment and more.

In your bumper March issue, we’ve got more than 1,290 English parks listed by region. So if you are considering buying a static caravan or a lodge home, look no further than our blockbuster Guide.

If you’ve missed either Part One or Two of our Guide (featured in our January and February issues), don’t despair - you can order a back issue by visiting the Kelsey shop.

But our biggest ever 196-page March issue doesn’t just features holiday options. There are more residential parks and homes to run the rule over too!

We travel to Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Northern Ireland to meet the residents at a quartet of fabulous park sites. There are so many things that can make a residential park home estate special - the community spirit, the welcoming park owners or managers, a spectacular setting or great value homes, to name just a few. Our four featured parks neatly illustrate all of these virtues and then some!

We’ve also got reviews of the latest homes to come onto the market. The Prestige Reprise and the Pathfinder Thorverton are very different homes but equally appealing, in my view. I’d love to hear your views and find out what you like best about them!

On top of this we’ve got 10 pages of news, views, cash saving tips, product reviews and great gardening offers you can take advantage of!

Enjoy the issue!

march cover AlexAlex Melvin




Alex Melvin, Editor

 March 2014 - buy it here


Right around the UK!

blogWe’ve got a great selection of parks from all around the country in another bumper issue this month! Don’t despair if Father Christmas left you off his list this year - our first two issues of 2014 have weighed in at 164 pages and 180 pages apiece. Fine compensation for those in need of some New Year’s cheer!

Our intrepid panel of park home experts have been as busy as ever this month. We visit eight blue riband residential parks in Powys, Devon, Norfolk, Nottinghamshire, Sussex and Ceredigion.

Our Norfolk search takes in parks in Thetford and Watton in an attempt to unearth the perfect park for a pair of retirees who want to enjoy their retirement in a relaxed community setting. Turn to page 21 to see how they fared.

We’re also paying a final tribute to the best parks from last year’s hotly contested Park of the Year competition. This month, we honour the worthy runners-up. On the podium are a trio of parks from across the UK: all three are very different, but all three are equally deserving of some recognition. They are extremely well-managed and the community spirit in evidence is a joy to behold! Our feature on page 30 reveals more details about the parks.

It’s not just parks though - we’ve also got two brand new homes under review. There’s the all-new Omar Accent (page 38), a stunning lodge home that’s already attracting a lot of attention. Then there’s the new Tingdene Addington (page 44), a marvellous residential model that’s both innovative and affordable in equal measure.

Finally, I’d like to mark your card about the second part of our unmissable Holiday Parks Guide, which boasts holiday parks listings for Cornwall, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. See page 51. Enjoy!

coverAlexAlex Melvin




Alex Melvin, Editor

 February 2014 - buy it here


Sort your 2014 hols!

As the festive season slips away and a new year looms large, many of us will be turning our attentions to 2014’s summer holiday options. In the midst of these cold, gloomy and depressingly short days, a ray of metaphorical sunshine can often be found by booking up our yearly hols.

But before you head for the nearest Thomas Cook or type “Costa del Sol” into Google while finishing off that industrial-sized tub of Quality Street, please pause to consider your options...

You could save a pretty penny by investing in a holiday caravan or leisure lodge, or by renting one out for your family.

Continental sojourns are not as tempting as they once were. Flight costs are soaring  - £1 easyJet trips to Spain are are rare as hen’s teeth these days - and a weak pound has made Euroland pricey.

That’s where our new-fangled Holiday Parks Guide comes in...

Free inside this month’s bumper issue, you’ll find our comprehensive 64-page overview of UK-based caravan and leisure lodge options.

We bring you essential buying advice, profiles of some of Britain’s best holiday parks and a guide to all the leading holiday caravan and lodge manufacturers. On top of this, there is essential buying advice and real life stories from holiday home owners. While that might sound juicy enough, it’s not all. This issue’s compendium is simply the first of an epic holiday parks trilogy! Look out for Part 2 and Part 3 in our February and March issues where there will be extensive park listings, detailing sites from Scotland to Cornwall.

Back in the current magazine issue, we have fascinating park reviews from Sussex, Worcestershire and Nottinghamshire, plus two brand new homes under the microscope and lots, lots more. Enjoy!

coverAlexAlex Melvin




Alex Melvin, Editor

January 2014 - buy it here