As a potential owner of a Riviere Towans Chalet, we felt a few words of information may be of help.
The Site was established in the early 1900s and has a fascinating history. It has grown and developed over the years to become a unique site set amongst the undulating sand dunes on Riviere Towans.
At first visitors arrived with bell tents and horse drawn caravans. Gradually the caravans were made more permanent and roofs and extensions were added to form the traditional shape of many of the chalets at Riviere Towans.
Over the years caravans were replaced with more permanent buildings and now the site hosts a wide variety of properties ranging from original 1920s beach chalets to modern lodges and bungalows.
Photographs of the early years are available to view in the Toms/Driftwood office.
All properties on Riviere Towans Chalet Site are for seasonal use and are not for permanent residence. Properties may be occupied by night from 1st April or the Friday before Good Friday (whichever is earlier) to the 31st October, and from 10 days before to 10 days after Christmas Day in accordance with the rules issued by the Riviere Towans Chalet Camp Management Company Ltd. Daytime occupation outside of the above shall between the hours of 8.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m All properties are connected to mains drainage, water and electricity. There is no gas supply on site.
All properties at Riviere Towans chalet site are freehold. When you purchase a property, you purchase the footprint of the property and have use of a three foot wide path around it.
Running costs are similar to those of a domestic house, with council tax being Band A, water and electricity are normal rates and direct with the appropriate companies and a yearly subscription to the Management Company which is currently £571 Inc. VAT. However, some owners prefer to elect for business rates which can attract small business rate relief and ends up being much cheaper.
As an owner at Riviere Towans you would have several options available to you regarding the intended use of your property.
Firstly many owners keep their properties purely for personal use. Some owners decide to let the property themselves privately and there is the option to use Toms Holidays, which is a letting agency for properties on the Riviere Towans.
Toms Holidays is a family run letting agency specialising in the rental of holiday properties.
Currently Toms is letting approximately 120 properties of the 297 in total on site. You will notice that there are two offices at the entrance to the site. The Toms Holidays Booking Office, as mentioned above, is on the left. On the right you will find the offices for the Riviere Towans Chalet Camp Management Company Ltd. These are two separate companies but do work closely together.
Toms Holidays is a letting agent for the site and as such advertises properties for let and arranges bookings on behalf of owners who wish to use their services. Apart from attracting bookings for owners, Toms Holidays can provide a whole range of services from solely attracting bookings and first response to cleaning and full maintenance. Some of our owners live locally and need little assistance, while others live further afield or abroad and need full maintenance cover. For the basic letting we charge l7.5% + VAT commission and services are charged at varying rates. Examples are: weekly cleaning, 4 berth property approx. £27, 6 berth £30, window cleaning £10 - £15 per clean, grass cutting around the property £10 - £20 per cut, and so on. These are only indications and exact costs would need to be discussed.
RIVIERE TOWANS CHALET CAMP MANAGEMENT COMPANY
The amenity land including the land between the properties is owned by the Riviere Towans Chalet Camp Management Company. Everyone who buys a property on site becomes a member of the Management Company and from these members there is an elected Committee to look after the site in conjunction with the General Manager. The Management Company are responsible for maintaining the amenity land and roads, also health and safety on the site.
There is a maximum size for properties here, which is 680 sq. ft. If the property is not at maximum size, as long as there is room around the property, you can request to purchase additional land from the Management Company to extend up to the maximum size, subject to a formal planning application being approved by the Management Committee.
Sometimes this will not be possible as there may not be enough room available or plans may contravene Management Company rules. The land purchased must be used to extend the property and cannot just be purchased for recreational use (i.e. a garden).
There is a time limited imposed on such works being 24 months from permission being granted.
The cost of purchasing additional land at the present time is £400, for each extension up to 600 sq. ft., and £45.00 per sq. ft. up to a maximum of 680 square feet. In all cases the purchaser pays the Management Company’s legal fees as well as their own. Redevelopment can occur but plans have to be submitted to the Management Company in the first instance and then the Local Authority for approval.
Please feel free to call the office for further information or to view properties. We are always happy to discuss possibilities and do what we can to assist.
Tolroy Manor & St. Ives
As a potential owner Tolroy Manor Holiday Park or St. Ives Holiday Village, we felt a few words of information may be of help.
Tolroy Manor has a fascinating history. It was occupied by the Trevithick family during the 1800s. This family along with the Harvey family of Hayle, were world renowned for their work in developing the high pressure boilers and pumping engines which were paramount in the development of industry across the world. John Harvey Trevithick who lived at the beautiful manor house during the 1800s, came from a famous engineering family. His father Richard Trevithick, whose road locomotive climbed Camborne Hill on Christmas Eve 1801, has been described as “a pioneer of the Industrial Revolution and undoubtedly one of the greatest engineers to have ever lived.” The last member of the Trevithick family to live at Tolroy was in 1941. Tolroy Manor has grown and developed over the years to become a unique site on the hillside above Hayle, looking towards the sea and St. Ives.
St. Ives Holiday Village is set in a secluded wooded valley above Lelant, a short distance from Hayle in one direction and St. Ives in the other. The lush Treva Croft Wood of this valley, contrasts beautifully with the exposed moorland nearby at Trencrom, with its wonderful views to both north and south coasts, and the rugged north Cornish coast itself. In excess of one hundred acres, Treva Croft Wood is a well established woodland, featuring in the 1877 maps of the area. The beaches of St. Ives, Carbis Bay and Hayle are nearby and only a few minute’s drive.
Both locations are convenient for all the attractions of West Cornwall, being only a short drive from the wonderful beaches on St. Ives Bay, both north and south coasts, Penzance and St.Ives. Further afield are Lands End, Truro and Falmouth.
All properties on Tolroy Manor and St. Ives Holiday Village are restricted occupancy and are not for permanent residence. Properties may be occupied throughout the year, with a maximum continuous period of 28 days at any one time. Please contact our office for further details.
All properties are connected to mains water and electricity and private drainage. There is no gas supply to the properties.
Running costs include those similar of a domestic house. However, some owners prefer to elect for business rates rather than council tax which can attract small business rate relief. For more detailed costs and site fees please contact our office.
As an owner at Tolroy manor or St. Ives Holiday Village you would have several options available to you regarding the intended use of your property.
Firstly many owners keep their properties purely for personal use. Some owners decide to let the property themselves privately and there is the option to use John Fowler, who can arrange the holiday letting of properties on the both sites. Also Hayle Holidays or other letting companies can manage your property for you.
All properties at Tolroy Manor and St. Ives Holiday Village are leasehold. At Tolroy Manor leases are 999 years from 01 April 1987.
When you purchase a property, you purchase the property and patio area and have use of the communal areas around it. John Fowler Holidays are the freehold owners of both parks and maintain the grounds, roads, facilities and carry out exterior maintenance of all the properties.
While the properties are maintained externally by the park management which keeps the whole feel and quality of the park high you are allowed to refurbish, personalise, and improve the interiors.
Certainly with the holiday industry this is highly recommended to improve bookings and income but if the property is just for personal use you can really add those personal touches.
Please feel free to call the Driftwood office for further information or to view properties. We are always happy to discuss possibilities and do what we can to assist.