Q&A: Park Leisure’s Holiday Homes | Livingnorth.com

Q&A: Park Leisure’s Holiday Homes

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Buying a holiday home is a dream for many, so we asked Louise Lawrence Flynn from Park Leisure the questions you need to ask about owning one of their properties

What are the advantages of a UK holiday home?
The holiday park and ‘staycation’ market has grown steadily over the last few years due to a number of reasons, including the weakness of sterling, uncertainty over Brexit, and of course the great summer weather we had last year.

Can you tell us more about your Concierge Scheme?
It’s proved a popular option and is unique to the market. We saw that many owners had busy lives and were only using their holiday home for an average of 55 nights a year, so we realised there was a need for an ownership system that would provide greater flexibility. We set out to develop a system that enabled 1/4 shares (80 nights per year), and that was the birth of the Concierge System, so owners can benefit from the same holiday home experience at a fraction of the cost.

What should potential buyers know about the differences between a holiday home at Park Leisure and a lodge?
The biggest difference, other than the price tag, is that holiday homes are up to 14ft wide while lodges measure anywhere between 16ft and 22ft, and are often open-plan and very spacious. The higher models of both can be built to residential specification, although they’re not specifically to be lived in year-round.

What are the options for financing a holiday home?
We often see buyers worrying about sorting out their finances for their holiday home, when in truth we make it as stress-free as we can. We work in partnership with a number of major lenders, and our sales team are on hand to discuss options and arrange quotations. 

How long can a buyer keep their holiday home on-site for?
Our owners can keep their holiday home on our park for as long as they meet the standards and terms set out in our agreements. We don’t have a holiday home age policy across our parks; holiday homes that comply with our park rules and terms of the site license agreement can remain until such a time that they no longer comply.

What are the running costs that need to be considered?
In addition to annual site fees, you must also allow for the necessities of insurance and utility bills. It’s an essential part of our ethos to keep these costs as low as possible, but they are often dictated by external market forces.

What if there’s a problem with the holiday home after purchase?
With our peace of mind warranty we have everything covered, meaning you can simply relax and enjoy your leisure time. We want you to have the utmost confidence when buying and owning with us, which is why we provide between two and five years free warranty, be it new or pre-owned. While there are some areas that can’t be covered, we can, where appropriate, arrange for all repair and replacement work to be undertaken, and part of our guarantee means there will be as little interference as possible with your time on the park while any repairs are being conducted.

To find out more about Park Leisure’s holiday homes, visit their website www.parkleisure.co.uk

Published in: March 2019

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