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New Year Dreaming

The start of a new year is often a time for reflection, of what you appreciate most in your life, what you’d like to work on this year and the dreams you’d love to achieve.

For us, as well as for many, the things we really value are times spent with our friends and family, enjoying our down-time and making new memories. That’s why a dream on many people’s list is to own a second-home.

Having a luxurious base in a location that suits your lifestyle and where your friends and family can enjoy too, well that’s hitting the jackpot if you ask us. If you’re investing in a second-home, you want it to be somewhere that you’re counting down to visit and planning your next visit as soon as you’re on your way home from your last trip.

We asked some of our lodge owners why they chose lodge life and why Doe Wood works for them, here’s what they told us:

  • A lodge has a real holiday feel whilst providing a lot more space than a caravan.
  • The lodges are well maintained and looked after when we’re not on-site.
  • If you’re in search of peace and tranquillity, then Doe Wood is the place to be!
  • Being surrounded by coastal views whilst on the doorstep to the Lake District too is perfect for our love of the outdoors.
  • There is room for our family to come and stay too…they’re always queuing up to visit!

Get in touch if you have any questions at all.

UK Staycations on the up

Staycations have bene increasing year after year, with more and more holiday-makers keeping their feet firmly on UK soil during their down-time.

It’s therefore no surprise that the number of people who own a second-home in the UK has also risen in recent years. Now, an increasing number of people are investing in a holiday home of their own and opting to spend their time in a home-away-from-home.

As far as we can see there are a number of factors that are leading to people opting to stay in the country to holiday, and even spend their time in a property of their own.


  1. Travel time

People begrudge spending two of their holiday days travelling to and from a destination, and rightly so. Whether you’re working or retired, your time away from home is valuable, so why waste it (and your energy) just getting from A to B.

The UK boats world-class attraction, beautiful landscapes and vibrant cities, so why travel further than you need to?


  1. Quality accommodation

A big risk of travelling and booking holiday homes is knowing what the quality of the property will be; how at home you’ll feel, what amenities you’ll have and (most importantly) how well you’ll sleep at night!

By finding accommodation you’ll return to or investing in a holiday home in the UK, you know what to expect and can easily make yourself at home…


  1. Home comforts

Hopping in the car for a week or weekend away means there’s no limit to what you take with you (other than what will fit in the car!). You can stock up on all the supplies you love to make sure your down-time is as enjoyable as possible.

Plus, if you own a second-home you can keep all of those comforts there so there’s no need to even pack up the car, talk about stress-free holidays!


  1. Multiple holidays

Staycations mean you can take shorter and more frequent trips, because you’re not accounting for the long travel times or added expenses. You have the freedom to pop off to a nearby retreat multiple times per year (we’re sold!).

Even better, if you own a second-home you can take unplanned trips as often as you like. Make the most of those un-predictable British heatwaves and pop off to your home-away-from-home without a second thought.



Why second-homes are a must

You may be considering a second-home as your retirement plan, or perhaps a place to head to on your holidays, or even a retreat to spend every moment you can and simply relax.

Whatever you reasoning is, here are some of the little perks that we’ve come across, and heard from our lodge-owners, that may make help you decide whether a second-home will be the right choice for you.


  1. No more packing

Time away from home, a little change of scenery, is a real treat, but sometimes the packing up can be somewhat off-putting. From organising all you need before you go and then unpacking when you arrive, to going through the same rigmarole to come home again…it can make a weekend getaway feel a little less appealing.

The joy of a second-home is that there’s so much less to think about. All the basics like kitchen goods and toiletries are already there, you probably have a stock of linen ready to use and, if you’re like us, you’re likely to have stacks of games, books and films there too…for those inevitable rainy days!


  1. Forget the map!

When you visit somewhere new it can often take a few days to get your bearings and really get to grips with what the area has to offer. A great thing about a second-home is that you can get to know one area, become familiar with the best places to shop, visit, eat and drink and immerse yourself into the community, if you so wish.

When choosing a location for your second-home, think about the things you most like to do in your holidays and find somewhere that will provide you with access to those things and allow you to spend your time away from home doing things that make you happy, even if that’s doing absolutely nothing and enjoying some peace and quiet!


  1. Spontaneous staycations

 Sometimes you just need a break away. One night, one week or one month. You can’t always know when you’ll be ready for a change of scene, giving you little time to book a getaway. Perhaps you’ve had a really long week and want to really switch off, or you have friends visiting that you’d love to take away too, or, in typical British fashion, news of a week-long heat wave breaks and you want to make the most of the good weather.

With a second-home you have a go-to retreat at the ready, somewhere that you can jet off to at the drop of a hat, whatever your reason may be.


  1. Comfort guaranteed

There’s nothing worse than counting down to a much-needed break away, when all you need is to recharge your batteries, and you spend the whole time away trying to feel as comfortable as you do in your own home. We’ve been there, when it takes up until the final night to feel like you’re settled and then you’re packing up to head home, more tired than when you arrived!

When you’re heading to your own home, all of your home comforts are there ready and waiting for you. You have everything you need to help you to unwind, relax, and feel at home…and importantly ensure you have a good night’s sleep.


  1. Looking for some peace and quiet?

This one may just be important for us; some people go away in search of a party rather than peace after all! But, if finding a haven of tranquillity is important to you then finding a second-home in a secluded location could be just what you need.

Not only can you choose the location carefully, but you can control the noise around you too. Here at Doe Wood all of our lodges are owned rather than rented so as soon as you come to visit us you get a feel for the calm and quiet location and our lovely lodge owners who love the peaceful site too.

If you’re renting accommodation in need of a little down time and end up next door to a party house then you may not go home feeling rejuvenated, so take the risk away by choosing your own home-away-from-home carefully.


We hope this is helpful! If you have any questions about buying a second-home, or lodge life here at Doe Wood please do get in touch with us, we’d love you hear from you.