A SMART future for holiday homes

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How SMART technology will reinvigorate the holiday homes market

According to data from Airbnb, the UK is the fifth largest geography for the home-sharing service — with 64,000 listings in London alone. When you add in the growth of hotel comparison sites, you’d be forgiven for thinking that holiday home and park home sites need updating. However, this needn’t be the case. 

Here, Nick Cowley, managing director of uPVC windows and doors expert, Euramax, explains how SMART technology could be the key to the future of the holiday home sector to new generations.

Compass Celebrations!

Compass Celebrations!

Binnacle was established in a unique, strategic alliance between BH&HPA and Rural & Commercial Holdings back in December 2018. The name Binnacle was chosen for the business because a binnacle supports and houses a ship’s compass. 

Some six months later, it was celebrations all round on 26th of June, when the Compass team were able to finally and formally celebrate the re-birth of their Scheme. 

The official Grand Opening of the airy new Binnacle/Compass offices took place in Pullman Court in Gloucester, which is also home to the British Holiday and Home Parks Association (BH&HPA). 

Invited guests were welcomed by both the Compass and BH&HPA teams for a champagne lunch and a blue ribbon was cut to mark the occasion. 

Keeping Guests Warm Throughout The Winter Months

Fire in glamping pod keeping guests warm during winter

Summer time sometimes lulls us into a false sense of security – it’s warm enough inside and the heating may not be used for weeks (even months) in vans, holidays homes, pods and glamping tents. But come the autumn and winter – when many owners and visitors would like to extend their use of parks – the temperature has got to be spot on for guests to want to return.

Here, we take a look at the different approaches to heating and some of the newest, most innovative heating and ventilation methods on the market.


Cornwall park hands £600k deal to fellow "fair-pay" firm

Cornwall holiday park owner Patrick Langmaid shaking on deal

Padstow holiday park owner Patrick Langmaid has handed a £600,000 buying contract to a UK holiday caravan manufacturer - because it believes in paying its staff a living wage.

Mother Ivey's Bay Holiday Park will be taking delivery of 25 luxury holiday homes from the firm, ABI, which recently became an accredited member of the Living Wage Foundation charity.

How holidays are growing greener at Lake District park

Couple sat next to tent at Lake District park

The family owners of a Lake District holiday park are helping visitors to enjoy even greener stays in Cumbria following a new series of environmental initiatives.

Park Foot Caravan and Camping Park on the shores of Ullswater near Penrith in the Lake District says its latest steps will help further ensure that guests can enjoy their holidays with a clear conscience.

Measures taken include the construction from local stone of a new amenity building for campers which is kept warm with underfloor heating from the park's biomass boiler.

Park Foot has also increased its reliance on green energy with new solar panels on its recycling centre which will feed excess electricity into the national grid.

100-Year-Old Holiday Park Operator Is Raising Awareness of New Forest Notable Species

Holiday Park Caravan in New Forest

UK holiday park operator, Away Resorts, have created a beautiful resource about the wildlife found near their 100-year-old holiday park, Sandy Balls.  Situated in The New Forest, the guide also serves to raise awareness to remarkable species found in this area.

The resource allows visitors to learn more about the National Park’s wildlife, including rare birds, mammals, endangered insects and unique plants.

Away Resorts wanted to focus on their Sandy Balls Holiday Park in particular as it is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. They collected data and information from a number of official Hampshire sources, some dating back over 60 years.

Holiday Home Centre Touch Screen Park Finding Service

Holiday Home Centre Touch Screen Park Finding Service

Are you wanting a caravan on a family run caravan park but not sure how to go about finding the right park for you? 

Well we have some fantastic news.... 

Now launched our EXCLUSIVE in house touch screen park finding service. So from the comfort of our show room you now have the ability to search for parks that suit your requirements at the tip of your fingers. 

You'll be able to make appointments to visit the parks and you'll also be able to print off leaflets to take away with you. Whilst you're here you can browse the holiday homes at your leisure where we have expert advisors on hand to help you with any queries you may have. 

Buying a Static Caravan just got easier! So feel free to come down and see us! 

Welcome to Blackdene Shepherds Huts of Durham

The outside of the Blackdene Shepherds Huts

Welcome to Blackdene Shepherds Huts of Durham. We build 4 main designs: The Pennine, The Pennine View 2, The Pennine View 4 & The Wren.

We can also build any hut to meet your exact requirements, so if you'd like something bespoke - just let us know - we aim to please!

Blackdene Shepherds Huts​ are a small family business specializing in quality and luxurious mobile spaces. We are not a large company focused on high turnovers and huge profits. We aim to produce a small amount of quality huts per year. And if we can't make them well, then we won't make them at all.

Caravan Guard Team Saddling Up For Charity Bike Ride

Caravan Guard Team Ready For Charity Bike Ride

As Yorkshire gears up for the Tour de Yorkshire, Halifax-based insurance specialists, Caravan Guard, are proud to once again support the Great Yorkshire Bike Ride.

They have team of 11 saddling up for the charity bike ride and have pledged to raise more than £5,000 for lots of great Yorkshire charities. They’re also helping organisers with sponsorship money to help fund the event. 

And it’s extra special for their chairman Peter Wilby, who’s gearing up for his 25th ride!

The spectacular 70-mile cycle ride takes place on Saturday, June 15th, from Wetherby racecourse, across the Yorkshire Wolds, to the North Yorkshire coastal town of Filey.

A Decade Of Sponsorship For Halifax Paralympian

Halifax Paralympian Hannah Cockroft visiting youngsters at Caravan Guard

Halifax-based insurance specialists, Caravan Guard, have sponsored the town’s Paralympian Hannah Cockroft for a decade.

The five time Paralympic champion and 10 time world champion was presented with this year’s cheque for £1,000 during her visit to see Caravan Guard staff and some of their children.

Hannah was quizzed by the youngsters about her racing chair, her training regime and how fast she could go after letting them hold her collection of Olympic and World Champion gold medals and signing autograph books.

She also shared stories of her recent experience on the celebrity Stand Up To Cancer Great British Bake Off show and how she was preparing for next year’s Paralympic Games in Tokyo.