UK's most expensive parking space on sale for £100,000 in Cornwall

St Ives in Cornwall
St Ives in Cornwall. Photo: Hugh R Hastings/Getty Images

A parking spot near the beaches of St Ives in Cornwall is up for sale for £99,950, with an annual service charge of £400. It is thought to be the most expensive parking spot in the UK, outside of London.

According to the listing, put up by estate agent Harding Laity & Co, the space is a “highly prized acquisition” because it is in walking distance of the Tate art gallery, the Harbour Beach as well as Porthmeor Beach, frequented by surfers and swimmers in the summer.

The parking space is accessed through electronic wooden doors, the listing added.

The spot measures about 5 metres by 2 metres, suitable for a single car, and is situated inside a 16-car garage.

The listing noted that "the Tate, Porthmeor Beach, coastal path, Fore Street and the Harbour are all within a short walk of this perfectly positioned parking space, removing the hassle of limited parking during peak seasons and providing a shelter from the coastal winds in the winter".

With the pandemic making international travel complicated, many are opting for staycations. Some 20 million Britons planned to holiday in the UK this year, according to market research company Opinium.

Parking is becoming increasingly expensive in many popular spots including Cornwall and it can be very difficult to find a space.

Earlier this year, a spot in a small car park near Porthminster Beach in St Ives was bought for £45,000 just one week after appearing on the market.

St Ives has been very popular this summer, with thousands flocking to visit its harbour, beaches, art galleries, pubs and restaurants – so much so that the crowd have slowed down local lifeboat crews. 

St Ives Lifeboat team put up a notice on Facebook requesting that crowds let their members through when they are being paged.

Meanwhile, it was reported last week that the price of a self-catered and private holiday accommodation in the UK has gone up by an average of 40% compared with August 2019.

It now costs about £300 more per week to rent self-catered accommodation than it did two years ago, said consumer group Which?