Generations together, UK Holiday Parks

Peter and Freda White staying at Falcon Lodge Peter and Freda White are a rather special couple, both about 80, for the last 50 years they have been holidaying at Hoburne Naish, a holiday park on the Hampshire/Dorset borders.
 
They have an extended family, a son and a daughter in their 50s, 5 grandchildren ranging from 28 to 9 years old and a great-granddaughter of 5!  What’s more, they all holiday together.  Peter and Freda take a Lodge (very luxurious) and various members of the family come to stay or drop in for the day.  For the last 10 years, the senior Whites have been to Hoburne Naish 2 or 3 times a year.  Their younger two grandchildren, from Wales, count down the weeks until they are back at the ‘log cabin’ as they call it.  They’ve already been for Easter this year and are looking forward to their summer visit.  Their great-granddaughter and her mother live in a flat so their holidays are a wonderful chance to get outside and play, as well as enjoy the beach, and the company of the whole family.   Today, Peter and Freda are looking forward to a visit from their granddaughter, 26, who is popping down for the day.

Hoburne Doublebois lodge interior When I ask what it is that keeps them coming back, Freda tells me it’s the peace and quiet, beautiful countryside setting, familiarity and easy access to the beach.  Even at peak holiday times she says the holiday park is so peaceful.  Everyone loves the beach, the older generation to sit and watch what’s happening, whilst the younger Whites are in the sea on their father’s and aunt’s surfboards, stored in the loft between holidays by Peter.  The lunchtime picnic is collected from the lodge, a ten minute walk from the beach, and by the evening, after an hour at the play area, the children are ready for bed and sleep. 

Freda says feeding the family is easy, she does cook sometimes, however they eat out which makes catering for the vegetarians amongst them easier.   Peter tells me that the joy of their ‘home from home’ holidays is greatly enhanced by its safety for the children, they can run about in freedom, enjoying a more traditional lifestyle.  The Lodges do have WiFi, iPod docks, XBoxes and other gadgets, however, these aren’t much used as Peter and Freda have other ways to spend their time.

Norman and Diana Imm And here’s the twist to the tale, they have 2 wonderful friends, of a similar age, who join them at Hoburne Naish.  Even better, Norman and Diana Imm actually met there as young people in the 1950s.  Peter and Norman were relaxing from Merchant Navy duties, when they met Diana and a group of girls also on holiday.  The rest, as they say, is history.  When Freda and Peter got married, she was introduced to this wonderful way of holidaying, and she now counts Diana as her best friend.  What’s more, their children and grandchildren have all grown up holidaying together too.

So, what to do on a slightly wet and rainy day?  Easy, Peter tells me, sit and natter, have a drink in the evening and natter some more!  He loves the fact that he can arrive, park the car, assemble his various family members and happily remain on the holiday park site for a week or two, totally at one with the world, not driving again until it’s time to leave.  Perfect.  Holiday bliss for all the generations.

Silver Travel Advisor recommends Hoburne Holiday Parks   

126 people found this helpful
17376

Share Article:

Jennie Carr

Silver Travel Advisor Creative and Communication Director, member of BGTW

Leave a comment

*

Sign up to our newsletter to receive the latest travel tips on top destinations.

Join the club

Become a member to receive exclusive benefits

Our community is the heart of Silver Travel Advisor, we love nothing more than sharing ideas, inspiration, hints and tips between us.

Most Recent Articles

Explore China with our guide tailored for travellers over 50. Discover ancient wonders, vibrant cities, culinary adventures, and landscapes…
Rich in exotic wildlife, tropical forests, white-sand beaches and lost civilisations, Belize really is a diverse pocket of overlooked beauty….

Come feel the love on a Princess cruise. You’ll enjoy the MedallionClass experience others simply can’t, and it’s exclusively for everyone. Visit incredible destinations and be involved in the best experiences around each one of them.

Experience more with Princess and connect effortlessly with the world around you, spend time away with loved ones, take a moment for yourself, and fall in love with your holiday of a lifetime, every time.

With over 20 years of experience, Wendy Wu Tours has mastered the art of creating exceptional, fully inclusive tours which showcase the very best of each destination.

Each tour is led by a world-class guide, who will highlight the very best of their homeland, and includes authentic cultural experiences so you are not just seeing the sights, but truly immersing yourself in local life.

Say hello to ease at sea. Ambassador’s purpose is simple: they want to inspire every guest to experience authentic cruising, effortlessly and sustainably. Passionate about protecting our oceans and destinations, their ships comply with the highest industry emission standards and there is no single-use plastic on board.

On your voyage, you will receive the warmest of welcomes from the Ambassador community as you sail upon the friendliest ships afloat.

This is a global co-operative co-owned by local partners using real local experts and guides, which supports local communities, environments and wildlife. It offers travellers quirky places to stay, activity holidays and learning experiences. Not In The Guidebooks gets travellers off the beaten track into local culture with day experiences and longer, immersive adventures.

From wild wellness breaks in Wales to painting in Portugal, sustainable adventures in Mauritius to food safaris in Brazil, this is immersive, exciting travel.

Seabourn’s five intimate ships carry guests to the heart of great cities, exclusive yacht harbours and secluded coves around the world, while two new purpose-built expedition ships will combine exhilarating adventures in remote destinations with the sophisticated amenities of the world’s finest resorts at sea.

From the luxury of all suite accommodations to complimentary fine wines and spirits, and a no tipping policy, Seabourn exemplifies the definition of travelling well.