• The Staycation boom boosts the holiday rental market.
  • The UK’s national parks offer the most popular holiday let locations.
  • What are the best locations to invest in UK holiday lets?

The Staycation Boom 

The rise in staycations as a result of the coronavirus has boosted the short-term rental market. The areas of the country which can boast beautiful scenery and outdoor activities will attract the most interest.  

 

For these staycations, travellers are looking for nature-filled locations with properties to accommodate the whole family. The pet owners around the UK will also be looking to have their dogs come along on their holidays. As a result, holiday rentals become a far more practical option than hotels.

Where are the most popular areas for staycations?

The UK has 15 national parks across the country, which will be exceptionally popular in holiday times. 

‘In the UK there are 15 members in the National Park family, which are protected areas because of their beautiful countryside, wildlife, and cultural heritage. People live and work in the National Parks and the farms, villages, and towns are protected along with the landscape and wildlife.’ – National Parks UK

  • In England, there are 10 National Parks: The Broads, Dartmoor, Exmoor, the Lake District, the New Forest, Northumberland, the North York Moors, the Peak District, the South Downs, the Yorkshire Dales.
  • Scotland has 2 National Parks: Cairngorms and Loch Lomond, the Trossachs.
  • In Wales, there are 3 National Parks: the Brecon Beacons, Pembrokeshire Coast, Snowdonia.

In all of these areas, demand will likely exceed the supply for holiday rentals. As one of the UK’s largest national parks, the Lake District will be an attractive option for domestic holidays and the nearby Yorkshire Dales.

 

Why are National Parks the best areas for holiday rentals?

For staycation holidays, travellers are looking for a property to enjoy a range of outdoor activities in the area. Hiking, cycling, rock climbing, and kayaking are among the adventures Brits are looking for. The UK’s nationals parks have some of the best trails, cycle paths, and lakes.

National Parks in the UK welcome holiday-makers in the thousands annually and will only become more popular in the years to come.

Investing in UK holiday lets

Short-stay rentals have the potential to be more rewarding than long-term rentals, especially in the right location.

With so many incredible nature-filled locations in the UK, there is a wealth of opportunity for investment. As demand is sure to exceed supply during vacation times, a holiday rental property is likely to be successful on the short-term rental market.

Last-minute mini-breaks have become especially attractive since COVID restrictions came into place. Once the restrictions are eased, the rush to find a holiday home will see properties snapped up within weeks stretching throughout the summer holidays. Now is also a good time to invest in short-term holiday lets because they are COVID friendly. While some may remain tentative about staying in shared accommodation or hotels, rentals don’t require human interaction, making it more appealing for coronavirus concerns.