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Busting destination complex - that's Stonham Barns Park




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The economic slump has left many wondering how to generate extra  income.

While there are different ways of achieving that, there are few that combine income generation with good old pleasure.

That is where owning your own holiday home comes in.

It is an ideal way of, yes, raising income from a different source but it is also a means of escaping the rat race.

 A holiday home gives you the chance to escape the trials and tribulations of everyday life, for either a short break or a longer term get-away-from-it-all experience.

But  when you own your own holiday home you also have the option of renting it out and that is where the income generation element comes in.

One holiday home business that is well worth considering is Stonham Barns Park, based in East Anglia, a region that is often overlooked by people in Belgium but is well worth visiting. 


All you need here is to provide proof of a permanent address - in Belgium or anywhere. 

This allows you to purchase either a lodge or "static" caravan. The difference between the two is not great but a lodge will be more expensive, usually because of its size and higher spec.

The Stonham Barns Park site is located just north of Ipswich which is easily accessible from Belgium and close to the delightful Suffolk coast, along with lots of other places of interest.

The site is one of four in the East Anglia region owned by the Starglade Group, a family-owned business that has developed an excellent reputation over a long period of time for the quality of its holiday homes.

If you are considering purchasing one of their holiday homes you should be aware of a few facts including the costs involved, for example the need for all holiday home owners to insure their static or lodge.

Just about everything is included in the overall cost, though, such as fixtures, fittings and connection to all the essential services.

The park is open from 1 February to 31 December and you are allowed to visit the park during the closed season (January) but are not allowed to stay overnight.

The income generation element comes in by being able to sub let the holiday home.It is a great way of making money, no bad thing in these economically testing times.

Not only that: if a holiday home is purchased on the back of your own recommendation then you stand to gain from a financial reward yourself.

The Suffolk site is particularly attractive and includes a whole range of facilities, ranging from a shopping village which showcases local indie businesses to a golf park and fishing lakes.

The 145 acre site is also home to the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary and the Stonham Barns Showground which regularly hosts concerts (there is a packed programme of upcoming events, including a Christmas market). You can also benefit from a pleasant on-site restaurant which serves breakfast, lunch and afternoon teas.

There is even a pottery business which sells it products to Disneyland in the States and the world famous Harrods in London. 

A couple of relatively recent innovations include the Legends Bar - it recently played host to the former heavyweight boxing champ Larry Holmes  no less - and an aqua park which is ideal for SUP and kayaking.

If buying a holiday home is not for you the good news is that the park also welcomes people who just wish to pitch up their own tent or bring a campervan for an overnight stop or longer. 

Owner Alan Forward says, "This type of business is all about team effort and it it thanks to all our team that we look forward to a bright future."

The whole business has managed to withstand the ravages of the health pandemic and economic turbulence and its go ahead owners are planning yet more expansion in the near future, including yet more holiday homes.

Prices for a holiday home here vary but are very affordable, not least given the quality of the accommodation. It is best to consult the website for further details.

The region is one of the nicest in the UK with some lovely places to visit such as Diss and Southwold and, even if you do not want to buy one of their holiday homes, Stonham Barns Park is great for a day out. 

The site is very well managed and maintained and has so much to offer you need never really leave it.

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