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Park Homes Case Study / The Thompsons

Exactly what we wanted
When their children ‘flew the nest’ Gladys and Bill Thompson decided to ‘downsize’ and found that a park home offered them the opportunity to have the tailor-made home of their dreams

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your new home designed, furnished and fitted out to your exact requirements?
Gladys and Bill Thompson were lucky enough to be able to do just that. When they decided to ‘downsize’ from their four-bedroom house in Byfleet, Surrey they had hoped to find a bungalow in the same area. But when they started to look around, they were somewhat horrified by the asking prices. Then they remembered that they had seen some park home estates not too far away, and decided to make some inquiries.

Gladys had thought that park homes were ‘something like large caravans’ and declared she had no intention of living in one of those! But when they took a look at a few parks and she saw park homes ‘in the flesh’ she quickly changed her mind. Both she and Bill were amazed at the modern appearance and the quality of these homes.

Having decided that park home living was definitely for them after all,, the hunt for their ‘ideal home and park’ began. Meadowlands at Addlestone, near Chertsey, immediately appealed to Gladys and Bill. Owned and run by the Haulfryn Group (one of the oldest, largest and most-respected park home operators in the country), Meadowlands is large – 228 homes are sited there in small cul de sacs which give the impression of a small village. Its location was ideal for Bill and Gladys, too – in the country but with the village of Addlestone within walking distance and Weybridge (with its larger shops and supermarkets) just a five-minute drive away.

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After they had looked at a couple of previously-occupied homes there, Gladys and Bill were told by park manager, Derek Langridge that a plot for a brand new home was available (and was of a suitable size to accommodate one of the latest 22ft-wide models). They decided to take the plunge – and put their Byfleet house on the market. Then they set about choosing their ideal home and on Derek’s advice they contacted Prestige Park Homes and arranged to go to that manufacturer’s Kettering factory where they were shown around a selection of models. The Sonata II (with lounge, dining area, two bedrooms, family bathroom, and two bedrooms, one with en suite shower room) was their favourite..

They went back to Prestige’s factory a second time to specify the furniture and décor and were impressed with the help they received from everyone there. There was a four month delay while their home was built and when it finally arrived on the park, they were there to see it assembled, and within three days they were able to move in. ‘Everything we wanted and asked for was there,’ said Gladys. ‘We are over the moon with it - we felt at home from day one.’

As soon as you walk into Gladys and Bill’s home you are aware of space and light. They specified patio doors in the lounge which give access to a raised patio overlooking the garden. Inside, the lounge suite is modern, upholstered in shades of coffee and cream and a wall-mounted flat screen television is mounted above the fireplace. Gladys commented on how well everything matched and complemented the overall design. She chose a black and white scheme for the kitchen, to which she has added ‘splashes’ of red (her favourite colour). Bill was amazed at the amount of choice Prestige offered – there was even a choice of the style of kitchen cupboard handles! The light and bright décor follows through into the bedrooms, with light pearwood furniture. Gladys was able to choose red fabrics here too, and she describes the en suite shower room as ‘pure luxury’.

Gladys and Bill said they had no problems in adapting to park home living, adding that they were also looking forward to exploring the area which is rich in things to see and do - beautful countryside, historic castles and stately homes, wildlife parks, and all the sporting and recreational activities that the local waterways offer. Gladys is retired but Bill still works in Tesco’s Distribution Centre near Weybridge.

Both Gladys and Bill originally hail from the north-east and moved south with Bill’s job some time ago. Bill is still a keen supporter of his ‘old’ football club - Sunderland - and he was thrilled to discover that his next door neighbour at Meadowlands is also from the north east and a Sunderland fan.
How has Gladys and Bill’s move worked out financially? Their Prestige home sited at Meadowlands cost £xxx,xx which left them with a considerable financial ‘cushion’ following the sale of their house. It also worked out far less expensive than a bungalow in the same area (and, of course, bungalows don’t come fully furnished and equipped as park homes do. There is ground rent to pay, of course, and this is currently £1,852.56p per annum (about £35 per week). Other outgoings are those that you would pay in any residential property – council tax (homes at Meadowlands are in Band A which currently works out at £xx p.a; water, gas and electricity charges,

Would Gladys and Bill move back to bricks and mortar? Not even if they won the lottery, they said. They couldn’t be happier with either their beautiful Prestige home, nor with the park. Park manager Derek Langridge added that Meadowlands is a very friendly park and enjoys an excellent community spirit. Gladys and Bill said how surprised and delighted they were to receive a gift of a bottle of champagne from a neighbour when they moved in.
Derek Langridge had been very impressed with Gladys and Bill’s Prestige home. It was the first time that Haulfryn had ordered a Prestige model – and it was the first time they had sited a 22ft-wide home, so this sale represented a couple of ‘firsts’.

Want to know more?
Prestige Park & Leisure Homes can be contacted at: Unit 4, Pytchley Lodge Road, Pytchley Lodge Industrial Estate, Kettering, Northants NN15 6JQ. Telephone 0845 070 2345. Email: sales@prestigeparkandleisurehomes.com

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