Residential park homes and lodges are frequently grouped together, but they are different in a number of important ways, mainly the way they are used.
Residential Park Home vs Lodge licensing
A residential park home is licensed for permanent living all year-round. You purchase the home but lease the land it is built on. A lodge is typically only licensed to be a holiday property or second home, and unless it is otherwise stated, you are only legally allowed to live there for part of the year. You will need to prove that you have an alternative permanent address. Some developments will have lodges available for year-round living, so it is important to read the licence carefully.
The other key difference is the way the residential park home looks in comparison to a typical lodge. Residential park homes, sometimes referred to as mobile homes, are built with timber frames to a specific standard. The BS3632 Standard ensures homes are built safely and are more in line with conventional housing. These homes typically have a high-quality stucco finish and are well-insulated. The layout also reflects conventional housing, with separate rooms, en suite bathrooms in many cases, and good storage.
Lodges tend to be built in more rural or tourist destinations, so their exterior is typically clad in wood or PVC planks with a wood effect called cannexel to reflect their environment. Their layout is usually more of an open plan, but they are still built to the same standard as a residential park home.
Residential developments for the over-50s
Residential parks are usually well-situated in beautiful locations with easy access to public transport and local amenities, making them a perfect retirement option. You can find retirement residential park homes for sale in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire and all over the UK. Those looking for rural developments for the over-50s can find park homes for Sale in Gloucestershire. Parks for residents over 50 often have thriving communities with a range of joint activities, daily newspaper deliveries and mobile libraries.
Whether the children have flown the nest and you’re looking to downsize or you’re wanting a luxury holiday property that you can return to throughout the year, there are two great options in residential park homes or luxury lodges; it’s just a case of choosing the best one for your needs.