Lanarkshire is in something of a unique position, being home to two of Scotland’s six UNESCO World Heritage Sites – part of the Roman Antonine Wall and New Lanark. As such, both are a popular draw for visitors to the area.
An early example of planned settlement, the town of New Lanark was founded in 1786 by David Dale who built cotton mills and decent houses for his mill workers by the banks of the River Clyde.
Under the stewardship of Dale’s son-in-law, the Welsh social reformer Robert Owen, by 1820 this model modern industrial town had established its own education system, including what’s believed to be the world’s first nursery school, and offered free healthcare.
And this spirit of innovative living – combining modern convenience set in idyllic splendour – has inspired the nearby Kingdom Park Homes.
This family-run park is situated just three miles from Lanark amid some spectacular scenery, which includes its own trout loch.
A mixture of luxury lodges, residential homes and static caravans, the park offers an ideal home-from-home for most budgets. Prices start from £29,995 for pre-owned properties, while the upper-tier homes are £170,995.
All of the units are detached and self-contained and designed with easy, flexible holiday living in mind.
As Kingdom Park Homes are not classed as traditional bricks-and-mortar structures, you cannot raise a conventional mortgage for them. Nevertheless, the park team can put you in touch with a number of financial providers that specialise in funding such purchases.
The park’s location right by the A70 means that it is well-served by transport links, while still maintaining its idyllic rural feel.
That feeling is strengthened by the park team’s attention to both the big and small details that enhance the overall experience. They have considered factors than can often go overlooked, such as using low-level street-lighting so that you can appreciate the night sky without light pollution. They have also installed unobtrusive waste-disposal and recycling areas, and are careful to offer enough space for larger homes, rather than try to cram in as many as possible.
As techniques used to build lodges and holiday homes have advanced significantly over the last few years, you also have the luxury of choosing a home that fits your requirements exactly.
Most of the homes come with two or three bedrooms but more can be accommodated. What kitchen facilities and design would suit you best? Would you like decking, a private driveway, state-of-the-art entertainment facilities?
All of these considerations can be factored in. The choice is yours.