We caught up with our very friendly resident Mr Les Knowles who has been on the park since 2010. Hope you enjoy the short chat we had with him about his experience of park home lifestyle.
Q. What were your living conditions before you moved to the park?
I was living on a boat in Lancashire with my wife. It was a stressful, hectic life and we were looking at downsizing & retiring to a more relaxed life.
Q. Why did you move to Dorset?
Well, the main reason was to be with our children who all live around this area. The other reason was that it is a lovely area and perfect for leading a more relaxed idyllic life.
Q. How did you decide to move to a park home?
My brother already lived in a park home in St. Austell (Cornwall) and I liked it already. We could visualise ourselves in a similar home but in an area of our choice.
Q. How did you go about deciding the park/home etc.
Well, we were quite sure of the area where we wanted to move to. We saw this park, liked the plot & decided to reserve it immediately. We then chose our home.
Q. How is life in the park?
We love the convenience of managing a park home as well as how cosy our whole park is. There are just 31 homes on this park so literally everyone knows everyone. There is a lot of potential to make great friendships – it basically depends on how social you are. My wife has recently moved to a full-term care facility and it’s a tough time but I have a strong network of neighbours and friends which keeps me going. I am also the resident manager so I ensure that I look after the park & residents and any issues which come up as well.
Another point I would like to mention is that these homes are much cheaper to maintain as the expenses for utilities are substantially lower than any other home. My expenses came down substantially and that is what we were aiming for when we decided to move to a park home.
Q. How far are the amenities, entertainment options?
Our nearest beach is Bournemouth Beach which is less than 5 miles from our park. The bus stop is literally 2 minutes from the park. The nearest Train station is about 4 miles.
Our park is quite close to a lot of shops and amenities as I didn’t want to live in the middle of nowhere and wanted a home which had lots of options in terms of shops, restaurants etc. in decent proximity.
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This park has a lovely country setting, so it’s as peaceful as they come. But you’re not off the beaten track here.
Bournemouth is a short bus ride away and there’s regular service into town, with a bus stop near the park entrance and if you’re thinking of heading overseas for a holiday, Bournemouth International Airport is just a few miles away too.
This park might be small but it has a really friendly community, so you’ll feel right at home from day one. When you want to get out and about, there’s plenty to do, with beautiful river walk close by, six golf courses within easy reach and the Castle Point Shopping Centre only a few minutes’ drive away with high street favourites.