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From Narrow Boat… to Park Home, An Idyllic Lifestyle

By 4, February 2019News

From Narrow Boat… to Park Home, An Idyllic Lifestyle

Kevin and Trish have chosen some lovely lifestyles over the years and had some amazing experiences, with their latest choice in life being to live in a Tingdene Park Home, that they simply love !!!

Having lived on a narrow boat for 17 years, Kevin and Trish started to consider the lifestyle they wanted in retirement, so in 2015 their search began.

Their narrow boat is in Oxfordshire so they felt this was a logical area to look for a park location initially, they also looked in Warwickshire, however their search finally lead them to Mid Wales. There are so many superb park locations around the Country it is no surprise that their search took them further afield.

Following a visit to the World of Park and Leisure Home Show held at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, they starting working with Berkeley Parks to find a park and Wales had a certain pull for them as Kevin was born there.

Having visited Caerwnon Park, their search was over. The park offered a new phase, that apart from being a good plot and location on the park, also gave them some stunning views.

The next step was to choose their home, which is where Tingdene came into their story. The Regency Classic was a home they had taken a fancy to at the show and they visited Tingdene’s Visitor Centre to find out more during one of Tingdene’s popular Open Days.

When they purchased their narrow boat, it was a bespoke design especially for them and with their design input. They went to see the boat at many, many, many, stages of build and were expressly involved in its construction, so why would a park home be any different!!!

They met with Lisa, at Tingdene’s Visitor Centre, complete with their design ideas to tweak the standard Regency Classic, to create a home built around their personal requirements.

Kevin commented “ Lisa was so patient with us, nothing was too much trouble”

Lisa also sent Kevin and Trish photos at different stages of construction so that they could be as involved as possible during the process, something that Kevin was thrilled about.

Many people look to sell their house, with a view to downsizing, when purchasing a park home, however for Kevin and Trish, this was effectively “up-sizing” from their narrow boat.

They originally sold their house and bought a narrow boat in 2001.  Moving back to bricks and mortar wasn’t something that they wanted to do. The narrow boat had given them a lifestyle they enjoyed, more flexible and relaxed somehow, than their house had offered.  Trish’s mother had lived in a park home so they already had an insight into the lifestyle available on a residential park.

Caerwnon Park is a park within the Berkeley Parks portfolio.  Frances, who Kevin said was “brilliant”, worked with them to explain more about the park home lifestyle, the homes available and help organise the financial aspects. They felt that they had received some excellent support to make their dream come to fruition.

They finally moved into their home in September 2018, so at the time of visiting they were busy buying furnishings to fill their new home.  Trish said “ We still have our narrow boat so are having to buy most things afresh, although we have brought a few things like Kevin’s piano over to the  home.  It has been very exciting buying new ornaments, pictures, kitchen bits and pieces.  The home seems so big….. we seem to have spent a lot, however it has been great fun sorting everything.”

They were on the park to see their home delivered. It is quite a tight lane for delivery especially with it being 48ft long and the gable had to be removed in the process; however the teams that undertake this work are used to dealing with the unexpected.

Kevin and Trish commented that the park was more of a “community” compared to living on a housing estate.  The neighbours are very nice and there are coffee mornings on a Friday.

Having been retired for 10 years now, Kevin and Trish certainly have their days filled.  They will continue to spend time on their narrow boat, in addition to Kevin enjoying playing his piano and also bell ringing.  They also get involved with charity fund raising through the band that Kevin has been involved with for many years.


A bit about Caerwnon Park.

Caerwnon Park is located around 3 miles from Builth Wells, Wales and is set within 24 acres of the finest countryside in Mid Wales.  The park enjoys panoramic views of the Wye Valley and is bordered to the north by the Cambrian Mountains.  Six miles to the north is the spa town of Llandrindod Wells, with its lake and park.  Some twelve miles north east are the Elan Valley reservoirs known as ‘The Welsh Lake District’ with its abundance of mountains, lakes, forests and unspoilt beauty.  Within the area are many leisure activities such as golf, tennis, pony trekking, boating, fishing, climbing and many other amenities.