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What is your favourite thing about owning a park home or lodge?

I just love the welcoming people and the community spiritedness - 50%
The value for money of the homes and the lower living costs - 0%
The great location of my park and the fact that it’s so peaceful and secure - 50%
The voting for this poll has ended on: 19 Jan 2018 - 13:52

A Hull of a month!

BlogAs you read this the mobile home community will be gearing up for an extremely important month. This September there are three unmissable park and leisure home events to enjoy; two of which take place in and around one of the UK’s most vibrant, up-and-coming cities - Hull. Occupying a prime position on the banks of the River Humber, Hull - made famous by luminaries as deserving or otherwise as poet Philip Larkin and politician John Prescott - has benefitted from a massive regeneration in recent decades. Britain’s tenth biggest city is now a hive of art, culture and, for the month of September, mobile homes. (Actually, with many of the nation’s favourite caravan manufacturers and holiday parks in the vicinity, it’s pretty important to our industry all-year-round.)

Thousands of prospective mobile home buyers will flock to the region for the annual Caravan Extravaganza at The Lawns from 6 to 7 September, while also enjoying the vast array of delectable options of offer at the rival Cottingham Parks Caravan and Lodge Show on the same dates. Both events will showcase some of the best new homes currently on the market. There will also be a chance for visitors to talk to hundreds of park operators and specialist suppliers and service contractors at these events. Needless to say, these East Yorkshire-based events are not to be missed. Neither are our comprehensive guides to both show, which begin on page 71.

But if Hull is too far north for you, don’t despair: September also sees scores of homes arrive at Beaulieu, in Hampshire, for Holiday Caravan 2014. You’ll have to wait for our bumper October issue to find out what you can expect at that top-rated event.

In the meantime, enjoy your September issue, which also includes expert profiles of parks in Essex, Derbyshire and the West Midlands.

september coverAlexAlex Melvin




Alex Melvin, Editor

 September 2014 - buy it here


Summer to remember!

august blogI love this time of year! The sun is shining, you’ve got your summer holidays to look forward to and half the country seems to be living outside in their gardens (or, in my case, the pub beer garden!).
July’s an even better month if you’re fortunate enough to be a part of the park home community. There really is no better time to see the nation’s best park home estates.

Our green-fingered fraternity would put Alan Titchmarsh, Monty Don and the landscape gardening professionals at the recent Chelsea Flower Show to shame!

Park home plots have got to be some of the most spectacular in the UK and there’s no nicer month to see them in full bloom!

Then there’s the fantastic community spirit. Park home residents will get together for a cuppa or a natter throughout the calendar year. They’ll also organise days out, park trips, coffee mornings, bingo nights and the like but the summer time perfectly encapsulates this sociable feeling. It’s no wonder people are flocking to buy park homes right now!

All of these benefits are clearly in evidence at the residential parks we visit in this issue. Our expert reviewers travel to Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Durham to get the lowdown on a quartet of brillant parks. Our window into these happy communities will whet your appetite for a park trip or two of your own.

Before you fire up your motor or board the nearest National Express coach, make sure you do your homework! Again, Augus’s a great month to plan visits to park open weekends or visit shows.
The recent World of Park & Leisure Homes Show - Europe’s biggest of its kind - was held at Stoneleigh Park, in Warwickshire, to great acclaim. Read our in-depth review of this super event.

august coverAlexAlex Melvin




Alex Melvin, Editor

 August 2014 - buy it here


Nifty 50 at Stoneleigh!

july blogAs we went to press, the annual World of Park & Leisure Homes Show was drawing to a close at Stoneleigh Park, in Warwickshire. This year’s event, Europe’s biggest specialist mobile homes show, boasted 50 stunning park homes and luxury lodges and the crowds responded!

Also on hand were a host of related service and product suppliers and, of course, hundreds of parks were represented, allowing visitors the opportunity to discover the enormous variety of wonderful locations available across the UK and beyond.

A record number of visitors poured into Stoneleigh and everybody we spoke to seemed both delighted and excited with the quality and choice on offer. The ‘wow factor’ was certainly in evidence for 2014!

For the second successive year, PH&HC also invited visitors to vote for their favourite park home and lodge in our hotly contested show competition. All 50 homes received winning comments from showgoers but congratulations should go to Omar for its Heritage (Park Home of the Year category) and to Pathfinder for its County Retreat lodge (Ultimate Lodge of the Year section). Pathfinder’s Devon and Prestige’s Casa Di Lusso were also the respective runners-up in these competitions. Look out for our comprehensive review of the show and these awards in our August issue. For now, we’d like to thank everybody who made the show happen - primarily Pat and Jo Turner, the show organisers, for ensuring everything went so smoothly and the public and exhibitors were so happy with things.

Following the tremendous success of this year’s show, we’d encourage all prospective 2015 exhibitors to contact the Turners on 01789 491451 to book and secure your stand for next year.

If this year’s epic event is anything to go by, 2015 should be a humdinger! Enjoy the issue!

july coverAlexAlex Melvin




Alex Melvin, Editor

 July 2014 - buy it here


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