Big boost in Brits buying holiday homes in Blighty

Although the mainstream holiday market might be slumping, in some areas of Britain there's been a big boost in people snapping up staycation holiday homes.

Demand for UK getaway homes in South West in particular is at a record high, says estate agent Knight Frank.

And the bigger the better, as families are chasing properties that can provide 'generational' holidays, with grandparents, children, and grandchildren sharing the house.

And the place in Britain with the most holiday home owners? Leysdown-on-Sea, on Kent's Isle of Sheppey, where two-thirds of properties are holiday homes, according to Cambridge News.

The Trebetherick area of Polzeath, North Cornwall, pitched in at second place, with nearly 50% of properties used as holiday homes.

Grainne Gilmore, head of UK residential research at Knight Frank, told 'The staycation trend set in recent years looks set to continue as the weak pound makes the option of holidaying abroad or buying a home overseas seem less attractive.'

And buying a holiday home-to-let in Britain can also be a money-spinning move, according to Anthony Skitt, managing director of Classic Cottages, which has a new section on its website advising prospective purchasers about the best places to buy a holiday home.

He said: 'In a period of low interest rates, holiday home letting can provide a low-risk return for the smaller investor.

'Despite scepticism, we see many success stories. One couple paid £250,000 for a home in Falmouth and joined our portfolio in February 2011.

'The property has already booked for 23 weeks, exceeding the original income estimate of a net annual return of just over £12,000, with a gross revenue of £15,000-plus so far this year.'

Making money and getting holidays out of it too? Sounds good to us!

Fancy doing some research? Check out these gorgeous UK seaside cottages:

Wonderfully secluded cottages by the sea
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Big boost in Brits buying holiday homes in Blighty

Gather your closest friends and/or family (the cottage sleeps ten) and retreat to this idyllic spot overlooking St Brides Bay, in the Pembrokeshire National Park – but make sure you get on well because there's not another soul for miles. Cliff paths lead down to the sandy beaches below and along the entire coast, making it ideal for keen walkers and twitchers.  Visit

For celebrities, hermits, recluses and lone wolves, there's no better hideaway than your own private island. Apart from the ruins of a medieval Highland fortress, the three-bed cottage is the only building on this mile-long island off the west coast of Scotland. Use of the island's motor boat is included in the rental price and can be used for exploring the nearby coves and skerries and spotting dolphins, porpoises, otters, and sea eagles. Visit

Not strictly speaking seaside, but we had to include this unique retreat teetering on the edge of the River Dart. Built in 1760, the completely secluded converted bathing house is only accessible by walking through fields and woodland, although a 4x4 will bring your luggage in and out when you arrive and leave. Visit

One of only two properties on the Kynance Downs, surrounded by National Trust land and in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Carn Goon is a corker of a beach house. All mod cons are on hand – Sky TV, Internet, a huge downstairs walk-in shower perfect for rinsing off the sand from Kynance Cove and vast tub dryers for all those beach towels – but the stunning 180 degree sea views from the wooden veranda are the true star attraction. Visit

What could be more romantic than staying in an 18th century converted dovecote? These unusual looking buildings were once valuable storehouses for meat, eggs and manure, but thankfully all that has long been cleared out to make way for underfloor heating and Wi-Fi . The quirky circular rooms and stunning views along the Northumbrian Coast and over to Holy Island from the 65ft high tower remain. Visit

The Hebrides are not the easiest place in the British Isles to get to, but the deserted white sand beaches, turquoise seas, wildlife and whisky galore and spanking-fresh seafood (lobster, scallops and peat-smoked sea trout, mmm) more than repay the effort. Once ensconced in this traditional Hebridean thatched 'black house', watch the resident seal colony frolic outside the house and hunt for eagles and otters. Visit

This one-bedroom cottage on its own private beach, with uninterrupted views across the Kilbrannan Sound to Arran and the Island of Davaar. Cosy up in front of the wood-burning stove with a dram from one of the local distilleries and croon Paul McCartney's 'Mull of Kintyre' to your loved one. If cabin fever sets in, escape three miles up the road to Campbeltown, home to the country's oldest cinema, the art deco 'Wee Picture House'. Visit

Remember Fraggle Rock? Well, this lighthouse, at the furthest point of the Roseland Peninsula, was the setting for that well-loved Eighties children's programme. It's completely private as the lighthouse is automated these days (and the Fraggles are long gone), but bring your ear plugs if the outlook's misty as when the electronic fog signal goes off, you'll know about it. Visit

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