Fury over 'obscene' prices for holiday rentals by staycation firms

Fury over 'obscene' prices for holiday rentals by staycation firms

£3K for a week in a CARAVAN in Cornwall and £4,500-A-NIGHT to stay at seven-bed house in Windsor: Fury over ‘obscene’ prices for holiday rentals as staycation firms are accused of ‘exploiting’ families this summer

  • EXCLUSIVE: Councillors slammed landlords after it emerged they were charging up to £71,000 for week stay
  • They warned that the ‘extortionate, eye-watering’ costs are designed to attract ‘certain kind of holidaymaker’
  • It comes after a father found a three-bed in St Ives in Cornwall for a week would set him back £10,232-a-night
  • Tory councillor Paul Nickerson looked on Vrbo, which had other holiday homes listed for sky high prices today
  • A week in a caravan in Newquay will cost £3,000 while a stay at a five-bedroom near Windsor will be £33,000
  • Have you seen similar staggering prices while hunting for holiday homes? Email james.gant@mailonline.co.uk

Have YOU seen similar staggering prices?

Email james.gant@mailonline.co.uk

Landlords have been blasted for charging ‘totally obscene’ prices for their holiday homes in popular destinations in the UK.

Councillors slammed homeowners after it emerged they were charging up to £71,000 for a week’s staycation this summer.

They warned the ‘extortionate, eye-watering’ costs are designed to attract a ‘certain kind of holidaymaker’ and price out ‘hard working people’.

It comes after a father of three from Yorkshire revealed a three-bedroom property in St Ives in Cornwall for a week would set him back £10,232-per-night.

Conservative councillor Paul Nickerson was using booking site Vrbo, which had other holiday homes listed for sky high prices today.

A week at a caravan park in Newquay will set a tourist back £3,000 while a stay at a five-bedroom house near Windsor will be £33,000, according to the website.

Meanwhile it lists an Old Rectory in the Cotswolds at £16,000 for seven days as well as a four-bedroom townhouse in Devoran, Cornwall at £4,000 for the same time period.

Those dying for a staycation in Cornwall could fork out £3,292 for seven nights in August in a two-bedroom caravan close to Newquay

The advert for the mobile home claims it can sleep six people, with one bathroom for them to share. It also lists a swimming pool, hot tub and TV among the amenities

The caravans are stationed in rows on a bank in a valley and the one picture looks out of the windows into hedgerows

Mayor of St Ives Kirsty Kilmurry-Arthur said the price quoted to Mr Nickerson was ‘totally obscene’ and ‘extortionate’ and claimed it was done ‘attract a certain kind of holidaymaker’.

She told MailOnline: ‘It is true that property, and in particular holiday property in St Ives, is a huge and expensive market.

‘I personally believe that some of the prices are extortionate and are designed to attract a certain kind of holidaymaker, depriving many hard working people from being able to enjoy the town.

‘However, this gentleman was enquiring at an unusually large property for the historic area, in the absolute peak of the season.

‘Of course not all accommodation charges as much, but as with anything, as long as there are people willing to pay such eye watering prices, then the property owners can justify charging those prices.

‘Perhaps this gentleman can now spare a thought for all the locals who live and work here, who have to deal with unprecedented numbers of holidaymakers which breaks records year upon year.

‘On average we are one of the poorest counties in the UK, due to low wages and seasonal employment- we as locals, also would not be able to afford a weeks ‘holiday’ in our beautiful hometown.’


Mayor of St Ives Kirsty Kilmurry-Arthur (left) said the price quoted to Mr Nickerson was ‘totally obscene’ and ‘extortionate’ and claimed it was done ‘attract a certain kind of holidaymaker’. St Ives’ councillor Ken Messenger (right) added: ‘I think some of the charges people are now asking is totally obscene. The majority of guest house and B&B owners charge a realistic price, comparable with anywhere else’

Conservative councillor Paul Nickerson (pictured) was quoted more than £71,000 for a holiday cottage in St Ives for a week in August 

A three-bedroom contemporary home in St Ives he was interested in came to a whopping £10,232-per-night. (Pictured, the outside of the property)

St Ives’ councillor Ken Messenger added: ‘I think some of the charges people are now asking is totally obscene. The majority of guest house and B&B owners charge a realistic price, comparable with anywhere else.’

He continued: ‘But some people are taking the Michael with prices and Unfortunately in the long run it will backfire on St Ives.

‘Most of my fellow Councillors in St Ives are hard working like myself and we could not afford these prices, which is giving the Town a bad name.

‘As Planning Chairman of St Ives Council Planning Committee, I want to encourage all holiday makers to St Ives.

‘After all in my part time job I work in a bucket and spade shop, and St Ives relies on the people who support these kind of shops, St Ives is open to everyone, not just the elite.

‘In fact as a gesture of goodwill to Councillor Nickerson, a friend of mine has offered him his Airbnb free of charge for the last week in August. I emailed him last night to see if he wants to take up the offer.’

Despite the revelations from Mr Nickerson sparking outrage across the country, Vrbo still has holiday homes listed at huge prices today.

Those dying for a staycation in Cornwall could fork out £3,292 for seven nights in August in a two-bedroom caravan close to Newquay.

Those dying for a staycation in Cornwall could fork out £3,292 for seven nights in August in a two-bedroom caravan close to Newquay

The advert for the mobile home claims it can sleep six people, with one bathroom for them to share. It also lists a swimming pool, hot tub and TV among the amenities

The dog friendly site is five minutes from the popular surfing town of Newquay and a 15-minute walk from Porth Beach

The advert for the mobile home claims it can sleep six people, with one bathroom for them to share. It also lists a swimming pool, hot tub and TV among the amenities.

The dog friendly site is five minutes from the popular surfing town of Newquay and a 15-minute walk from Porth Beach.

The caravans are stationed in rows on a bank in a valley and the one picture looks out of the windows into hedgerows.

Meanwhile a trip to a seven-bedroom modern house in Sunningdale, near Windsor, for a week in August will set you back a staggering £32,580 – or £4,500 a night.

The Berkshire home – called Gleneagles – says in its advert online it can sleep 14 people in the large bedrooms that include five super-kings.

It also comes with a terrace and a garden which is taken up by a large swimming pool, which is pictured with a barbecue next to it. 

Meanwhile a trip to a seven-bedroom modern house in Sunningdale, near Windsor, for a week in August will set you back a staggering £32,580 – or £4,500 a night

The Berkshire home – called Gleneagles – says in its advert online it can sleep 14 people in the large bedrooms that include five super-kings

It also comes with a terrace and a garden which is taken up by a large swimming pool, which is pictured with a barbecue next to it

The description online says: ‘Gleneagles is a fabulous mansion house rests in the charming village of Sunningdale in Berkshire’

The description online says: ‘Gleneagles is a fabulous mansion house rests in the charming village of Sunningdale in Berkshire.’

It adds: ‘Gleneagles is an incredible property resting within a beautiful village for a large family holiday in Berkshire.’

Elsewhere a small townhouse in Devoran, a village in south Cornwall, is charging £4,064 for a week-long stay next month.

The semi-detached home near Perranwell Station is four bedrooms but can sleep eight people, according to the advert.

The website says: ‘Chylowarn is an attractive semi-detached, three-storey house resting in Perranwell Station near Devoran, Cornwall.’

It adds: ‘Outside there is off-road parking for three cars and an enclosed garden with lawn, patio and furniture. Chylowarn is perfect for a Cornish rest.’

Elsewhere a small townhouse in Devoran, a village in south Cornwall, is charging £4,064 for a week-long stay next month

The semi-detached home near Perranwell Station is four bedrooms but can sleep eight people, according to the advert

The website says: ‘Chylowarn is an attractive semi-detached, three-storey house resting in Perranwell Station near Devoran, Cornwall’

It adds: ‘Outside there is off-road parking for three cars and an enclosed garden with lawn, patio and furniture. Chylowarn is perfect for a Cornish rest’

And another property expecting huge sums for a weeks stay is an old rectory near Broadway in the Cotswolds, which wants £15,856 for the seven nights.

The holiday home comes with five bedrooms, which can sleep 10 people, as well as four bathrooms, tennis courts, a heated pool and a hot tub, the advert says.

A description of it on the Vrbo continues: ‘Stay in luxury in the heart of historic England in our beautiful, elegant Victorian Cotswold home, ideally located in stunning gardens close to Broadway.

‘Beautifully decorated to a very high quality with English and French antique furniture. Cozy and comfortable with three sitting rooms with roaring open log fires and lovely gardens and stunning countryside Cotswold views.

‘Perfectly situated very near Broadway and many other Cotswold picture perfect villages, as well as Cheltenham (25 mins) and historic Stratford upon Avon, (40 mins) yet privately and peacefully situated at the edge of a small farming hamlet.’

It adds: ‘Perfect for family groups and small weddings. References available from many delighted international guests.’

Another property expecting huge sums for a weeks stay is an old rectory near Broadway in the Cotswolds, which wants £15,856 for the seven nights

The holiday home comes with five bedrooms, which can sleep 10 people, as well as four bathrooms, tennis courts, a heated pool and a hot tub, the advert says

A description of it on the Vrbo continues: ‘Stay in luxury in the heart of historic England in our beautiful, elegant Victorian Cotswold home, ideally located in stunning gardens close to Broadway

It adds: ‘Perfect for family groups and small weddings. References available from many delighted international guests’

The Old Rectory in the Cotswolds is pictured in a photograph of one of the sitting rooms inside the old house

The row over the price of holiday homes was sparked over the weekend when Tory councillor Mr Nickerson shared the £71,000 quote he was given for a house in St Ives.

He said the three-bedroom contemporary home he was interested in came to a whopping £10,232-per-night when he enquired about a week’s stay.

He was searching online for a summer break, starting from August 14, for himself and his family, with three young sons aged five and under.

But when he searched for a property that slept five in the picturesque town, one option came up costing £71,627 for the week – more than double the average UK annual wage.

Cllr Nickerson, from Beverley, East Yorkshire, said: ‘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.’

The three-bedroom contemporary home in St Ives he was interested in came to a whopping £10,232-per-night when he enquired about a week’s stay

Prices for holidays in the UK’s top spots have soared by up to 40 per cent on 2019, research showed. (Pictured, the inside of the property)

There are currently nine properties in Cornwall listed on the site, with the second most expensive, a five bedroom cottage, totalling £8,515. (Pictured, the upstairs)

The councillor was hoping to enjoy a week’s stay in St Ives, Cornwall (stock picture) with his wife and three children

At the same time there were eight other properties in Cornwall listed on the site, with the second most expensive, a five-bedroom cottage, totalling £8,515 for the same week and the cheapest, a two-bedroom lodge at £966.

He accused holiday home owners and firms of exploiting the lack of available properties and the narrow choices people have for holidaying this year.

Cllr Nickerson, who represents Minster and Woodmansey on East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: ‘It’s a supply and demand issue and they’re exploiting it.

‘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 advertised the St Ives home as a ‘contemporary, reverse level property ideal for families’ and is near where the G7 summit was hosted last month.

Cllr Nickerson (pictured) accused holiday home owners and firms of exploiting the lack of available properties and the narrow choices people have for holidaying this year

The blurb added: ‘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 BBQ’s.’

Cllr Nickerson said he gave up on searching for affordable Cornwall properties and is now considering camping in East Yorkshire’s South Bay in Bridlington instead.

Last month it was revealed Britain is in the midst of a country-wide ‘staycation inflation’ as holiday cottages, campsites and B&B’s soar in cost compared to 2019.

Prices for holidays in the UK’s top spots have soared by up to 40 per cent on 2019, according to the research.

In Cornwall, accommodation costs around £135 a night on average now for bookings next month – a 30 per cent rise on 2019. This means a seven-day break could cost nearly £1,000.

Lincolnshire seaside town Skegness has seen its accommodation soar to £120 a night on average in July – a £35 or 40 per cent increase on two years ago.

Meanwhile in Pembrokeshire, Wales, costs are up by 27 per cent, from £120 per night to between £150 and £175, The Guardian reported.

Caravan parks – typically a more-affordable option – can cost around £1,800 for a seven-night say for just one family.

In Newquay, Piran Meadows caravan park is charging £3,869 per week for two bedroom lodges in August.

Nurse Donna Brunton from Consett, County Durham, looked into UK holidays after she became concerned her £2,500 all-inclusive Malta trip might be a no-go.

She said: ‘A holiday park in north Cornwall was quoting £3,699 for the four of us to stay seven nights, self-catering in what looks like an upmarket caravan. 

‘The only sites available were all thousands of pounds. I just couldn’t believe what I was seeing – the prices were just ridiculous.’

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