Buying a Caravan or Lodge - FAQs

I am thinking of visiting the park to view the caravans for sale, should I just call in??

Although the reception is open for a lot of the time, it is well worth phoning before hand to make sure that someone will be available to help you.

Do you employ sales people??

No, you will be shown our caravans by the Park Manager or one of the Park Wardens. We are only there to advise you on the Parks facilities and the various models of caravans available. We strongly believe that the final decision should be yours to make without any pressure and in your own time. Some of our customers make several visits to the park before deciding on the right pitch and the right caravan, this is absolutely fine with us.

Are you a camping or caravan park??

We do accommodate campers and tourers but the holiday home part of the park is completely separate. This is a very peaceful area with lovely Lakeland views. In addition to the 46 holiday caravans we have on the park there are 9 holiday lodges, 5 of which are in another separate area “Ghyll Brow”, with the remaining 4 spaciously situated around the perimeter of the park.

When are the bar, restaurant, shop open??

Main season 1 March – mid November. These facilities are open during weekends, Easter, Spring Bank Holiday week until mid September and October half term week. Camping pods remain open until mid December with just the bar open Friday and Saturday evenings 7pm-10pm from mid November. Please contact us for confirmation of exact dates.

Do you allow pets on the park??

We welcome well trained dogs that must be kept on a lead when on the park, but we reserve the right to refuse certain breeds. Although we don’t allow dogs in the bar/restaurant area, we do have a lovely outdoor terrace area where your canine friends are more than welcome.

What facilities do you have on the park??

We have a bar, restaurant, shop, games room, and a children’s play area. We also have beautiful landscaped grounds complimented with lots of peace and quiet. We don’t have a swimming pool, but there are local hotels that offer this facility which we can recommend.

How much money would I get for my caravan or lodge if I decided to sell after a year??

If you were seriously thinking of owning a caravan or lodge for just one year, we would advise you not to go ahead as caravans and lodges are similar to cars in that they do depreciate and the first year is the worst. After that, it really depends on how well you look after it and the state of the economy.

Can finance be arranged for the purchase caravans or lodges??

Unfortunately we are currently unable to offer finance.

Can I rent my caravan or lodge out??

Immediate family and close, personal friends are all welcome to use your holiday home. We do not allow the commercial letting out of caravans or lodges on the park.

How long can I keep my caravan on the park??

You can keep your caravan at Park Cliffe until it is 10 years old (25-30yrs old for a lodge) subject to the licence agreement and park rules. From 2012 the licence agreement for new holiday caravans was increased to 12 years.

Do we get any kind of agreement or contract for the pitch/caravan??

Yes, we use the standard contract produced by our trade association, the BH&HPA, and the NCC (National Caravan Council). This agreement is the contract that will be made between you and the park and it includes your right to keep the holiday home on the park for a given period of years and the times during which you can use your unit. Copies are available on request.

Is the park a member of a professional trade association??

Yes, Park Cliffe is a member of the BHHPA (British Holiday & Home Parks Association). General advice on purchasing a holiday home can be obtained from:

Chichester House
6 Pullman Court
Great Western Road

Tel: 01452526911

What are the annual running costs??

Pitch fee and rates

The annual pitch fee is due 1st December each year and is £3635 inc VAT for the 2018/19 season for caravans and £4160 inc vat for lodges. This covers security on the Park, park maintenance, refuse collection, water, sewerage, use of the Park’s great facilities. Rates are invoiced in July each year and were £466 inc VAT @ 20% for the 2018/19 season.

Electricity and Gas

Electricity is metered and customers pay for only the amount that they use. Gas is also metered annually on some lodges where there is a bulk gas supply.

Holiday caravans (and some lodges) are provided with 2 x 47kg gas cylinders. They are fitted with an automatic change-over valve, so when one runs out, it changes to the second cylinder, and an indicator shows that you need to order another cylinder. The gas cylinders are ordered from the park office and are paid for at the point of ordering. One of our team will deliver and fit the gas cylinder for you.


The park is an Appointed Representative of Compass Insurance which offers comprehensive and competitive cover.

Do you only sell new caravan holiday homes??

No, we occasionally have good second hand caravans in a range of prices. Sadly we can’t predict what second hand caravans we will have at any time, but if you are looking for a caravan with specific features or within a particular price range we will happily take your details and call you when a suitable caravan becomes available.

Can I move permanently into my caravan holiday home??

No. You are restricted to using it for holiday or recreational purposes. If you were to live permanently in your holiday home, this would be in breach of the site licence and pitch licence agreement with serious legal consequence.

When can I use my holiday home??

Park Cliffe allows its owners to use their caravan and lodges during the period 1st March to 19th December.