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Dogs Love Cornwall Living2018/19 Autumn/Winter

Right time, right place

Looking to buy a dog-friendly holiday home in Cornwall? We’ve found the ideal opportunity to purchase your own lodge in an idyllic woodland getaway.

John Fowler Holiday Parks’ St Ives Holiday Village is nestled amongst over 100 acres of woodland. Situated just outside St Ives, here you’ll find the peace and quiet of a rural park combined with the perfect location for discovering nearby St Ives and Hayle, as well as further afield to west Penwith and beyond, with a whole host of dog-friendly beaches and attractions.

The St Ives park has been something of a sleeping baby, but now it is to become the group’s flagship park it will really come into its own”

John Fowler Holiday Parks is a family owned and run company and has been so for the last 65 years, with lettings at its heart. Since the beginning, John Fowler’s ethos has been to create holiday parks in stunning locations so that visitors have a lovely place to stay while using it as a base to explore the surrounding area. This ethos is none more apparent here and St Ives Holiday Village has been pinpointed to become John Fowler’s flagship park, where there has already been considerable development over recent years. Currently, it’s undergoing a multi-million investment, which has seen the team remove a section of old chalets each year and replace them with brand new lodges.

John Fowler Holidays’ Group Sales Manager, Mark Johnson tells us: “The St Ives park has been something of a sleeping baby, but now it is to become the group’s flagship park it will really come into its own. The new proposed facilities will be based around a mini village feel. All the buildings will be sympathetic to the woodland environment and will be constructed using wood, stone and glass with eco-friendly sedum roofs.” The work on the new facilities is planned to commence in the winter of 2019 and will include a new reception facility with supermarket, swimming pool with log flumes, an entertainment complex, bowling alley, gym, spa and indoor sports complex and an adults only pub!

With the last of the new lodges due to complete this winter, there has never been a better time to purchase a lodge on St Ives Holiday Village. A select number will be available to buy off-plan and will be competitively priced. Mark expands: “This is still a lovely park as it is at the moment, even without the new investment. The new lodges will be keenly priced and site fees will remain low while the development of the park is finished. As our site fees are fixed from when you buy (apart from inflationary increases), those who buy now will benefit from the lower site fees secured on purchase.”

“Anyone purchasing with a view to sub-letting should know that this park lets particularly well, due to its fantastic location. If you own a lodge here you have the option to retain full usage, sub-let enough weeks to cover your site fees or sub-let the majority of weeks, which can go some way to recouping part of your investment.”

This versatility means that your dream of owning a holiday home in Cornwall could be closer to reality than you think. The park attracts a mix of owners and visitors from families to couples. The entertainment facilities are all at the front of the site meaning that lodges further into the park are very secluded.

The park is also dog friendly and with such a vast expanse of woodland, is perfect for walkies along the gentle paths! What’s more, there’s a wealth of dog-friendly beaches nearby, including Lambeth Walk, Bamaluz, Porthkidney, Black Cliff and Mexico Towans (to name but a few). There is a regular bus service during the main season from the park that can take you into St Ives via Lelant or through Hayle and onto Penzance, where you and your hound can take a stroll along Long Rock beach or, at low tide, walk across the causeway to the iconic St Michael’s Mount. On your way back, if you’re looking to soak up some culture, why not pop into the dog-friendly Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange?

"The St Ives park has been something of a sleeping baby, but now it is to become the group’s flagship park it will really come into its own"