Buying a luxury lodge vs a static caravan
Choosing a holiday home that’s right for you and the family is quite often a painstaking task. After all, this is more than booking accommodation for a regular holiday.
Events of the 2020s to date have made the desire for self-contained, private space in which you can spend quality time with the people that really matter even more important and higher up the list of priorities for a great deal of the population. Whether you’re a self-confessed window shopper of holiday homes, an experienced owner, or a complete newcomer to the world of ownership, this article aims to set out the differences between a static caravan and luxury lodge, the most popular accommodation types at Haven and the wider market.
The size of static caravans and lodges is a huge factor in their difference. The former can stand up to 14ft wide, with various lengths depending on how many bedrooms you go for. Lodges are defined by a width larger than 14ft and resemble your first home more greatly, setting yourself and the family up for even greater comfort when you choose to head to the coast.
Greater space and comfort usually mean you’re likely to stay longer, so an argument can be made for lodges being better for a longer break than their caravan counterparts.
Both static caravans and lodges offer cosy spaces where you can relax and enjoy quality time with the loved ones. The market is so large these days that even the pickiest interior designers will find something that suits them.
Generally, luxury lodges offer the finest modern interiors with more room for the real comforts you would find in your first home. High spec kitchens and bathrooms are standard, and often offer improved insulation which comes in handy for when the weather is a little wintery. You can still cosy up in a caravan when the breeze is bustling by the sea though, with a whole host of designs and the option for free-standing furniture in some models.
Although similar at first sight, there are several cosmetic differences between static caravans and luxury lodges. Many luxury lodges tend to stand over two typical caravan units, effectively over an exterior space double the size of a typical caravan. This gives you much greater space to enjoy outside, with a parking space for the car as standard.
Unlike caravans, luxury lodges are sited on an integral brick or concrete base. Although decking is an incredibly popular choice amongst our static caravan owners, it comes as standard with luxury lodges and benefits massively from the increased exterior space.
Let’s be frank, price is one of, if not the key thing to consider when purchasing a holiday home. Prices do differ between static caravans and luxury lodges, but these are just as dependent on where you choose to buy as much as on the characteristics of the models themselves. Ultimately, an ideal holiday home is one in which you can return to back and forth as much as you please, so the price of a model upfront is just one consideration to take into account.
Site fees and running costs will also tend to be higher in the case of lodges, but the degree to which this offers value very much depends on how long you intend to spend holidaying in your second home.
There are huge differences in the availability of luxury lodges compared to static caravans. Once an incredibly niche offering, lodges are exponentially rising in popularity and inventory is being created to try and keep up with this. This only surged further during the rise of holidaying domestically in the 2020s, especially at a time when the wider travel market is experiencing more than its fair share of turbulence.
The most significant growth in prominence of luxury lodges has occurred in places that already see huge demand for static caravans. Like price, availability is very much dependent on where you wish to purchase for both models as much as what you get internally.
All images in this article are representative of the type of holiday homes you can buy from Haven.
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