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What impact do you think the Brexit vote will have on the park and holiday home industry?

The outlook will improve as more people will retire to and holiday in the UK - 72.2%
Things will get worse before they get better because of the uncertainty - 11.1%
Nothing much will change; it never does! - 16.7%
The voting for this poll has ended on: 16 Sep 2016 - 14:33





Omar’s show highlights

October hol omarOmar was delighted to return to The Caravan Extravaganza (The Lawns), at Cottingham near Hull, with several of its luxury lodge models on display, including three stunning new models that were unveiled for the very first time; the all-new 2016 Manhattan (single lodge), the 2016 Southwold (single lodge) and the 2016 Westfield luxury lodge.

The all-new 2016 Manhattan is a sophisticated and stylish lodge which sets a whole new standard in the mid to high-end, single luxury lodge market. Meanwhile, built to full residential standard BS3632:2015, the Southwold single luxury lodge offers a luxurious yet affordable introduction to lodge living.  Finally, the affordable Westfield has been a popular choice with leisure parks for many years, which has led to it becoming the UK’s most popular letting lodge. The new 2016 model, thanks to customer feedback, is now better than ever and incorporates more storage and has a lovely relaxed holiday feel with a fresh new colour scheme.

Max effort

October hol maxMacmillan Cancer Support fundraiser Max Ball was recently joined by four of his Salop Leisure workmates and friends in conquering the National Three Peaks Challenge in 24 hours. They conquered Mount Snowdon with just 15 minutes to spare and hope to have raised more than £2,000, which takes Max, 25, over the £8,000 target he set when he decided to take on 12 different sponsored challenges - MaxAndTheMac12 - during 2016. All the money raised will go to Macmillan Cancer Support, which is supporting his father, Steve, who was diagnosed with oesophagus cancer last October, and his family.

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Lifestyle living group make grand appearance

Lifestyle living group make grand appearance Holiday home and park operator Lifestyle Living UK showed off its scenic parks, luxury lodges and holiday homes to the public at the annual Norfolk Show from 29 to 30 June.

Visitors got to run the rule over exclusive properties available like the spectacular ABI Ashcroft on Lifestyle Living’s impressive stand.

Lodges and park homes are currently available at Haveringland Hall Country Park on the outskirts of Norwich. Set in 150 acres of beautiful Norfolk countryside, the park is surrounded by mature woodland, picture postcard views and lakes brimming with fish, making it ideal for keen anglers and those who just need a holiday retreat.

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Durham deal

Durham dealThe specialist holiday parks team of agent Colliers International has just sold two high quality parks in County Durham, namely Kingfisher and Heatherview Country Parks, near Stanhope in the Wear Valley. These parks boast a combined total of 439 holiday home pitches and have planning permission in place to develop further. The vendors, Park Leisure 2000, acquired the parks in 1999 and have sold to the expanding Verdant Leisure for an undisclosed sum.

‘Holiday parks of this size, quality and trading record rarely become available to acquire and it was no surprise that they fitted the criteria of a progressive operator such as Verdant,’ said Richard Moss, head of Colliers International’s parks team, who advised Park Leisure on the sale.

He added,‘The demand for quality parks remains high and we are delighted to have brokered a discreet deal between two excellent companies.’

Happy hampers!

Happy hampers!Visitors to the Paul Baker Insurance Services stand at the World of Park & Leisure Homes Show were invited to enter a prize draw to win a superb luxury hamper.

The lucky winners were Stephen and Heather Philpott, seen here receiving the hamper from Paul Baker.

Stephen and Heather are in the process of purchasing their first park home at The Beeches, near Minchinhampton, in Gloucestershire, and are really looking forward to moving in shortly.

They have bought an almost new pre-owned home on this lovely rural park so the hamper was a fabulous way to celebrate their purchase and the start of their new lifestyle. We wish them every success with the move and every happiness in their new home!

For more information about PBIS, please visit www.pbinsurance.co.uk or call 0800 038 5090.

£3m Extension to Tingdene’s production facilities

£3m Extension to Tingdene’s production facilitiesPlanning permission has been granted for Tingdene to forge ahead with a £3m extension to its production facilities at its HQ in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire.

Tingdene Homes manufactures residential park homes and holiday lodges and currently employs more than 200 staff.
The £3m extension is due for completion in 2017 with opportunities being created for around 40 new members of staff across the many production disciplines, stores and offices to join its dedicated workforce.

Once complete, the works are aimed at improving efficiencies and increasing productivity with two production lines, instead of the current one.

This will increase output, which will be a major bonus for Tingdene’s client base, as it will effectively shorten the lead time for the products which are in high demand.

Nick Burgess, sales and marketing director, commented: ‘We have seen a big increase and interest in holiday lodges over the last few years from some major players and also from key new developments.

‘All the indicators are that this will continue to grow over the forthcoming years in line with the desire for families to own their own holiday home and parks to develop their hire fleet as the staycation market continues to expand in the UK.  

‘The extension is not just about increasing production, it is also set to become a state-of-the-art factory that will set itself apart from others within the industry.

‘The new factory and associated stores and offices will also ensure quality efficiencies of build and continual improvement of the working conditions, both of which are something that the business is dedicated to providing.’

Should you wish to find out more about Tingdene’s range of park homes and holiday lodges, please visit www.tingdene.co.uk or telephone the company on 01933 230130.

Left: Tingdene Homes’ impressive Visitor Centre is located in the heart of the UK in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire

Seascapes – The Last Word in Exclusivity and Luxury in Somerset

august news4We get the lowdown on Barton Park Homes’ latest park development with views across the Bristol Channel

Seascapes Park is Barton Park Homes’ brand new development consisting of just 14 individually designed prestige homes – all with beautiful see views.

The homes at Seascapes will offer the highest levels of luxury and exclusivity with ultra-modern, highly specified and desirable modern park homes, designed by Lissett , Omar and Oakgrove the industry leading manufacturers.

The brand new park enjoys a unique countryside setting overlooking the picturesque Bristol Channel, with spectacular views spanning 40 miles across to the Welsh Mountains. Perfectly located, just three miles from the market town of Clevedon and only two miles from Portishead with its beautiful docklands and marina, Seascapes promises a serene way of life and easy access to amenities, shops, restaurants and recreational facilities.

Bath is also within easy reach for a visit to the Roman Baths and Tap Room as well as many other cultural and historic attractions. The bustling seaside resort of Weston-super-Mare is also just a short drive away. Further down the coast is Brean Sands, offering miles of scenic sand dunes and beaches and the opportunity for climbing Brean Down to see the magnificent views up and down the Bristol Estuary and the Welsh mountains.

Seascapes is destined to be one of the most sought after addresses on the Somerset coast, run by the Barton family who have a number of successful parks in the South West. The park will be launched at an exclusive, invitation-only event at the Bristol Hilton Double Tree Cadbury House Hotel & Spa, near Bristol, from 14 to 16 September.

For further information contact Gregg, South West Region Sales Manager on 01752 708555.

Steady progress

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We find out how Julie Ling, is managing her move

Regular PH&HC readers will remember that we featured a lovely photo of the brand new Tingdene Kensington Hoo Marina resident Julie Ling hopes to be moving into shortly (PH&HC July issue, page eight).

Since then, Julie has taken more pics including some of the materials arriving for the brick skirt at her Kent park, the ground being prepared for the concrete steps and concrete being laid in preparation for the steps.  As we went to press, the brick skirt was being built. Julie has promised more pics are her journey progresses!

Julie, husband Tony and daughter Alexandra have had more good news too – they have found a buyer for their existing park home on the site!

One deck head

august news2We profile a specialist park home refurbishment company that can help give your home a complete makeover

Eco Systems Park Homes is a company that prides itself on carrying out quality and professional workmanship, as our pictures show. The park home featured in our images has just benefitted from a complete exterior wall refurbishment with a stipple finish and corner stones; just one of the wealth of specialist, professional services the Hertfordshire-based firm offers.

During this installation Eco Systems Park Homes fitted Celotex insulation between stud frame 9mm WBP plyboard and fitted drip rails too.  All joins were sealed and the plyboard was coated with acrylic primer paint. Corner stones were fitted and finished off with stipple coating.  The company, which covers all parts of the UK and EU, boasts ten years’ worth of industry experience, free quotations and professional workmanship. All work is also fully guaranteed and insured and Eco Systems Park Homes will do its best to beat any genuine like for like quote by ten per cent.

Eco Systems Park Homes is at: Tednambury Farm Tednambury Sawbrigeworth Hertfordshire CM23 4BD.

To find out how Eco Systems Park Homes can transform your home, please call 01279 271 184, email info@ecosystemsparkhomes.co.uk or visit the company’s website at www.ecosystemsparkhomes.co.uk.

Toasting the Queen with a cuppa!

august news1Park home residents are a patriotic lot. We find out more about a Dorset park who hosted a special coffee morning to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.

Following our recent report on the festivities to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday at Oaktree Park, in Hampshire, (PH&HC June, pages 22, 23, 24, 26), we’ve learned of more parks who held similar events.
Shirley Bayliss, of Beaulieu Gardens Park Homes, in Christchurch, Dorset, sent us some great photos of the site’s residents celebrating the Queens 90th, as well as two park residents’ 70th birthdays. Shirley explained: ‘We live on a small community of 15 residential park homes and 20 holiday homes on the edge of the River Stour – it’s a really beautiful place!

‘At our usual Wednesday coffee morning, we decided to mark our monarch’s special birthday. We had bubbly and lots of party food and cake. A fabulous time was had by all!’