Buying your first holiday home?
It’s as easy as... 1, 2, 3
At Pearl Lake Country Holiday Park we believe that buying your holiday home should be a joyful, exciting experience. We don't want you to be overwhelmed by the process and so we have put together a brief guide to help keep your head clear and focussed on making the right decision for you.
1: Choose Your Park
Getting the park right is by far and away the most important piece of the puzzle when buying a holiday home. It is very easy to buy a holiday home. However, if you buy on a park that does not suit your needs then there is a good chance you will not visit as often as you had planned.
We believe that the park is THE compelling reason to buy, especially when you consider that the exact same holiday home is probably available on a number of other parks.
Make sure you get this step right. We believe our honest, no pressure approach to sales - as well as a commitment to helping you make the right buying choices - will help you to make the right decision.
Out & about
Site fees / running costs
How long does it take to travel to the park?
You could use your holiday more if it is only a couple of hours (or less) away.
What does the surrounding area have to offer?
Are there plenty of attractions and events, places of interest - things to see and do. Sometimes it has been know to rain (honestly!) what can you do on a rainy day? Sometimes the sun shines (honestly!) and a nice walk - maybe a picnic or a spot of shopping - can turn a good day into a great day.
Do site fees and running costs suit your budget?
There are no hidden costs. It is very important to allow for annual running costs as well as to factor in any additional costs required to get you on park and settled.
We will always try and quote you a 'moving in' price. This will include the price of the holiday home, pro-rata fees for site fees, rates and insurance. We can offer a group policy* for the insurance, but there is no obligation to take this if you want to get a quote or use your own insurer.
Once purchased, annual running costs are site fees, rates, insurance, gas and electric. Gas and electric are metered as used and billed twice a year.
*Discover Parks Ltd is an Appointed Representative of Bspoke Lifestyle Ltd and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, FRN number 413858. Compass Insurance is a trading name of Bspoke Lifestyle Ltd, registered in England and Wales under Company Number: 11429456 at Registered address: 7 Pullman Court, Great Western Road, Gloucester GL1 3ND. Bspoke Lifestyle Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, FRN Number: 820727.
What on-park facilities would you like?
What will occupy your time on park or would you just like to relax in the peace and quiet? You may not want any on-park facilities. This can mean a much quieter park where you can completely relax and switch off, but this can mean it is more important to see what the surrounding area has to offer.
Don't forget the mundane things either. How far is it for fuel? Where is the nearest supermarket? Don't worry, we have the answers to all your questions.
Is the park suitable for children?
If you have children, how will they be occupied on-park? Is there wi-fi, a games room, a play area? How will they be occupied off-park? Again, are there places to go, things to see and do?
Is it a good environment for pets?
Are there good walks on and off park? Is there somewhere to walk the dog as soon as you arrive after your journey? Are the nearby pubs and cafes pet friendly? Can you walk directly from park without having to take them somewhere in the car to walk first thing in the morning? Pearl Lake has a dedicated, secure, off-lead exercise field for your dogs. Somewhere they can blow off steam and use up some energy. As well as the dog wash, we believe we have everything you need to ensure your pet enjoys their time here too.
2: Choose Your Holiday Home
Outlook patio doors
2 or 3 bedrooms
Open plan or separate lounge and kitchen
Bath or shower
Do you want patio doors?
At Pearl Lake, almost all holiday homes have patio doors - either to the front or side elevation, sometimes both. This can make the most of your view and your plot location. If you choose to have decking, you could walk straight out through the patio doors from the living area. Perfect for that morning coffee or sunset glass of wine!
How many bedrooms?
Would you like your holiday home to suit you most of the time or be able to accommodate visitors all of the time? If you have guests a few weekends per year then it is easy to believe you need a 3 bedroom holiday home. However, most holiday homes have a sofa bed in the living area. This can double up as a third / guest bedroom for the few times when needed. Thus, a 2 bedroom holiday home could offer a better layout for the majority of your time on park. If, however, there will be 6+ people sleeping every time you visit then a 3 bedroom holiday home offers much more flexibility for you.
Open plan living area?
An open plan living area can have the advantage of being more sociable, whereas a separate lounge (closed off by doors from the kitchen / dining area) can be more cosy in the lounge and also allow the lounge the privacy to work as a third bedroom for visitors.
What type of bath / shower room would you like?
Some holiday homes have bath and shower, some have just a shower room, some come with a shower over the bath. Would you like your en-suite to be a bathroom, shower room or just a W.C? At the very least an additional / en-suite shower room can be more flexible when friends and family come to stay.
3: Choose Your Plot
Not all holiday homes have a choice of plots. Nevertheless these are the important points to consider.
How much sun will your location have? Would you prefer to have a shady spot or are you a ‘sun worshipper’?
Consider where the sun will rise and set each day. If you have decking, do you want the sun to be on it all day or is an alfresco breakfast more important to you that a sunset glass of wine? Of course, you can want (and have) both.
Where do you want to be on park?
Would you like access to fishing outside your front door or a short walk to village / restaurant & bar. Do you want to be close to the surrounding walks or be able to see your children on the play area?
Would you like to be in the centre of the community, or in a quiet corner watching the world go by?
Do you want to see your neighbours or just the wildlife through the patio doors?
Do you want to see golfers coming down the home stretch, or be looking out across the water?
Every holiday home at Pearl Lake has a dedicated parking space. Most have an adjacent, private parking space for at least 1 vehicle. How important is the access for you when you have just arrived on park with your bags or returned laden down from a shopping trip? Do you need access for a mobility scooter (Ramps can be fitted to decking)?