Any customer purchasing a holiday home with us receives an OFT (Office of Fair Trading) approved contract. This cites a specific period of time that the holiday home can be kept on the holiday park offering certainty and peace of mind. Our standard tenure periods are 15 years for a new holiday home.
We understand that for many people buying a holiday home that there are a lot of questions that they may need answered. We’ve tried to anticipate the majority of these below to help you out. If we’ve missed anything, please let us know
1. When is Resipole Farm Holiday Park open?
Resipole Farm Holiday Park is open all year.
2. What facilities does Resipole Farm Holiday Park have?
Resipole Farm Holiday Park has a laundry and lots of peace and quiet! The majority of our holiday home owners come to our holiday park in Scotland because of our location and also the tranquility of the site.
3. Can I rent my holiday home out?
Resipole Farm Holiday Park strictly forbids the private renting out of owner’s holiday homes. We pride ourselves on the peace and quiet of our Scottish holiday park and this would be jeopardised if we allowed the renting of holiday homes.
4. Are friends and family allowed to use the holiday home?
Absolutely, as long as they are made aware of the more important rules of the holiday park – the main ones being only 1 car allowed to be parked at each holiday home (extra cars can be parked in the car park) and no noise after 10pm please! – then friends and family are welcome to use your holiday home.
5. Do you allow dogs at Resipole Farm Holiday Park?
Dogs are welcome at our holiday park in Scotland as long as they obey the obvious rules! In fact many of our holiday home owners have dogs and there are many wonderful places to walk adjacent to the holiday park.
6. What if there is a specific holiday home I want to buy that you don’t have available for sale?
Resipole Farm Holiday Park often has current, or soon to be, vacant pitches, so if you like the look of our Scottish holiday park and have a holiday home in mind that you’d like to buy, let us know as chances are we’ll be able to get one for you.
7. Can I bring my own holiday home to Resipole Farm Holiday Park?
No, all Holiday homes must be purchased through Resipole Farm Holiday Park.
8. Does Resipole Farm Holiday Park have Wi-Fi?
Yes, the holiday park provides wi-fi to all our customers. We recently made a significant investment in a new wi-fi system which gives a reasonably consistent and reliable service to all of our holiday homes. There is a charge for this service available on a daily, weekly, monthly or yearly tariff.
9. Can I get digital TV or Sky?
Yes, many of our customers have their own satellite dishes.
10. What does the price include?
The cost of buying a holiday home at Resipole Farm Holiday Park includes VAT, siting, connection to electric, gas, water and waste and timber boxing around it. This boxing in helps both the look of the holiday home and also makes it considerably warmer as the wind can’t blow underneath it.
11. How much will it cost a year to keep my holiday home at Resipole Farm Holiday Park?
The Annual Outlays for 2020 are as follows:
Management Fees (payable annually on April 1st ): from £1400+VAT
Rates (payable annually on September 1st): £180.00
Gas and electric are read 3 times a year (end of May, mid September and January)
holiday home Insurance: Insurance for your Holiday Home is compulsory.
12. How much will it cost to insure my holiday home?
It is a legal requirement that all holiday homes at Resipole Farm Holiday Park are insured. As an example: a £36,000 holiday home with balcony would cost about £206 to fully insure.
13. Will my holiday home increase in value over time?
No, the way to look at it is that buying a holiday home is more like buying a car than buying a house and it will only decrease in value.
14. Can you help finance the purchase of a holiday home?
Unfortunately, as Resipole Farm Holiday Park is a small independent business, the holiday park does not offer finance packages to assist with purchasing a holiday home. What we can do is accept a significant non-refundable deposit of a few thousand pounds. This ‘holds’ the holiday home for a purchaser for up to a couple of months until they are able to arrange their finances.
15. Can I pay by monthly direct debit?
Resipole Farm Holiday Park does not currently have a scheme allowing people to pay in this way. We ask that the management fees be paid in full by March 1st when the holiday park opens. Rates are due by 1st May.
16. Other holiday parks don’t charge ‘rates’ – why do you?
Every Scottish holiday park has the operational expenses attributed to ‘rates’ such as business rates, water charges, sewage costs, bin collections etc. Many holiday parks in Scotland choose to claim back these costs by incorporating the amount in the management fees. Resipole Farm Holiday Park prefers to separate them out so people have an idea of where their money is going and it also enables people to spread the payment of their annual costs.
Gas & Electric
18. What type of gas does Resipole Farm Holiday Park use?
Resipole Farm Holiday Park has a large LPG gas tank on site with piped gas directly to every holiday home. This is cheaper, less unsightly and more convenient than bottles. Each holiday home has it’s own individual gas meter which is read and billed for 3 times a year by the holiday park. As of January 2020 the price per cubic metre is £2.99 (inc VAT).
19. Where does the electricity for the holiday home come from?
Resipole Farm Holiday Park electricity comes off the national grid with one of the main providers and the holiday park then passes this on to you at the same price. Each holiday home has its own individual electricity meter which is read and billed for 3 times a year by the holiday site. As of January 2020, the price is £0.16 (inc VAT).
20. What is the average gas and electric bill?
This is a very difficult question to answer accurately as there are so many variables including the amount of time people spend in their holiday home and what their attitude to gas and electric is. A reasonable estimate however would be around £200 annually for those using their holiday home a lot at weekends with a few weekly stays throughout the year.
Length of Time at Resipole Farm Holiday Park
21. What sort of contract do I get when I purchase a holiday home?
A few years ago our governing body, the BH & HPA (the British Home and Holiday Parks Association) sat down with the OFT (Office of Fair Trading) and produced a standard agreement to be used by holiday parks relating to the sale of holiday homes. This agreement, which we use, is specifically designed to protect the customer and ensure transparency in the transaction offering any purchaser peace of mind. This has been updated by the BH&HPA in 2018.
22. How many years can I keep my holiday home at Resipole Farm Holiday Park?
We call this the length of TENURE you have at Resipole Farm Holiday Park. Generally, if you buy a new holiday home from us, you are entitled to keep it here for 15 years. For a pre-owned holiday home, the tenure is upto 10 years. Longer tenures may be possible, please ask for further details. The documentation provided on the purchase of a holiday home details these dates quite clearly.
23. What happens at the end of my tenure at Resipole Farm Holiday Park?
Essentially you have 3 options:
You can upgrade your holiday home either on your existing pitch or another one.
You can sell your holiday home, either off the holiday site or back to Resipole Farm Holiday Park if we are willing to buy it.
You can remove your holiday home from Resipole Farm Holiday Park.
24. What if I want to leave Resipole Farm Holiday Park before the end of my tenure?
Depending on a number of factors including the condition of your holiday home and what else we have for sale at the time, we may make you an offer for your holiday home. If we do not think we can resell it at Resipole Farm Holiday Park we will try and find an ‘offsite’ buyer for it.
25. How does it work if you buy my holiday home from me?
If you accept an offer from Resipole Farm Holiday Park to buy your holiday home, you are then free of any obligation relating to the holiday home and can cancel the insurance. In effect this is a ‘clean break’.
26. What is a private sale?
A holiday home owner who no longer wishes to keep their holiday home on at Resipole Farm Holiday Park is entitled to try and sell it privately. The benefits of this to the owner are that they can still use their holiday home in the meantime and usually achieve a higher price for the holiday home. Resipole Farm Holiday Park adhere to the industry standard rules in this regard which are:
The holiday home must be sold with the remaining term of the tenure, i.e. if you have 6 years left on your tenure at Resipole Farm Holiday Park, this is what you are selling your holiday home with.
Resipole Farm Holiday Park is under no obligation to advertise or assist in the sale, although in practice we would be able to show people around the holiday home if required.
Until the holiday home is sold, you as owner remain liable for the management fees, insurance and all other obligations in relation to the holiday home.
Resipole Farm Holiday Park is entitled to a 15% (plus VAT) transfer fee on the sale of the holiday home and must approve the buyers in person.