Have you been trying to book a family stay in the UK this summer, but faced either a lack of availability or prices that seem more appropriate for flying to the Caribbean on a private jet?
Demand for holiday accommodation in England has skyrocketed amid the pandemic and confusion over travel restrictions abroad.
It has led to reports that families have paid tens of thousands of pounds for a week’s stay in this country, with a father of three saying he was paid more than £70,000 for a week’s stay in Cornwall for himself and his family.
So is there any solution that will allow you to get away with for less money and enjoy a range of holidays in this country, if only you take advantage of it as much as possible?
We looked at what it costs to rent a home for six months and whether it can be cheaper than booking multiple individual family holidays over that time.
Demand for holiday rentals in areas such as St Austell in Cornwall (pictured) has increased during the pandemic, pushing prices up
If you are going to rent a property to use as a holiday home on a regular basis, there are things you should check, such as whether it is fully furnished
If you can get things done quickly and sign a short-term six-month lease in the next few weeks, there might even be time to take a two-week vacation in August, then another break during the vacation later this year, and even a week or two over Christmas.
However, if it turns out to be too late to make any arrangements this year, it might be worth looking into next year and seeing what types of homes can be rented where and for what price.
For those who think they can still work from home for the most part by this time next year, this could allow a family to spend most of the summer vacation by the sea – inviting friends and family as guests.
There are of course factors to consider including whether the property is furnished unless you are willing to bring all your own cutlery and inflatables during your stay.
And you should also look at what – if there are bills – is included. Landlords are sometimes willing to negotiate some household bills, such as water rates, but otherwise you’ll need to factor in utility costs, council taxes, and insurance.
In the end, a six month rental costing around £6,000 or more is unlikely to cost less than you would for a few weeks of holiday, but in terms of pounds per day you can spend there it could be beneficial.
There may be other factors to look out for. For example, a condition of your insurance may be that you do not leave the property vacant for more than 30 days, so you may need to book some additional weekend visits.
Mark Hayward, of rental organization Propertymark, added a word of caution, saying: ‘It is critical that tenants read any lease agreement carefully and ensure they leave the property as stipulated, and pay attention to any inventory that may be attached to the lease. is connected.
“It is increasingly common for landlords in vacation areas to avoid a six-month commitment in favor of a very short-term rental on which they can earn a premium, and while a longer-term vacation rental may therefore seem attractive, it is likely to prove more difficult in practice. to be.’
While a direct comparison may mean that renting a property for six months is more expensive, it still offers the flexibility to use the property as often as you like. And working remotely means it may be possible to use it more often during the week if there is a separate home office space.
Properties for rent in tourist areas
We look at three properties in Cornwall, Devon and the Cotswolds that can be rented for less than £1,000 per month on a minimum six month lease.
It compares to a potential £2,000 to £3,000 a family of four could spend on a two week summer holiday alone, without being able to enjoy holiday breaks over Christmas, half a year or any other time such as weekends.
1. Two Bed Flat in Falmouth, Cornwall, £865 a month
This two bedroom terrace property in St Austell, Cornwall is available to rent for £850 per month through rental agents in Mid Cornwall
The property in St Austell has a garden with a lawn, patio and a sizeable garden shed
This one house with terrace with two bedrooms is in the Charlestown area of St Austell in Cornwall.
It is located on the edge of St Austell town center and within walking distance of the sea and beach.
It is available to rent for £850 per month through rental agents in Mid Cornwall.
2. Three bedroom cottage in Loddiswell, Devon, £895 a month
This three bedroom property in Devon is available to rent for £895 per month through rental agents Charles Head
There are expansive views of the surrounding countryside from Loddiswell . rental house
This one newly renovated cottage is in Loddiswell in Kingsbridge in Devon, offering far-reaching views of the surrounding countryside.
The three bedroom property is available to rent for £895 per month through rental agents Charles Head.
It is 10 miles from the luxury coastal town of Salcombe and 7 miles from Bantham Beach at the mouth of the River Avon.
3. Two bedroom house in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, £995 per month
This two bedroom terraced cottage is located in Tetbury in Gloucestershire and is available to rent for £995 per month, through rental agents Moore Allen & Innocent
The property has a sizeable garden and views of the surrounding Cotswolds countryside
This one two bedroom cottage with terrace is in Tetbury in Gloucestershire, in the Cotswolds.
It includes off road parking and can be rented for £995 per month through rental agents Moore Allen & Innocent.
Tetbury is about two and a half hours from London and 45 minutes from Bristol, 30 miles away.