Parkdean Resorts are one of the biggest holiday providers on the Isle of Wight.
They've got four holiday resorts including:
Back in April 2022, the Isle of Wight County Press reported on plans for new and upgraded properties at the Parkdean Resorts on the Isle of Wight. They said: "Seven additional new caravans will be added at Nodes Point; 32 caravans across the four resorts will be upgraded; and, at Landguard Holiday Park, 11 lodges have been refurbished."
We've done a bit of digging around and figured out which are the newest caravans at Nodes Point, Landguard, Lower Hyde and Thorness Bay holiday parks. I personally try to get as new a caravan as possible. The upgrade cost is not always that much (compared to - for example - upgrading to a hot tub) but it can make quite a difference if the caravan is only a few months old. (We've also recently written a guide to the grading system for caravans and lodges at Parkdean Resorts on the Isle of Wight, as it can be a little confusing).
1. New properties For Holidays
Understanding the labelling of lodges and caravans at Parkdean Resorts
If a caravan has been added within the last year then you'll see a green label when you are booking which says "New This Year".
They also have a green label which says "New On Park" which means it is less than three years old.
If you want one of the very newest caravans then look for the New This Year label.
New accommodation for 2022 at Parkdean Resorts Nodes Point Holiday Park
The accommodation at Nodes Point which is new for 2022 are the Yarmouth Caravans and the Yaverland Lodges.
The Yarmouth Caravans are one of the more expensive caravans at Nodes Point Holiday Park, but they are considerably cheaper than the lodges. They have three bedrooms, so you could squeeze eight people in if you really wanted to. That would include two people sleeping in the lounge.
They are labelled as 'extra wide' which means that they are at least 12 foot wide according to the Parkdean Resorts grading system. You get a shower room with a toilet, plus an extra toilet. That might cause a bit of a queue in the morning if eight people are waiting for a single shower, but it's quite typical of a holiday park caravan. Bear in mind that you might be using the swimming pool, which has its own showers.
If you do fill it up then it is really good value per person, per night.
Meanwhile, the new lodges at Nodes Point are the Yaverland Lodges. I am not completely sure whether they are new buildings or refurbished, but they will look shiny and new either way.
You'll pay a lot more for a lodge than you do for a caravan at Parkdean Resorts. When we checked prices for a week in September 2022, we found that the Yarmouth caravan was £809 whilst the Yaverland Lodge was more than twice the price at £1949.
However, lodges at Parkdean Resorts are considerably bigger. This one is 20ft wide, which is twice the width of the very cheapest accommodation at a Parkdean Resorts site.
For the upgrade, you get a shower/bath (which is unusual at a holiday park) in one room plus a shower room ensuite off the main bedroom. That means you'll have much shorter queues in the morning!
You also get a washing machine and dishwasher. Again, that's unusual with Parkdean Resorts accommodation on the Isle of Wight.
New and refurbished accommodation at Parkdean Resorts Landguard Holiday Park for 2022
There are two types of caravan new at Landguard for 2022 - Yew Caravan and Fir Caravan. The accommodation at Landguard is named after trees and doesn't have any relation to the names of the caravans and lodges at Nodes Point.
Yew Caravans at Landguard Holiday Park
The Yew Caravans sleep six people in two bedrooms. I would say they are ideal for four people, but you could squeeze an extra person in if you needed to.
They are 'extra wide' so it's at least 12 foot wide. They come with a single shower as well as an ensuite.
It's graded as 'premium' which means it is the highest quality offered at Parkdean Resorts. This three tier system isn't used at all the resorts, but where it is you'll see labels on the booking page to say that a caravan or lodge is either Standard (£), Superior (££) or Premium (£££).
We found a week in early September 2022 was £559, which was only £100 more expensive than the cheapest caravan available. That's a worthwhile upgrade by my reckoning!
Fir Caravans at Landguard Holiday Park
The other new accommodation at Landguard for 2022 are the Fir Caravans.
They have a similar footprint to the Yew Caravans but squeeze in an extra bedroom. That means you lose a bit of space elsewhere, but they are a good option if you have three or four children and don't want someone to end up in the lounge. The single beds you get in caravans are usually a bit smaller than standard sized single beds so not ideal for a six foot teenager.
Again, you get a shower room, as well as an extra toilet.
New caravans for 2022 at Lower Hyde Holiday Park on the Isle of Wight
There's one grade of caravan at Lower Hyde Holiday Park which is new for 2022. It is the sister park to Landguard in the seaside resort of Shanklin.
17 of the 66 Parkdean Resorts are described as 'Headliner Parks' based on their entertainment programme.
Two of the Isle of Wight resorts are 'headliner parks' for 2022 including Lower Hyde in Shanklin and Thorness Bay in the North Wight.
Longboard Caravans at Lower Hyde Holiday Park
The Longboard caravans at Lower Hyde have two bedrooms, but they don't have a sofa bed so you are limited to four people. The definite plus side is that means you have two toilets for four people. There's a single shower to share, which will be fine for four people unless anyone is particularly slow...
It is 'extra wide'. Again, that means it is at least 12 feet wide.
New caravans at Parkdean Resorts Thorness Bay Holiday Park for 2022
Three different types of caravan at Thorness Bay Holiday Park are new for 2022 - Crew, Squadron and Mast.
The main difference between them is that the Squadron caravans sleep eight people in three bedrooms, whereas the Crew and Mast caravans sleep six people in two bedrooms. If you are a family of five or six then my advice would be to go for the three bedroom model. Sleeping in the lounge is OK for a couple of nights, but it can be a bit inconvenient, particularly if the lounge-sleepers don't go to bed last!
All three have a fridge freezer. Some of the older caravans at Parkdean Resorts on the Isle of Wight just have a fridge which is a bit limiting if you want to mostly self cater, or just keep a box of ice creams to avoid paying seafront prices!
2. New caravans for sale
Nodes Point Holiday Park is one of the Parkdean Resorts which has 'received new luxury developments for prospective holiday home owners'.
We've written a guide to owning a caravan on our other site, Holiday Park Guru.
Owning a caravan is very different to buying a standard residential home. In many ways, it is more like buying a car. You get enjoyment and use out of it for several years (and potential income), but it depreciates rather than gaining value.
You also pay pitch fees which is a bit like the service charge you pay if you own a flat.
With Parkdean Resorts, the pitch fees range from about £2600 to just over £9000 per year.
You also have other costs to consider, such as 'rates' which is a contribution towards business rates.
There's also something called a 'licence' which is the length of time that you can keep the caravan you've bought at the site. Holiday park companies don't want tatty old caravans at their lovely resorts, so they put a time limit before you need to replace the caravan, extend the licence or relocate the caravan.
There are other costs which will be more familiar - gas, water, insurance, electricity, TV and broadband.
The good news is that you can rent out the caravan when you aren't using it, which can offset a lot of the costs. In some cases, people make a profit whilst also having a holiday home they can use.
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