Skiddaw View Holiday Home Park

Holiday Home Ownership FAQs

We know purchasing your first holiday home can be a little daunting. So, to help you out we have collected together some questions which we are frequently asked questions about holiday home ownership here at Skiddaw View.

What are the costs associated with holiday home ownership?

The primary cost associated with holiday home ownership are the pitch fees. Our pitch fees for holiday caravans are due on March 1st each year. We do offer the facility to split the payment with a portion due March 1st and the remainder on July 1st. If you pay in full on March 1st we will apply a discount. Our total pitch fee is comprised of four main elements: the ground rent (covering the management and maintenance of the grounds), the local rates, waste & recycling and water. Pitch fees for lodges are due on May 1st as one payment and like the holiday caravans comprises the four elements (ground rent, local rates, waste & recycling and water).

Other costs associated with holiday home ownership are:

  • Electricity: is supplied on a metered basis and invoiced during the season.
  • Gas: is available via LPG cylinders, additional cylinders are purchased when required via the shop.
  • Gas (piped LPG): is available on some of the lodge homes and is supplied on a metered basis and invoiced during the season.
  • Insurance: we operate a park insurance scheme under Compass Insurance.  Cover is comprehensive, at very competitive rates and on a new for old basis. For a typical holiday caravan with decking and contents the annual insurance (including IPT) would be around £400.

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How long is the season?

For Holiday Caravans: the main season for the holiday caravans is from March 1st to October 31st and this is covered with the standard pitch fee. We also offer a 'winter use' which allows you to use your holiday home through the winter (November 1st to February 28th). During the wintertime however water to the holiday caravans is turned off, however you do have use of the heated toilet and shower block. For Timber Lodges: the season is a full 12 month season and the water remains functional through the wintertime.

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What is the difference between a timber lodge and holiday caravan?

A timber lodge will have the following three criteria: built to residential specification (BS3632), be built with either full timber cladding or CanExcel cladding and have a full 12-month licence (where the utilities remain during the winter). The holiday caravans feature aluminium/rigid uPVC cladding. All holiday homes for sale will be listed as either holiday caravan or timber lodge.

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Can I live in my holiday home?

No, we are strictly a holiday park and you are not permitted to use your holiday home as a primary residence. All holiday home owners must maintain another full time primary address (where Council Tax is paid) - proof of this will be required.

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What is the BH&HPA Licence Agreement?

The licence agreement is created in accordance with the rules and regulations set out by the British Holiday and Home Parks Association. The agreement ensures that your holiday home can be kept on the park until at least that date.

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What happens at the end of a licence agreement?

You can of course upgrade your holiday home at any point during the licence period and a new holiday home would be sold with a new licence. However at the end of a licence agreement you can upgrade the home or you can arrange to have the home moved to another park. It is also possible that you would be offered a year-on-year agreement this would be reviewed annually and would be dependent upon the condition of the home and also what else was happening on the park at the time. However, we can only guarantee the standard licence period.

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Is sub-letting allowed in the holiday homes?

No. Sub-letting is not permitted in the holiday homes. Non-commercial letting to family and close friends is however allowed. If sub-letting is permitted, it will be listed in the property details.

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Does the holiday home require its own TV Licence?

No, unless you will be using you (or others) will be using the television at your home at the same time as your holiday home. If you will be using both simultaneously then you will need a separate licence for your holiday home. If not then you will need to complete a declaration with TV Licensing informing them that you won't be using the televisions in each location at the same time.

Will the holiday CARAVAN/TIMBER LODGE depreciate?

As they are not permanent 'brick built' structures, so they behave in a very similar way to cars, so will depreciate along with their licence agreement.

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Does a holiday caravan/TIMBER LODGE require maintenance?

Other than wear and tear and minor breakages, today's modern holiday homes don't require much in terms of maintenance. We do ask that holiday home owners maintain their decking to a good standard and stain using the park approved stain type and colour. We also strongly advise that your holiday home is gas safety tested each year and that you get your home is drained down in the wintertime to prevent it freezing and causing damage to the pipe-work. We can assist with any maintenance so you can just sit back and enjoy your leisure time.

Does the park have rules?

We do have park rules and all holiday home owners must adhere to them at all times. These are available upon request. 

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Do holiday homes have warranties?

Brand New holiday homes will come with manufactures warranties, which can on some aspects of the home be up to 10 years. Further details on warranty for specific holiday homes can be supplied upon request.

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Just what is inside holiday caravans AND TIMBER LODGES these days?

Today's modern holiday caravans aren't those you might remember from your summer holidays as a child. Modern holiday homes offer a true home from home experience, many offer bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms (yes, BATHrooms -  some holiday homes offer full sized baths!) In addition to fully fitted kitchens with integrated appliances, fridge-freezers, dishwashers and even wine coolers. Holiday Caravans are supplied fully furnished ready for your Lake District adventure to begin. 

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Are pets allowed?

Yes, we do allow pets. On the park we have a four-acre dog walking area on site plus there are lots of great walks in the local area.

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Will Skiddaw View be for me?

The best way to find out would be to come and take a look around the park and you can view the holiday homes or the available pitches and see if Skiddaw View is the place for you. We can also answer any other questions, which you might have. We would be more than happy to show you around so please get in touch with us to arrange a visit by calling us on 016973 20919 or by emailing

The Skiddaw View Team

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