Cornwall’s staycation market fuels demand for boutique holiday homes

Holiday home in Cornwall - perfect for a staycation

The fallout of Brexit, improving transport links and an expanding holiday home market are helping Cornwall to cement its position as the UK’s favourite staycation destination, said property agency Spot Blue International Property in November, adding that the county also has increasing appeal to foreign tourists. A recent survey by a leading high street bank showed that 31 per cent of British staycationers planned to visit Cornwall this year, making the south-western county the UK’s most popular region. In addition, more than half (52 per cent) of people surveyed said they would take most or all of this year’s holiday in the UK, with 31 per cent saying they intend to spend more time in the UK than previous years. Another survey by a leading rental company revealed that 66 per cent of British people enjoyed a staycation last year, representing a 10 per cent rise compared to 2017. “Evidence points to British people being spooked by both the weak pound, pushing up the costs associated with overseas holidays, and the fear of possible travel disruption once they can no longer travel as EU citizens,” said Mr Walker at Spot Blue International Property. “The natural response of many is to choose the safety of the UK for their annual holidays, helped by the recent warmer summers. Already a popular costal destination with famous beaches and popular towns like Padstow Newquay and St Ives, not to mention the Eden Project, Cornwall is well placed to benefit from this trend in 2019 and beyond.” Constantly improving air access also is helping to drive tourism in Cornwall, home to the UK’s fastest growing airport. During the 2018-19 financial year, 461,000 passengers passed through Cornwall Airport Newquay, making it the fifth consecutive year of growth and best year ever for the airport.  Key new routes launched this year include four daily services to London Heathrow, and services to London Southend, Jersey and Guernsey, and Copenhagen. New or improved routes for 2020 include Glasgow, Aberdeen, Norwich and Newcastle. These complement the airport’s existing services to other regional UK airports, as well as its popular London Gatwick and Manchester services. In addition to domestic visitors, Cornwall is attracting a growing number of foreign tourists, with German holidaymakers comprising one of the region’s strongest growth markets. In response to this, German carrier Eurowings now connects Cornwall with four German cities, namely Berlin, Stuttgart, Dusseldorf and Frankfurt Hahn. Off the back of all this, we predict a rise in demand for desirable accommodation, both for rentals and ownership,” continued Mr Walker. “Purpose-built, fully managed holiday communities with on-site facilities are a growing sector of the Cornish market. We are pleased to be promoting a range of boutique lodges within a holiday park near Newquay. The world-class leisure facilities there include pools, water sports activities, an inflatable aqua park, playgrounds, a Spa and beauty centre, and places to eat and drink. For investors, there is the option to enter your property into a rental scheme, delivering a seven per cent return.” For further information about buying opportunities in Cornwall, contact: Spot Blue International Property Tel: +44 (0)20 8339 6036    Email:   Website:

Exclusive offer from Tingdene Homes

Tingdene Homes Overstone exclusive offer

Tingdene Homes want to work with parks and provide customers with an exclusive offer on the Overstone, (both residential and holiday versions) a luxury and contemporary home with a warm and inviting interior. This exciting new campaign has been introduced by Tingdene at a ‘turnkey’ price in an effort to present its consumers with an easier and clearer buying process. This isn’t the first time a turnkey price campaign has been introduced by Tingdene, their last offer on the Lamport and Brampton was well received as it provided park owners with strong leads that had already been pre-qualified by Tingdene. Tingdene are asking parks to come on board with the campaign by providing their best price for the Overstone 42’ x 20’ with transport and siting included. This makes it possible to provide customers with a flat rate cost and no hidden extras. Tingdene has offered to do all the hard work and promote your park in line with this offer across their website, special offer landing page, social media channels, Google Ads, email marketing and will be passing on the qualified leads directly to you. The Overstone has a modern look that takes influence from industrial urban design with gold highlights alongside warm wood tones making it a model that your park deserves and your residents will love. The open and spacious layout, coupled with wide windows, provides a light and vibrant living space. The model offers two double bedrooms with built-in wardrobes and king size divan bed with ottoman storage and headboard. The double-lounge comes fully furnished with a two-seater sofa with accent chair, coffee table and lamp table. A central kitchen/dining area has an open space perfect for hosting dinner parties with family and friends. The Overstone lodge has the same interior as the residential model but comes with external cladding. If you’d like your park to be included in this offer contact us on 01933 230 130 or visit for more information.

Aria Resorts – redefining the British holiday experience

Aria Resorts - a holiday home with rooftop area

Caravan Industry and Park Operator finds out more about Aria Resorts – a relatively new player in the holiday park industry that is going from strength to strength thanks to its luxury accommodation… Currently the fastest-growing UK holiday company, Aria Resorts has 14 locations in highly sought-after holiday destinations.  Pioneering the redefinition of holiday and resort experiences, the highly lucrative staycation market is at the core of the company’s fast-growth business strategy. Taking a positively disruptive approach to the sector, all Aria’s resorts are continually benefiting from a multi-million-pound investment programme. Alongside this strong holiday offering is the continued growth into the holiday home ownership sector, with a wide mix of property options available across lifestyle and investment portfolio products. Privately owned and private equity backed, Aria has already achieved the status of the fifth largest operator in its sector. Since its inception in 2018, the team has pursued an ambitious, programme of acquisition.    The organisation is owned by a leading, privately-held, alternative investment firm, Angelo Gordon.  Working worldwide since 1988, the company has an impressive investment portfolio, currently worth $30 billion.  Aria’s key attraction lies in the fact that, as a dedicated resort company, it is essentially a strategic ‘smorgasbord’ of options for holidaymakers and buyers of all interests and budgets. Budding buyers can pick up their own compact holiday ‘bolthole with benefits’ from as little as just £20,000 in the form of a ‘pre-loved’ static caravan.  Or they can invest more than £1/2million in a luxurious ‘boutique barn.’  Mortgageable options such as extensive lodges or on-trend lake houses are available from just £129,950 with a small deposit. These cottages and lodges are nestled across sites in Cornwall, Yorkshire and the Isle of Wight.  Aria Resorts can have owners’ holiday homes added to its professional, managed letting service as soon as the sale has completed, so they can start benefitting from the favourable tax regulations associated with Furnished Holiday Lets. Aria will look after everything from marketing to bookings, cleaning to maintenance. Aria Resorts’ management fee is 30% of the rental income plus a charge for linen, cleaning and VAT.  Alternatively, Aria’s long lease accommodation options can be bought with an attractive investment option offering a fixed return of 7% to qualifying investors. Each long lease holiday home is sold with a 10-year ICW or NHBC guarantee, a 999-year leasehold and are mortgageable (subject to approval). When it comes to reselling, the holiday home will be valued on the open market. Yorkshire Pride Set within a private gated estate, The Bay Filey, Yorkshire is the Northern jewel in the crown in the Aria Resorts’ portfolio.   Offering the best of both worlds, the New England clapperboard Meadow Lodges, priced from an extremely competitive £185,000, are set by a beautiful lake, within minutes from the stunning Filey Beach.   Filey has been a ‘forever’ destination for families from all over Yorkshire, and beyond, but the available ‘bolthole’ market just had a significant upgrade with the launch of Aria’s distinctive new Nikki, Tahiti and Kontiki luxury lodges. Due to a high and immediate demand, the Kontiki lodges have now sold out but there are plenty of sister lodges available.  The idyllic Isle  Located just off the UK, the Isle of Wight feels a million miles from the bustle of the mainland and is surprisingly easy to access. Aria has three resorts on the island and with prices for static caravans starting from £40,995. Buyers could see immediate advantages in the ultimate UK island escape destination. Some of the properties even boast hot tubs but all guarantee attractive subletting rental fee potential.  The Isle of Wight, surrounded by miles of impressive golden beaches, and with a mild climate, has a thriving tourism industry with millions flocking there annually to embrace wildlife, nature, attractions and, in ‘normal times’, an array of exciting and colourful events.  Nestled between neighbouring villages Bembridge and Seaview, Aria’s St Helens Resort is a peaceful holiday retreat featuring wide luscious green spaces to roam in absolute fresh air and freedom. The wildlife of St Helen’s Duver and the unspoiled sheltered sands of Priory Bay beach, with its unique woodlands, are in close proximity. The Lakes Rookley, in contrast, is a leafy hideaway, hogging an enviable spot just down the road from the picturesque village of Godshill with its Medieval church and quaint thatched cottages. The resort itself has top family-friendly activities, entertainment throughout the school holidays, its very own pub, and impressive indoor and outdoor pools for making a splash in.  The Bay, Colwell is open from February to November with its cottages and coastal beach houses. In walking distance to the Needles, where visitors can marvel at the towering rocks, wander around Yarmouth and watch boat masts swaying or stroll across to Headon Warren. Captivating Cornwall Year-on-year, Cornwall continually adds to its trophy display, proving that it is one of the ‘hottest’ UK holiday destinations.  Set right in the beating heart of Cornwall, Retallack Resort is the ultimate 21st-century holiday, weekend or mini-break destination. This five-star holiday resort is a modern retreat for the making of memories, outdoorsy fun and getting away from it all. Earlier this year, Aria launched its first-in-the-UK luxury and mortgageable two, three and four bedroomed boutique barns set within the lush, green, lake-filled landscape, with a range of compelling earn-back options and packages.  A lead-in investment price of £235,000 for a two bedroomed model including a furniture and fittings pack offers significant value for money for this level of luxury and hot-spot location.  Also in Cornwall, Newquay Bay Resort is a typically British, family seaside holiday location in a lush green valley, close to the Blue-Flag-flying Porth beach. A coastal stroll from famous Watergate Bay, the resort also boasts excellent amenities such as a sauna and beauty salon, an epic twenty-metre swimming pool and a bar and eatery. A two-bedroomed, pre-owned static caravan at Newquay Bay Resort will set buyers back as little as £19,995 and there are a number of new options

Floating holiday homes add a new dimension to holiday parks

Floating holiday homes

Leverage the most out of the Great British Staycation with Waterlodge floating apartments – luxury holiday homes on water at a competitive price.  If your holiday park boasts a lake or waterway, the contemporary Waterlodges provide an innovative and unique solution both to increase capacity and offer the relaxed pleasure of a holiday on water. Staycations: here to stay There’s never been a better time to invest in next-level staycationing; Covid-19 has created a new appetite for holidaying at home. Research by the Office for National Statistics showed that turnover in the camping and caravan sites sector was up 22.7% in August 2020 compared to the same month in 2019, at a record £688m.   But the evidence suggests this is more than a flash in the pandemic pan; 71% of British holiday makers say they’re planning a UK holiday in 2021, according to a survey by the Cumberland Building Society. Holiday homes on water: the experience staycationers are looking for   Increased demand is a fantastic opportunity for park owners, and the key winners will be those who can provide new experiences for staycationers. Waterlodge floating apartments are the ideal solution – enabling you to offer all the existing benefits of your park life with the added dimension of the tranquillity of a marina experience.  “Once the initial lockdown restrictions were eased, our phones began ringing off the hook from people looking for alternative, affordable holiday homes,” says Waterlodge UK’s co-director Andrew Hyland. “Waterlodges are obviously a much more affordable option than a bricks and mortar holiday home, with the added attraction of bringing people the calm they’re looking for in these challenging times by putting them onto the water, giving them the perfect escape from the town or city – and lockdown.”  “Unlike traditional canal boats, Waterlodges are spacious, with full-height ceilings and space for proper beds – and unlike conventional boats, you don’t need a skipper’s licence or the specialist knowledge required to maintain them. So Waterlodges offer all the attractions of a marina lifestyle with none of the complications or the compromise on comfort. The enquiries we’ve had since May tell us it’s a winning combination for the staycationing British public,” adds Andrew’s business partner, Ian Watkins.  An attractive investment for commercial and retail customers Waterlodge UK have refined their designs and build processes to make them an attractive investment both for commercial and retail customers. Rigorous quality control enables Waterlodge UK to offer guarantees of two years on the overall package, with a predicted minimum lifespan on the roof of over 25 years.  There is no need for any maintenance or painting if the Waterlodge is used as a static home, and the central heating and hot-water systems are all Energy A+++ rating for low running costs. “Holiday and caravan park owners can maximise ROI by either re-selling the Waterlodges to end customers or offering them for rental, with the option of B2B rental financing plans,” explains Ian. “Holiday parks already have the service infrastructure necessary to support Waterlodges, so generally the only additional investment required is moorings for the Waterlodges, especially if you want to maximise how many berths you can offer. This makes them a uniquely cost-effective way of expanding capacity to take advantage of the uplift in Brits looking to holiday within the UK, as Waterlodges bypass the costly need to acquire new land,” adds Andrew.  Intelligent design, quality finish The beautiful, intelligent design creates a luxury holiday home experience, optimising the use of space inside and out, with enriching features such as panoramic windows and timber decking being fitted as standard. Customers can choose from a range of finishes, including luxury bathrooms and contemporary kitchens. Optional extras include solar panels, underfloor heating and furniture packs for both the bedrooms and living room. Unique features such as the generous sun decks enhance the marina lifestyle and increase the appeal for the 53% of British staycationers who told the Cumberland they want accommodation with an outdoor space. “The same survey found that 57% of respondents considered a good view to be the most important staycation feature, while 74% said their top priority was relaxation – and what better, more relaxing view could there be than lying in bed or sitting on your private deck watching the water ripple gently in front of you?” comments Ian.  Flexible floating holiday home solutions Waterlodges range from the compact Waterlodge One sleeping up to four with 17m2 of internal space and an optional roof terrace, up to the spacious Waterlodge Six for up to eight guests with 50m2 of living space and 55m2 of outside space.  “Our Waterlodges come with a range of standard configuration options, but each one can be tailored to your exact requirements, with different combinations of bedrooms and bathrooms – or even a sauna! Holiday park owners know what is most popular with their visitors, so we can create whatever layout will be most attractive and flexible for their customers,” says Ian. Building on experience  While Waterlodge UK is a relatively new venture, Andrew and Ian have a long history of relevant experience. “We’re both boat brokers by background – we know the boat industry inside out. We were the first people to take boat brokering online, setting up WhyBoats together in 2011 – effectively the Purple Bricks of the sector,” explains Andrew. “Waterlodge UK has grown from our background within the boating industry,” expands Ian. “Nearly everyone loves being on water, but many people nowadays don’t have the capacity – either the skills or the time – to maintain a boat themselves. We’ve developed Waterlodges as a way to make holidaying on water much more accessible.  “We’ve put all our expertise into developing and refining the product to withstand the particular challenges of being on water, for example injecting closed-cell foam to prevent water ingress and using plastic that is UV stable and impervious to water. We’ve combined this with meticulous attention to detail to create the best of both worlds

Elite Dynamics becomes a new Microsoft Gold partner

Elite Dynamics becomes a new Microsoft Gold partner

Elite Dynamics, a leading provider of software solutions to the Holiday Parks industry, has become the latest Microsoft Gold partner in the UK.  The UK- based technology specialists have joined the elite top tier of Microsoft partners demonstrating proven expertise in delivering quality solutions within one or more specialised areas of business. In Elite Dynamics case, within the global holiday park sector. To achieve Gold membership, the team successfully completed a range of core competencies designed to prepare them to meet customers’ needs, as well as attracting new customers looking for Microsoft-certified solution providers. The competencies demonstrate the Elite Dynamics teams’ expertise in business and technology, covering everything from cloud business applications and platforms to enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM).  Jamaine Campbell, co-founder and Managing Director at Elite Dynamics, said: “We’re immensely proud to be regarded as one of Microsoft’s highly accredited partners and it’s all down to the consistent efforts of our professional team. Gold partner status is the highest level a Microsoft partner can reach and it opens new doors for our customers, not only by adopting evolving solutions, but also by benefitting from our access and insight to exclusive Microsoft Partner advanced training and technical support.  “Attaining Microsoft Gold partner status rubber stamps our commitment to excellence in Microsoft technologies and our dedication to providing first class software solutions to transform the Holiday Parks industry. We’re delighted to be at the cutting edge of some really exciting digital transformation.”  Phil Gibbins, Partner Success Manager at QBS Group who support Microsoft Dynamics partners, said: “Elite Dynamics have been a QBS partner for almost five years and in this time we have seen them grow from strength to strength with developing their solution around the tourism industry. Achieving the Microsoft Gold partner accreditation validates the investments they have made to becoming the UK’s leading provider for holiday park solutions”. Elite Dynamics has been providing market leading, award winning software solutions to holiday park companies since 2015 and has more than 200 holiday parks adopting its systems across five countries. They are the only IT provider in the Holiday Parks industry to be officially accredited by Microsoft.  For more information on Elite Dynamics or to arrange a demo of the market leading Microsoft powered software solutions, visit

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