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Park homes overlooking popular beaches have never been more popular 

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Dive into a life by the seaside: Park homes overlooking the UK’s finest beaches have never been more popular

  • Homes on prime sites in Britain’s coastal resorts get snapped up quickly
  • Owners enjoy breathtaking views and beaches a few steps from the front door 
  • We round up some of the UK’s best holiday parks 

To own a holiday home with an uninterrupted view of the sea is one of our biggest obsessions.

Whether it’s watching the waves crash on to the shore or feeling the sand between our toes, the sea is a mesmerising force. No wonder then, that prime sites on Britain’s coastal holiday home resorts get snapped up quickly.

Family-owned Mother Ivey’s Bay Holiday Park in Padstow commands sweeping views of the Cornish coast from its clifftop spot.

Panoramic views: Homes on the clifftop at Mother Ivey's Bay Holiday Park in Cornwall

Panoramic views: Homes on the clifftop at Mother Ivey’s Bay Holiday Park in Cornwall

‘It’s fascinating to see the Atlantic ocean in all its different moods and that’s a big part of the joy of owning a holiday home here and returning throughout the four seasons,’ says park owner Patrick Langmaid. 

‘Even though I have been here at Mother Ivey’s with my family for over 30 years, I never tire of simply standing and staring.’

The beach, accessed by a coastal path, is uncrowded and free of noisy jet skis and speedboats. 

It’s also pristine due to Patrick’s zest for beach clean-ups. He ropes in owners, staff and local schoolchildren and has even invested in a machine to sift out microplastics.

But that’s why Phil Mitchell, 56, who first visited Mother’s Ivy four years ago in a touring caravan with his wife Jane, 59, loves it.

Seduced by the breathtaking views, they bought a holiday home in a prime spot, on the front row with uninterrupted views.

‘We love the fact it’s so quiet. There are no noisy attractions,’ says Phil. ‘Even our dog Stanley loves the peace and Patrick keeps it pristine.’

The couple, who are paddle boarding and surfing enthusiasts, have a two-bedroom home measuring 38ft by 12ft which cost £80,000 new. 

They pay £3,500 a year in pitch fees but reckon it’s worth every penny, and every mile of the six-hour drive they make from their home in Leeds.

Homeowners enjoy panoramic views over the Channel at Sandhills in Christchurch, Dorset, and don’t need to negotiate a coastal park to get to the beach.

Homes are set among the trees and the sea is a few steps from the front door. But you have to pay a pretty penny for the view. A two-bed 40ft by 16ft luxury lodge in a prime, front-row position costs £700,000.

A coastal resort selling family fun in Wales is Meadow House, recently voted the best park in Pembrokeshire.

A newly launched development, called The Puffins, has 31 pitches for lodge and static holiday homes with sea views across Amroth Bay as well as restaurants, a gym and swimming pool.

Across on England’s East coast, award-winning Searles Leisure Resort in Norfolk has new and pre-owned lodges for sale priced from £46,995. It’s close to the Queen’s 20,000-acre Sandringham estate and five minutes from the Victorian seaside town of Hunstanton, famed for its striped cliffs, sunsets and sandy beaches.

The 50-week season at pet-friendly Broadlands Sands Holiday Park in Suffolk makes it ideal for winter and summer visits.

There’s family entertainment with a newly opened swimming pool, adventure golf and climbing wall, as well as spectacular sea views and a sandy beach at the bottom of the cliff.

Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth beaches are also nearby. Holiday homes are available from £50,000.

On Scotland’s Solway coast, Sandgreen Caravan Park has its own private, sheltered sandy beach. Dog-friendly Sandgreen is two hours from Glasgow in the heart of an official National Scenic Area. 

A three-bedroom pre-owned holiday home is available for £16,499 and includes central heating and double glazing.

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Maurice Investments sell London office building for €30.3m (GB)

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Allsop, acting jointly alongside Anton Page, has completed the sale of the freehold of a Grade A workspace in Aldgate, central London, on behalf of Maurice Investments for €30.3m (£26m). Acquired by Meadow Partners, the price is equivalent to approximately €1120 (£960) per ft² and a net initial yield of 5%.

 

Wool + Tailor, 10-12 Alie Street E1, comprises 27,158ft² of Grade A office and ancillary accommodation over nine floors. It is within a three-minute walk of Aldgate station and a 15-minute walk of six further train and underground stations, including Whitechapel which is on the newly opened Elizabeth line, and is multi-let to five tenants. Maurice Investments had initially acquired the building in an off-market deal advised by Allsop, which also went on to conclude a successful leasing campaign alongside Anton Page.

 

Wool + Tailor was redeveloped in 2019 to include two additional floors and a new façade, with BREEAM “very good” and EPC A and B ratings. It features an eco-friendly biodiverse roof, cycle racks to accommodate up to 36 bikes, and a WiredScore Gold certification with fibre optic internet. Wool + Tailor further benefits from outstanding natural light throughout, which is enhanced by floor-to-ceiling heights of up to 3.3 metres, and a 7th floor communal business lounge with dual aspect terraces offering panoramic views of the City and beyond.

 

Matthew Millman, Partner at Allsop, said: “The sale of Wool + Tailor concludes a highly successful business plan for our client where we advised on the off-market acquisition, letting, then disposal of what has become one of the finest buildings in Aldgate. Wool + Tailor satisfies the requirements of the modern investor and occupier for ‘best in class’ office space with strong ESG credentials, excellent connectivity and plentiful nearby cafes, bars and restaurants.”

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AnaCap secures €59m loan for Paris office deal (FR)

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Tristan Capital Partners’ TIPS One “Income Plus” Real Estate Debt Fund has provided senior debt financing to funds advised by AnaCap Financial Partners, to support the €59.25m acquisition of South Station, a freehold office asset located in Massy, in the second ring of Paris. South Station is a high-quality property ideally located in Massy – the largest economic centre in the Southern Paris area – and is adjacent to the town’s main transport stations (RER and TGV). The asset is one of the most attractive buildings in the submarket offering modern A-grade office space with excellent amenities.

 

The sale and partial leaseback acquisition will see the vendor CGG, a geophysics specialist, remain as the majority tenant. Pramena Investment will act as the asset manager for the property.

 

Ashil Sodha, Director, Debt Investment at Tristan Capital Partners, said: “As TIPS One continues to diversify, we are pleased to have closed our first loan in France. We are focused on lending on high-quality assets with the right ESG characteristics and we believe this loan exemplifies this strategy well. We look forward to working alongside AnaCap and Pramena and supporting them in optimising their strategy for this asset.”

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Barratt and David Wilson invest €45.5m in UK resi market

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Harworth Group plc has sold two residential land parcel at its Waverley and Thoresby Vale developments to Barratt and David Wilson Homes, for a total consideration of €45.5m (£39m).

 

At Waverley in South Yorkshire, Harworth has competed a €33.8 (£29m) land sale which will see the delivery of approximately 450 homes, of which over 30% will be affordable. This represents Harworth’s largest-ever serviced residential land sale by number of plots. The new homes will represent Barratt and David Wilson Homes’ fifth phase at the site and will be situated adjacent to both Highwall Park and the Waverley Lake, benefitting from unique water frontage in an area of the development known as Waverley Waterfront. Construction will follow a bespoke design code, devised in partnership between Harworth and Barratt and David Wilson Homes, that complements the existing Waverley development while maximising the amenity value of the area’s waterfront location. The development will include a pedestrianised promenade, further enhancing the site’s placemaking and connectivity.

 

At Thoresby Vale in Nottinghamshire, Harworth has exchanged on the sale of serviced land capable of delivering 174 homes, for €11.6m (£10m). This represents the second phase of the Thoresby Vale development, following the sale of two land parcels at the site to Harron Homes and Barratt and David Wilson Homes in 2019 and 2020 respectively. Alongside the new homes, Barratt and David Wilson Homes will provide a new surface water attenuation pond and a multi-use path and associated landscaping, which will enhance connectivity and link to the site’s planned primary school and local centre, for which site preparation works are currently underway. The sales conclude an active first half for Harworth’s residential developments, during which over 100% of its budgeted residential land sales for the year were completed, exchanged or under offer, and it also launched its first single-family Build to Rent portfolio.

 

Andrew Blackshaw, Chief Operating Officer at Harworth, commented: “Barratt and David Wilson Homes is a trusted and valued partner to Harworth, and we are pleased to be developing our relationship with these two significant land sales. Harworth is particularly well-placed in volatile markets as our serviced land provides housebuilders with a product which is de-risked and ready to build on from day one. The acceleration of both our Waverley and Thoresby Vale sites will see Harworth stepping through its strategy to take advantage of the placemaking and levelling up that these schemes ultimately bring to these communities. In addition, these sales will enhance the maturation of these socially diverse neighbourhoods when delivered alongside our recently launched single family Build to Rent product, Project Spur.”

 

Ed Catchpole, Joint Regional Director for Yorkshire & Central at Harworth, added: “Barratt and David Wilson Homes has a proven track record of high-quality housing delivery at Harworth sites, and these transactions will help to further accelerate the build-out and placemaking at Waverley and Thoresby Vale. Both sites are also set to benefit from additional investment which will see the creation of new Build to Rent homes and local amenities.”

 

Mark Cotes, Managing Director at Barratt and David Wilson Homes North Midlands, said: “We’re thrilled to have secured the land for an extension to our Thoresby Vale development and will look forward to another opportunity to meet the growing demand for housing in Nottinghamshire. Our growing community in Edwinstowe will continue to provide new jobs for local people and we’ll be making further ecological and financial investments as the development progresses.”

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