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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
Email: phhc.ed@kelsey.co.uk

 April 2014 - buy it here

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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
Email: phhc.ed@kelsey.co.uk

 March 2014 - buy it here

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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
Email: phhc.ed@kelsey.co.uk

 February 2014 - buy it here

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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
Email: phhc.ed@kelsey.co.uk

January 2014 - buy it here

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Just champion!

editors blogIt is with great pleasure that I can finally reveal PH&HC’s annual Park of the Year. Warm congratulations must go to Pant Mawr, in Harlech, North Wales, for scooping the prestigious accolade.

The park’s owner and manager, Neil Collis, truly deserves this honour for his unstinting hard work and dedication to his residents. His park is a unique development, boasting a prime location in the Snowdonia National Park. But it’s not just a park’s management and propitious setting that makes it a worthy champion. The most important factor, in my view, is the level of resident satisfaction. At Pant Mawr - as the jubilant scenes from our presentation party on page eight show - the level is extremely high.

Scores of residents told us why their park should lift our trophy. We eventually decided that the founders of the park’s social club, Chris and Roy Wildgoose, should take the £500 prize, donated by competition sponsors Towergate Insurance (the company also generously contributed a further £500 to the park upon being crowned champion). Chris and Roy penned a great letter, detailing the extraordinary breadth of activities their club has enjoyed since it was set up in 2011. The couple also said: ‘Our park owner Neil Collis is outstanding. He not only keeps the park in beautiful condition but also updates us on legislation, helps with any problems, keeps in contact with everybody on the park and especially joins in with social events.’

I couldn’t have put it better myself! Well done again to Neil and all the residents at Pant Mawr.

Enjoy the issue!

coverAlexAlex Melvin

 

 

 

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

December 2013 - buy it here

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Winter heating special!

editors blogFor the first time in a number of years, we Brits were lucky enough to enjoy a fine summer of sunshine this year. However, with the clocks set to go back and the nights already drawing in, we’re all bracing ourselves for a lengthy winter.

For the park home community, it’s the season that causes the most concern. Keeping warm amid sky rocketing fuel charges and getting out and about when your park’s iced over can be tricky but help is at hand.

In your November issue, you’ll find a comprehensive winter heating special designed to take the stresses and strains out of the colder months. On page 61, we bring you an impressive compendium of specialist products and services including insulation, gas and electric heating systems, solar power, dehumidifiers, and even home manufacturers who offer good heating and insulation levels.

As well as this, we’re also offering PH&HC readers the opportunity to scoop one of three great insulation-based prizes from Insulat-MT (see page 77). The company’s products could save you up to 10 per cent on heating costs and, at the same time, prevent mould and mildew.

Finally, our finance expert Steve Rowe has his very own money saving tips to help you get through the winter, and the festive season, without breaking the bank (see page 90).
On the park front, we take our regional roadshow to South Wales this month, visiting a quartet of exciting parks for those considering a move to the Valleys (see page eight).

Enjoy the issue!

coverAlexAlex Melvin

 

 

 

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

November 2013 - buy it here

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