Holiday Property Bond - anyone have any feedback?(35 Posts)
We are considering investing in this but just a bit wary as their website and brochure are very opaque and we are not entirely convinced by it. Essentially it looks to be set up for older couples, but I wanted to see if anyone with a young family has invested and what your experience has been.
I'm guessing that you wouldn't get very much for a family of 5 during school holidays compared to what you could afford as a retired couple who could book holidays outside peak times. Hopefully I'm wrong!
Does anyone have a copy of a points chart they would be willing to share? It's not on their website, nor in the brochure you send off for (which looks just like a hard copy of the website with lovely photos but zero financial info - I just find it a bit odd when they're trying to encourage you to invest thousands of pounds not to be more transparent)
Thanks in advance
If you want only fools and horses with a fry up don't bother investing. Fantastic facilities and accomadation. 3 generations going to Majorca this week. You pay for what you get. If you can't afford it that's life. Magaluff is closer to the airport
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Like a travelling golf club. Lots of 'what you driving now?'convos . But y'know it's always clean, accommodation a good quality, v helpful when you are there . Lots of kids in summer , greyhaired couples rest of the year.
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My parents and PIL are bond holders, the bonds will be passed on to us eventually and we are named on the bonds so could use their points. My parents use most of their points to take one of my siblings' families away for a week in school holidays, then they travel short notice /points free the rest of the time, using their bond at least 4-5 times a year. PIL use it for ski lodges and we don't get a look in (fair enough) We've stayed in several properties and they have been fantastic, plenty of facilities for families/kids. I would think most bond holders are older/retired, with flexibility to use the points free holidays, and the younger families there are adult children and grandchildren. Both sets of parents are very happy with it.
This is an interesting thread. We dithered about HPB for years - it had been on our radar for ages, but like some folk on here we were apprehensive about the upfront investment. OH and I have always considered ourselves 'free spirits' and enjoyed independent holidays.
But we took the plunge at the end of last year and put a modest sum in HPB, with a view to finding out if it would meet our expectations. The children have left home now, so we have some additional flexibility to travel.
Surprisingly, in six months we've managed to stay at 8 different properties on short breaks - 7 in the UK and one in Spain - all at short notice, without using any points. We've booked a trip to La Gomera in the autumn using points. The website is good and you can check availability at any time, see what is available points-free and book online. Alternatively, you can speak to somebody on the phone at the reservation centre in Newmarket.
Hugely impressed so far and wonder why we waited so long - the kids would have loved it when they were younger. The standard of accommodation is high, likewise the facilities and the staff. Housekeeping has been excellent, and you can say whether you like duvets or sheets and blankets on the beds. Whilst we feel we now know exactly what to expect in terms of quality; the locations we've been to have been fascinating - a mixture of historic and newer places. The sites all have facilities for children, and the bigger ones appear to be especially well equipped from what we've seen to date.
On the whole it appears senior management within HPB plough a lot of money back into upgrading and refurbishing the accommodation, without visibly skimping on anything. The financial side of things is a tad complex, but with a 30 years+ track record and still growing, they must be doing something right. And because 'Bondholders' have a financial stake, they tend to treat the properties with a lot of respect.
How much you choose to spend on a holiday is a bit like 'how long is a piece of string'. HPB is not particularly cheap, but in my opinion it is good value for money.
No regrets and looking forward to taking the family with us soon.
Been a bondholder for several years- joined up when eldest was small because we were fed up with rentals that cost a lot and were not safe for babies/toddlers. Had loads of great holidays-not every bondholder is retired! Been great for the kids as they grew up - in school hols there are loads of others for them to play with. You do need to be organised to book for school hols. We had no hard sell when they called on us at home by appointment. I would suggest that if you want to know something just ask them!
PIL are bondholders and we have travelled with them a few times, although only to places in England and Wales. Some are better than others, although all tend to be in older properties in scenic locations.
The communal facilities are reasonably good. My only word of warning would be with the actual properties themselves. Mostly, in the ones that we visited anyway, they look like they were last decorated in the 1990s and feel very, very tired. We have also had situations were the curtains were so thin on the windows that we were regularly awoken at 5am. I would suggest booking some tours to see some of the properties in the UK at least.
We no longer will go to them, but I know my PIL recently booked with BIL's family to visit the one in Majorca and they had to call at exactly 9am TWO YEARS before the date that they wanted to visit on (in the school holidays)........
We've been Members of 7 years investing about £40k attracted by the sophisticated in perpetuity financial structure, the breadth and standard of the properties and not having to buy and maintain a flipping holiday home
I've read several blogs on this site and can confirm
(i) that it's totally legit to quote my kids. Properties are all good and/or magnificent; some are in sensational venues like Turunc in Turkey - Sky Trossachs and Hilguy in Brittany but it is not Club 18-30 or even Club Med so no discos and you will have to transport teens to party venues. However you are saving so much money that you can afford it.
(ii) some of the properties are older so smaller kitchens no dishwashers etc some are newer and more luxurious.
(iii) the former are cheaper in terms of points need to book a week, and the latter more points hungry. Makes sense.
(iv) in the larger properties during the school hols of course there are plenty of kids around.
(v) my subjective comment is that there is a (perfectly harmless but) pretentious & bourgouis element to the whole thing - you are addressed & referred to repeatedly & ubiquitously as "Bond Holders" and there's undoubtedly a retirees bent to the whole thing. Very respectable but not sexy. If you invest enough money you can take friends and make your own party !
Hope that helps
We met some bond holders whilst we were in Spain last month - they raved about it and wondered if we were bond holders too. They were retired and said the standard of the accommodation was great and they have been to lots of the sites. I thought the biggest downside was the relatively limited number of countries they have on offer.
It's noticeable that nearly all those writing in favour are using someone else's points. In other words they haven't had to fork out for the original investment of several thousand pounds, and they don't pay the annual charge of about £120, they aren't losing the use of (interest on) the quite substantial sum tied up in this scheme, and they aren't losing a proportion of the capital value (because if you do try to cash it in you don't get back the full amount unless you've held it for several years). As far as I can see from the few examples the company gives on their website, the weekly service charge is only a little less than you'd pay for a holiday you arranged yourself. I'd avoid it.
My ILs are bondholders and we've used their points a few times. We've even managed to take holidays in school holidays.
All the sites are incredibly well run with great facilities for both adults and children. We've generally organised our own travel though i know the ILs used HPB agency when they went to La Gomera.
It seems more useful for older people who are able to travel outside of school holidays and get the benefits of 'points free' bookings.
DH and i considered investing but decided we like the freedom of choice when it comes to booking holidays. We like to try new places and often travel long haul.
I was wondering, I have 4 teens and booked hols are a problem with the rooms as I have one son, do you think it would be of benefit, I haven't got money to throw around. What worries me is the flights, what are the prices like through HPB agency? What happens if you book a holiday and then can't get flights? Do you need a hire car if staying in a villa? I was thinking of booking a home visit but do they try and leave with you money in their pocket? If I invest I would like to go abroad this summer with me and the teens, can they bring a friend? This is a lot of questions but I wanted some answers before booking the home visit.
I agree with grandma3plus1. We are just considering buying a bond and have gathered all the information and had a representative call with us. There is little point in talking about something if you don't have the CORRECT facts which unfortunately is the case with some of the contributors.
Ginontwowheels doesn't seem to realise that part of the package is the ability to book holidays "points free" where you pay the service charge only. Also concessionary long stay holidays where you use points for the first week only, pay the full service charge for the first week only and then pay 70% of the service charge for the remaining 3, 4, or more weeks that you stay.
There is little in this world that suits everyone and HPB I believe will suit some people particularly if you are retired with children, grand-children and have the health to travel and enjoy holidays though to my mind this is not a pre-requisite.
I've had HPB points for over 20 years and am very happy with them. Most of the negative points in this thread seem to come from people who are not bond holders and are passing on hearsay. I've never met anyone on an HPB site who was dissatisfied. There is no annual charge and the user charge, incurred only when actually renting a property, is to cover running costs, for gardens, pools, staff etc. My family will be renting a 4 bed villa on La Gomera next January and it works out at about £120 per person per week for the accommodation. We just had a week on Tenerife paying over £3000 for a villa which had endless problems and was really not as advertised. My point of comparison is to look at renting villas of a similar type and size in the same area and invariably they will cost anything up to 2 or 3 times the HPB user charge, without the security of knowing that you will be getting a high standard of property with no worries about maintenance and with many extra facilities to suit all ages. Any problems are solved pretty much instantly and you can always be sure of a high standard of equipment and cleanliness. Children are fully catered for and considered when properties are built/converted.
The best thing to do, as advised above, is to go to an open day or get one of their people to come and see you. You can always look round one of the UK properties to get an idea of the standards on the sites. I don't remember them being high pressure sales people and I have never found them to be anything but helpful. I believe the RAF Benevolent Fund use HPB because they always have good facilities for the disabled on every site.
We are going to the HPB site at Constant in the Dordogne later this year.
My parents have been bondholders for years and our family have used the points / and points free to visit Madeira, Brittany, La Gomera, Tuscany, Portugal, Spain and all over the UK.The sites are very different but usually very attractive.
So, my son loves site like Madeira with lots of sports and pools whereas I loved one in Yorkshire with few facilities but a lovely location.
The villas/apartments are usually in traditional style buildings and very well equipped. Generally all the clubhouse facilities are free (like tennis courts, snooker, DVD libraries) and the customer service is excellent.
We could not afford to become bondholders but Im looking forward to our future holidays with Mum and Dad
My parents have been in HPB for 20 years now and it is great. We have had many happy holidays and have just booked our first holiday as a family of 3 ( me, H, DS who ei be just 2), at Biniorella in Majorca. We have booked a cot and high chair no problem. The user charge for this is £350 ish and 8000 points.
weve had our HPB point for about 25 years - in fact it was the current Chairman who sold them to my Mother. It is in effect an insurance policy registered i believe in the Isle Of Man so has to be passed on after your death, hence I inherited mine. Im just about to book our 5th trip to Turkey - ten mins walk from the beach, big villa and private pool. There is no yearly service charge and if you book late you dont always need to use your points (which stack up quickly) just pay your service charge. Weve never had any problems with any of the holidays and I always let them book my travel as the few times ive looked for cheaper options I couldnt find one.
£2k a year Service charge?????????????????????
You don't pay a service charge with HPB!! You pay a user charge for the week(s) you actually use the accommodation, eg £287 (studio) To approx £513(sleeps 6 -8)Uk per week. You have to get the facts from HPB direct or go and visit a site in PERSON. We have always found the accommodation to be first class
My friends have one. They pay £2k per year in service charges even though they shelled out £12k initially.
So you pay an initial huge fee, plus £££s per year, and this allows you what? A 2 week holiday in a specific property? And it appears that there is no return on the investment? If you want to sell, you will get less back, not more?
This makes it seem really poor value to me - you could just use your £2k to rent a villa/apartment/hotel room at a location and time of your choosing every year, surely.
what is the advantage, apart from not having to choose and book somewhere - but you would still need to get flights and they might not be the best prices if you are tied to a particular period.
I just don't get the attraction, or am I missing something?
My friends have one. They pay £2k per year in service charges even though they shelled out £12k initially.
They are quite limited in where they go on holiday. The accommodation is really lovely (4-5 star) but I've been to two of them and they are never very well located, ie the beach isn't very good or they aren't near the beach.
Can anyone shed any light on how this works as an investment? My parents have been bondholders for many years. It worked well for them but now they want out as they feel they are more suited to other types of holidays (e.g. non sc or holidays exclusively for older people). They say they invested around ~£11k in the bond, but the cash in value is now only ~£5k. Does this sound right to those of you who are bondholders? Because the cash in value is so low, they want to transfer the bond to my siblings and I. To answer the OPs question, my experience of HPB has been pretty good. I'm a named person on the bond so have used it a handful of times. The properties are of a high standard and customer service is good. User charges are low when you consider the good quality of the properties and range of facilities. The only issue for me is I am not organised enough to book far in advance and you really need to do this if you are restricted by school holidays.
My ILs are bondholders. We've been on various holidays with them. They are good and generally reliably furnished/facilities to a good standard etc. I think sometimes they are expensive for what they are though.
We've definitely stayed in some with babies and there were cots/highchairs available I think arranged in advance.
They can be full of retirees but they often bring their families with them so there are kids.
I was disappointed that the one in Portugal didn't have aircon and not many have dishwashers which as I hate washing up even more on holiday is a bit of a shame.
Can anyone tell me whether they properties have things like cots and highchairs?
We are bondholders, as are my parents. The standard of properties is unreal, as are all the extra bits they provide like games, sports equipment and activities. Have you visited any properties? They usually do tours and you can see for yourself the standard of the accommodation. If you don't enjoy your first holiday you can get all your money back!
My mil is a bond holder - almost from the start of the scheme. I think its brilliant! Very reputable company. Very easy to deal with, great costumer service. My MIL (and late FIL used it lots, we've used it lots both pre and post kids. It's perfect for kids as the accomodation is always of a consistently good standard and in a good location. Now my DC are primary age its especially great as the past few times we've gone they've made friends and spent the whole time having a whale of a time. The most relaxing holiday as they're happy....I've read whole books!!!!
Lovely places in the uk, lovely places abroad. You also have access to tenancy properties which are points free. And can do last minute points free hols if its within something like 60 days of the hol.
Think every year you get more points so the longer you're in the more points you get given each year. So even if the initial investment may knock down a bit with starting fees over time you should recoup your money.
Biniorella is probably the most popular with families (Majorca) and for that you do have to book well in advance in general for larger properties. But you can still get properties height of summer for 2 bed apartments last month for bini. There is always something on offer though for the summer hols (constant in France, Portugal, etc).
It's really not just full of older aged people at all. Even when we used to go out of season pre-kids we never felt that.
You do pay a user fee - so say £350 for the week for bini in August on top if your points. I'm not sure it's cheaper than other holidays - although can be if you're out if season - bug its so dependable and good standard. I always know we're going to have a lovely headache free holiday.
I should really be a rep for HPB I think its really great!
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