Whether you want a bolthole for weekend breaks or a holiday home that’ll generate extra income, there’s an excellent choice on the Welsh coast
Prices correct to March 2016
Many of us dream of owning our own holiday home by the sea, whether it’s a bolthole for romantic breaks, a family friendly lodge for school-holiday fun or a quaint cottage to use when we retire. If you do decide to turn this reverie into reality, where do you start?
If you’re buying a holiday property, the first step is to identify a location. Consider prices in the area – will your budget cover the type of house you’re looking for and are prices holding steady or on the up?
Buying in a sought-after locale will, dependent on price, ensure it’s a good investment and make it easy to resell in the future. However, you might get more for your money opting for an area that’s on the up. Local estate agents will be happy to help, so utilise their expert knowledge.
Of course, it’s essential to choose a place you love. If the area’s not familiar and you haven’t enjoyed regular stays locally, it’s worth booking a break there first to check it’s the right fit for you and your family, and that it’s a location you’ll be happy returning to year after year. Furthermore, what’s its proximity to your permanent home? Is it close enough that you can spend short breaks there as well as longer ones? And could you get there fairly quickly should there be any urgent maintenance work that needs to be done?
Jane Grant, director of Abersoch Holiday Homes, which represent a group of owners with high-end self-catering cottages and holiday rental accommodation in Abersoch and around the Llyn Peninsula, believes the Welsh coast is a great place to buy a holiday home at the moment. “The holiday-home market remains buoyant around the Welsh coast. Whether buying a second home for private use or an investment to rent out, the greatest appetite remains for properties located close to our fabulous coastline – and those offering sea views,” explains Jane. “It’s rare to see such a wide range of properties for sale in a relatively small locality; with houses currently on the market between £20,000 and £3m, there are are certainly great options for all budgets.”
Even when buyers are after a property primarily for private use, many will look for a property they can rent out for some of the year to help cover costs or just bring in a little additional revenue. With that in mind, Jane advises choosing a distinctive property that’ll stand out from the crowd and not scrimping on finish or facilities, such as hot tubs and open fires. “There’s always desire for feature or unique properties but, whether old or new, converted farmhouse, modern boutique apartment or beachfront chalet, it’s the finish and facilities that’ll attract guests to stay at your holiday home,” she reveals.
However, legal changes must be considered. From April 2016, stamp duty land tax (SDLT) on additional residential properties for use as second homes or buy-to-let properties rose by an additional three percent per price band. That means the stamp duty a vendor will now pay on a £200,000 property, for example, has risen from £1,500 to £7,500. What’s more, the current SDLT threshold of £125,000 has been abolished on new additional properties.
Above: Haven’s Lydstep Beach Village near Tenby in South Wales is a small intimate holiday park enjoying amazing views across the Blue Flag beach to Caldey Island
A popular alternative is to buy a holiday home, such as a static caravan, chalet or lodge, on a leisure park. The new SDLT laws don’t apply to most of these (although it’s worth checking) because they can’t be used as a permanent residence – holiday parks generally close over the winter.
Holiday home ownership company Haven have eight parks on the Welsh coast, from Presthaven Beach Resort in the north to Lydstep Beach Village near Tenby in the south, making it easy to find one near you.
“Most of our owners jump in the car at the end of the week and head to their home on the coast for the weekend, with an average drive time of no more than two hours,” says Harriet Paterson from Haven Holiday Home Ownership.
As their parks vary hugely in terms of size, facilities and atmosphere, she says it’s important to select one that’s “right for you and your family. You might be looking for a big park with acres of land and facilities to suit all ages or it might be a quite spot with miles of sandy beaches and a picturesque fishing village within walking distance.”
Almost all holiday parks will, by appointment, let you and your family spend the day there for free, to enjoy the facilities and get a feel for them, and some will even arrange overnight stays for you (although there may be a charge). These are great ways to help you decide on a particular park.
Haven’s pre-owned static caravans are priced from £15,995, a similar figure to those offered by other owner holiday parks. While the lower prices, compared with a house or cottage, can make these a more attainable option for families, it’s worth remembering that site fees and running costs, such as rates, water and home insurance, are paid annually on top of this and can range from about £1,000 up to £10,000 or even more.
Also, many holiday parks are dog friendly but it’s worth checking as some sites don’t allow them or have restrictions in place.
If the freedom of being able to get away to your home from home by the sea at the drop of the hat already has you sold, read on for our round-up of some of the holiday homes on sale on the Welsh coast at the moment (correct to March 2016).
1. AWEL Y MOR – PWLLHELI, GWYNEDD LL53 5BP
The Tremadog, four-bed: £290,000- £295,000
With a prime position overlooking the seafront and beach, this development of new, modern family townhouses is within walking distance of Pwllheli town centre and has superb access to the walks and attractions of the Llyn Peninsula. The Tremadog’s four bedrooms are on the ground and first floors, with an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area on the second floor to make the most of the views. There are glazed doors that lead to a balcony with glass balustrade.
Tel: 01745 538200. For more information on this and other developments, visit www.watkinjoneshomes.co.uk
2. BARDSEY VIEW HOLIDAY PARK, CEREDIGION SA48 7QZ
Willerby Rio Gold, two-bed: £32,500
For a slice of idyllic coastal living, take a look at the new 2016 Willerby Rio Gold on Bardsey View Holiday Park in Ceredigion. With two bedrooms, an open-plan lounge and a fresh, bright kitchen, the Rio Gold is ideal for weekend getaways and family holidays. Located between New Quay and Aberaeron, the park has fantastic coastal and country views plus a restaurant, games room and an outdoor swimming pool. Rent for 2016 season, £2,600.
Tel: 01545 580270. For more info and full terms, visit www.bardseyview.co.uk
3. DOLPHIN COURT – NEW QUAY, CEREDIGION SA45 9TA
The Knightsbridge, five-bed: £380,000
An exceptional, five-bedroom property set over three floors, the Knightsbridge has a flexible ‘upside down’ design with the main living spaces located on the first floor to take advantage of the views across Cardigan Bay. Highlights include a 50ft glass balcony, luxury wet room, garage and underfloor heating. Located in a tranquil development of 36 new homes just five minutes from the beach, it’s the ideal spot to unwind and forget the stresses of modern life.
Tel: 0870 080 23 23. To see the range of homes available at Dolphin Court, visit www.mabhomes.co.uk
4. GARREG GOCH CARAVAN PARK, GWYNEDD LL49 9YD
Atlas Moonstone, three-bed: £32,500 (including 2016 site fees)
A pretty, immaculate holiday park, pet- friendly Garreg Goch is located two miles from Porthmadog, Gwynedd, making it the perfect base for exploring Snowdonia and the Llyn Peninsula. On rainy days, drop into the brand new Information Hub, which has iPads, games consoles and a free-loan DVD library. With three bedrooms, the Atlas Moonstone caravan is fully double glazed, has central heating and a spacious living area perfect for families.
Tel: 01766 512210. For more info and full terms, visit www.garreggochpark.co.uk
5. HENDRE COED ISAF HOLIDAY PARK, GWYNEDD LL42 1AJ
Caravan B23, Willerby Rio Premier, three-bed: £39,495
With excellent sea views, parking and a secluded and gated patio area ideal for young children and pets, holiday homes don’t get much better than Caravan B23 – a 2015 Willerby Rio Premier – on Hendre Coed Isaf Holiday Park. A peaceful, family-friendly park a mile from Barmouth, Hendre Coed Isaf consists of more than 90 holiday homes plus a bar, restaurant, games room, laundrette, outdoor swimming pool and children’s play area. Middle site rent £3,365.
For more info, terms and to see all the latest models, visit www.hendrecoedisaf.co.uk
6. LYONS HOLIDAY PARK, NORTH WALES
Willerby Boston Series 5 Lodge, 2 beds: £99,995
Choose from eight beautiful holiday parks (six on the coast, two inland) throughout North Wales. Whichever park you opt for, you’ll be able to relax in style in the Willerby Boston Series 5 lodge, which has a huge, open-plan living, dining and kitchen area, two spacious bedrooms, an en-suite shower room and a separate family bathroom. With a strong community feel and fantastic onsite facilities in every Lyons park, it’ll be a true home away from home.
Tel: 03333 700701. For full terms and info on the full range of models and parks, visit www.lyonsholidayparks.co.uk
7. GREENACRES HOLIDAY PARK, PORTHMADOG, GWYNEDD LL49 9YB
2012 ABI Horizon, three-bed: £19,995
With the renowned Black Rock Sands beach and Snowdonia National Park on the doorstep, there’s plenty of opportunity for adventure at Greenacres. But then again, you may be unable to persuade your family to leave the site as there’s an outdoor SplashZone, an entertainment centre, exclusive owners-only facilities and lots more, too. If you fancy a slice of this coastal haven, take a peek at the 2012 ABI Horizon caravan that’s available there. With three bedrooms and spacious open-plan living areas, prospective buyers will be able to look forward to many happy holidays.
8. HAFAN Y MOR HOLIDAY PARK, PWLLHELI, GWYNEDD LL53 6HX
2012 ABI Horizon, three-bed: £19,995
There’s action aplenty in store at 500-acre Hafan y Môr Holiday Park. Situated on the Llyn Peninsula, the park itself has lots of green space, woodland walks and it’s own private pebbly beach. There’s also an aerial adventure ropes course, indoor pool, boating lake, adventure golf, owners-only fishing lake and golf course, and even a gym, all onsite. With the 2012 ABI Horizon, you can have access to all of this for a reasonable price.
Tel: 0333 202 5250.
9. KILN PARK HOLIDAY CENTRE, TENBY, PEMBROKESHIRE SA70 7RA
2013 ABI Horizon, three-bed: £23,995
Another Haven site offering the ever-popular ABI Horizon, Kiln Park is located in Tenby with its pretty harbour and distinctive pastel-coloured houses. Kiln Park is ideally situated for families who want to enjoy some quality time on the stunning Pembrokeshire coast without being too far from the amenities of a town. On the park you’ll find a recently refurbished restaurant, indoor and outdoor pools, archery sessions, fencing lessons and more.
10. LYDSTEP BEACH HOLIDAY VILLAGE, TENBY, PEMBROKESHIRE SA70 7SB
2012 Willerby Salsa Eco, three-bed: £29,995
If you’re after plush living accommodation at a small and intimate holiday park, you’ll love the 2012 Willerby Salsa Eco at Lydstep Beach Holiday Village. Ultra efficient, with warm air heating, double glazing and insulation, you’ll be comfortable no matter the weather. What’s more, the Salsa Eco has three bedrooms and lots of storage space, too. Enjoying amazing views across the Blue Flag beach to Caldey Island in the distance, the family-friendly holiday village has an indoor pool complex and a brilliant bar and entertainment venue with live music and great food on offer.
11. PRESTHAVEN BEACH RESORT, PRESTATYN, DENBIGHSHIRE LL19 9TT
2013 Willerby Salsa Eco, three-bed: £27,568
A big, lively holiday park with adventure golf, pools, an aerial adventure ropes course, indoor SportsDrome, two entertainment venues and a newly refurbished owners lounge, Presthaven Beach Resort is just the place to make some memories. Opt for the 2013 Willerby Salsa and the dream of owning your own seaside family retreat can become a reality for a very affordable price.
12. QUAY WEST HOLIDAY PARK, NEW QUAY, CEREDIGION SA45 9SE
2012 ABI Horizon, three-bed: £24,995
With an amazing cliff-top position overlooking New Quay Harbour and Cardigan Bay, Quay West has its own woodland trail down to a long, sandy beach below. Relax and unwind during the daytime in the site’s outdoor pool and terrace, then spend a relaxed evening in the newly refurbished owner’s club and lounge. A great option, whether you’re a first timer or looking to upgrade your old caravan, the 2012 ABI Horizon is affordable, spacious and family friendly.
To find your perfect holiday home at one of the eight Haven caravan parks on the Welsh coast, tel: 0333 202 1460 or visit www.ukholidayhomesales.co.uk