After a long, cold winter, it fi nally feels like summer has arrived. If you’re a park home dweller, the chances are you’re a big fan of the warmer months. Choosing to live in a park setting probably means that making the most of the great outdoors is important to you. Now that the lengthier, balmier days are here, there are many ways you can do that from the comfort of your own home. Who wouldn’t enjoy a cold pint or glass of vino on a lovely park or lodge home’s veranda after a day spent exploring the countryside or coast around their site? Or an impromptu park barbecue, organised by the friendly denizens on the park’s social club committee? Our uniquely welcoming community is probably one of the UK’s best places to make the most of this short, but oh-so-sweet, season.
But, as well as enjoying some much-needed R&R with park neighbours and friends, the summer also sees opportunities aplenty to visit specialist park home shows and events.
As you read this, the annual World of Park & Leisure Homes Show, which rolls into Stoneleigh Park, in Warwickshire, each year, will be taking place. Following on from our extensive 63-page guide to the event in our previous issue, we bring you some exciting, last-minute, breaking show news in your July issue (turn to page 121 for more information).
While all eyes will inevitably be on Stoneleigh from 8 to 11 June, there’s lots more to grab the attention of park and holiday home owners this month. We’ve got some fantastic sites and new models for you to explore! Our park home team travel to Surrey, Herefordshire, Cambridgeshire, Devon and Berkshire to run the rule over a fabulous selection of picturesque parks in des-res locations.
Special mention should go to Warfield Park, in Bracknell: the nation’s second largest park home estate has just won a top eco award for raising the standard of energy efficiency in its rental homes.
Well done to Warfield and very interesting indeed if you’re looking to cash in on your bricks-and-mortar property and rent for a while, before buying your dream park home. Turn to page 10, where your parks section begins in earnest!
On the home front, there are reviews of a brace of homes from Wessex and Willerby that are sure to excite (see page 44).
Alex Melvin, Editor
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