Buying a holiday home is one of the most exciting things you are likely to do, and there is a lot to think about before you take this step. If you are one of the many people that have decided to consider holiday homes for sale in North Wales, then this article will hopefully help you make some of the important decisions needed to make your holiday home dream a reality.
The simplest and most obvious of all is the location of your Lodge. No-one wants to be trapped into a site where it’s just not working out. There are a few excellent sites within North Wales, one even on the bank of the River Ogwen and boasting a number of truly special facilities, including a Country Club! Travelling times are also very important. How long will it take you to arrive? Will it feel like you’re spending more time on the road than on holiday? Alternatively, will it feel like you’ve only driven 5 miles down the road, and therefore you’re not on holiday? We find that an excellent rule of thumb is around 2 – 2.5 hours for the trip can make us feel like our holiday is an event, but isn’t too long for children to handle.
As you will be spending some time in your chosen area, you may also want to think about the local attractions to ensure the things you like to do are available. In North Wales, Snowdonia is known for being beautiful in all seasons, and certainly has an advantage over sites which are closer to the beach and subject to the full brunt of the savage (at times!) welsh winter.
Seasons are also of great importance. A park’s ‘open season’ can vary widely, from eight months up to ten or eleven months. How often are you going to go on holiday? As much as possible, or once or twice a year? What events are on in the area that you want to attend? How many? The questions, and finding the answers, can be quite daunting – but it’s important to work it out since the length of season can reflect in the amount of annual site fees you pay so it is worth seriously thinking about.
Pitch licences are also worth great consideration. How long you can use your caravan before it must be replaced or removed? This tends to vary between parks,but we recommend always looking for an upfront park that includes it clearly, and separately from other fees. Remember: pitch licences are always in place for a number of years determined by the site. There’s pros and cons to having longer or shorter licences, but there’s no minimum or maximum amount of time a park is obligated to offer you one for, and no regulation. It’s entirely up to the park, so make sure that you’re aware of how long you’re licenced to stay!
When you search for your holiday park, you should try to keep in mind the amenities and facilities that are important to you as there are a vast number of holiday parks that all offer a variety of facilities. Some even offer membership to swanky golf clubs and historic houses as part of the deal.
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