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Outdoor living!

editors blogMaking the most of your outside space with some decking, a veranda or some steps is a shrewd move. Adding such options can be like adding an extra room to your mobile home, especially in the summer and autumn months. There are some really stylish and affordable choices currently on the market, as our comprehensive 13-page guide to outdoor living shows.

But it’s not just decks and verandas that our specialist guide brings you - there are a range of other products suitable for use outdoors. Turn to page 61 for the complete low-down.

While the outdoor spirit is upon us, there are also two exciting shows to look forward to in the coming weeks. First, there’s the Hercma-organised event at Beaulieu in Hampshire, this September, and then there’s the National Caravan Council’s hotly-anticipated Motorhome and Caravan Show from Birmingham’s NEC in early October. Read our exclusive previews of both events on page 88 and page 96.

If you are searching for a residential property, there’s lots to consider in our October issue too.
We’ve turned our regional spotlight on Leicestershire and Rutland - England’s smallest, and some might say prettiest, county. If you’ve never visited ‘the Cotswolds without the crowds’, pay the county a visit. Ranksborough Hall, the park site we profile on page 16, is one of the main attractions but if you’re after unspoilt countryside, history and heritage, this tiny county could be the one for you.

Enjoy the issue!

 

coverAlexAlex Melvin

 

 

 

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

October 2013 - buy it here

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Holiday parks special

editors blogThere’s much to look forward to in your September issue of Park Home & Holiday Caravan! For starters, if you are considering buying a holiday caravan, our bumper 60-page guide will make for unmissable reading. We bring you details of the UK’s best holiday parks, homes and much more. Now is the perfect time to start planning for next year’s summer holidays - if you plump for a holiday caravan you could save yourself a fortune! There are lots of eye-catching deals at present and many different types of park and home to choose from. Turn to page 45 and get your caravan odyssey underway!

Continuing the holiday theme, we also look ahead to the upcoming Hercma holiday home event at Hull and the Golf Club show at nearby Cottingham. There will be scores of brilliant statics and lodges to view - check out our exclusive preview on page 89.

If residential living is what you are after, fear not. We profile a raft of exciting parks along the north-east coast.

Again, there are some real bargains to be had in that neck of the woods. We review four different park options on page 10.

Finally, there’s a mix of residential and lodge homes to read about. Look out for the Homeseeker Mews - there have been big changes at Homeseeker and, if this new model is anything to go by, an exciting future is on the cards (see page 32).

We also take a look at Country Homes’ new lodge, dubbed The Loft (shown above).
Enjoy the issue!

coverAlexAlex Melvin

 

 

 

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

September 2013 - buy it here

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North of the border

editors blogDespite the Scottish National Party clamouring for independence from the UK, the park home community north of the border is far more inclusive. There are a slew of stunning parks to explore all over Scotland. In this issue, we run the rule over a trio of superb sites within striking distance of Glasgow. All three offer contrasting points of interest but share one important thing in common: a strong sense of neighbourliness and camaraderie among their residents. Like all the best parks I’ve visited across the UK, there is a special atmosphere on these sites that’s unlike any other section of society I’ve seen. I’m sure that even UKIP leader Nigel Farage would get a warm welcome if he decided to sell up and downsize to a mobile home at either Millglen, Cunninghamhead or Rosneath Castle parks! Don’t miss our reviews of these sites on page 9.

But it’s not just Scotland that we’re focussing on this month. We also visit parks in Surrey, Lincoln and Cornwall in an issue that’s got plenty for the prospective park home buyer.

On that note, we have also reviewed some eye-catching new model homes from Tingdene and Omar. Look out for the Sandringham (on page 54) in particular. This home really caught the imagination at the recent World of Park & Leisure Homes Show at Stoneleigh Park, in Warwickshire in June. I’d be really interested to find out what readers think. You can let me know your views on this and any other burning issue in the park home world at the below email address.

coverAlexAlex Melvin

 

 

 

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

August 2013 - buy it here

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‘Best ever’ event!

editors blogAs we went to press, the annual Stoneleigh Show drew to a close. There were thousands at this year’s World of Park and Leisure Homes Show, at Stoneleigh Park, in Warwickshire (read a full review in next month’s issue). I was really impressed with the look and feel of the event. For that, a word of thanks should go to the show’s organisers, Jo and Pat Turner, from MPM Events. It’s no small undertaking to co-ordinate Europe’s biggest mobile home get-together and the company did a sensational job. Our new Best Park Home and Lodge of the Show Competition also attracted much attention. Showgoers voted for a wide number of the 40 homes on display. The winning park home was the Prestige Traditions, built in collaboration with Birch’s Park Homes. The top lodge title went to Pathfinder’s Belle Maison, which we review on page 42 of this issue. The new Titans Turner and the Prestige Grand Symphony were runners up in the park home category and the Omar Apex and the Tingdene Escape in the lodge section. Many visitors told me they considered this year’s event to be the best ever! So, if you’re a potential exhibitor mulling over whether to book some space at next year’s event, I’d recommend calling Jo or Pat Turner now on 01789 491451.

On another note, former PH&HC editor Anne Webb celebrated 40 years in the industry at this year’s show and also announced her retirement. I’d like to thank Anne for all her hard work over the past five decades - both on the magazine and fighting for residents’ rights. Well done Anne - you’ll be missed!

july coverAlexAlex Melvin

 

 

 

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

July 2013 - buy it here

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It’s showtime again

editors blogIt’s getting ever-closer to the opening of the hotly-anticipated World of Park & Holiday Homes Show! The Warwickshire-based event, held at Stoneleigh Park from 7 to 9 June, is Europe’s biggest annual show dedicated solely to mobile homes.

There will be more than 40 stunning new park and holiday homes on display, many for the first time ever. On top of this, there will be a plethora of representatives from some of the UK’s leading park home operators as well as specialist suppliers and services on hand to discuss your individual requirements.

To celebrate this fantastic event, we have put together a guide to the Stoneleigh Show (page 57). Our 20-page special lists all the exhibitors and where you can find them. There’s also a sneak preview of what you can expect from the new models on display.

But as well as our comprehensive guide to Stoneleigh, there’s much more to get your teeth into in your bumper 132-page June issue.

We make the short trip west from Stoneleigh Park, in Warwickshire, to the neighbouring county of Worcestershire to profile a trio of gorgeous park options.

We also travel to Wales and the south-east of England in our quest to find Britain’s best parks. On that note, there’s also another chance to enter your site into our prestigious Park of the Year competition, sponsored by Towergate Insurance (page 26). Tell us why you love your park and you could win a great cash prize! Enjoy the issue!

 

june coverAlexAlex Melvin

 

 

 

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

June 2013 - buy it here

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Real life stories!

editors blogOur community is one of the most rich and diverse in the UK. There are so many different types of people from every conceivable walk of life, many with fascinating stories to tell of world wars, unusual jobs, fun hobbies and travel to far-flung outposts. We love to shout about those stories in PH&HC. New homes and immaculately developed parks are brilliant but it’s the people that make any community. As well as bringing you tales of park life from up and down the country, we also focus on a trio of great real life stories this month. First up, there’s John Savage (page 59), who totally transformed the interior and exterior of his park home, partly as a romantic token of his love for new wife Linda. (As a man on the cusp of tying the knot knot myself, I’ll admit to taking a personal interest in this story!) Rapide Services helped John with the momentous task of bringing a 30-year-old holiday home up to modernday, residential standards. After taking a look at our pictures, I’m sure you’ll agree that Rapide did a superb job! Then there’s Tom and Zena Jesney, of Ravenswing Park, in Berkshire (page 35). These long-time park residents clearly love the outdoor lifestyle as they’ve recently taken to narrow boating too. Our lovely story might inspire you to do the same! Finally, Robert Norman and his daughter Sharon’s story is nothing short of remarkable (page 38). Reunited after 33 years apart (and continents of separation), the pair were brought together with the help of Berkshire park, Warfield Park. It’s a really heart-warming tale and perfectly illustrates just what makes our community so special.

 

may coverAlexAlex Melvin

 

 

 

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

May 2013 - buy it here

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