Longer stays served up for Devon holidaymakers

Holiday home owners at Dawlish Sands Holiday Park (above) now have 50 weeks to enjoy breaks

Holiday home owners at Dawlish Sands Holiday Park (above) now have 50 weeks a year to enjoy breaks

Owners of holiday homes at a major South Devon park can now pack even more cream teas into their holiday year, thanks to Park Holidays UK.

The group this month advised families at Dawlish Sands Holiday Park that it has won consent for the park to remain open for 11.5 months of the year.

Dawlish Sands’ month-long extension follows other successful applications by Park Holidays UK to allow owners at its parks to gain extended use of their holiday homes.

From now on, families with caravan holiday homes and lodges at Dawlish Sands will have to lock their doors just for the last fortnight in February.

The park's indoor pool makes a splash with youngsters

The park’s indoor pool makes a splash with youngsters

But despite providing owners with the chance of an extra month of leisure, Park Holidays UK says that 2017’s pitch fees will remain pegged at this year’s levels.

Dawlish Sands Holiday Park has over 200 holiday home pitches including a new development of luxury lodges starting at under £100,000 fully equipped and furnished..

Especially popular with young families, the park is just a short walk from Dawlish Warren’s famous Blue Flag beach with its two miles of golden sands.

Features include an indoor pool and lido pool with sunbathing areas, an adventure playground and other children’s activities, and an entertainments venue staging nightly shows.

According to Park Holidays UK director Tony Clish, extended seasons provide added value for owners, and reflect the way in which many now use their leisure:

“Extending the time when the holiday home can be used mirrors the way people now enjoy taking more shorter breaks throughout the year,” said Tony.

“Holiday home manufacturers have also made huge strides over the past couple of decades in terms of equipping these properties for four-season use.

Local Blue Flag sandy beaches are just a stroll away

Local Blue Flag sandy beaches are just a stroll away

“Highly efficient central heating takes just minutes to raise the inside temperature, and features such as double glazing and enhanced insulation keep energy costs to a minimum,” added Tony.

Recent times have also seen season extensions granted on many of the other 26 holiday parks operated by the company across Devon and Southern England.

Local authorities, says Tony, are often quick to see the benefits of extending the holiday year:

“High quality holiday parks such as ours bring massive economic benefits to rural regions, and are the life-blood of many small businesses, such as pubs, shops, restaurants and attractions.

“By allowing holiday home owners to visit for longer each year, district councils are helping to protect these enterprises and safeguard the jobs of the people they employ,” said Tony.

More information about the group’s parks is available at www.ParkHolidays.com

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