Guide to owning a holiday home
If you are thinking about becoming a holiday home owner, there is a lot to consider before taking that step in to a new lifestyle.
Understandably, there may be a question you’d like answering or you may be unsure about what something means.
As a family-owned business, we have over 40 years of experience in the holiday home industry and our friendly team are ready to help and answer any queries you may have. We pride ourselves on a laid back sales approach, and when you visit our parks, the time is led by you.
To help guide you through the key questions when deciding if a holiday home is right for you and your family, the 4-steps to ownership are a very helpful tool. We recommend visiting the park you are most interested in to get a feel for whether this is the right park for your family, and help answer the questions below.
If there is anything at all you aren’t sure about, please give us a call and we will be happy to assist you.
We’re always happy to welcome you to our parks, and you can arrange a visit with our team by calling James (Coastal parks) on 01262 676442 or 07984 204501 or Stuart (Country Parks) on 01347 810829 or 07943 593376.
Four Steps to Holiday Home Ownership
Step 1 - Decide if the holiday park is the right park for you and your family.
Is the journey ok?
Does the park have the right facilities for everybody in your family?
What does the local area have to offer?
How long is the park open each year?
Is the park accessible by all the family?
Can all the family and friends use the holiday home?
Step 2- How affordable are the running costs?
What are all the costs involved?
Can we sub-let to cover these costs?
When do we receive the bills?
Can we pay in instalments?
Do we only pay for what we use?
Step 3 - Find a holiday home within your budget that suits your needs.
What do holiday homes cost?
Do we have to buy a new holiday home?
What holiday homes are available?
Are there finance packages available?
What does the price include?
Step 4 - Find a location to suit you and the holiday home you have chosen.
How do we know what plots are available?
What are the different areas on the park?
Do the site fees vary on different areas of the park?
How long will it take to site and make our holiday home ready to use?
Some additional help...
A question that comes up often with those interested in a holiday home is about the site fees to pay per year on the parks. As each park has different site fees, and even varying prices within the same park, it’s best to discuss this with our sales team.
What is included in the price?
To make things nice and simple, we show you a total price to buy the holiday home. Included within that price are the current season's site fees, two gas bottles and a regulator – if required, steps to your holiday home with a handrail, siting and transport, your connections and gas safety test, and VAT. On some parks the price may also include a barrier fob, WiFi installation and a year of data and a TV aerial, please speak to an advisor about this.
What other costs are there to think about?
Depending on the extras included in the holiday home you are buying you may need to consider things such as an aerial for your holiday home, appliances, a drain down at the end of season, and caravan insurance. You may also want to consider adding decking to expand the living area too. All of these you can discuss with our sales advisors and they will point you in the right direction.
Jargon BusterThere are lots of terms used in the holiday home industry which might not make sense to someone looking for their first holiday home. We've come up with a simple jargon buster to explain some of the terms.
These are fees which you pay for the upkeep of the park, which include maintenance, grounds keeping, street lighting, bin collections and more. They are paid once a year, before the season starts. Your first season’s site fees are included in the price we state.
This is the connecting of the holiday home to the gas, electric and water supplies from the park to your holiday home.
This is the placement of your holiday home on your chosen pitch, plus the necessary work to ensure it is level and stable ready for you to move in.
Is a luxury holiday home development as part of Fir Tree Park. It is opposite the main park and is exclusive to owners.
Green Acres & Lake View
This is our development from the original, existing park at Goosewood. It shares all the same access from the main park, use of all the facilities and is a luxury extension of the existing park.
Gold Park Holiday Home Insurance
At Flower of May Holiday Parks, caravan holiday home owners are required to have insurance and will be asked for evidence of insurance annually.
Insurance will cover your caravan and its contents and also your liability, as the owner, for injury to third parties or damage to third party property caused by your negligence, for example, failure to properly look after your home. This could include people using your home with your permission.
GoldPark are specialists in Caravan and Lodge Holiday Home Insurance and work in partnership with Flower of May to provide you with an easier and improved insurance experience.
With a friendly and experienced team, based in the UK, GoldPark can give you a quote in minutes by asking a few simple questions. Cover can be arranged immediately.
GoldPark also provides a 24/7 claims helpline and you can choose to pay monthly at no extra cost.
For more information please telephone GoldPark on 0330 1312210