3 Things To Consider When Buying A New Static Caravan

When buying a static caravan, there is a lot more to consider than just it’s looks. Many people focus on aesthetics and do not consider the other factors involved. Make sure to not buy on impulse and look further into what you want.

One of the major things to consider is your location of choice. You want to choose somewhere that best fits you. Therefore, make sure you have visited the area, looked around and know what there is to do. You want to pick somewhere that is suitable for you and what you enjoy. If you have children, you might prefer somewhere with lots to do and activities for kids. Whereas if you are more interested in landscapes, somewhere with a good scenery and lots to go and see would be a better choice. Think about what you want from a caravan park; you might prefer somewhere with lots of activities going on or maybe somewhere with restaurants and a spa for a more relaxed experience when you come to your caravan.

Considering your budget is an important factor that you need to think about if you want to buy a new or pre-owned static caravan. While buying a new caravan will be more costly, it could save you money in the long run on maintenance issues. You also need to find out if the caravan park you use has a limit on the age of the caravans there. Many caravan parks like to keep the park new and looking it’s best, meaning that many will only allow static caravans to stay for a certain number of years or until they reach a specific age.  You would need to find this out and make sure the caravan you choose fits the time frame if needed.

Many people will purchase a static caravan and do not consider the other bills they will need to pay towards it. Site fees, gas, electric, insurance, TV licence and maintenance fees if needed. It all adds up and can be very expensive. Therefore, making a list of these bills might be a good idea to find out a monthly cost.

To look into buying your own static caravan at our park, give us a call or drop us a message. You could also look at our holiday homes available to purchase today!

Top 5 Activities for a British Seaside Getaway

Whilst the nights may be drawing in quicker and the weather getting colder, Britain’s beaches are still booming with activity this Autumn. We’ve put together our top five activities for a British seaside getaway regardless of the weather.

Throw a Barbecue

Even if the weather is dull and grey, there’s something very comforting about a barbie on a British beach, not to mention the perfect way to bond with family over some delicious food whilst watching the waves roll in! It is important to check your beach of choice allows for personal barbecues, as not all allow it or are safe to do so in.

Take a Picnic

If the weathers not quite right for a barbecue or you don’t think its allowed, why not take a picnic with you instead? If the weathers nice, you could do some sunbathing or go for a swim! Picnics are ideal for all weather conditions; simply find a nice beach hut or shelter if it starts to rain!

Organise some Games

If you’re on a static caravan holiday, it’s the perfect time to get your neighbours involved in some seaside games. Whether you’re interested in a quick game of frisbee, football or old school rounders, the beach is the perfect, spacious place to do so.

Set Up Camp

Why not go on an adventure one night and set up camp on your local beach? You can bring the barbecue and some games along with you, creating the perfect atmosphere. We’d advise leaving camping to the Summer, and make sure your beach of choice allows it!

Local Events

Whether you’re on holiday or at your local beach, why not check to see if there are any local events taking place? You may find that there’s a funfair, volleyball tournament or community feast happening nearby.

At Retreat Caravan Park, we’re located adjacent to the beautiful, seven-mile long Burnham Beach. It is the ideal place to spend your holidays, whether you’re planning to visit in the Summer or Winter! With so much going on in the local community, there’s always something to do or see at Burnham-on-Sea.

At Retreat Caravan Park, we can help you find your home away from home for unlimited family holidays all year round! For more information, don’t hesitate to contact the team today or call us on 01278 795006.

The Top 5 Accessories your Static Caravan Needs

If you’re heading to your static caravan for a nice summer holiday, you can spice things up by introducing some of these great accessories to your home away from home.

Awning

Awnings are a versatile and stylish way to add shade and usable space to the side of your caravan. They are perfect for use in Summer when eating outdoors or can be used as a place to store equipment, as an extra ‘camping-style’ bedroom or even as a wet room. The best part is they can be neatly rolled away when they aren’t needed.

Fencing

Adding fencing around your static caravan, garden and pitch is a great way to create a cosy and comfortable feeling to your home away from home. Fencing is a great way to create a real community space whilst secluding yourself away enough for your own homely space. A lot of our holiday homes that are currently for sale already feature fencing.

Tool-Kit

Unfortunately, things can go wrong at any given moment, meaning you will really regret not having a tool-kit to hand. A basic, easy-to-find tool-kit will be enough, as they tend to include a wrench, mallet, screwdriver and other bits and bobs, but it will really come in handy and help you out should you if you run into any common problems.

Storage Unit

It’s no secret that the storage space in a static caravan can often be on the small side. That’s why an outdoor storage unit is the perfect accompaniment, particularly for items like garden furniture and bicycles that you wouldn’t want to leave in your caravan. Most storage units are lockable to ensure optimum security and can also be bolted to the ground.

Safety Equipment

Not all static caravans are kitted out with the latest safety equipment, so it’s vital that you get the things you need for optimal safety. We’d advise a fire extinguisher, fire blanket and smoke alarm that is tested regularly to ensure your static caravan is as safe as possible. Whilst fires may be rare, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Have we missed any fantastic static caravan accessories from our list? Tweet us @retreatburnham with your suggestions!

If you’re looking for your own static caravan holiday home to accessorise, you can take a look at the ones we have available here. For more information, or to simply talk to the team, you can get in touch here, or give us a call on 01278 795006.

Why Choose a Static Caravan this Summer Holiday

With Summer getting ever closer by the second, you may be wondering whether to head to your trusty static caravan for this year’s summer holiday.

Here at Retreat Caravan Park, we certainly think you should, simply because there are so many things a static caravan holiday can offer you. We’ve outlined some of the best reasons as to why you should choose to visit your static caravan these summer months.

Home from Home

Having your own static caravan to visit during the summer is like having a home away from home. You’ll have all the luxuries and excitement of being on holiday but still have the cosiness and can’t-beat feeling that comes with being at home.

Bring the Whole Family

Unlike a holiday abroad, the whole family can visit your static caravan to join in with the summer fun. Whether you want to invite grandma over for the weekend, bring the dog along on the family trip or invite friends for the night, you can do it all in a static caravan.

So Much to Do

Static caravan holidays often come with so much to do for the whole family, or at least they do at Retreat. We have a range of fantastic facilities for you to enjoy and are conveniently located on the beachfront in Burnham-on-Sea, where there is so much to do and see every month.

No Travel Fees

Whilst your static caravan may be far enough away for you to incur petrol fees and a long car journey, the cost will be nothing compared to the fees that come with airport transfers, flights and car hires at the other end!

New Locations

Whether you’ve been to your static caravan a thousand times before or not, it’s always interesting to explore a new location. Why not catch the train to the next town across for a fun day trip or check out the local attractions you haven’t already visited?

If you’re interested in having your own static caravan, take a look at the fantastic range of homes and pitches we currently have available. For more information regarding any of our static caravan holiday homes, our park or our facilities, please don’t hesitate to visit our contact page or give us a call on 01278 795006.

With the summer holidays approaching, many of us are getting ready to open the doors to our static caravans for the hot months. For those of us who haven’t visited our static caravan for a while, some cleaning is probably going to be needed! Regular cleaning can help to get rid of any bugs and germs, keep vermin away and prolong the life of your furnishings, fixtures and fittings.

Whether you’re looking for some tips on keeping your static caravan spotless and beautiful all year round or need help on one big clean, we can help!

Internal Cleaning

  • We’d advise cleaning and tidying one room at a time. Once you see one room revamped and freshened it will inspire you to carry on!
  • Remember those hard to reach places like blinds; try attaching a cloth to a ruler to clean tricky places!
  • A top trick for removing limescale from a kettle is squeezing in lemon juice, adding cold water and leaving it to stand for half an hour.
  • Use window cleaner or a weak white vinegar solution to clean any grubby marks from the insides of windows.
  • As you clean, make a list of any necessary repairs you should undertake soon. You can go back to them later or tick them off as you go.
  • Give your bathroom and kitchen a good clean. Remember the insides of your fridge; antibacterial wipes are great to use here.
  • Finish off with a quick spritz of air freshener and fresh, clean sheets on the beds.

External Cleaning

  • Have a look at the guttering and ensure it is free of any fallen leaves or debris. If possible, wash the gutter with a hosepipe.
  • Give any doors, windows, skirting areas and vents a thorough wash and ensure you have removed all debris, leaves, twigs and unwanted animal nests.
  • Give the exterior of the caravan a wash and polish all over. You can contact an experienced cleaning company to help you if you are less able.
  • Remember the roof of your caravan; rinse it with water to loosen any dirt or debris that has got stuck.
  • Wash the exterior of windows with a soft cloth and water. Car windscreen cleaner can help to get your windows sparkling!
  • As with the interior, make note of any repairs that may need doing in the future.

Whilst cleaning can get boring, try and make it a fun job that will prepare you for seasons worth of relaxation in your static caravan. Why not get the whole family involved to speed up the cleaning process?

If you want your own static caravan holiday home for summer 2018, take a look at our pre-owned holiday homes available now. For more information, don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of the team by visiting our contact page or by giving us a call on 01278 795006.

5 Ideas to Modernise your Static Caravan

Many static caravans come ready styled and furnished, meaning it can be difficult to create an interior or exterior to your own tastes. If you already own a static caravan and feel it could do with a style overhaul, we’ve put together our top five ideas to help you modernise it.

Flooring

The flooring in your home away from home can make a huge difference. Older caravans or those that are well-loved will have obvious signs of ageing and wear and are probably due an upgrade. If you want carpeted flooring, you could have it professionally fitted or could do it yourself by carefully cutting out edges and avoiding obstacles like the counters and the fridge.

More modern caravans will have laminated flooring, which is a cleaner and more hygienic solution. Again, this could be fitted professionally or done yourself. Adding rugs on top of laminate could provide a brighter, cosier and warmer environment.

Seating

A static caravans seating area is one of the most important areas. If it’s not comfortable, has faded or is starting to show signs of wear, it’s probably time to consider a change. Whether you want to replace the entire seating area or simply get new seating covers for an entirely new look, there are many options available. You should opt for a fabric that compliments the rest of your caravan’s furniture and is also hard-wearing.

If you’re someone who often has pets or children staying in your static caravan, a seating design that is easy to clean or will mask the odd accidental spills and stains is ideal.

Kitchen & Bathroom

Don’t be afraid of giving your kitchen or bathroom a modernised overhaul. If your furnishings have got a few chips or are cracked, they can easily be fixed yourself with a bit of DIY. Alternatively, you could get an entirely new replacement, though it would be best to call in a professional to fit anything that involves water.

Replacing cabinet doors and drawers with more modern furnishings is a great way to give your kitchen or bathroom space a new look. However, this can be expensive depending on how many things you’re looking to replace. Alternatively, rubbing down surfaces with sandpaper and using varnishing, waxing and painting is much cheaper!

Curtains & Blinds

Most older static caravans will have curtains. For a more contemporary feel, why not replace them with blinds? The possibilities are endless, and it will be easy to find somewhere that will cut them to size. Whether you’re looking for roller blinds, venetian or fabric, your caravan will have an entirely new look.

Many people opt for blackout blinds in their caravans, specifically in the bedrooms. All light will be kept out and your sleep will be undisturbed, specifically on mornings where getting out of bed is just not an option.

Exterior

Over the years, the exterior of your static caravan can become worn. It can be possible to remove any stains and dirt quite easily, as well as dents and any paint damage, which you should be able to obtain from most DIY stores. Don’t do anything to your caravan’s exterior until you’ve given it a thorough wash- you’ll be amazed at the difference!

If you’re looking for a completely new exterior, you could opt for a caravan wrap. These are vinyl adhesive covers that are applied to the caravan to give it a brand-new look. If you change your mind in the future, the wraps can be easily removed.

Many modern caravans are now decorated so beautifully on both the interior and exterior that there will never be much need for an overhaul. If you’re looking for a brand-new static caravan holiday home, take a look at our current holiday homes available now.

For more information, get in touch with a member of the team via our contact page or by giving us a call on 01278 795006.

Why Investing in a Holiday Home is the Perfect New Year Resolution

Millions of people all over the world decide to invest in a static caravan holiday home for their own individual reasons. However, there are a few that crop up time and time again. If you’re unsure whether to buy your own holiday home in 2018, we’ve put together our favourite reasons why investing in a holiday home is the perfect new year resolution to set yourself, even if it is a bit late!

Spend more time with Family

Having a static caravan holiday home readily available means it’s easy to spend more time with your family. Think back to the last time the entire family got together for a Sunday Roast? It is a distant memory for many as people are simply too busy to keep time free.  Static caravans allow people a place to shut off from the distractions of everyday life and spend precious, quality moments with their family.

Something for getting Older

Owning a static caravan holiday home can make retirement look like a great prospect. Having a static caravan can mean you have a whole new location to explore, with fun and exciting places to see, interesting people to meet and new hobbies to discover. Rather than going on holiday for a week and not getting the chance to explore all the places you want to see, a static caravan holiday home can allow you to truly immerse yourself with a new location.

Switching off is Easy

The modern world is full of technological advances that ensure it’s impossible to get a moments rest. Having a static caravan can mean that time is spent genuinely relaxing without the worries of everyday life. If you’re someone who has a stressful job, you could hugely benefit from the advantages a relaxing holiday home can offer on the weekends, weeks off or simply for special occasions.

If any of the above sound like something you’re in need of, a holiday home could be the perfect chance for you to make the most out of 2018 and beyond. Owning your own holiday home in Somerset couldn’t be easier with Retreat Estates. Our Retreat is the perfect place to relax and unwind and is the ideal location for you and your family to begin a lifetime of fantastic weekend breaks and enjoyable holidays.

Why not take a look at our fantastic selection of holiday homes available to purchase now? For more information on how we can help you, get in touch with the Retreat Caravan Park team today by giving us a call on 01278 795006 or via our contact page.

Making the Most out of Winter Holidays in England

Opting for a static caravan holiday in winter is a must- even in England. Think of the cosy nights with mulled wine and mince pies, breathing in the fresh air at your lodge of choice. We’ve put together the top things you can do to ensure your winter caravan holiday is a real hit.

Blankets

The temperatures are going to be low and it’s going to be cold. Fact. If you find it cold in your home, you’ll find it colder in your static caravan. Think about this in advance by ensuring you pack lots of warm clothes, pyjamas and extra blankets or duvets. Though static caravans have an in-built heating system, you can never be too prepared.

Family

If you’re planning on holidaying around the new year, it simply wouldn’t be the same without getting the whole family involved. Static caravans are built to house a larger number of people than the bedrooms may presume. One of biggest advantages about having the family round is the warmth it will provide in the cold nights!

Attractions

Local attractions that are nearby to your caravan park may provide new and exciting experiences for you and your family to enjoy. Why not explore the festivities of a new town? You could find some real gems that will entice you back time and time again. Not to mention the sheer number of restaurants you’ll need to try, too!

Food

Cooking in a caravan can be stressful, especially for a lot of people- that’s no secret. If your static caravan is based in the countryside, there’s bound to be a whole host of beautiful and dainty pubs offering dinner at great prices! Not only will it be delicious, it will take the stress out of cooking and will mean the whole family enjoys a true feast.

Sights

If you’re an avid static caravanner, it’s likely you’ve seen all the sights the location has to offer. However, winter can offer a totally new experience. Frost, snow and even rain can completely transform your most favourite sights, creating mesmerising pictures and memories. It will also get you out the caravan and on the move to burn off that dinner!

Like the sound of going on a winter static caravan holiday? Why not be a holiday home owner and have the chance to escape all year round? We have a range of fantastic static caravans available for purchase and to suit all budgets. For more information, get in touch with a member of the Retreat team by calling us on 01278 795006 or via our contact page.