Five reasons why people buy caravans and not bricks and mortar
Owning a holiday home is a lifestyle option that provides a real antidote to everyday stress. Research of caravan owners at Haven has highlighted that there are five main reasons why they chose to purchase a holiday home rather than a brick built house.
Cliff Marsh, an owner at Devon Cliffs holiday park in Exmouth says: "The best part about being an owner for me is picking the girls up from school on Friday at half three and being on the deck with a chilled glass of wine by half four. It's the best way to start the weekend."
Caravan ownership is an option at 35 Haven owned holiday parks. They're lucky in having parks in some of Britain's favourite coastal spots with some enviable views including the sea, lakes, mountains and golf courses.
An affordable option
A caravan on a Haven park with a fantastic sea view is a lot less than a brick-built house with an equivalent view in the same location, allowing more families to enjoy having a bolt-hole by the coast. Caravans aren't purchased as a financial investment, but more as an investment in family time together; a little family retreat by the seaside which otherwise they would not be able to afford.
A wide range of choice
Entry-level holiday homes offer comfortable accommodation, but there are also fabulous lodges with free standing furniture, range cookers, full-sized fridges and all in a development with their own private gated entrances and views over the golf courses. Haven work with leading caravan manufacturers such as ABI, Willerby and Swift to develop innovative accommodation suitable for a range of budgets and wish lists, which are available exclusively on Haven parks. From the ultra-efficient eco-friendly Salsa Eco with double glazing, warm air heating and floor and ceiling insulation, to the modern Swift Bordeaux with its wireless iPod speakers and docking, contemporary furniture and king-sized bed in the main bedroom for that extra bit of luxury.
A sense of community and belonging
It's not just about the home itself. Many Haven owners have commented that at home they rarely speak to their neighbours or know their names, but on a park they are immediately welcomed into a ready-made community where they can quickly get to know like-minded, caravan-owning neighbours at events and parties just for owners. Kids can play and meet others of the same age whilst, unlike urban environments, parents have the peace of mind that their little ones are safe.
Haven's caravan owners are treated like VIPs
Part of being an owner at a Haven park is all the little extras. Owners have their own exclusive facilities and, depending on which park they're at, these can include private pools, gyms, spas, lounges and bars. They can also make use of all of the sporting and shopping facilities with 15% off using their special owners-only discount card. Then there are the owners-only events organised by the park team which provide regular opportunities for owners to mingle and get to know each other including parties, seasonal balls, wine clubs and experience days.
The Haven experience
In the last couple of years, Haven have discovered that 40% of their new caravan owners found the park they bought a caravan at first whilst they were on a Haven holiday. Haven parks have a wide range of things to do for kids including swimming pools and water and sports activities. There is a dedicated entertainment team of FunStars to keep kids busy throughout the day at kids clubs and into the evening with their shows and games, and not forgetting the Seaside Squad. For adults on certain Haven parks there are golf courses, fishing lakes and even luxury spas, offering a variety of treatments from massages and facials to hot stones and even hairdressing.
Owning a caravan on a Haven park is a real home from home and provides a welcome retreat for thousands of families around the UK. Is there a better way to spend weekends and holidays than letting off steam by the coast in your very own little 'haven'? To find out more visit Havenholidayhomes.co.uk.
Last updated: about 3 years ago