BY SIMON MOIR – Managing Director of the Dream Lodge Group
Owning a second home in the country has become increasingly popular as Brits look to escape the city at the weekends, yet seek to avoid the expense of travelling abroad. Established over 50 years ago, we at The Dream Lodge Group pride ourselves in making the aspiration of owning a countryside escape a tangible and hassle-free reality.
We offer a range of luxurious lodges across seven of the UK’s most beautiful counties and the chance for second home investors to benefit from an 8% guaranteed return for three years. Each of our lodges is set in one of seven, five-star boutique parks which have been created with location, tranquility, and convenience in mind. All offer spectacular views of the English countryside and nearby amenities including beaches, spas, wildlife parks, golf clubs, art galleries, theatres, shops and museums.
The UK holiday park industry represents 15% of Britain’s entire tourism industry, with an average of one in every five night’s stays in Britain spent in a holiday park. The lodging sector is therefore both an active and demanding marketplace, with customers able to make good returns on their investments, whilst being able to enjoy their lodges in luxury and comfort.
In line with this demand, those looking to balance their investment with rental gain can opt for our investment packages which deliver guaranteed payments either monthly, annually or at the end of the three year investment term at a rate of 8%. With all of these options, owners can still use their lodge for up to eight weeks of every year or add their free weeks to the rental pool to increase the rate of return. Dream Lodge purchases also incur zero stamp duty, start-up costs or solicitor fees making for an appealing investment model.
Whilst traditional property investment often takes the form of buy-to-let purchases, there are many elements of lodge ownership which make it an equally attractive option with the potential to exceed the income generation potential of buy-to-let whilst removing bottom line risks. Entry into the lodging market starts from a much lower cost than purchasing a house in Britain, whilst a consistently high demand for luxury lodges and a shortage of this type of rental within the UK helps to keep the property full, avoiding empty periods which may be experienced with a buy-to-let property.
As a result we have been overwhelmed with customers from all different backgrounds, from retired school teachers to charities, property investors, accountants and empty nesters who are all enjoying the benefits of luxury lodge ownership, as well as our guaranteed returns. Flexible financing options are also available including assistance with part exchanges as well as monthly payment plans and opportunities for fractional ownership.
With domestic tourism set to grow at a faster rate than international travel, 2015 promises to be an exciting year for the group. We are set to introduce new parks to expand our rental fleet and will also be adding an exclusive new lodge design to our existing range.
Simon Moir has been the Managing Director of the Dream Lodge Group since its acquisition in June 2009. During this time, the company has enjoyed exceptional growth. Prior to acquiring Dream Lodge Group in 2009, Simon had already acquired over 25 years’ experience in leisure, holidays and luxury park development, heading up The Dream Lodge Group’s flagship Norfolk Park homes operation in Norfolk. During this time, Simon also gained a vast amount of investment experience, using a variety of financial trading instruments, working within the financial markets. Combining these experiences is what gives the Dream Lodge Group its unique position and blueprint in today’s market place.