Which holiday home should you buy?
The UK is a great place to own your own holiday home with many options available to the public in the form of sited static caravans, lodges, log cabins, apartment’s and even cottages. When researching a static caravan for sale or looking at lodge ownership, you really need all the information you can get, which is why Parklink is here to help! Parklink is an independent holiday home sales portal offering people the best and widest choice when deciding where and when to purchase a holiday home in the UK.
With most people opting to buy an onsite static caravan or a sited lodge, we wondered which one is best? Both have obvious benefits however we thought we’d delve a little deeper to really understand the pros and cons of buying a static caravan or lodge holiday home. To help us determine a clear winner, we’ll have 7 head to head battles between these two amazing holiday home choices.
First up let’s look at the costs of running and buying a static caravan compared with a lodges.
Overall purchase and running costs associated with running a static caravan or lodge can depend on the location and quality of the park the holiday home is on.
Static caravan – You can buy a fully sited pre owned static caravan from £10,000 on a low-end holiday park in the UK with most average holiday parks offering a new static caravan for sale from £30,000 upwards. A luxury static caravan can sell for up to £150,000 on a really top-quality holiday park in the UK. The site fees to run a static caravan can range from £2000 per annum up to £10,000 on a premium park.
Lodges – Lodges attract a much higher ticket price when compared with static caravans. This is because they occupy a larger plot area and offer a higher luxury option for British holiday makers. A pre-owned lodge may change hands for anything between £50,000 – £100,000 with parks offering brand new lodges from £125,000 upwards. Lodges represent the highest quality holiday home available with 5* lodge developments in prime locations demanding up to £500,000 for a lodge. Site fees are also more and can range from £4000 up to £10,000 + in areas such as Hampshire.
Winner – Static caravan
The static caravan is the clear winner on overall costs because of the vast choice of static caravan for sale in the UK and parks offering this option. The static caravan business if ultra-competitive. We consider static caravan ownership to be affordable and most families can chip in together and purchase a static caravan which they can all use. What’s more static caravan site fees are more affordable in the long term? With brand new lodges starting at £100,000 they can be out of reach for the majority of customers looking for a holiday home of their own.
The modern static caravan offers all the comfort you could possibly need. Yes, its true the budget models do not have as much spring in the cushions however the standard has really come on over the years. The sheer volume of customers looking for static caravans for sale has pushed up the standards over the years. If you’re looking for static caravans for sale on site, you can expect to find models with double glazing, central heating along with sprung seating, high quality fixtures and fittings and appliances to match a home standard. The size is a challenge for people as many static caravans are built up to 40ft long and 12ft wide but once you get around the ‘compact’ nature of this holiday home you’ll find the comfort is at a very high level.
Lodges offer a similar level of comfort to static caravans with the added extra of space. With holiday lodges coming in sizes up to 42ft long and 20ft wide they can offer double the size of most static caravans. The comfort level is also enhanced as all lodges are built to BS3632 residential spec which makes them quieter, warmer and stronger. A holiday lodges just feels more robust which adds to the comfort feel.
Winner – Lodge
Both a static caravan and a lodge offer an amazing level of comfort and are both ideal for a holiday home. The lodge is the winner because the space allows for enhanced comfort. Sofa’s, beds and living areas can be made bigger which adds to the comfort levels you can feel in a lodge.
Holiday lodges have become more popular in recent years as more people enter into this wonderful lifestyle in the UK and expect a high standard. The UK has many lodge developments with new ones popping up all the time. One issue faced by lodge buyers is the factory lead time. With high demand factories can have up to a one year waiting list on lodge orders. Parks tend to preempt this and book slots as well as order in lodges for people to buy.
Static caravans tend to be made in volume where factories churn our hundreds of the same model to be distributed throughout the UK. If you’re looking for a statics for sale you’ll have a great choice available to you. Whats’s more, there’s plenty of holiday parks have a great choice of on site static caravans for sale. This ranges from buying a static caravan direct from the manufacturer or perhaps a trader of static caravan dealer.
Winner – Static caravan
The sheer volume and range of static caravans produced means there is usually pretty good availability. Due to the high demand and build quality of Lodges, buyers can sometimes wait up to one year to receive their holiday lodge from the factory. This makes the static caravan a winner on availability.
People looking for static caravans for sale have a vast choice of makes and models to buy in the UK. Manufacturers include Willerby, ABI, Victory, Carnaby, Delta, Swift & Pemberton to name a few! With each manufacturer churning out up to 10 models to suit different tastes. So, if you’re buying a static caravan, you’re sure to find something you like.
Lodges manufacturers include Prestige & Homeseeker, Pathfinder, Cambrian, Lissett plus many more. Lodge manufacturers design and build an amazing choice of lodges which they exhibit and sell to holiday parks in the UK. The great benefit of buying a lodge is you can have the option to bespoke the lodge to suit your individual tastes and requirements. So, if you want a bigger kitchen, more wardrobe space or wider bedrooms you can make it happen if you opt to buy a lodge for your holiday home.
Both static caravans and lodges use the latest on trend fabrics and designs so you’ll be amazed at the design and quality.
Winner – Lodge
The fact you can design your lodge to suit your individual tastes is something static caravans do not offer. This really is a massive advantage which is why there is a clear winner here.
When people start searching static caravan for sale sited they can be taken back by the amount of space they offer! Most people remember narrow galley kitchens, tight bedroom space and nowhere to sit! This couldn’t be further from today reality in sited static caravans which offer more than ample space to relax, dine and enjoy a comfortable holiday in. The standard size for a static caravan is 35ft x 12ft which is 420 square feet of floor space. The 12 ft wide caravan has become the new standard for people as opposed to the narrower 10ft model. Static caravans can also be built up to 42ft x 14ft and positioned on site, which is huge! Offering a whopping 616 square feet of floor space to use.
Winner – Lodge
There can only be one winner in this category due to the sheer space you get in a holiday lodge. This is the reason many people decide to buy a lodge as opposed to a static caravan. Lodges can be made to the size you require provided you have a plot to put it on! Most great sized lodges come in 42ft x 20ft offering a huge 840 square feet of floor space and with ceiling heights that much higher than static caravans this is a great benefit to lodge ownership.
When you start searching for a static caravan for sale, you’ll soon start to see the high quality on offer. The build quality has really improved over the years with static caravans offering a robust, clean and quality finish all round. Most manufacturers offer static caravans at a low, middle and high-end model and the value usually indicates the quality of build and finish. Lodges can be similar in terms of quality but with that little bit extra. Lodges are built slower with extra care and attention to justify the higher price tag. There are basic lodges on the market as well as high end lodges which retail for up to £500,000 and again the price tag should give some indication to the quality. Click here to read a little about lodge specifications.
Winner – Lodge
The lodge just pips this category due to the extra time, care and attention which goes into producing a luxury lodge. What’s more lodges are manufactured using traditional home building methods making them more robust and adding to the feeling of quality. The ‘hand-made’ nature which goes into lodge manufacturing make this holiday home a clear winner.
Choice of location
When searching for lodges or static caravans for sale the most logical step is to put the location first. The location is were you’re going to be for many years so it’s of the utmost importance you get this right. You’ll find lodges and static caravan for sale in most locations of the UK. So, whether your looking for a static caravan for sale in Scotland or a holiday lodge in Cornwall we’ll be able to help you find your ideal holiday park location.
Winner – Static caravan
Whether you’re looking for a static caravan for sale or perhaps a high-end holiday lodge were confident you can find both in stunning locations of the UK. There are far many static caravan parks in the UK compared to lodge parks which
Find a static caravan for sale
Parklink can help you find a static caravan for sale here in the UK! We work with a whole host of holiday parks which would be happy to forward you on relevant information. Click here to use our holiday home finder where you tell us your requirements.
WE HAVE AN OVERALL WINNER!!
The lodge is the winner by 4 categories to 3. The static caravan came top in choice of location, Overall costs and availability. With Lodges coming ahead in design options, space, quality and comfort. With both the static caravan offering an amazing holiday home option this has been a close call but we have to have a winner. Lodges are just so impressive in all categories however we understand not everyone can stretch to the higher price tag lodges demand. Static caravans are a wonderful option and readily available in many locations of the UK. So, whether you’re searching static caravan for sale or hunting for a lodge were here to help at Parklink.
The stunning lodge shown in our blog feature image is a Prestige Hampton – Click here to read more about Prestige lodges.
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