Buying your first holiday home?
It’s as easy as... 1, 2, 3
At Arrow Bank Country Holiday Park we want you to have a joyful, exciting experience when buying your holiday home. As we don't want you to be overwhelmed by the process, we have put together a brief guide with the questions you need to ask. This will help to keep your head clear and focussed on making the right decision for you.
1: Choose Your Park
When buying a holiday home, by far and away the most important piece of the puzzle is getting the park right. It is very easy to buy your dream holiday home and overlook what the park has to offer. If you do 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.
Take the time and make sure you get this step right. Maybe book a short break and stay overnight to see how the park settles down in the evening. Plan a weekend away and see how easy it is to fill your days?
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.
Questions to ask:
How far is it to travel to the park
What is the surrounding area like
What can I do off-park
What can I do on-park
Is it good for children
Is it good for pets
What the running costs
How far is the park from home?
How long does it take to travel to the park? Can you use different routes to vary the journey? How long will it take?
If the park is only a couple of hours (or less) away, you could use your holiday home a lot more. Choosing to visit at the drop of a hat on a Friday night without worrying about motorway traffic or a 4 hour journey. This can offer spontaneous visits and surprise weekends away.
What is the surrounding area like?
Arrow Bank is in the beautiful village of Eardisland, right in the heart of the Black and White Village Trail. Every step closer to park you can feel the worries fall off your shoulders. The pace of life here is slower, where people take the time of day to say 'hello'. A stroll to the village shop - such a simple thing - can be such a joyful event.
Although this is about your dream holiday home, don't forget the mundane questions either. How far is it for fuel? Where is the nearest supermarket? Don't worry, we have the answers to all your questions.
What can I do off park?
Surrounded by picture-postcard villages, the passage of time seems to slow down at Arrow Bank.
Abundant countryside walks with rivers and forests, historical trails and buildings. National Trust properties, tea rooms / cafes, art galleries and country fairs, you are never short of something to do.
Farther afield is Hereford or Ludlow, both of huge historical interest. The Elan Valley, Hay-on-Wye, Brecon Beacons... the list goes on and on.
What can I do on park?
What on-park facilities would you like?
Arrow Bank is a peaceful haven for couples. It is not geared to children and families that are looking for play areas and a clubhouse. It is a quiet riverside park with a relaxing atmosphere.
Would you just like to relax in the peace and quiet or have a park with lots of activities to hand? You may not want any on-park facilities - which is your choice, but this can mean it is more important to see what the surrounding area has to offer.
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.
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 the park pet friendly?
Arrow Bank is a dog friendly holiday park. Ask if there 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? Arrow Bank has a dedicated, secure, off-lead exercise field for your dogs. Somewhere they can blow off steam and use up some energy. We believe we have everything you need to ensure your pet enjoys their time here too.
2. Choose your holiday home
Questions to ask:
Outlook patio doors
How many bedrooms, 2 or 3
Open plan living area or separate kitchen
Do you want a proper bath or just a shower room
Don't forget the budget!
Do you want patio doors?
Almost all of the holiday homes at Arrow Bank have patio doors - either to the front or side elevation, sometimes both. If you choose to have decking, this can make the most of your view and your plot location. You could walk straight out onto the decking from the living area - just perfect for that morning coffee or sunset glass of wine!
How many bedrooms do you want?
Would you like your holiday home to suit you most of the time or be able to accommodate visitors all of the time? A two bedroom holiday home is absolutely perfect if it is just for two. You have a second bedroom if you have guests / friends come to stay overnight, or you could use the second bedroom as a study / studio space.
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.
Is an open plan living area best?
An open plan living area has the advantage of being more sociable, it can create a fantastic space where the whole family can interact. A separate lounge can be more cosy and offers different spaces for different activities without disturbing each other - is that atmospheric movie moment spoiled by turning the mixer on in the kitchen? The separate lounge, with a sofa bed, can work well and offer privacy as a third bedroom for visitors.
Do you need a bathroom or is a shower room ok?
I think it is safe to say that every holiday home will have at least one shower room. Some holiday homes may have a bathroom with a shower over, some may also have an en-suite w.c. or, even better, an en-suite bathroom or shower room. It can feel very luxurious having your own private facilities - like a posh hotel! Again, if you do have guests or family staying with you then an additional shower room can offer much more flexibility when.
Don't forget the budget
It can be overwhelming if there is a lot of stock to view, we will help you through these questions to find the right answers. One must always keep budget in mind, and when you add the 'must-haves' on your list to the budget then you should be left with a select few holiday homes that tick all of your boxes. Simples!
3: Choose Your Plot
Not all holiday homes have a choice of plots. Nevertheless these are the important points to consider.
Questions to ask:
Which way does the plot face?
Where is it on the park?
What view do you want?
How easy is it to get to my holiday home?
Orientation - which direction does the plot face?
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 riverside access outside your front door or is it more important to have a short walk to village?
Do you want to be close to the surrounding walks?
Would you like to be in the centre of the community, or in a quiet corner watching the world go by?
What view do you want?
Do you want to see your neighbours or would you prefer to not see another caravan and instead see just the wildlife through the patio doors?
Do you want to be looking out across the river, see the swans nesting or the Kingfisher darting by?
Is it easy to access?
Most holiday homes at Arrow Bank have an adjacent, private parking space for at least 1 vehicle. Others make use of small communal parking areas on park. 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)?