Holiday home ownership information

Find YOUR happy place with Parklink

Find YOUR happy place today with Parklink

Parklink is a place where you can search holiday parks in the UK which sell static caravans and lodges for you to own. Parklink works with over 100 of the best Parks in the UK offering holiday homes for sale in beautiful locations within the UK.

Here are the services we can offer our customers:

People looking for holiday homes for sale in the UK

People can view holiday parks in the UK and make contact as well as requesting further information.  They can also browse individual holiday homes for sale and make express an interest with the owner. As well as viewing parks with holiday homes for sale and individual properties, Parklink is a great place to find out more information about the concept of holiday home ownership and information on holidays and wellbeing.

Holiday Park operator businesses looking to showcase their holiday park online and generate interest in their product.

Park operators can join Parklink where we will create a page to showcase their holiday park. On this page people will be able to read a description of the park, view images and view a map of the location. People can make a direct enquiry from the page which is passed onto the park to make contact. Parklink also has a holiday home finder service so will pass on interested buyers looking for more information on parks in a specific region with certain criteria.

Private individuals looking to sell their holiday homes.

Private sellers can advertise their holiday homes with Parklink. We advertise their holiday home under the ‘property search’ section and can also place their holiday home on various classified websites and property portals to help them achieve a sale.

Holiday home ownership information, leisure, health and wellbeing

Here at Parklink our slogan is ‘Find Your Happy Place’. We feel everyone has the right to live, be happy and do things that make them happy. Holiday home ownership gives people the chance to get away and spend time on the things that matter in life. Parklink is packed full of information which will enhance your leisure time and help you find your happy place. Visit our useful information section to find out more.

Whether you’re looking to buy or sell a holiday home or find out more information on leisure, health and wellbeing; visit Parklink today here.

 

 

caravan park

Live in a static caravan

Can I live in a static caravan?

Many people wonder ‘Can we live in a static caravan’? The answer is yes, however it depends where the static caravan is situated and the quality of the static caravan.

The quality and spec of static caravans are improving and because of this people are becoming more open to the idea of living in a static caravan.

Here are some of the reasons why:
  • Spacious enough to live in

Static caravans can range from 28ft x 10ft – (280 sq. ft.) or 45ft x 14ft (630 sq. ft.) meaning they offer more than ample space to live in. With high ceilings available in most models they will give most modern-day apartment’s a run for their money.

  • A home from home

You will find all the home comforts in a static caravan including double glazing, central heating and fully fitted kitchens with modern appliances. There are many upgrade options available in a static caravan. This can include the latest entertainment systems, wine coolers and upgraded appliances. A static caravan can be a perfect place to live with everything you need.

  • Residential specification

Static caravans can now be built to residential specification (BS 3632) meaning they have been built to use all year round. To achieve this residential status they include the following:

  • Thicker walls
  • Extra insulation
  • Robust construction
  • Soundproofing

Having a residential spec can be great of you want to use your static caravan all year round. This may be for living in or to offer you more comfort when using for a holiday.

Frequently asked questions

Can static caravans be made to live in?

Yes, static caravans can now be built to residential specification, BS 3632, meaning they are built and designed to be used all year round. This is great as many parks are now open for 12 months of the year meaning people can holiday all year round. Technically a residential static caravan would be fine for you to live in, offering warmth and comfort.

Where can I live in a static caravan?

There are many potential places where you can live in a static caravan as listed below:

  • Private land

Perhaps you have a family member or friend with some spare land they can put a static caravan for you. Of course, they will need to check with the local council and obtain relevant planning and permissions.

  • Residential Park

Residential parks in the UK with relevant permission can enable you to live in a static caravan provided the park meets certain planning conditions and the park is classed as full residential

Are static caravans designed to live in or for holidays?

Static caravans are usually designed for holiday use only where they are built to holiday specification EN1647. This means they have adequate insulation to be used between March – October in the UK. Obviously, you can stay in a static caravan outside of this period although it will not offer a level of comfort you may be accustomed to within a bricks & mortar type property, park home or a static caravan built to residential spec.

Can I live in a static caravan on a holiday park?

We would not advise moving onto a holiday park to live in a static caravan under any circumstances. Here are a few reasons why:

  • The park only has a ‘holiday’ licence so they do not have permission from the council to allow people to live in a static caravan on their park
  • A holiday park is designed and set up for people to be on holiday – not living.
  • A static caravan wouldn’t class as a postal address unless registered
  • Holiday Park can be noisier & busier compared to residential parks
  • Listing with a doctor may be a problem if not living at a registered address
  • Obtain credit or building a credit history could be a problem
  • You may not be able to register to vote from a static caravan holiday park
  • The park may only be open between 8 & 11 months of the year meaning you will need to vacate and find somewhere to live in the closed period.

It just isn’t fit for the purpose of living. With so many residential options out there including residential parks, the only reason people would move onto a holiday park is for low cost living. Our advice would still be to find somewhere else because this is not a long-term solution to your problem.

Are there any alternatives to living in a static caravan?

There are some great alternatives to living in a static caravan. These alternatives can mean a higher investment in your living space however they may be more appropriate in the long run saving you money and giving you greater long term stability.

A lodge is a great alternative to living in a static caravan. Lodges are mostly built to residential spec as standard and offer more living space.

A lodge can often have higher ceilings and feel more like an apartment rather than a static caravan lending itself to a nicer living solution. Off course the same conditions apply to a lodge where it must be on a residential park; not a holiday park if you wish to live in.

Lodge style living

This is the most common choice for people looking to enjoy Park Living. Park Homes are built to a very high standard meaning the present a better option to live in long term. The rooms in a Park Home tend to be more sectioned off like a house. When compared to lodges which can often be open plan and designed for the holiday home market. You can buy a new Park Homes or you may find a good pre owned one available through an estate agent.

Parkhome living

Beautiful Parkhome ideal for living in

  • Houseboat

Houseboats can offer an excellent choice when looking for affordable living similar to living in a static caravan. They are found in peaceful and tranquil locations and you can really put you’re on mark on a houseboat. They are also oozing with character so offer a trendy space to call your home. Houseboats can be found online with a simple Google search or try local or online estate agents for more info.

There are many other options to living in a static caravan

So, to evaluate, yes you can live in a static caravan provided you are situated on land with correct planning and permissions. Static caravans are built to a very high standard nowadays offering a more than comfortable place to call you own. As well as static caravans there are some great alternatives for you to live in which can offer a more suitable long-term solution. These include – lodges, Park Homes and houseboats.

Thank you for reading!

 

Sea view lodge for sale in Suffolk

Luxury Lodge For Sale in Suffolk – With stunning sea views!

Sea view lodge for sale in Suffolk

Azure Seas Holiday Park overlooks a stunning sandy beach on one side and luxuriant forests on the other. Steeped in history and surrounded by beauty and tranquillity, this is simply the perfect place to escape to.

This luxurious Sea view lodge for sale in Suffolk is available to purchase direct from the owner.

Quality build, designed to optimise the sea views

This lodge was designed and built to lend itself to the sea view surroundings here on Azure Seas Holiday Park. Buy this lodge and you will enjoy breathtaking views and a relaxing and peaceful setting for many years to come.

To describe this sea view lodge as anything other than the ultimate in luxurious holiday living, would be an understatement.

To fully appreciate both the value that is combined with the outstanding craftsmanship and the stunning coastal location, you need to view this lodge as soon as possible. Click here to find out more and arrange a viewing.

High-End Cambrian Plantation Lodge

Built to a residential standard, the Lodge is a two-bedroom, two-bathroom home from home. It features both double glazing and central heating, allowing year-round use.

As well as stunning sea and countryside views this lodge has a large decking area, ideal for relaxing & BBQ parties.

The lodge benefits from its own private parking space and the park is pet-friendly, so you can all holiday together.

Finished to an exceptionally high standard, the lodge achieves elegant open plan living combined with a full range of features that you’d expect in a lodge of quality

The best in lodge design & build quality

These features include:
  • Built-in fridge and freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Split-level hob and built-in oven

The master bedroom has an ensuite bathroom with an additional bathroom and bedroom adjacent.

The decoration in the lodge is refined and sophisticated, combining rich creams with splashes of bold colours to accentuate and feature certain areas of the lodge and the living areas are carpeted throughout.

Azure Seas Holiday Park

Perched overlooking the sandy beaches adjacent to the village of Corton, Azure Seas Holiday Park this is the perfect location for memorable family holidays. This Sea view lodge for sale in Suffolk presents the perfect opportunity to join this wonderful holiday park.

Whether you are looking for a traditional bucket and spade holiday, spending your day’s building sandcastles and burying dad in the sand or something a little more adventurous or sophisticated, at Azure Seas Holiday Park you’re at the centre of everything you could want for a holiday home escape.

Set in 7 acres of forest and gardens, you can stroll on a hot summer’s day through the shaded glades, enjoying spectacular scenery and the local wildlife.

At the park, life is relaxed and laid-back. It focuses on unwinding and high-quality family time.  Ice creams on the beach, long lazy barbecues and impromptu beach football help you to de-stress and start enjoying life again.

Outstanding Suffolk Location

Azure Seas Holiday Park is on the extreme eastern edge of the UK, just to the north of Lowestoft and to the south of Great Yarmouth.

The sprawling Norfolk Broads, famous for its waterways exotic, wildlife and picturesque scenery is easily accessible.

If your inner culture vulture needs feeding, head to Norwich to visit Norwich castle. The castle, built in 1067 on the orders of William the Conqueror to serve as a fortified royal palace is stunning.

Follow that with a tour of Norwich Cathedral, around 900 years old, that has installed a helter-skelter in the nave so visitors can get a better view of the 15th-century roof before sliding back to earth.

The church is also home to peregrine falcons that nest on the church’s spire where you can enjoy watching them from a purpose-built viewing station.

After a hectic morning enjoying some culture, take in the big city shops for some retail therapy. Follow this with an exotic meal at a decent restaurant before heading back for a well-earned nightcap.

Imagine enjoying a glass of wine marvelling at these sea views!

Why Choose this Luxury Lodge at Azure Seas Holiday Park?

The constant bombardment with exhortations to ‘Buy Now!’ or ‘Only TWO days left!’ and ‘Don’t miss the boat, once it’s gone it’s gone…’ in an effort to get us to commit and buy, even if we’re not sure, is exhausting.

I don’t want to sound like a used car salesman So instead let me give you a quick review of what you’ll be getting.

  • Luxury lodge built to residential standards
  • Fully fitted to an exceptional standard
  • Beautiful location that is central for everything
  • Holiday 12 months of the year
  • Pet-friendly
  • Available from October – perfect for long autumnal weekends
  • Stunning sea views!

Could this be your holiday lodge?

If you think this looks interesting, like something that would suit you and your family’s lifestyle, that may be worth a look, get in touch and ask questions HERE, we’d love to hear from you.

Top Tips To Save Money On Advertising

 

Top Tips To Save Money On Advertising

Customers are the lifeblood of any business

The lifeblood of any business, whether in a physical location or online, is customers.

Without them, you don’t have a business just an expense that over time will bankrupt you.

So, the most important thing you have to do once you have your product or service sorted out and running smoothly is to find a steady stream of customers through advertising.

The buyer’s journey

However, if you’re selling anything more expensive than a few pounds, snap purchases become less likely. Your customers will be somewhere on the Buyers Journey. Here they move from awareness of a problem, considering their options to making a buying decision.

  • Awareness – are aware they have a problem or a need that has to be addressed
  • Consideration – is when they begin looking at the options to solve their problem
  • Decision – they’re ready to buy

Not knowing what your buyer is looking for is a problem.

Are they ready to buy, just researching or only just decided that they have a need?

Without this information, you will only reach a very small percentage of the customers you are trying to attract.

To save money on advertising you need to know the type of information that your customer needs and give it to them in a form they like and in a place they hang out.

Adopting scatter-gun advertising in the hope that something will stick is pointless and expensive.

Traditional Advertising

Traditional advertising is expensive.

By its nature, it’s akin to blanket bombing the market in the hope that a proportion of the people who see the advertisement will be sufficiently interested to go to a website or ring a telephone number for more information.

Though it is viewed by some as the way to make people think you are a ‘serious brand’, the downside is the eye-watering costs of traditional advertising.

One primetime TV ad spot1 can cost £11,000, with production costs ranging from £10,000 to £250,000.

If you have the money and want to make a big splash then TV, bus and tube posters and magazine advertising will get you exposure, but it won’t be cheap.

For most businesses there are many more cost-effective solutions that can be aimed at the section of the market you want to attract.

Social Media Advertising

Social media advertising2 lets you target the people you want to attract using demographics and location. You can also test variations of your advert to see which format works best on the platform you choose.

However, before you begin it’s important to know what you’re looking to achieve. Do you want to increase site traffic, visibility of your brand, engagement, lead generation or sales?

Having a clear idea of your objectives as well as knowing how effective a channel is for your business, will help you spend your advertising pounds wisely.

Depending on what you want to achieve you could use one of the following platforms:

  • Facebook – great for business to consumer sales. Lots of ad formats that let you get deeper into your audience.
  • Instagram – highly visual content that lets you show off products
  • Twitter – great for increasing brand awareness and driving website clicks
  • LinkedIn – ideal for business to business advertising as it is a professional network
  • Snapchat – has a younger demographic that wants to be engaged
  • Pinterest – used to generate immediate sales and work as an additional avenue to your web store

These advertising channels are all relatively low cost! You just set the budget and duration that your advert is to run.

Search Engine Advertising

Search engine advertising or search advertising is where you show your ads to people who have searched for the keywords you are using. You are charged each time your ad is clicked on, hence Pay Per Click advertising (PPC).

This type of advertising is very effective as it is shown to the people you want to attract.

In-depth keyword research is vital to uncover the most appropriate terms so that you are not missing your target audience. Additionally, choosing the right keywords, ones that have a high volume but low competition, helps your advert rank higher on the search page and cost you less.

Laser-Targeted Advertising

What if you could invest your spend into a lead generating portal which can provide you with a steady flow of leads from your target audience for a fixed monthly amount?

Laser targeted advertising is the opposite of blanket bombing the market because you are showcasing your product directly to your niche audience.

These people will be interested in what you have to offer and are at least in the ‘research’ phase of their buyer’s journey. This will mean your chances of success is significantly increased.

Here at Parklink, we specialise and focus on static caravans and lodges for sale in holiday parks around the UK. We now work with over 75 parks which benefit from our lead generation to support their overall sales strategy.

Our park members advertise their proposition on our website that includes:

  • Page including Park information, description & images
  • Holiday Home sales units, including static caravans, lodges & park homes
  • Map showing the location & directions
  • List of facilities at the park

Our members receive the following types of leads to follow up, send info and generate sales:

  • Park-specific leads – People requesting an ownership brochure on their specific park
  • Regional enquiries – People which would like info from parks in a specific region
  • Holiday home sales stock – Receive a direct message on specific sale units you have listed on Parklink

You will be advertising to a knowledgeable and eager to buy audience of holiday home enthusiasts that come to Parklink looking to buy a holiday home.

This is the most cost-efficient type of advertising that reliably generates leads and sales month after month.

Contact Parklink HERE today regarding marketing your holiday park to the right people

Inbound Marketing

Inbound marketing, though not advertising as such, is your most organic method of attracting the right people to your product or service.

It is a slower path than advertising, as it relies upon the content that you produce to be seen and read by potential customers.

Content that is based around relevant keywords and phrases that your potential customers are searching for will rise through the rankings.

This can add a significant lift to your traffic at no cost to you, other than the effort it takes to produce the content.

For most businesses in this digital, online age, focussed advertising that uses the mediums that your customers use is the most cost-effective way to reach them. This undoubtedly will increase brand awareness and sales.

5 Great UK Alternatives To Going Abroad For Your Holidays

5 Great UK Alternatives To Going Abroad For Your Holidays

Going on holiday is good for your health and if it’s possible to get away more than once a year you’ll see even more health benefits and feel better for it. You have two choices when it comes to going away… go abroad or take a staycation.

Read on for 5 great alternatives to going abroad for your holidays.

We all love being abroad on holiday! The sun, sand & scenery is a big draw, however sometimes the thought of going abroad and everything that can involve makes you want to stay at home and not bother.

How about a staycation?

Have you considered a UK staycation instead of going abroad?

Imagine not having to worry about:

  • Airport chaos and queues
  • Delayed or cancelled flights
  • Forgotten passports
  • Remembering to drive on the other side of the road…

The UK has a host of different options that could make for a relaxed and refreshing staycation with a minimum of stress and a maximum of fun.

Static Caravans

Caravanning often conjures up visions of traffic jams, cramped uncomfortable living conditions and grey drizzly weather. Not anymore!

With a plethora of static caravan parks around the UK, you’ll be able to holiday exactly where you want in comfort. Furthermore, modern day static caravans enjoy all the modern decor you’d expect from a good quality hotel.

Modern static caravans boast the following features:

  • Large open plan living areas
  • Modern sanitation
  • Fitted kitchens with built-in appliances
  • Two or more double bedrooms and can often sleep six or more
  • Large decking areas to enjoy alfresco living

Whether you choose to rent a static caravan for a couple of weeks or take the plunge, in an area you love and buy a caravan, you’ll be amazed at the facilities many campsites have.

Gyms, swimming pools, restaurants, children’s play areas and even onsite entertainment teams, long gone are the days of a swampy field with a standpipe for water!

Camping

If you’re on a bit of a budget this year but still want to take the family away for a week or two, then camping could be the perfect option.

If you’re already fully equipped with tents, sleeping bags and all of the other vital camping paraphernalia, all you’ll need to do is choose which part of the country appeals, book your pitch and away you go – you’re on holiday.

However, if you’ve never camped before, don’t have the equipment yet and just want to dip your toe in the camping pool before you commit, have a look at glamping.

With glamping, the tents are set up for you when you arrive, you sleep under duvets on proper beds, can enjoy the comfort of a sofa and you cook in a regular kitchen inside your tent.

You’re still camping, sleeping under canvas, out in nature, but you’re doing it in style.

Holiday Camps

Holiday camps have come a long way since Billy Butlin opened his first camp in Skegness in 1936.

Gone are the chalets and eating en masse in huge dining rooms. Now you can self-cater, go half board or full board, whichever suits how you want to holiday.

Holiday camps are designed to be an all-inclusive entertainment venue. With activities all day long and evening shows, bingo and variety acts to round off the day.

City Breaks

It’s usual to think of a holiday as a one/two week break, somewhere sunny where you can relax and recharge your batteries.

But does it have to be like that?

Why not break your holiday up into half a dozen city breaks spread over the year?

One month you’re taking in the National History Museum in London during the day and seeing a West End show in the evening.

Another month an art gallery or historical monument followed by dinner at a Michelin starred restaurant.

Budget hotels are springing up all over the country! You can now book at a moments notice and explore the UK from top to bottom, one weekend at a time.

Theme Parks

Thrill seekers or at least those who have thrill-seeking children will be drawn to the idea of a short break at a theme park. Combining high octane rides with a spa hotel offers something for everyone.

Enjoy a few hours of being flung from side to side and upside down, then let a trained masseuse unravel the kinks from your spine before you enjoy a relaxing dinner and a few drinks to recover before doing it all over again tomorrow…

Why not try a staycation?

Holidays don’t have to be the prescribed two weeks on a Spanish beach! They can be anything you want them to be.

The UK has a surprising amount to offer and as our summer weather has been so good for the last couple of years!

Why not take a chance and explore what is on offer closer to home?

5 Ways To Go On More Holidays For Less

5 Ways To Go On More Holidays For Less

Going on regular holidays is good for you.

You’ll feel better, look better and be ready to conquer the world when you get back, rested and rejuvenated.

Holidays are so relaxing that you won’t feel sleep deprived, you’ll exercise, get lots of sun to boost your vitamins, eat loads of new and exciting foods and the memories, oh the memories…

So, if they’re that good for you why do you only take one a year?

Why not double the goodness, or triple it?

Cost?

That doesn’t have to be a problem, if you’re prepared to think outside of the box…

Be your own travel agent

Last year we wanted to go somewhere sunny, in a house that could take four adults, and we didn’t want to have to drive anywhere, so the house needed to be central, in a town or village and near to a beach.

Our travel agent threw her hands up in despair and finally found a deal…£8,000 for a fortnight and it didn’t have everything we wanted!

So we did it ourselves.

A little bit of detective work on Airbnb, then booking our flights independently through an ATOL bonded travel agent and we had exactly what we wanted, for less than half the price and it was fun doing it ourselves.

If you can be flexible on dates and destination, book late

The later you leave booking the cheaper it could be.

Why?

Tour operators have already chartered the planes and reserved the rooms, they have to pay for them whether they manage to fill them or not.

As the departure date gets closer the prices start to fall – it’s better for the tour operator to get some money than none at all.

If you’re able to go at the drop of a hat, literally anywhere, the savings can be quite substantial, and you get an adventure into the bargain.

Ever thought about buying a static caravan?

I can hear you shouting at your screen – ‘I thought we were looking at ways too cut costs?’

Bear with me.

Before we stress about cost, let’s look at the advantages of ownership.

  • You can get away multiple times a year for a long weekend up to a full-on summer holiday
  • Really get to know an area – the best beaches, restaurants and activities to keep the kids happy and enjoy them year after year
  • When you’re not using your static caravan you can let your family use it
  • At other times you’ll be able to rent it out, which will go towards covering your cost, and making your own holidays essentially free

Think about it; going to your home from home whenever you want to and have your rentals cover your costs. That’s cost saving!

Also, you can often pick up pre-loved caravans at very attractive prices so you can dip your toe in the water without breaking the bank.

Home swapping – no accommodation costs, just pay to get there

Have you ever thought you’d like to visit somewhere interesting or exotic, but by the time you’d added it all up it was cheaper to go to Majorca?

Home swapping might be the answer.

Here’s how it works. You register your home on a home-swapping website with some suitable photos and descriptions. Once your profile is up and live, start looking at where you’d like to visit – anywhere worldwide and message suitable properties. Arrange to swap and away you go.

Costs to register are less than £10/month and they often offer a free trial so you can see if it’s for you.

Have a staycation…

Having a holiday doesn’t have to mean leaving the comforts of your own home. Use home as a base to really explore the area around where you live and uncover the hidden gems that you’ve never had time to consider.

Decide on how long you want to travel for, say an hour or fifty miles, and then Google attractions within fifty miles and see what pops up.

You’ll be able to go somewhere different every day. From beaches you’ve never visited to attractions you’ve never heard of you’ll have a week or two of really getting to know your own part of the country and be able to come back every night and sleep in your own bed.

Holidays are about spending time together, having fun and getting out and about to see new things and share experiences. Whether that’s in a far-flung corner of the world or closer to home, you’ll be a happier, healthier family with countless memories to cherish.

Holiday Homes For Sale Near Padstow

Holiday Homes for sale near Padstow

If you are looking for a holiday home for sale near Padstow then you are not alone! This is an extremely popular destination with holidaymakers in the UK.

When you think of Cornwall, what comes to mind?
  • Incredible surfing?
  • Celebrity restaurateurs?
  • Sandy beaches?
  • Mild sunny weather?
North Cornwall – Rugged & beautiful

North Cornwall has all of this as well as history, a heritage coast and rugged countryside.

Perched on the north coast of Cornwall, Harlyn Bay sits between the gastronomic delights of Rick Stein’s Padstow and world class surfing at Newquay. This area is perfect for family holidays, indulgent foodie weekends and high energy sporting breaks.

Are You Looking For A holiday home for sale near Padstow?

Padstow, is perfectly placed to provide something for everyone.

Your family holidays are all about beaches? North Cornwall is awash with amazing sandy beaches to go to, from Sandymouth in the north of the county to Holywell and Crantock further south. Build sandcastles with the younger kids or go back to school, surf school, and conquer some of the best surf around.

Lundy island situated in the Bristol channel is an amazing trip for nature lovers. Walk around the craggy granite island taking in seals, puffins and Manx shearwaters.

Cornish history

If your passion is the romance of Arthurian England, visit Tintagel Castle. Set high on the rugged coast a few miles north of Padstow it combines the legend of King Arthur and the knights of the round table with the mediaeval castle.

Or visit a genuine Cornish Tin Mine and take a hard hat tour of the mine and explore the Hard Rock museum full of interactive displays before panning for minerals and racing to fill a kibble in the shortest time.

A special place you will always remember

When you come to this area whether to start looking for a holiday home for sale near Padstow or just to check out its possibilities you’ll be amazed by how much there is to keep the family having fun as endless opportunities for more grown-up special treats.

Whether you want to spend your days building sand castles, swimming and lazing on the beach or exploring other options around north Cornwall having Harlyn Sands Holiday Park as a base makes it simple and straightforward.

World class surfing for everyone

World class surfing in Newquay is just down the road, with surf schools for the beginner and competition grade waves for the seasoned surfer.

After a busy day head to Padstow for dinner and treat yourself to everything from the Michelin starred Paul Ainsworth at No.6, Rick Stein’s Seafood restaurant to a posh fish supper at Stein’s fish and chips.

Padstow, Cornwall, UK – June 15, 2009: View across the harbour at Padstow, Cornwall, UK. People can be seen relaxing on the harbour and a Restaurants and shops can be seen surrounding the harbour.

An idyllic location like no other

North Cornwall is an idyllic location for family holidays and choosing a static caravan for sale near Padstow should definitely be a family affair. Enjoy sun-drenched family holidays for years to come.

 

If you want years of fantastic summer holidays, surfing trips and year-round indulgent foodie trips then this part of north Cornwall as your base becomes the obvious choice.

Find holiday homes for sale near Padstow

To find out more regarding holiday home for sale near Padstow – Click HERE

5 Reasons why holidays are good for you & your families health

5 Reasons why holidays are good for you & your families health

When you begin planning this year’s big holiday, whether it’s to your caravan, an Airbnb in Europe or a luxury getaway to the Far East or Caribbean, of course you will be excited however did you also know about the health benefits?

The anticipation of getting away from the daily grind and enjoying that well-earned break will keep you buzzing until departure day. However, as well as the excitement of your family holiday, it can have significant health benefits that last well beyond your return home. The fact is ‘holidays are healthy’, Read on to discover why..

Catch up with sleep

Holidays are about rest and recuperation. Your alarm doesn’t go off at some ungodly hour every morning, forcing you out of bed before you’re fully rested.

On holiday, you get to catch up on some of the sleep that you’ve missed. Enjoying an uninterrupted lie in, napping by the pool after lunch or going native and taking a siesta like the locals.

BUPA in their article ‘9 benefits of a good night’s sleep’ list some significant health benefits that come from sufficient quality sleep, including:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Keeping your heart healthy
  • A strong robust immune system
  • Looking after your emotional well-being and mental health
  • Improving your concentration and attention

Matthew Walker, the director of the Centre for human sleep science at the University of California, Berkeley, believes that we are in the midst of a catastrophic sleep loss epidemic that could have grave consequences to our health at every level.

To continue to enjoy how good you feel from getting a good night sleep and all of the associated health benefits, try to prioritise sleep. Not only will your body thank you, but your boss will marvel at the new invigorated you.

Soak up the healthy sun

After living through the dull, dreariness of a British winter, we all crave bright, sunny days to make us feel happy and healthy again.

On holiday you tend to spend much more time outdoors. Whether that’s playing with your kids, sunbathing or exploring the surrounding area, you are soaking up the health benefits of the sun

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Improved bone health
  • Improved sleep quality
  • Healing of certain skin disorders
  • Reduced risk of certain cancers

Though the health benefits of being out in the sun are numerous and impressive, it is important to remember that sunshine is the number one cause of skin cancer. Experts recommend no more than 15 or 20 minutes of unprotected exposure per day — after that apply a good quality sunscreen to keep you safe and healthy.

Regular exercise

We all acknowledge that to stay healthy we need to exercise, however, finding time during busy working week is often a challenge.

You want to go the gym, but family commitments have to be prioritized and so weeks roll by and the impetus to get moving diminishes.

On holiday time is no longer an issue, work is a distant memory and family commitments give you the excuse you all need to get moving. From swimming to beach football and exploring to souvenir shopping you’re constantly on the move.

The NHS lists a number of medically proven health benefits that come from being regularly active.

  • 50% lower risk of type 2 diabetes
  • 50% lower risk of colon cancer
  • 83% lower risk of osteoarthritis
  • 30% lower risk of depression
  • 30% lower risk of dementia

Remember the statistics and how good running around on holiday felt, then use that as a prod to get you to the gym or out for a run so you can live a healthy and long life.

Sample different foods

Holidays can be a food extravaganza and by checking out the local cuisine, whether that’s seafood fresh off the boat, Spanish paella or Coq au vin, you can increase the variety of what you eat and often the quality.

When you’re in a warm destination it’s easier to eat salad and light foods as the heat will affect your appetite.

Enjoy eating well and trying the local cuisine, it’s often healthier and tastier than fast food options at the beach and you can try and cook your own version when you’re back in the UK.

Making memories to last a lifetime

Family holidays are often the basis for some of our happiest memories.

Research from the Family Holiday Association showed that the emotional and psychological benefits of your holiday will last long after the holiday has ended.

The memories that you have from your holiday can help you overcome tough times later in life. The laughter, feeling of relaxation and new experiences is what we remember when we look back on our holidays.

The best memories often come from the simplest of pleasures:

  • Eating an ice-cream at the beach
  • Jumping waves
  • Burying dad in the sand
  • Building a sandcastle

And according to research by the BBC good memories will stay with you for far longer than bad ones.

Get out there and start making some fantastic memories for you and your children!

The health benefits that you get from family holidays are overwhelming.

Whether you plan on holidaying in the UK or further afield enjoy the benefits and come home a healthier happier person.

Click HERE to find out how you can holiday more often

 

5 Places you must visit on the Isle of Wight

5 Places you must visit on the Isle Of Wight

Here at Parklink we are all about travel, holidays and stunning destinations and where better than the stunning Isle of Wight? Are you looking for things to do on the Isle of Wight? If so then read on! This is a stunning little Island and if you haven’t visited yet, you must!

A little Trivia about the Isle of Wight to get started!

The Isle of Wight Is a beautiful little island 2.4 miles off the southern coast of England. It is the smallest county in the UK measuring 23 miles by 13 miles with 57 miles of stunning coastline, however it’s not so small that it cannot accommodate 7 full sized golf courses!

There are 130’000 residents on the island which makes it the UK’s largest political

Constituency. Here are some of the many reasons to have a holiday home on this beautiful island! Now read on to discover some great things to do on the Isle of Wight…

Visit Compton Bay

Located in West Wight, Compton Bay is one of the Isle of Wight’s best kept secrets. This is a prime location, perfect for surfing and water sports with thousands flocking here every year for this reason. Compton Bay is the perfect spot for a family day where you can spend time on the sandy beach and enjoy a cable car ride whilst taking in the stunning surrounding views. The Island is one of the best places for dinosaur discovery in Europe and at low tide you can see a real dinosaur footprint at Compton Bay! Now you can understand why the Isle of Wight draws so many fossil hunters each year.

Go see the Needles

The Needles is a famous natural landmark consisting of a row of three distinctive stacks of chalk that rise about 30m out of the sea off the western extremity of the Isle of Wight. Here you will find Alum Bay Glass where you can enjoy a fun and educational experience. Visitors can watch the art of glass blowing and see talented craftsmen make a variety of crafted glassware.

At the Isle of Wight Sweet manufactory, watch skilled sweet makers create unique sweets that you won’t find anywhere else! Definitely worth a visit!

Head to Osborne House

You can’t talk history of the island without mentioning Queen Victoria, who loved the Isle of Wight so much she persuaded her husband, Prince Albert, to build a seaside holiday home with some of the most beautiful gardens and views on the island. It later became her permanent home and is worth a visit at any time of year with on-site facilities including various restaurants, gift shops and children’s play area.

Find out more at Fort Victoria

To learn about the Islands military culture, definitely visit the island defences, previously protecting the little Island from invaders and being a first port of call for the mainland when intruders tried crossing the channel. The Fort Victoria Country Park isn’t all guns and battlements though, offering a variety of attractions including a model railway for you to experience.

Learn some history at Brading Roman Villa

The island has been around a little longer than Victorian times, you can discover some ancient history at one of the largest Roman archaeological sites in the UK. It’s a fascinating experience to view first-hand original, and beautifully preserved, mosaic floors from many thousands of years ago. There are plenty of fascinating artefacts to view before you get to spend in the shop and drink tea and coffee in the café!

Are you thinking of visiting this beautiful Island?

Parklink is proud to partner with several leading holiday parks on the Isle of Wight which offer fantastic accommodation for you to stay in whilst here or perhaps you would like to buy your very own static caravan or lodge on this stunning Island? Head over to www.parklink.uk to request further information today!

 

 

Buying a static caravan or lodge – Parklink buyers guide

Welcome to the Parklink buyers guide

This brand NEW guide will take you step by step through the purchase process when buying a static caravan or lodge in the UK.

As you are aware, buying a static caravan or lodge is a big purchase decision not to be taken lightly. Buying a static caravan or lodge can have great benefits where the end goal will be to enhance you and your families lifestyle for many years to come. We have thoughtfully created this guide to offer you guidance in your journey into holiday home ownership so we hope you find it a great help.

This guide covers 5 key areas of buying a static caravan or lodge holiday home which includes:

  • Affordability

Ensuring you understand costs involved when purchasing a holiday home

  • Location

The location is arguably one of the most important factors when buying a static caravan or lodge

  • Choosing a holiday park

This guide will offer advice on which holiday park you should choose for your static caravan holiday home to be on

  • Choosing a static caravan or lodge

Which static caravan or lodge should you buy? This guide will offer you guidance when making this choice.

  • Plot

This is usually the final piece of the puzzle. Choosing the ideal plot for your static caravan or lodge is important to ensure you have the right space and outlook.

View, download and share Parklinks guide today!

You are welcome to view, download or share this guide on buying a static caravan or lodge. Over time we will be constantly updating and improving this guide so feel free to contact us HERE if you have any suggestion or feedback on our first buyers guide.

If you a thinking of buying a static caravan or lodge, this is a MUST read!

Click HERE for a link direct to this buyers guide so you can download for yourself 🙂