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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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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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