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We are nearly there!! – Bowling Green and Pavilion update

We should be finished ready for the park opening on 1st March. The Bowling Green has been completely ripped up and re-laid with the best root one soil and professional standard turf. The turf has had a few months now to establish itself. Just prior to us closing the park in November we took delivery of a new summer house which will form part of our new bowls ‘pavilion’. We owe a massive ‘thank you’ to some of our customers who built the summer house. “Thank You Gents”, oh and thank you to some of the ladies who kept us fed and watered!! During the winter months we have had a new large decking area supplied by North Wales Plastics from Abergele. Once finished the deck will surround the summer house and provide us with a large seating/viewing area which will be used for bowls events and general social area. The project is now just about complete just the finishing touches to do. We have invested a large amount of money, time and effort into this project which will give us and our customers years of enjoyment. We will be having a brand new program of friendly competitions during the year. We will also be organising our grand bowling green opening event for our customers. Just a few photos taken this morning, more to follow when it is complete :

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Pictures taken last year before any work was started:

 

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Much better I think!!!!!

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Bowling Green Redevelopment – Update

We have had a bowling green here at Pentre Mawr for many years now. Recently we have been unfortunate enough to have many problems with it. As we have had such a good year we have decided to invest a substantial amount into its redevelopment. Work will begin on Monday 22nd September to remove 8″ of soil. The bad soil will be replaced with a high quality growing medium called ‘Root Zone’ – this will enable to new turf to establish itself and to provide the best environment for the roots to grow. Once the root zone has been graded to the correct level to give a crown we will then lay the best quality bowling green turf. This together with a professional automatic sprinkler system will give us one of the best quality bowling greens around and yes you are right, it will remain free to use by all of our customers. A program of friendly competitions and get togethers is being put together for next year. Please keep an eye out for regular picture updates.

The following is a photo taken now :

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Hopefully we will have some good weather to carry out the ground work!!

Well work is well underway:

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MacMillan Coffee Morning Success!!!!!

Thanks to everyone who joined us in our MacMIllan Coffee Morning fund raising event. The weather was great as it has been over the past weeks!! There was an abundance of cake as well as tea, coffee and soft drinks. Thank you to all that either made or donated a cake for the day, you can tell from the pictures how much there was. We are only a small park but we managed to raise a total of £400 to go directly to the MacMillan charity. Below are some photos of the morning:

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Well we did it again!

Things just seem to get better and better here at Pentre Mawr!!

The sun is shining and it’s lovely and warm, but aside from that we had a surprise visitor yesterday in the form of a Wales Tourist Board Inspector!

The tourist board inspectors make random visits to parks throughout the year to assess them for their Star quality rating.

We have been part of the Star Grading Scheme for the last 20 years and, since we were inspected for the first time back in 1994, we have retained a Five Star rating every year! In 1996 we were entered into the national competition for “Most Improved Park” and were able to gain runner up.

I’m pleased to say that yet again we have kept our coveted Five Stars yet again!

Even after 20 years this award is something very special to us and something we do not take for granted.

We are only a small park but we always strive to be the best and receiving the Five Stars tells us that we must be doing something right!

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Is Pentre Mawr Right For Me ?

Ever visited a caravan park and thought “Is this place right for me?”

Here at Pentre Mawr we cater mainly for more mature customers, with a big percentage of our customers being semi or fully retired.

Children are welcome but we do not cater directly for them,  as we do not have a play area and unfortunately we do not allow bicycles or ball games on the park.

Not every caravan park suits every customer, and if loud noisy bars and clubs are what you are looking for then that is absolutely fine but Pentre Mawr is certainly not the right park for you!

Our owners like to relax in our safe and secure community environment, where they know their neighbours, can pass the time of day with other owners, tend to their gardens or just simply relax on their decking in the fresh coastal air and lovely sunshine.

If this sounds like your cup of tea (don’t forget the kettle is always on in our office!) then drop us a line by clicking on our contact page.

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Abergele Public Park

The local public park is Abergele is a real treat right on the doorstep for the caravan owners at Pentre Mawr.

Within just minutes easy walk of the park our owners regularly visit the local park – take a look at the lovely photos below to understand why this park is such a popular local attraction!

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There is so much to do at the park;

  • Abergele Town teams play there regularly.
  • They have several teams for football, rugby, and cricket.
  • When the matches are not being held the pitches are available for all to use.

Other facilities include;

  • a children’s’ park
  • 2 tennis courts
  • 2 all weather 5-a-side / basketball pitches
  • cricket nets
  • excellent parking
  • cricket pavilion
  • 2 wildlife ponds one with a newly built viewing platform shown above.

The local council have recently laid a tarmac path around the perimeter of the park so it is still possible to take a stroll in the wettest of weathers. It is also an excellent area to walk you dog!

 

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How Much Does It Cost Each Year To Have A Caravan?

When thinking about purchasing your very own holiday home it is not just about finding the right caravan or lodge at the right price, the right park or even the right location on the park to site it on.

Although these factors are very important there are other costs involved which should be looked into carefully before deciding to go ahead with your exciting new lifestyle.

1) WHAT ARE SITE FEES?

Site Fees, sometimes called pitch fees or ground rent, are generally paid on a yearly basis at the beginning of the season (March on most parks), the fees from park to park will differ depending on what facilities are available, how many staff there are, the location of the holiday park and the aesthetics.

The fees cover costs like ground maintenance, street lighting, any owners events, the running of clubhouses, swimming pools. So when deciding where to have your home do yourself a checklist of the minimum requirements for you to enjoy your holiday and free time.

Site fees may also vary depending on the position of the home, for example; if you want to be on the seafront in a lodge on a coastal park, you should probably expect to pay more than someone on the fourth row back from the sea.

2) DO SITE FEES GO UP?

Well yes they do on some parks, as the price of electricity and general cost of living goes up so will the site fees. On average site fees usually go up a small percentage every year, somewhat in line with the Bank of England’s inflation rate.

3) SO WHAT AMOUNT FOR SITE FEES SHOULD I BE PAYING?

Choose a park with the amenities that suit your needs, you will probably be paying more than you need to if you are not going to use the extras that the park offers. For example, if you have no interest in a swimming pool, clubhouse or on site entertainment then choose a park without those things and you’ll find mostly that the site fees reflect that choice.

Stick within your own comfortable budget for yearly planning; most owners find the easiest way to save for site fees is to put a monthly figure away so that it’s already set aside when the bill comes in.

4) WHY PAY SITE FEES?

Well the best way to explain this is that the owner of the park at sometime in the past, and will again in the future, had to invest a huge amount of money into the park to put the electric cables down, lay gas pipes, roads, concrete bases, landscaping, receptions, caravans to sell on and of course the initial purchase of the park.

Site Fees are an expense yes, but the alternative is to go and buy a plot of land yourself, apply for planning permission, put all the services in, source the lodge or caravan, arrange transport for the home, employ specialist contractors to site the home…all this in a stunning location with a private gardener and maintenance man….the site fees on a holiday park seem pretty reasonable now, don’t they?!

5) DO I PAY RATES AND/OR COUNCIL TAX?

Rates are usually paid on most parks although it’s not uncommon to see the rates included in the site fees. This generally covers all external services that have to be used to make sure your Holiday Home functions as you would like it too. Clean water, sewage and refuse all have to be brought in or outsourced by contractors as you would pay for in your own home. Again this cost varies from park to park and council to council.

Council tax, as you have at home, only applies to Residential parks as most Holiday Parks will require a proof of permanent address away from the park.

6) GAS AND ELECTRICITY

For your comfort all caravan and lodge holiday homes will come with electric and most also have gas. Some parks run their electricity through a token system although the majority are attached to a meter which you can read, and the balance of the electricity used will be billed to you either once or twice a year.

Gas can generally come in 2 forms; either as a gas bottle which is connected to a regulator and fed through into your caravan. Mains gas is increasingly popular and measured so you only pay for what you use. This is usually billed around the same time as the electric.

7) INSURANCE

Just like your car and your house, protecting your large purchases is a must in case of any damage or loss and just the same goes for your caravan or lodge. It must generally be fully comprehensively insured. Most companies offer insurance that suit their park, however you can search for the best deal on line or through independent brokers.

SO ARE YOU STILL INTERESTED?

Well it may look daunting and costly however you can justify your spend by doing a few simple sums at home:

work out how many holidays you currently have a year and the costs of them, how many days do you get for your money?
How many extra short breaks, nights away, escape from home days would you like to have a year? Add those costs up.
Do you have any family members that may benefit from you having your own Holiday Home and what would be the savings or costs to them, add that up.
As you can see you probably didn’t realise how much you already spend on your current lifestyle and for only a fraction of the time. Having your own Holiday Home naturally comes with costs, but £ for £ you get much more out of your lifestyle and leisure time, and it benefits your whole family!

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How Does VAT Work When Buying A Caravan?

Static caravans have been in the media recently with the Government deciding whether to implement full 20% VAT or not.

We’ve seen on a lot of forums caravan owners and buyers saying they have already been charged 20% VAT, presumably when they’ve checked their paperwork following the current media interest in the subject.

To clear this up in layman’s terms:

– Standard VAT has ALWAYS been charged in a caravan sale for the so-called “removable contents”, sometimes called “VAT-able items”. This simply means the items inside the caravan (or lodge) that you would expect to pay VAT on if you bought them separately at a retail store. Essentially the fittings like beds, ovens, TV’s, fridges and so on.

– The actual caravan itself has traditionally been exempt from VAT. This essentially means the chassis, the walls, floors, ceilings, roof.

– If you are a caravan owner already and bought before 6th April 2013 – check back on your paperwork when you bought the home; you should find that the VAT you paid is far less than 20% of the total price you paid – it was 20% of a much smaller figure for the “removeable contents”

The Government attempted to introduce 20% VAT on the caravan itself, which is why the industry as a whole lobbied against the proposal, as this would have had disastrous and far reaching consequences. Due to the unprecedented widespread industry support, the Government revised their legislation and as of 6th April 2013 static caravans now carry a 5% VAT on the caravan itself, in addition to the 20% for the removable items.

Here’s an example of how you should expect to see the numbers working from now on when buying a static caravan:

Stellar Sunrise 35′x13′ New Static Caravan

Total Sale Price £29,995

Removable Contents £3,000 including VAT

(VAT on contents @ 20% = £500)

Caravan Cost £26,995 including VAT

(VAT on caravan @ 5% = £1,285.48)

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Here are links to some interesting media articles regarding the VAT implementation on static caravans:

The Guardian

BBC News

Welsh Tourism Alliance

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The Sun is out at Pentre Mawr

The sun is beginning to shine and caravans are selling fast at Pentre Mawr!

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We’ve had a great start to 2014 down at the North Wales coast, with 10 new owners joining our beautiful static holiday caravan park Pentre Mawr already.

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We do have a small number of caravans left with pretty enormous discounts available, click the links to find out more:

Cosalt Coaster with huge wraparound decking and £2,000 discount – click here!

A brand new Delta Denbigh with £3,500 saving – click here!

Save over £3,000 on a brand new Victory Vision – click here!

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