What are the top choices for UK holiday homes?
Holidays within the UK are becoming increasingly popular with the term “Staycation” now becoming a firm part of our common lexicon. This has been particularly true since Brexit and travel uncertainty because of COVID-19. But also, these major events have made people take stock and take the time to appreciate just how beautiful this country is.
Indeed, many have even considered going all-in and buying a holiday home. Inquiries from second homeowners to list in online platforms jumped by 80% after 4 July and they grew to 102% after the cut on stamp duty purchases for second homes under £500,000.
Geoff Barnes, Marketing Director for Park Holidays, said: “Interest in holiday homeownership continues to grow. Thanks to the rise in popularity of the staycation, investing in a holiday home has become a popular choice. We recently undertook some research into holiday home ownership which suggested that we could see an additional 400,000 potential holiday home buyers enter the market in the UK.”
But for those who feel like a domestic holiday is still a foreign concept but are looking into getting a little home away from home closer to home, where are the best holiday home spots in the UK?
Norfolk is the jewel of the east of England. It’s not only home to the UK’s answer to the Great Barrier Reef but boasts the bustling city of Norwich, so you won’t feel like you’re completely cut off from the rest of the world. You’ll be able to bag yourself a holiday home for much less in the seaside resort of Cromer than in more famous British seaside towns and the seafood is some of the best in the world. For the best of the beach and the classic British countryside you really can do no better than Norfolk.
Devon and Cornwall
On the southern tip of the country, you’ll find the twin counties of Devon and Cornwall, which have been battling it out as the UK’s best beach holiday destinations for decades now. Whether you want to claim a slice of heaven in a quaint seaside town like St. Ives or Mevagissey or indulge in the perfect ice cream, Cornwall has it all, including the world-renowned Eden Project. In Devon, meanwhile, you’ll find the greatest concentration of donkeys anywhere in the world, an incredible aquarium and the archetypal seaside town of Torquay – the home of Fawlty Towers!
Brighton might be more famous and Southampton might have the port for all the cruise ships but Eastbourne in Sussex is a far more accessible and old-school choice for Londoner seaside living. It’s just 90 minutes away from the centre of the capital by train and boasts a wonderful annual air show, great theatres and shopping and some of the best restaurants in the UK. It’s like Blackpool, only not tacky in any way shape or form. Perfection.