Guide to Buying a Holiday Caravan or Lodge
Buying a holiday caravan or lodge for the first time may seem daunting, but hopefully we can make the whole process seem simple. Buying a holiday caravan from us might just be the best decision you ever made. It can be your ‘happy place’, a bolthole to which to escape to take holidays in our beautiful part of the world. The first and most important step is to find a Park that you like - visit more than one Park to get a feel for the variety on offer. Once you think Little Lakes might be the right Park for you, come and have a chat with us in the Sales Office. We will give you a guided buggy tour and show you all the facilities we have to offer.
The next step is to choose your perfect holiday home. We sell both new and pre-owned units, caravans and Lodges. They come in a bewildering variety of sizes, bedrooms and layouts, with options like en-suites and french windows. Our job is to help you find the one that's perfect for you at the right price. If we don't have it, we can always get it.
Unlike some Parks, all of the Plots on Little Lakes are unique. If you have chosen a new holiday caravan or lodge we need to find you your perfect plot, so off we go on the buggy again to take a look. By the way, there are no other costs for siting and connecting your holiday home, its all in with the price!
Once you have found your ideal holiday getaway, we will take a deposit to secure the Plot while we complete the final few steps. All new prospective Park Members complete application and reference forms and then we site and connect your holiday home, connect and test the gas and electrics and clean everything inside and out.
We know this will be hard as all you want to do is get the keys to your new holiday home but we need just a few days to get everything ready! Then its time to collect the keys! We will organise a date to complete the sale and have an official hand over.
You can now relax in your very own caravan or lodge and enjoy the benefits of being an owner. If there are any teething problems with your holiday home along the way, don’t worry come and see us and we will report the fault for you and make sure it is put right. All new holiday caravans and lodges come with a 12 months manufacturers warranty and pre-owned caravans come with a 6 months warranty.
Then it's time to put your feet up and enjoy your time on Little Lakes Holiday Park.
If you are thinking of joining us, here are the answers to some of the questions you may already be asking – and others you might be glad we mentioned!
When can I use my holiday caravan?
We are closed during January when customers cannot use their holiday caravan. Whenever you come to see us, you must be taking a holiday - you cannot live in your holiday caravan or lodge
What influences the cost of a holiday caravan?
Prices for a holiday caravan or lodge vary up and down the country and, like conventional properties, location is a key factor influencing the cost – together with the range of facilities offered by the park. The price will then also reflect the holiday caravan you choose.
What’s included in the price?
Our price will always include all of the carpets, furnishings, kitchen appliances and other basic equipment. We will give you our price in writing to ensure there are no surprises later.
What else should I budget for?
We do not charge for having the unit transported from the factory, sited on the pitch, and ‘commissioned’ (made ready for your use and connected to the utilities). Some parks do, so watch out for this! Other costs to consider will be the annual Site Fee (what you pay for the right to occupy your pitch on the park), utilities such as water, gas and electricity, plus rates and insurance for your holiday caravan. Again, we will tell you about all these in writing to ensure there are no surprises later.
Will I be asked to sign a contract?
It’s in your own interests to ensure that you sign a written contract (known as a ‘Licence Agreement’). You should also consider our Park Rules, which are binding on all our customers. We will be happy to provide you with copies of our Licence Agreement and Park Rules. If you buy from us, we will meet you to explain them. We want our customers to be happy that what we offer works for them.
Can I live in my holiday caravan or lodge?
Most definitely, not! You can use your holiday caravan for short breaks and longer holidays, and some retired people spend many of the summer months in their holiday caravan. But it cannot be used as your main residence. If you lived in your holiday caravan, it would be in breach of our planning and Site Licence, and you would have none of the protection in law provided to occupiers of residential parks. We ask all our prospective customers for proof that they have a genuine permanent home address elsewhere. A ‘paper’ address is not enough; you must really live there. We are required to ensure the holiday caravans are for holiday use only so, for example, our customers should not work locally and commute from their holiday caravan or enrol children into local schools. They should be registered to vote at their main place of residence too.
This important holiday requirement is included in our Licence Agreement, which would be your contract with us, and must be respected. If you broke this contract term, you would be asked to stop doing so. If you were to fail to comply, we would be entitled to terminate the contract and to ask you to remove your holiday caravan. The planning authority might also take action against you for breach of the holiday rule.
What happens if my circumstances change?
Our contract does not allow your holiday caravan to be used as a main residence, even on a temporary basis.