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Holiday let mortgage enquiries remain strong post-pandemic

The holiday let mortgage market has remained popular with investors since the easing of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, according to a new poll conducted by Hampshire Trust Bank.

Over half (55%) of broker respondents said they had written a holiday let case over the past 12 months.

84% of respondents said they had received more holiday let enquiries since the onset of the pandemic in 2020 and 48% had even seen more enquiries since restrictions were lifted earlier in the year.

In addition, brokers were asked what the most popular regions in the UK for holiday let enquiries were over the past 12 months. For 54% or respondents, the South West of England was the most popular location, followed by Cumbria and the Lake District (26%), the South Coast (23%) and East Anglia (14%).

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Louisa Sedgwick, managing director of specialist mortgages at Hampshire Trust Bank, commented:

“These findings show there is still significant demand for holiday let mortgages. The staycation boom we witnessed during the pandemic shows little sign of abating in the short-term.

“The fact that almost half of brokers taking part in the webinar have seen an increase in enquires since Covid restrictions were lifted clearly indicates the strength of demand for holiday let mortgages in the UK.”

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By ROZI JONES

Source: Financial Reporter

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What you need to know before putting your home up as a holiday let

Thousands of Brits are exploring the idea of letting out their homes to holidaymakers or festival-goers this summer but don’t know how to do it. There are legal and tax obligations to be aware of, while other factors such as home insurance, cleanliness and practicalities also need to be considered.

Alok Alstrom, CEO of leading gig economy platform AppJobs, said: “Putting your home to work is often a good way to earn some extra cash, but it’s important to know how to do it safely and legally. For example, the extra income is considered taxable and it is advised to factor this into your finances and potential profit margins.

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“Meanwhile, it’s not as simple as just letting someone sleep in your spare room. There are certain standards of cleanliness, privacy and convenience that it’s recommended you adhere to. There is also a risk that things might not turn out as well as you had expected, such as a guest causing damage to your home or overstepping the boundaries.

“Make sure you know exactly what you are letting yourself in for and be confident that you are making the right decision.”

Different laws in different cities

Greater London applies a planning restriction where it is often considered a change of use if you rent out a home, and as such entire home listings in London are limited to 90 days per year unless you have the planning permission to host more frequently.

Planning permission may also be needed in Glasgow and Edinburgh, while Northern Ireland requires a licence from Tourism NI.

Some individual buildings, such as high-rise apartment complexes, can have strict rules and regulations against sublets.

Be careful to check the small print of your lease or contract to make sure you don’t fall foul of your neighbours.

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Mortgage and home insurance restrictions

Some mortgages won’t allow subletting, so it’s important to clear it with your mortgage provider to make sure it does not invalidate your policy.

The same goes for home insurance as you might need specific cover. Airbnb has a product called AirCover for Hosts that includes host damage protection and liability insurance.

Safety and emergency contacts

It’s advisable to make sure your guest is aware of what to do in an emergency, such as a fire or break-in, and who to contact. Also make sure they know where the medical supplies are should they be needed.

It’s good to flag any issues with the property that they might need to know, such as a window that doesn’t open or a plug socket that isn’t safe to use.

Being a good neighbour

Some big apartment complexes will have rules on how shared amenities such as gyms, swimming pools and rubbish disposals are used.

Make sure you communicate these rules to your guests to make sure you avoid any conflict.

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Source: Kent Live

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Research reveals 39% of us don’t check doors are locked before going on holiday

A new study has revealed that more than a third of people don’t check that all of their doors are locked before going on holiday.

Research from Aviva has shown that only 61 percent – or three-fifths – of people check all doors when they go away, and only 58 percent check that windows are closed.

Other safety checks come even further behind, with 57 percent of holidaymakers admitting that they don’t check that sheds and garages are secure, and 81 percent leaving garden furniture out.

As well as this, nine percent of people hide keys under doormats or plant pots, despite the fact that 14 percent of the people surveyed had experienced their home being burgled in the past.

Aviva reports that claims for UK home thefts are 48 percent higher in July to September compared to the rest of the year, with claims averaging a value of £6,000.

The company has offered up its best advice for those planning to go away on holiday this year.

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Don’t forget to lock up

Aviva research finds that two-fifths of people don’t check that their doors or windows are locked before they go on holiday.

Don’t advertise your holiday on social media

Before you travel and while you’re away, be mindful that countdown trackers and holiday snaps will let others know you’re not at home.

Leave a key with a trusted neighbour, friend or family member

But give the key to the person to look after – don’t leave under a plant pot or doormat where anyone could find it. Ask your trusted person to check for other internal issues such as water leaks, as well as signs of unwanted guests.

Make your home seem occupied while away

Use timers to switch on lamps and radios to give the impression of someone being at home.

Ask a neighbour to park on your driveway

Again, this suggests that someone is living at the property.

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Consider investing in a burglar alarm and security lighting

Both are practical ways to protect your home and can act as a deterrent to burglars.

Mow lawns and trim hedges before you go

An overgrown garden is a giveaway that residents may have gone away.

Lock ladders and tools away

Some burglars will have their own toolkits, but others are more opportunistic, so make sure sheds and outbuildings are locked.

Keep your valuables out of sight

Where possible, keep valuables away from windows. Similarly, don’t store valuables in the bedroom. Thieves know that’s where most people keep their precious items, so hide them in different spots around the home.

Kelly Whittington, Property Claims Director for Aviva UK, commented: “So many people have postponed their breaks because of the pandemic, so summer 2022 is a fantastic time for holidays. But we’d urge people not to get so excited that they forget to carry out checks and leave their homes vulnerable while they’re away.

“A few simple steps can help to deter burglars and keep homes secure – so people aren’t returning to a post-holiday headache.”

By Chloe Shakesby

Source: Farnham Herald

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Airbnb is giving more than £8m away so people can design weird and eccentric homes

Airbnb is known for its weird and unusual letting options. From treehouses and converted double-decker buses to medieval castles and mansions.

North Wales has endless rental options for people hoping to visit the area, or those wanting a mini-break to enjoy the incredible options on their doorstep. And now, the company has pledged $10 million (approximately £8.1 million) to people who want to build their own eccentric rental homes.

The funding is part of a project the company has created to make “100 of the craziest and most unique property ideas”, as reported by the Insider. Anyone who wants to apply has until July 22.

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Airbnb said it will accept submissions from architects, designers, and everyday people. If successful you could be given $100K (£81.5K) to bring the ideas to life.

Once the project has been completed, it will be rentable on Airbnb’s “OMG!” category. Submissions will be judged by the celebrated architect Koichi Takada, designer and fashion icon Iris Apfel, Airbnb VP of experiential creative product Bruce Vaughn, and Airbnb host Kirstie Wolf.

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Brian Chesky, CEO of Airbnb said: “We’re in 100,000 cities. Very few people can think to type in more than 20 places [into a search bar]. So what happens? Everyone ends up going to the same places. Everyone goes to Vegas and Miami and New York and Paris and Rome and London.”

We previously reported on the ‘out of this world’ flying saucer Airbnb. The small campsite in Redberth, near Tenby, is home to some of Wales’ most unique holiday homes – including a jet, a Pacman dome, a UFO spaceship and more.

The rental was deemed so incredible that it even appeared on the Airbnb advert. You can read all about the space here.

We also reported on the six North Wales hotels on the list of UK’s top places to stay in Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice awards. This saw several places in North Wales make the top 25 lists for the UK. It included five in the resort of Llandudno.

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Source: Daily Post

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UK staycations: English wine becomes a sparkling attraction for tourists as quality of product improves

UK staycations: As English wines become ever more popular and highly regarded, an increasing number of hoteliers are growing their own grapes to show guests and the rest of the world the quality on offer this side of the Channel.

Celebrity chef Michael Caines is bottling the first wines grown in the vineyard he planted four years ago in the grounds of his upmarket Lympstone Manor hotel, in East Devon.

Mr Caines said the vineyard was “always going to be a focus for the hotel given its southwest-facing parkland overlooking the Exe estuary”.

In 2018, he planted 17,500 vines, growing Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay grapes with the aim of making “some of the finest English sparkling wine in Devon”.

However, the first wine to be bottled will be a red, “the quality of which even surprised us”, he said.

In 2020, the first harvest took place, and with the help of the Lyme Bay Winery, two wines were produced, a standalone Pinot Noir and a traditional English sparkling wine, which remains only part way through the winemaking process.

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The Pinot Noir is being launched this month ahead of the sparkling wine’s launch next year. With a nod to the ancient stretch of coastline on which the vineyard has been created, the Pinot Noir carries the name Triassic.

“I feel an immense sense of pride as well as extreme gratitude for the support we have received since we opened our doors five years ago,” said Mr Caines, who has also just launched the new pool house at Lympstone Manor.

“I set out to create somewhere very special, that combines exceptional luxury with ultimate comfort, where people can come to relax, unwind and be looked after.

“The past two years have been particularly challenging for everyone, hopefully we are now emerging to brighter days.”

Lympstone Manor is not the only hotel to have capitalised on the growing clamour for English wines. There are plenty of hoteliers hoping to create their own vintages.

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At the upper end of the price range, alongside Lympstone Manor, is Black Chalk Vineyard in Hampshire. It also sits next to water, and offers treehouses dotted throughout its woodland, from which guests can sample its award-winning sparkling wine.

One of the oldest vineyards in the UK is Three Choirs in Gloucestershire. Visitors cans even sleep among the vines on the 75-acre estate in a luxury lodge. Its wines have won a string of awards, and are suitable for both vegetarians and vegans.

While the south of England, especially the south-east, is the traditional hotbed for English vineyards, Ryedale bucks that trend and is the northern most location producing wines in the country.

Sitting at the foot of the Yorkshire Wolds and close to the market town of Malton in North Yorkshire, Ryedale produces red, white, rosè and sparkling wines across just six acres. Visitors can also relax after an evening sampling the produce in one of two en-suite rooms in the farmhouse.

By David Parsley

Source: iNews

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Lancashire is holiday cottage investment hotspot in staycation boom

Lancashire is one of the top areas in England to invest in a holiday home for staycations, particularly Lytham, Morecambe and Clitheroe.

With house price growth currently at 7% year on year, and an average annual rental income of nearly £23,000, the county offers excellent long-term potential for anyone looking to invest – particularly in popular tourist spots such as Lytham, Morecambe and Clitheroe.

Lancashire ranks second on Sykes Holiday Cottages’ list of top investment hotspots in England, behind only Tyne & Wear, with Shropshire rounding out the top three.

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Looking at the UK overall, Lancashire ranks in ninth behind destinations throughout North and South Wales. Blaenau Gwent in South East Wales topped the list, followed by Denbighshire and Rhondda Cynon Taf.

The Holiday Let Outlook Report 2022 analyses Sykes’ revenue data, alongside current house prices and house price growth, to drill into the long-term investment opportunities within holiday letting across the UK.

Location and amenities are two of the most important factors in a holiday home’s success, so within the regions listed, any property must also be in a good location and offer desirable facilities to strengthen the investment potential.

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The report also contains consumer research, Sykes’ booking figures and insights from rental data and analytics company AirDNA, to paint a clear picture of the UK’s holiday let market.

According to the poll of UK holiday home owners commissioned for the report, a quarter (25%) only started letting during the pandemic, with the staycation boom fuelling a rise in people entering the market – including investors, as well as those renting a second home already owned, setting up glamping accommodation or transforming part of their home.

In fact, bookings for Sykes’ holiday lets in 2022 are up 35% compared to pre-pandemic levels – with bookings to Lancashire 76% higher this year than in 2019.

Graham Donoghue, CEO, Sykes Holiday Cottages, said, “The shift towards staycations had already begun pre-pandemic, Covid has just accelerated this trend. And although international travel is becoming easier, we now have new types of staycationers that are here to stay.

“Because of growing demand for breaks to Lancashire and rising house prices, there has perhaps never been a better time to invest. There are monetary benefits to entering the market, but by holiday letting you’re also helping others experience and enjoy your own part of the world while supporting the local tourism economy.”

For those looking to maximise the revenue potential of their holiday lets, Sykes’ analysis found that a hot tub is the leading money-boosting feature to install – adding an estimated 49% to annual revenue.

Income figures also suggest luxury amenities such as open fires could boost earnings by 19%, on average, while a rise in pet ownership fuelled by the pandemic has seen pet-friendly properties earn 9% more.

By Nicola Adam

Source: Lancashire Post

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Which locations top the list of holiday-let hotspots?

In a ranking of the best places in the UK to invest in a holiday let, Blaenau Gwent in South East Wales tops the list, according to a new report from Sykes Holiday Cottages.

With house price growth currently at 12% year on year, and an average revenue potential of almost £20,000 per year, the county borough offers excellent long-term potential for anyone looking to invest.

Denbighshire and Rhondda Cynon Taf follow closely behind in the new ranking, while the leading areas in England which feature on the list include Tyne & Wear and Lancashire.

Meanwhile, the Isle of Bute in Scotland came in fourth. The easily accessible island was the only area in Scotland to make it into the top ten, but both Fife and Dumfriesshire weren’t far behind.

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Location and amenities are two of the most important factors in a holiday home’s success, so within the regions listed, any property must also be in a good location and offer desirable facilities to strengthen the investment potential.

The report also contains consumer research, Sykes’ booking figures and insights from rental data and analytics company AirDNA, to paint a clear picture of the UK’s holiday let market.

According to the poll of UK holiday homeowners commissioned for the report, 25% only started letting during the pandemic, with the staycation boom fuelling a rise in second homeowners and investors entering the market.

In fact, the sector continues to go from strength to strength, with bookings for Sykes’ holiday lets in 2022 up 35% compared to pre-pandemic levels – a number that is expected to jump even further as we approach the summer months.

The consumer research found that 84% of holiday let owners say bookings for 2022 are stronger than ever, with the same number confident the trend will continue to grow over the next five years.

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The report also highlights that, compared to the same period in 2021, Sykes has seen new owner enquiries from prospective holiday home investors almost double, increasing by 78% in 2022.

With a rise in holidaying at home, Sykes’ report reveals the average holiday let owner earned £28,000 in revenue from their holiday let last year, up from £21,000 in 2019.

For those weighing up where to invest in the short-term, Cumbria and the Lake District topped the highest-earning holiday hotspots list according to Sykes’ revenue figures, with holiday lets earning an average revenue of £44,000.

Devon and Dorset follow closely behind as top-earning regions, with an average annual income of £35,000 and £32,000 respectively, while the Peak District lost its top spot, falling down to fourth place overall.

For those looking to maximise the revenue potential of their holiday lets, Sykes’ analysis found that a hot tub is the leading money-boosting feature they could have – adding an estimated 49% to annual revenue.

Income figures also suggest luxury amenities such as open fires could boost earnings by 19% on average, while a rise in pet ownership fuelled by the pandemic has seen pet-friendly properties now earn 9% more, on average.

Graham Donoghue, chief executive officer of Sykes Holiday Cottages, comments: “The shift towards staycations had already begun pre-pandemic, Covid has just accelerated this trend. And although international travel is becoming easier, we now have new types of staycationers that are here to stay.”

“The figures speak for themselves – bookings so far this year are up 35% compared with 2019 and the average income of a holiday let owner grew by almost the same amount last year versus 2019 – demonstrating the incredible investment potential that holiday letting can bring.”

He adds: “With the UK travel sector flourishing, this will continue to have a positive impact on the economies throughout the country that rely on tourism, particularly in coastal and countryside regions. In fact, nine in 10 holiday let owners we surveyed think that tourism strongly benefits the local areas around their holiday homes.”

Sykes’ top 10 picks for staycation accommodation investments in 2022 and beyond: 

LocationAverage house price & house price growthAverage gross annual holiday let income (for all property sizes)
Blaenau Gwent£129,847 (+12% YoY)£19,611
Denbighshire£210,805 (+14% YoY)£23,724
Rhondda Cynon Taf£156,396 (+12% YoY)£18,528
Bute£159,479 (+12% YoY)£16,373
Conwy county£229,555 (+11% YoY)£20,957
Gwynedd£232,306 (+20% YoY)£19,611
Carmarthenshire£197,546 (+13% YoY)£16,900
Tyne & Wear£231,867 (+29% YoY)£18,764
Lancashire£198,824 (+7% YoY)£22,931
Swansea county£185,488  (+8% YoY)£18,107

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Easter bookings boom at budget UK holiday parks as airport chaos continues

Families have turned to Easter staycations amid chaotic scenes of cancelled flights and long queues at major airports, travel experts have said.

Budget holiday operators said they are seeing strong demand as families decide to stay at home rather than brave disruption to journey plans abroad.

Haven, which has 41 holiday parks in the UK, is already more than 90 per cent booked for Easter, with nearly half of its 2.5million visitors booking for the first time this year.

Meanwhile Parkdean Resorts, which has 66 parks, has needed to hire 7,000 seasonal workers to keep up with high levels of demand.

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The managing director of Haven Simon Palenthorpe told BBC Radio 4 on Monday: “I think it has made people think a bit more about holidaying at home. More generally things are looking pretty positive for our industry at the moment.

“This Easter for example, Haven – which is actually the UK’s largest domestic holiday business – is over 90 per cent booked, and more generally this year we’re going to be welcoming 2.5million holidaymakers to our 41 parks.

“And we’re seeing more newcomers to Haven, which is I think pretty interesting, more newcomers than ever.”

Parkdean chief executive Steve Richards said his company planned on investing £140m in its accommodation and facilities in the wake of the boom.

“This investment is great news for our customers, staff and the local economies in which we operate,” he told The Daily Mail.

“2021 was a huge year for staycations, and our teams will continue to go above and beyond to deliver phenomenal service for our guests, making sure that 2022 is even better.”

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It comes as tourists faced a ‘manic Monday’ of flight cancellations, scuppering Easter plans for many ahead of the bank holiday weekend.

British Airways axed at least 64 European and domestic flights from Heathrow on Monday to destinations such as Berlin, Dublin, Geneva, Paris, and Stockholm. Domestic flights were also affected.

The airline has been forced to trim its schedules until the end of May while it is hiring extra staff to cope with the surge in demand from passengers.

Meanwhile, budget carrier EasyJet cancelled at least 25 flights to or from Gatwick.

It affected routes to Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Glasgow and Milan.

By Josh Salisbury

Source: Evening Standard

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The top 10 UK staycation destinations for an Easter break

THOUSANDS of Brits are heading off on a staycation over Easter, as UK holidays remain a popular option for families.

Airbnb has revealed the top destinations that people are booking up over the Easter hols, to give you some inspiration on where you might like to go.

And it might come as a surprise to hear that neither Cornwall or Devon made the list.

We’ve got the top 10 destinations Brits are visiting during the holidays.

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Prestatyn, Denbighshire, Wales

Taking the top spot was Prestatyn in Wales – a seaside town in the north of the country.

Right on the coast, Prestatyn is a perfect spot for taking long walks on the beach, grabbing some fish and chips and sunbathing.

The Welsh hotspot has seen the biggest rise in Brits searching for UK staycations on Airbnb.

Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, Wales

A Welsh destination also came in second place – Carmarthen in Camarthenshire.

Carmarthen has been a market town since Roman time and its modern indoor market runs six days a week and draws huge crowds.

Beyond the market, the town is full of independent shops, art galleries and vintage shops.

Aintree, Merseyside, England

Taking bronze was Aintree in Merseyside, coming in top for English destinations.

Aintree is known for its race course, but there’s a lot more to do than just watch the horses.

The town has shopping, pubs and walks along the Leeds-Liverpool Canal, making for a very peaceful staycation.

It’s also just five miles from Liverpool so it’s easy to take a day trip into the city.

Sheffield City Centre, South Yorkshire, England

Sheffield has a huge amount to offer Brits who want to take a UK holiday.

The city has gone from being an industrial powerhouse to a rising star on the UK’s arts and culture scene, with a host of galleries, theatres and museums.

Sheffield also has countless restaurants, pubs and shops to keep you entertained.

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Balloch, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland

Balloch is the first Scottish destination to make it onto the list.

The village is sat on the south west shores of Loch Lomond so there are plenty of beautiful walks along the lake.

It’s just an hour from Glasgow and has excellent transport links so it’s easy to pop to the nearby city if you fancy a day trip.

Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England

Chipping Norton is the highest town in Oxfordshire with stunning countryside views.

The town is known for its antique shops and regular market, and has lots of choice of restaurants and bars.

Chipping Norton is a great base for exploring further afield as it’s right on the edge of the Cotswolds, lying between Oxford and Stratford upon Avon.

Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland

Dunbar is the second and final Scottish destination to make the top 10 list.

The town is on the North Sea coast and is around 30 miles east of Edinburgh.

Dunbar is famous for its art and has a free interactive art trail which is a perfect way of seeing the town.

As well as art, Dunbar is packed full of independent shops and historic buildings.

Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan, Wales

Merthyr Tydfil is the third and final Welsh destination on Airbnb’s list.

The town is about 23 miles north of Cardiff so it’s a great spot to have some peace and quiet while still being fairly near to a city.

If you like walking then this is a perfect choice as the town has a host of valleys and hills with beautiful views.

And once you’ve finished, there’s loads of restaurants, pubs and cafes to grab a drink and a meal.

Lowestoft, Suffolk, England

Lowestoft in Suffolk came in at number nine on the list and is the northernmost part of The Suffolk Coast.

It is also famously the most easterly town in the UK and is the first place to see the sunrise.

The town is a popular choice for families as there is plenty to do, with two piers, a wildlife park, museums and a theatre.

It’s even home to the Pleasurewood Hills theme park – perfect for thrill seekers.

Thirsk, North Yorkshire, England

Rounding out the top 10 list was Thirsk in North Yorkshire.

The town is sat midway between the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Dales so it’s a great choice if you want to strap your walking boots on and set off on foot.

The historic town has a cobbled market square full of independent shops, restaurants and pubs.

Amanda Cupples, general manager for northern Europe at Airbnb, said: “The nation is set to enjoy the first Easter weekend without Covid restrictions in two years, and it’s great to see Brits are exploring up-and-coming areas of the UK to make the most of it.

“The top trending destination list provides ample inspiration for those looking to get away and explore a new place over the long weekend.

“By visiting these local destinations, Brits are supporting local economies and communities, and for those based in these destinations who are considering letting their home on Airbnb, now is a great time to sign up.”

By Josie Klein

Source: The Sun

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Staycation: UK’s best stately homes named – including gorgeous royal favourite

The UK has many incredible stately homes. With gorgeous grounds to explore and a glimpse of luxury, they’re the perfect attraction for a day trip on a UK staycation.

New research from holidaycottages.co.uk has named British people’s favourite stately homes.

The holiday company surveyed British people across the nation to find the most popular stately home.

The winning stately home was the incredible Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, chosen by 23 percent of those surveyed.

Chatsworth House is a highlight of any trip to the Peak District and offers a wide range of activities.

The gorgeous house and grounds have featured in Pride and Prejudice, Peaky Blinders and The Duchess.

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Currently closed, Chatsworth House will reopen for visitors on March 26 although shops are still open.

In April, the stately home will host 12 incredible sculptures as part of an interesting collaboration with Burning Man.

The UK’s second favourite stately home was Windsor Castle, which was chosen by 22 percent of Britons.

A royal sanctuary, Queen Elizabeth has reportedly decided to make the castle her permanent home.

The monarch used to travel to the beautiful 11th century castle on weekends. It is the world’s oldest and largest inhabited castle.

British tourists who want to visit Windsor Castle this year could travel to see a special Coronation exhibition.

The exhibition will run from July 7 to September 26 as part of celebrations for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

In third place was Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire which was voted for by 19 percent of those surveyed.

The Oxfordshire estate was the birthplace of Winston Churchill and has 12,000 acres of land.

A family favourite, visitors can enjoy the two mile Marlborough Maze or the Palace’s miniature train.

Kensington Palace in London took fourth place and was 17 percent of Britons’ favourite stately home.

The Palace is home to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and has glorious gardens and elaborate decor.

Longleat House in Wiltshire was the fifth favourite stately home and was voted for by 16 percent of Britons.

Renowned for its incredible drive through safari, Longleat has been occupied by 15 generations of the same family.

Alnwick Castle in Northumberland was chosen by 15 percent of those surveyed and is famous as the filming location of Harry Potter.

Some of the UK’s best stately homes have incredible grounds, perfect for a summer day out. 

UK’s favourite stately homes (holidaycottages.co.uk)

  1. Chatsworth House
  2. Windsor Castle
  3. Blenheim Palace
  4. Kensington Palace
  5. Longleat House
  6. Alnwick Castle

By ESTHER MARSHALL

Source: Express

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