Buying a holiday home is of course a huge decision and probably the most important aspect of the whole process is deciding where you should buy. It really is all about location, location, location! If you’re trying to decide where you should buy your second home we’ve put together a handy little guide to help you make the decision.
Beach versus countryside
One of the most important factors to consider when buying a holiday home is what kind of environment you want to be surrounded by. Do you love a beach on your front doorstep? Do you want to listen to the sound of waves lapping against the shore as you fall asleep? Or would you rather be surrounded by the wild British countryside? Would you love to be woken by the sounds of trees rustling in the wind? It really is personal preference but it’s something to consider before you choose your new holiday home. If you prefer the beach for example, you might consider buying a holiday home in Cornwall. Whereas if you prefer your landscape to be more green rather than golden, you might consider buying a holiday home in Gloucestershire.
Will you be letting out your holiday home to holiday makers?
Many people when buying a holiday home plan to also let it out to holiday makers to offset some of the costs of owning a holiday home. If you do plan on letting your holiday home out you’ll need to take into consideration what holiday makers want when they’re on holiday. Choosing the location of your holiday home should always be first and foremost about your personal preference, but you also need to take into account whether the area has appeal for holiday makers.
How close do you want your holiday home to your actual home?
Another thing to consider is proximity to your actual home. Again it’s all down to personal preference. But you should think about how far you want to travel to your holiday home. Do you want a quick 2 hour journey so you can pop over to your holiday home whenever you want? Or are you okay with a much longer drive – say 6-8 hours? If you do plan on letting your holiday home out to make some money it might be easier for you to buy a holiday home closer to where you live rather than further away.
Research the surrounding area and nearby towns
The biggest piece of advice we would give anyone looking at buying a holiday home is to do your research. Ask as many questions as you possibly can and always read customer reviews online. That will give you a good indication of what the location is like. The more research you can do, the better, and you’re less likely to encounter any unwelcome surprises. Have a good look at the holiday park where your holiday home sits, but also make sure you look at what’s nearby. Questions you should know the answer to before you buy a holiday home include:
- Are there interesting things to see and do close by?
- What’s the weather like throughout the year?
- Are there varied places to eat and drink?
With that in mind we recommend you always visit the location yourself before you buy your holiday home. Because of this, buying a holiday home somewhere you already frequently holiday is something lots of people end up doing because they’re familiar with and know the area.
Buying a holiday home in the UK
At Encore Parcs, we have a beautiful selection of holiday homes, holiday lodges and static caravans across numerous holiday parks throughout the UK. And our locations really do offer something to suit everyone’s requirements. If you’re thinking about buying a holiday home in the UK, browse our wonderful holiday parks and contact our friendly team for more information or to book a visit.