Do you dream of downsizing to the country? Here’s why a residential park home might be the answer

From stylish modern interiors to an idyllic location, Haytor View is the perfect place to make your fresh start

Retirement brings many rewards: free time to pursue your hobbies, a more relaxed pace, and a world of choice. But sometimes an existing home may not suit your new way of life. A large house and garden that requires regular maintenance tends to take up time and money that you’d rather spend elsewhere. For many, downsizing is the answer, with the desire to up sticks to the country and coast. It’s not always a straightforward move, with high property prices and buildings that need more than a little TLC. Downsizing can often feel like downgrading.


Written in partnership with Haytor View.

Happy senior couple walking in autumn meadow.Credit: Shutterstock/Halfpoint
Your dream of downsizing to a country idyll may be closer than you think

Carefree living

Often overlooked by house-hunters, a residential park home is the perfect choice. Purpose-built, they’re more affordable than traditional properties, have low council tax bands, and incur no stamp duty – so it’s easy to fulfil your downsizing dream while making a big saving and freeing up capital. You could spend your spare cash on anything you like: fulfilling travel dreams, new hobbies, achieving an ambition, treats for your family, or just a more relaxed retirement full of leisure.


Time to change your view

Located in glorious countryside just outside of the historic market town of Totnes in South Devon, Haytor View is a boutique development of 40 detached park homes constructed specifically for those aged over 50. Each bungalow-style property is fully residential, meaning it can be lived in all year round, and, as it’s single storey, there are no stairs to consider as you grow older. Plus, the park homes are built brand-new and have fully fitted designer kitchens and stylish bathroom suites, so you won’t have to live with tired paintwork or furniture, or get busy updating a property before you’ve even moved in.

As well as saving time and money not having to renovate a crumbling old house, each park home has a compact garden that’s similarly low-maintenance, meaning you can do as much or as little gardening as you like. Haytor View park homes are more energy-efficient than many traditional buildings, so ongoing running costs are lower. The park homes use electric, so you don’t need to worry about fossil fuel prices going up, and there are even electric car charging points available. Plus, each park home has its own parking space directly outside for your convenience.

Getting back to nature is a given. Haytor View offers a peaceful, safe and secure location, with stunning views across the Devon countryside. There’s regular landscaping and maintenance throughout the park, plus the development includes permeable paving systems, low-light street lighting, native species hedgerows and locally sourced materials, such as natural stone, for a serene and nature-friendly atmosphere.

Everybody needs good neighbours

Perhaps one of the most appealing aspects of park home living is meeting like-minded people, and Haytor View is no exception. Family-run, independent and friendly, the park has been designed to create a sense of cosy community. The park is nestled in the thriving village of Ipplepen – an area prized for its community clubs and many social events, as well as nearby amenities including a post office, two churches, a small supermarket, public house, village hall and medical centre.

Close to home

For those with green thumbs, Fermoy’s Garden Centre is right on the doorstep. It’s loved by the locals for its farm shop and café, butchers, florist, pet and aquatic centre, and hair salon. If you plan to spend your retirement knocking strokes off your game, Dainton Park Golf Club is just a short distance away, offering a superb 18-hole course, as well as a bar and restaurant where Haytor View residents receive a 10% dining discount.

Whether you love to shop, stroll, ramble, cycle, or hike, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Haytor View is close to the South Devon coast and all the beaches of the English Riviera – as well as Dartmoor National Park and the city of Exeter just 40 minutes away. Should you want to pop into the nearby historic market town of Totnes, the bus stop is a handy 100 yards (91 metres) from Haytor View and the journey takes just over 20 minutes – with no driving or parking required. All major supermarkets are located within six miles of the park and the nearest hospital is Torbay, which is five miles away and the main hospital for the area.


Head to Haytor View

What could be better than a fresh start at Haytor View in South Devon? It’s perfectly located, with every amenity at your fingertips. Renovation-free, low-maintenance, and more affordable than traditional housing with lower ongoing costs, it’s the made-to-measure solution for those wishing to downsize and relocate to the country. In addition, park home residents are protected by legislation, ensuring fair treatment and security.

Whether retirement is on the horizon, or you have already retired, a stylish park home could be the perfect fit. Find out more or make an enquiry now at

Brand-new homes at Haytor View start from £254,950, fully furnished.


Written by an Exceptional journalist, in partnership with Haytor View. The content was written in response to a brief and fact-checked by our commercial partner.

Written by Rachel Ogden she/her