Cornwall, UK – 21 May, 2020 – Usually by this time of year, Britons have already packed their bags for the first of their European summer getaways, but as the country slowly recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic and restrictions on foreign travel look likely to remain in place, it seems UK tourism or “staycations” will likely become the new normal.
As the lockdown restrictions are gradually lifted many people will start planning their summer holidays in earnest with holidaymakers more likely to favour destinations that are close by and easily reachable by car or public transport and shunning hotels in favour of cottages or holiday lettings where social distancing and ample, private outdoor space is abundant.
CornwallCottages.com specialises in holiday cottages located in Cornwall, which is one of the country’s most popular destinations and says they have already seen a sharp increase in demand for properties listed on their website for the coming months. While there are still many stunning cottages and holiday homes available to book, the higher than usual level of demand means holidaymakers would be advised to book early to avoid missing out on some of the best properties.
Graham O’Shea, managing director of Cornwall Cottages, said: “Cornwall is the ultimate holiday destination for many people, owing to its location on the south-west coast of England; its beaches are amongst the best in the country and its relaxed atmosphere and climate creating a feeling of being abroad. It is so much more than the sun, sea and sand, it has its own unique charm, traditions and a dramatic landscape that draws all types of visitor. Many holidaymakers faithfully return every year and feel comfortable in the familiar environment and safe in this idyllic location irrespective of whether they are families with children, young couples or older travellers alike.”
CornwallCottages.com lists over 1,400 properties on its website ranging from small secluded cottages suitable for couples looking for a romantic getaway, right through to large family homes which can accommodate multiple family members each with their own room. The most sought after properties being those with beachfront locations, sea-view gardens and their own private swimming pools.
Self-catering accommodation looks set to become more popular as travellers value the greater amount of personal space and the existence of private cooking facilities that cottages and holiday lettings offer as well as the truly home from home feeling they provide. All this adds to help make longer stays much more enjoyable, easy and cost efficient.
Safety will be a prime concern this year, and property owners will be ensuring all the strict coronavirus health guidance is implemented and adhered to especially around cleaning. Thanks to their often isolated locations, lack of communal areas with strangers and private food preparation facilities, cottages and holiday lettings are more attractive than ever; as they provide guests with minimal contact with others, respecting social distancing rules and provide peace of mind for travellers who can get on with the business of relaxing!
“I expect lots of people will want to holiday in the UK, as they will see this as a much safer and cheaper option going forward. They will be able to use their own transport to travel to Cornwall, therefore avoiding possible time-consuming airport health checks and being stuck in crowds. They will also be able to get home quickly and easily if the need arises, especially in the event of regulations changing at short notice and without the stress and cost of trying to change overseas flight tickets,” explained Graham.
Cornwall has a wide range of holiday locations including the famous surfing resorts of Newquay and Polzeath on its north coast, small villages like Looe, Polperro, Mousehole and Newlyn, and the fishing villages of Fowey, Mevagissey and Padstow. It also has larger towns like Truro, Falmouth, St Austell and St Ives and world-famous attractions like Tintagel, Lands End and The Eden Project.
“We are the Cornwall cottage experts and unlike other online booking services, we are here to help people choose the perfect home with the right amenities to ensure they have the most enjoyable holiday possible! We are here to help at every step of the way! Customers can easily book online, but can chat with one of our highly trained team members at no extra cost, who can help them find precisely the kind of cottage or holiday letting, in the perfect location that is right for them. With a physical presence just outside Truro in Cornwall, we have first-hand knowledge of one of the oldest and most popular year-round holiday destinations in the UK.”