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Choosing the right holiday home

Buying a static caravan pros and cons

Pro’s & Con’s

When looking to buy a static caravan, it is important that you weigh up the pro’s and con’s of buying a static caravan.  If bought for the right reasons you will be sure to find a great joy in owning a static caravan.  However there are many people where the purchase has not quite gone as well as they hoped.

Dream of owning your own home from home

Many holidaymakers dream of one day owning their very own home away from home. Buying a static caravan is one of the ways that this dream can be realised. Returning to a location that you love, to enjoy a holiday whenever you please is a great luxury. That said, buying a static caravan should always be considered carefully by those keen to take the plunge into ownership. Here we have put together a list of pros and cons to help you make your decision a much easier one.

Holiday at times to suit you 

For many people, one  massive draw when buying a static caravan is the opportunity to go on holiday whenever they choose.  Owning your own place gives you the flexibility to arrive and depart at a time that suits you. There will be no need to book or check in which can appeal to many people.

Less searching for accomodation

Booking accommodation online can be a gamble. Most of the time you will fall lucky and get everything you want. Other times you may get let down or something may not be as described.  Who enjoys spending hours browsing for the best rates in the most desirable locations only to feel let down when they are booked. Knowing where you are going and where you are staying can save you many hours of stress!

Be around like minded people

While the communities that we build at home are important, sometimes we need to look further afield and consider where else we can become a part of something, and a static caravan site is the ideal place to do this. You are able to choose sites based on your interests and circumstances; for example, if you have children, find a family-friendly site that your children will be able to make friends on. Building lasting relationships on a static caravan site is great for sociable people and is a much better option than visiting a different resort or site every year.

Your static caravan can earn you money

Have you ever considered letting out your static caravan to other holidaymakers while you aren’t there? This can be a great source of income, especially during the peak months, such as the summer holidays. Many holiday parks have fantastic letting schemes where they can take care of all aspects of the letting for you. This will work well as you can enjoy many holidays whilst making it help towards runnings costs.

Disadvantages

Whilst it is true that for most people owning their own static caravan is reported to be one of the best things they have ever done.  There can be a few drawbacks that you may want to consider before making your final choice.

Being on one place

Are you the kind of person that struggles to stay in the same place?  If so, you may struggle with the concept of visiting the same place time and time again. While it can be comforting to grow familiar with your surroundings, some may find this monotonous over time. Having said that, most parks are situated in stunning surroundings with national parks with plenty of trails and walks nearby.  This means there is plenty of opportunity to get out and about the area which will give variety to your experience.

Responsibility

Just as you need to invest in your home to maintain it, you will need to do the same with your static caravan. You will need to allow for repairs and ensure that your static caravan is well-kept. While it can give many a sense of pride and accomplishment. For others, maintaining their own home as well as a static caravan can be a challenge.  Parks usually provide services to help maintain your caravan including gas and electric servicing.  These services can be convenient and necessary however you will need to account for this outlay.

Memorable holidays in a place you love

While the initial investment in a static caravan can be high. It’s important to recognise the long-term enjoyment you will get from owning your own – Memorable family holidays, on your own terms, in a place that you love can mean a lot.

Ready to find out more

Are you interested in owning your own static caravan? We have some fantastic private sales on offer here.  Perhaps you would like to view parks first? Why not start by viewing our quiet and peaceful holiday parks here where you can request a free information pack.

Thank you for reading and whatever you decide.  Parklink wishes you all the best with your decision.

Static Caravan Versus Touring Caravan

Static caravan versus touring caravan

When it comes to choosing a holiday home, most people find themselves deciding on a caravan or some kind.

The question is.. which one?

The main consideration that most will have to make is: static caravan versus touring caravan. Both a static caravan and a touring caravan have their own unique benefits.  Both will allow a person to create their own kind of holiday escape. Hopefully Parklink can help you decide which one is right for you?

Freedom and diversity

If you desire freedom along with the ability to travel to a variety of different locations, a touring caravan of course presents many more benefits.  You can research different locations, holiday parks and campsites. This means you are able to travel to a different part of the country every time that you want to go on holiday with family and friends. Those with a passion for exploring will relish the opportunity to hit the open road and take in different sights, making it ideally suited to those with a more adventurous nature. It even means that you can take your caravan abroad to places like France, which is renowned for its exceptional campsites. In this sense, a touring caravan provides much more scope than a static caravan, making for more varied holidays for those that choose one.

That said, Static Caravan owners can join online groups which allow you to exchange holiday weeks with one another at no charge.  This can be a great way to really get good use from your ‘static’ caravan.  Always remember to check with your park operator to see if this is permitted on your park.

Which one is the best value

 There are a number of cost implications that you need to consider for both options. Fuel costs can be something most people overlook when choosing a touring caravan. It is also worth considering the vehicle that you will need to manoeuvre the caravan. There are specific vehicles that are more effective when it comes to towing a static caravan. So if you’re serious about owning one, you may find that you need to invest a new car as well as the touring caravan.

Static caravans may have the added benefit of subletting opportunities. This means that you can make your holiday home into a form of additional income. This income can be used to help off set outgoings associated with running your static caravan. Static caravan and touring caravan ownership can pretty much balance out once you take everything into account.  This obviously depends on the type of holiday parks you choose and the type of static or touring caravan you opt for.  Static caravan ownership can start from as little as £10,000 for a pre owned model and there will be ongoing running costs to consider. In terms of affordability, a static caravan does offer an affordable holiday home.

Which option is least stressful!

Picture the scene.. it’s Friday afternoon, you’ve had a stressful week at work and you’re looking forward to jumping in your car and heading to the caravan with the family.

If you own a static caravan, this is much simpler. There’s no need to load up and attach the touring caravan to your car. Furthermore, you won’t need to spend time searching and booking a site. With a static you can simply pop down to your home from home whenever the mood takes you. Most people tend to leave clothing and food etc at their static caravans so it it ready for your arrival.

A touring caravan may seem like a carefree option in theory, but often it actually requires more planning ahead, making spontaneous trips more challenging.

Now that you’ve considered static caravan versus touring caravan, which one do you think is more suited to you and the type of holidays you want to enjoy? Whichever you’d prefer, you’ll find plenty of great ones for sale here.

10 reasons to visit Stratford Upon Avon

10 reasons to visit Stratford Upon Avon.

We think it’s a good time to share a little bit of love for one of the worlds most famous towns, Stratford Upon Avon. It’s a town full of beauty and history and we have found 10 great reasons to come and visit!

1) Its the land of William Shakespeare – who happens to be the world’s most famous poet!

Thanks to this great English poet, Stratford is one of the most famous towns in the world. During the summer months tourists can be seen eagerly clutching guide books and taking photos of ye olde worlde buildings.

We recommend you make the pilgrimage to the most famous landmarks: the three theatres (The Royal Shakespeare Theatre, The Swan Theatre and The Other Place), Shakespeare’s Birthplace on Henley Street, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and Gardens, the home of Shakespeare’s mother Mary Arden, and Holy Trinity Church where he is buried.

2) You are spoilt for choice when it comes to restaurants in Stratford Upon Avon, you will of course see your usual chain restaurants such as Nando’s but also local independents like The Bear which sits near the River Avon and serves affordable tasty pub food. Another place that’s comes highly recommended is the famous theatre The RSC which has a beautiful rooftop restaurant serving British food, perfect for romantic dates.

3) Stunning scenery In the summer months there is nothing better than sitting by the river on the Bancroft watching the world go by with a picnic and good company. In the winter you can find a gem of a coffee shop called Box Brownie. The coffee is excellent.

Stratford Upon Avon is known for being very pretty so there are so many beautiful places for taking photos at the river and along the streets where you will find historical and Tudor buildings from Shakespeare’s time. If you fancy trekking a little outside of Stratford Upon Avon, there is a lovely place called Shottery, a small village in Stratford that has the most beautiful cottages which really come alive in the spring with wisteria and blossom.

4) Visit one of Shakespeare’s Houses and Gardens, even if you’re not particularly a massive fan of his work there is still something for everyone. Whether you want to see where he was born or see where he lived with his wife Anne Hathaway at her cottage. In the summer New Place – an Elizabethan garden, is particularly lovely and also the site of Shakespeare’s last home.

5) The locals are truly friendly. If you’re more inclined to blend in and avoid the tourist trap cafes and chain restaurants, go where the locals eat and drink where you’ll receive a friendly atmosphere and more authentic experience.

6) There is so much to discover. Stratford Upon Avon has lots of shops, cafes and countryside pubs and being so close to other lovely places such as the Cotswolds. You can always discover something new. Away from the hustle and bustle of cities like London, here you can soak up nature and relax in the traditional surroundings.

7) In the spirit of the Autumn season, the Michaelmas funfair (known locally as The Mop) is a two day event that takes place in October. Historically the local children got the day off from school as the traffic made it hard for school buses to drive through the town – The local mayor used to open the fair and was offered a free ride on anything that he or she wanted to go on. But this tradition was stopped as the smart teenagers of the town soon realised that if they followed the dignitary around then they too got a free ride (little fun fact).

8) So much history (aside from shakespearean history!) The oldest pub in Stratford is reportedly The Garrick Inn, which dates back to the 1400s. It has an impressive history (again the locals can fill you in) but rumour has it that many former drinkers return for a spiritual pint after dark – do you dare to share a tipple with someone from the other side…

9) A little worldly fun. Stratford has been given lamp posts by councils from across the world and these now line the town’s streets. They have different designs and plaques on them and could well be used to create a fun treasure hunt for a bored child (or adult even). Hours of free fun!

10) for when you’re Shakespeared out! Stratford is also home to the UK’s largest tropical butterfly farm. You can see colourful butterflies, creepy crawlies and even visit ‘Arachnoland’, which as massive fans of spiders we can’t wait to go to.

There really is something for everyone in Stratford Upon Avon. With the new season upon us and it is a season of beautiful colours and events in this historic town, we felt it only right to find some great reasons to see what holiday home beauties we can find for you here. This list could have gone on and on, but we will leave these reasons with you for now, and if you want more, contact us! We have all the information you could ever need. Enjoy your Autumn.

Interested in a holiday home in this stunning location? Why not take a look at Stratford Parks

 

Parklink – An Introduction To Our Vision

Looking for a holiday home should be a happy and exciting time, but it’s not always easy. There’s so much to choose from, and the information provided about each site and home varies so much that the whole process often becomes confusing and overwhelming – the opposite of what a holiday should be! Having spent years in the property market we thought we’d put our skills to work with holiday homes.

The Different Types of Holiday Homes

When you start looking for a holiday home you’ll soon realise there are a lot of different types to choose from. Each style and location has its own unique charm and different things to offer, which is why it’s so important to begin with a clear idea of what you’re looking for.