Man quoted £71k for week’s holiday in Cornwall

So the pressure will be on to build more second/holiday homes, caravan/chalet  sites and “pop up” glamping sites – Owl

Molly Dowrick

A councillor from up North has been left gobsmacked after being quoted £71,000 for a one-week holiday in Cornwall.

Far from a luxurious holiday abroad, or even a posh five-star hotel in the UK, Conservative councillor from East Riding in Yorkshire, Paul Nickerson was taken aback when he was quoted £10,232 per night to rent a “modest” three-bedroom house in St Ives this August – £71,624 for the week.

Mr Nickerson had hoped to bring his three young sons aged five and under to St Ives for a lovely staycation at the popular beauty spot, but after being quoted such an overwhelming sum, he has decided to change the family break to a week’s holiday at Bridlington on the Yorkshire coast.

Cllr Nickerson told HullLive: “Everything I have seen is about 50 per cent more than their normal price. We have a young family so we normally do have a UK staycation as it’s easier.

“”But it’s normally affordable for a family, but this was shocking.

“I thought it must have been a mistake, but having checked other properties, it is clear it isn’t, as they’re all far more.”

Mr Nickerson said holiday home owners and holiday companies are “exploiting” the lack of available properties and that fewer people will be going on holiday abroad this year, due to Covid-19 rules and the financial impact of the pandemic on families.

It’s a supply and demand issue and they’re exploiting it,” he said. “A lot of people in the UK need and want a holiday, but many will not be able to afford them.

“I don’t know anyone who can afford £71,000 for a week’s holiday.”

The holiday firm labels the property a “wonderful, contemporary, waterside house” and says it sleeps six across three bedrooms and has two bathrooms with two “full baths”.

The average price to rent the house is £10,000 per night and Councillor Nickerson was quoted £10,232 per night for a one-week stay from August 14, 2021.

This equates to a total of £71,624 – even if the house was fully-occupied with six adults, it would still cost each person an eye-watering £11,937 for a week.

The property’s description reads: “This is a contemporary, reverse level property ideal for families.

“It is furnished to an exceptional standard and is 200m for the train to St Ives and 10 minutes to a wonderful largely deserted beach.

“The spacious garden is ideal for children and BBQs. There is parking for up to five cars.”

This isn’t the first time a holiday company has been criticised for charging thousands of pounds for a short holiday in Cornwall.

In May, one night in a two-bedroom villa at the Carbis Bay Hotel – which hosted the G7 Summit – cost £3,500. But the stay did include free WIFI and a “very good breakfast,” so I guess that’s ok!

Plus, a former council house turned holiday let in St Ives was charging £7,000 for a one-week stay.

The former run-down detached three-bedroom cliff side property on Porthmeor Hill was owned by Devon and Cornwall Housing (DCH) – now called LiveWest. It sold for £1.4 million at an auction in London in 2017, and DCH said proceeds of the sale would fund at least ten affordable homes in Cornwall.

The new owners, Mr and Mrs Harris, demolished the property in 2019, to build a luxury house and increase the number of parking spaces to two.

It has been transformed into what has been described as a modern day beach house with ‘understated luxury’.

Bookings are now being taken for 2021 and 2022. However, the cost of staying there – which varies from between £3,149 to £7,395 for a week stay, and £2,624 for a two-night break between November to March – has been criticised by locals, along with the fact it is a holiday let.

One person said on the Cornish Gems Facebook page: “The prices are obscene. Pure greed.”