Buying a holiday home is a massive decision as there are so many factors to consider, such as price, park size, amenities, activities, local areas of interest, location etc. As you’re planning to buy a holiday home rather than renting, you’re making a commitment to spend your leisure time at your chosen park, so it needs to be as close to what you regard as holiday perfection as possible. Here we consider the main factors relating to deciding on the best location for your ideal holiday park. Will you opt for an inland countryside retreat or a coastal alternative?
In general terms, a seaside location for your holiday home is best if you’re attracted by the idea of enjoying the fresh sea air, spending time on the beach and/or in the sea, mooching around gift and craft shops, spending time in amusement arcades and constantly being tempted to have ice cream! If children (either your own or grandchildren) are going to be regular visitors to your holiday home, a coastal park might provide more options to keep them entertained for the duration of the holiday, whether it’s building sandcastles, exploring real castles or rough and tumbling around an on-site play area. An excellent example of a seaside holiday park with plenty going on is Park Lane.
It’s also worth bearing in mind that coastal parks are more exposed to the elements, so a greater likelihood of wind and salt in the air are factors for consideration from a maintenance perspective.
A countryside holiday park is more likely to be about tranquillity and rejuvenation – experiencing the sights and sounds of nature, sitting outside your home admiring the rolling hills and flourishing trees, watching the sunset with a glass of wine, or taking the dog for countryside walks on hills, in woods or alongside streams. This doesn’t mean that countryside parks are no-go areas for children, there are still going to be plenty of things to do and places to go. Indeed, children who are better attuned to the environment might find a countryside park more rewarding and educational. For a quieter, more relaxing holiday park, something like Castledene Holiday Park near Durham would be ideal.
Another factor to consider is what amenities and activities you want to have on-site at your chosen park. Bear in mind that there’s also likely to be a greater amount of noise being generated by your fellow residents, whether it’s the barking of excited dogs, the shouting of excitable children or even the sound of music wafting on the breeze from clubs and bars. Seaside parks are more likely to have a greater quantity and range of amenities and activities, although some countryside parks will offer their fair share of these. As a rule of thumb though, a rural park will offer a quieter and more peaceful environment.
Best of both worlds
Perhaps you’re looking for the best of both worlds when it comes to your holiday home location? If so, have a look at our Riverside Holiday Park, between Morecambe and Lancaster, which sits on the banks of the River Lune and yet is also close to the sea.
When buying a holiday home, make sure to choose the location carefully. Get it right and you’ll be able to spend many happy years having ideal holidays and creating memories.
Don’t forget, our staff are always available to give advice, information, answer any questions and arrange tours. Please feel free to contact us.