Have you ever been on a lodge holiday and sat relaxing thinking “should I buy a holiday lodge” – I know I have. If you are thinking of buying your own lodge either for yourself or as an investment our guide will help you with all the things you need to consider buying before making the offer. Our lodge reviews cover most of the country so we have a good idea of the parks what have lodges for sale too, read on to find all the information you need!
What Information Are You Looking For?
How Much Does A Lodge Cost?
In the UK lodge costs vary greatly based on the size and location. A starting price for a wooden lodge on a park can be as low as £64,999 through to luxury lodges on exclusive parks for over £500,000. Based on our market research the average price for a 2 bedroom lodge is around £130,000.
What Type Of Lodge Are You Looking for?
Buying lodges on parks
If you are looking for a holiday lodge for yourself to get away to, or for investment reasons then buying a lodge in a park is a great way to buy. This is a more hassle-free option with parks ranging in size from 100+ lodges with lots of facilities to smaller, quite and more intimate parks with a handful of lodges.
There are lots of things to consider about the park and the area before you commit to buying one! It is well worth going for a week or weekend to get a feel of the place and the local area to make sure you are happy with it. Consider the lifestyle you plan to have.
Things to consider buying a park lodge
- What is the area like
- What facilities are close by
- How long does it take to get there from home (Especially if its a weekend bolt hole)
- How does it feel when you are there – partial things are important but being relaxed and comfortable is key for long-term happiness at your lodge
- What are the park rules (Things like hanging the washing out and having BBQs)
It is very important to take your time and make the right decision.
Another important thing to consider is the location of the exact lodge that you are buying. This is key if it is a big park, you may find the outer lodges will cost you slightly more than ones in the busy hub of the site.
Buying a lodge from a plan
If you have some land and the right planning permission than you can build your own lodge to your own specifications. You may want to build a lodge park investment or just a 1 lodge site for your own retreat.
For me this is the ultimate dream – Find some land with a nice view (and a lake), design a unique lodge to go on the site and have it as my own private bolt hole. A great way to escape the world for a while in your own spot of tranquility.
Lodges are generally pre-made and some do not offer any variation on the design.
Here is an example of a 1 bedroom lodge layout –
Here is how a 2 bed layout would usually look –
UK Lodge Manufacturers
Lodge prices vary and most websites don’t advertise the prices! Here are some UK lodge manufacturers that we have found –
Holiday park lodge manufacturers
- Pine Log lodge cabins
- Omar – Suppleirs of carvans and lodges to the lodge park idustry – Ranges from standard to luxury
- Actually lodges – Park lodge supplier with a range of options
- Hobourne –
Luxury lodge manufacturers
- Modular group – Unique lucry lodges and pods
Bespoke lodge manufacturers
- Beaver log cabins – Residential & bespoke cabins and summer houses
Is Buying a Lodge a Good Investment?
As with anything finance-related, this is not a simple yes or no answer.
Here we will look at the pros and cons of buying a lodge if you are looking to rent it out and make a return. We also see it as a comparison to owning a brick-and-mortar holiday let.
- It is generally a cheaper way to buy a holiday investment compared to a holiday cottage
- The lodge market has a range of entry levels from simple lodges to high-end luxury
- Some parks offer a rental guarantee for the first 1 to 3 years
- Some parks will manage the lodge for you giving you a completely hands-off solution
- Lodges deprecate over time and need care and maintenance, it is important to factor this into your calculations
- On a large park, your lodge may not be rented to the maximum capacity if the retail bookings are shared with other owners
- The parks will have a maintenance fee that will be payable monthly, again this needs to be factored into your costs
Things to Consider Before Buying A Lodge
With our experience in the UK lodge sector here are the things we think you need to consider before purchasing a lodge –
- The location of the park – is it a popular tourist spot
- Can the lodge be used all year
- Does it have a hot tub?
- What else is on the site, things to look for
- Swimming pools
- Games room
- Golf course
- Fishing lakes
- How many bedrooms does the lodge have
- How comfortable are you with the living space
- What are the views like
- What is the density of the site (how close are the other lodges)