Buying a Park Home in Kent
When planning to move to a park home, picking the best location is just as important as choosing the perfect park home design.
The park home lifestyle comes with a long list of benefits, making it ideal for those who picture their retirement years as being quiet, intertwined in nature and surrounded by never ending opportunities for days out locally.
Here are our top reasons to buy a park home in Kent, the Garden of England. Known for its idyllic landscapes, captivating castles and endless historic hotspots.
Why Choose A Park Home In Kent?
A ‘Walking’ Destination
The UK is known for its endless winding trails and footpaths - and it’s no surprise that Kent is included on lists of some of the best places to visit for keen walkers and ramblers. With over 4,000 foot and cycles trails, we’re sure you won’t run out of places to explore. From cliff walks along stunning coastlines to wonderful woodland paths; if you love to walk, we guarantee you’ll love Kent.
There are countless historic places to visit within Kent’s borders. If you love a good old castle, then Chiddingstone Castle is one of the best. Within its medieval walls, you’ll find Samurai armour, Egyptian artefacts and eye-catching paintings. Regarded as the finest example of a Motte and Bailey castle in the UK, Tonbridge Castle is another must visit when you’re in the area.
For a truly intriguing and unique day out with the family, The Shell Grotto is worth a visit. This spectacular underground cavern is adorned with over 4 million shells, its walls covered in images of gods, goddesses and images of nature. Its origins are still unknown; some believe it to be an ancient Pagan Grotto, whilst others believe it to be a lavish Regency Folly.
When you visit Kent, with its endless quaint villages and country lanes - you might find it hard to believe you are less than an hour away from the city streets of London. This makes the county the ideal place for a city break, a place to unwind and take in the fresh countryside air, while still being close to city commodities and endless shopping spots.
In Gravesend, you’ll find Gravesend Town Pier, the oldest remaining cast iron pier in the whole of Europe. Sit by its waters or take a peaceful walk along the pier where you can watch endless Thames sailing barges, yachts and paddle steamers passing by. For more stunning sights in Gravesend, take a trip to Shorne Woods Country Park with 292 astonishing acres of wetlands, woodlands and meadows with a glorious eco-friendly visitor centre, comfy cafe, quiet fishing areas and countless footpaths.
Maidstone is a very popular destination, lying in the heart of the Garden of England. Leeds Castle is a magnificent sight, surrounded by 500 acres of lush greenery and gardens, intriguing towers and a shimmering lake. It’s known as ‘the loveliest castle in the world’, and once you visit, we have no doubt you’ll see why.
Kent Life is another brilliant destination in Maidstone suited for the whole family, that does what it says on the tin. The large community hub showcases traditional tractor rides, donkey rides and outdoor play areas for the youngsters in the family. Cuddle Corner allows children to get up close and personal with some friendly locally bred farm animals including goats, rabbits, pigs, donkeys and much more. There’s also a vintage village featuring second world war cottages and charming places to eat like Dotty’s Tea Shop and The Pizza Garden.
When visiting Kent, you can’t miss out on taking a trip to the iconic White Cliffs of Dover. Mentioned in many songs, novels and films over the decades, the chipped away chalky cliffs stretch for a staggering 20 miles. You can admire its captivating good looks by taking a dramatic cliff top walk with the family or your pawed pal.
But the White Cliffs of Dover aren’t the only picturesque cliffs that line the coasts of Kent. Botany Bay in Broadstairs is a hidden beach that is perfect for fossil lovers and frequent beachgoers. Joss Bay, also in Broadstairs is another charming beach with endless stretches of sand to sink your feet in.
Margate is another must-see Kent beach strip. Here you’ll find St Mildred’s Bay, a great small stretch of beach, home to a wide array of charming cafes and a beautiful promenade. For a truly memorable day out, pop to Walpole Bay where you’ll find dozens of opportunities to take a thrilling jet ski ride, go windsurfing or kiteboarding.
The Perfect Retirement Destination
If you’ve liked the sound of Kent so far, we are sure you won’t be disappointed when retiring to the pleasant county. There are more than enough adventures to take any time of the year and we’re sure the family will love visiting.
A park home lifestyle gives you the opportunity to live in a secure community of people and fellow retirees, with similar interests. It can also be a fantastic investment that often turns out to be cheaper compared to buying a traditional bricks and mortar property. Many parks also have an on-site repair and maintenance service and you can have your pick of furnishings and wall colours when choosing your new park home.
Take a look at the Port Werburgh Residential Park, exclusively for the over 50s, with its spectacular views over the River Medway and access to the adjacent Marina.