Staycationers desperate to escape tell vacation rentals that they will pay in cash and hide their car
Staycationers desperate to get away at Easter tell vacation rentals they will pay cash, hide their car, and arrive at night to avoid getting caught breaking Covid rules
- Self-catering owners criticized potential vacationers
- Many have asked to book discreet getaways, despite the ongoing Covid restrictions
- Self-catering accommodation can welcome guests from April 12
Staycationers desperate for an Easter vacation told vacation rentals that they pay cash, hide their car, and arrive at night to avoid getting caught breaking Covid rules.
The owners of self-catering holiday accommodation in the UK have criticized potential holidaymakers who have asked to book discreet getaways despite the ongoing restrictions of the coronavirus, meaning overnight stays are not allowed.
Holiday homes, caravan parks and other self-catering accommodations can welcome guests from one household from April 12.
But many vacation home owners claim they are coming under increasing pressure from Britons eager to get away from the easing of the government.
Jill Taylor (pictured) owns the South View Lodges in Shillingford St George, near Exeter, and said she has received dozens of calls in recent weeks from people desperate for a vacation
The South View Lodges site (pictured) at Shillingford St George, near Exeter, Devon, consists of five lodges set in six acres of land
Jill said most people have no real reasons to stay, such as traveling for work, and most want to celebrate birthdays on the site (photo)
Jill Taylor owns the South View Lodges at Shillingford St George, near Exeter, Devon, consisting of five lodges on six acres.
She said she has received dozens of calls in recent weeks from people desperate for a vacation.
‘They like to pay cash on arrival. They say they will not be on social media platforms and they will not let anyone know that they are here and they will even leave their vehicle in a parking garage or a gate away so that no one knows they are really here, ” she added to.
Jill said most people don’t have real reasons to stay, such as traveling for work, and most want to celebrate birthdays.
Sue Jewell (pictured) has a dog-friendly vacation rental in Cornwall
The owner of a dog-friendly vacation rental near Looe, Cornwall said she had also received inquiries before April 12 from people who contacted her through Air BnB – including a man who said he wanted to travel downstairs for a ‘ house tour ‘in the Surface.
Sue Jewell, of Boturnell Farm Cottages, said, ‘I turned that down because I don’t feel comfortable with it …
“In the end, I almost had a fight with the guy on his house call who told me he could [visit the area]but if I don’t take it [the booking], and I’m not going to, there will be people who will. ‘
Tourist bosses in the region say they have received numerous complaints from companies about suspected vacationers.
They are concerned about the effect that another lockdown would have on their industry.
Visit Devon director Sally Everton said: ‘There are many properties in Devon that you can still book and you can book them starting today.
“That worried me, and of all those I saw, only one said, Can you please tell me why you’re traveling?”
Mrs. Jewell, owner of the dog-friendly holiday home (pictured) near Looe, Cornwall, said she had also received inquiries from people who contacted her through Air BnB before April 12
In a statement, Air B&B said that ‘stays on AirBnB during lockdown are only available in limited circumstances, in accordance with government guidelines.
“This is made clear on our website, which limits bookings to these legal exceptions.”
Meanwhile, Devon and Cornwall police have confirmed that they are investigating a closed social media group that would encourage holiday rental owners and potential clients to break Covid rules.