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Why So Many Retirees Choose Lodges Over Bungalows 

Once their children have flown the nest and they have retired, it isn’t uncommon for people to consider downsizing their property. Many will also choose to move somewhere new that will enable them to make the most of their retirement and live life to the fullest, whether this involves spending their days enjoying the British countryside or the seaside. 


Some types of properties tend to be more popular than others amongst retirees and bungalows are often considered to be the go-to solution. However, there is another brilliant option that lots of retirees are choosing over bungalows nowadays; luxury leisure lodges. These lodges are usually situated on holiday parks and they are perfect for anyone who is wanting to downsize their property. As long as you provide a main residence address, below we have looked into some of the main reasons why so many retirees choose lodges over bungalows these days. 


They are more affordable upfront 


House prices in the UK are continually rising and property is really expensive. However, holiday lodges are actually surprisingly affordable, especially when compared to bungalows. When you’re looking to retire to an affluent area where average property prices exceed the £1M mark, like Sevenoaks, you might not be able to afford a bungalow. Whilst all lodges will differ in price, they will be a fraction of the cost of other properties for sale, making moving into a spacious property in the countryside more affordable when you retire. 


They will cost you less every month 


Whilst you will have some monthly expenses to take into consideration when you purchase a holiday lodge, such as; site fees and gas/electricity costs, they will usually be much less than those for a bungalow. For example, you won’t have to pay council tax when you own a luxury lodge, which can save you a considerable amount of money every year, and your ongoing costs will be much lower in general. You can then use the money you save on your home to enjoy your retirement to the fullest. 


They are really well situated


Due to the fact that lodges are situated on leisure parks, you will be in a brilliant location to enjoy everything that the local area has to offer. Regardless of how you want to spend your days, whether you’d like to stroll through the countryside or explore some local historical attractions, there will always be something to do. If you plan on inviting family and friends to stay at your lodge with you, you won’t struggle to find nearby activities to enjoy together either, and you can ensure everyone who visits you has an unforgettable time. 


They make you part of a community 


It is becoming increasingly popular for people to live in lodges and many leisure parks are mainly occupied by the over 50’s. Bungalows tend to be built in the middle of nowhere, but retiring to a lodge provides you with the opportunity to live a village lifestyle and you will be welcomed into a community of like-minded people. All of the lodges on Thriftwood Country Park are privately owned by people who share the same desire for peaceful living and you can enjoy living in your own haven of tranquillity. 


They are fully furnished 


When you purchase a lodge it will come fully furnished and fully equipped with everything you need. So, you won’t have to worry about whether your sofa or dining table is going to fit in the space and you can enjoy having all new furnishings. Not to mention, lodges have come a long way over the years and they are now just as contemporary as any other type of property. You won’t have to compromise on a beautiful interior design if you opt for a lodge over a bungalow and you will be delighted with both the look and feel of your new home. 


Investing in a luxury lodge


All in all, instead of searching for bungalows for sale in Kent, it is undeniably worth looking at luxury lodges instead and there are lots of advantages to living in a leisure lodge. Here at Thriftwood Country Park, we have a brilliant range of luxurious lodges to purchase and our tranquil leisure park in Sevenoaks is the ideal place for retirees to move to. Thriftwood Country Park is popular amongst adults and seniors who are looking for a peaceful break and we continuously aim to achieve excellence by providing the best experience on-site. Our luxury lodges are perfectly situated to explore Kent’s diverse and beautiful landscape too, and there is something for everyone in the local area. Should you wish to find out more about our lodges in Kent, feel free to get in touch with our team.