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BREXIT BOOST TO UK TOURISM

One door closes, another opens. Here are 7 pertinent reasons why demand for holidays in the UK should step up.

 

1. Higher cost of flights to EU destinations as airport charges for UK carriers increase

2. Even greater airport and ferry port congestion from longer waiting times for Brits in immigration queues,not forgetting Operation Stack on the M20 to Dover.

3. Fear over costs of hospital care on holiday as European Health Insurance Card could be withdrawn .

4. Confusion over passport validity over whether there is too much or too little time to the expiry date.

5. Possible introduction of International Driving Permits for EU countries

6. Upsurge in foreign visitors, particularly from the US, taking advantage of weak pound

7. Memories of great weather last summer

 

 

 

16. November 2018 by Nick House

LESS IS MORE

An all too common mistake landowners make in converting redundant barns for holiday lets or, setting up a new glamping site is a high density layout for the accommodation. This involves too many units on top of each other with little or no secluded outside space for guests to use. The objective to make more money by having more capacity to sell is folly. Guest privacy is becoming very precious and having neighbours in close proximity is a significant deterrent when it comes to searching for a peaceful haven in which to relax for their well-earned break.    

 

Nick House

 

6. November 2018 by Nick House

Carry on Glamping

   

 

 

    Is the boom in glamping holidays here to stay?

There is no doubt about it, the UK has experienced a significant surge in the popularity of glamping over the past 3 years. Google recorded a 118% hike in searches for glamping holidays during the past 12 months. What's fuelled this growth? There are 5 key factors driving this demand;

 

    1. Quality of products. Leaky wind blown tents have undergone a radical transformation.

         Safari tents  and yurts now come with all the creature comforts.

                               

    2. Sense of fun and adventure. Consumers are looking for a different holiday experience rather

        than run of the mill cottage. It's far more fun for children sleeping under a canvas, in an eco

        cabin or a tree house.     

     

    3. Cost. Breaks in posh tents aren't cheap but flexible booking rules enable you to stay for 2 or

        3 nights unlike cottages which often restrict bookings to a minimum of 7 nights during the high

        season.

 

     4. Festivals. Outdoor music and food festivals are now all the rage and very much part of the rural

         social scene between May and August. Ageing festival goers have rekindled interest in living under

         the stars for a few nights and are now taking their young children away on holiday in a posh tent.

 

      5. Warmer climate. Summer 2018 was a scorcher with temperatures nudging upwards the

           letting season is extending beyond the school summer holiday.

    

     Will the sales of glamping holidays continue to trend skywards?

I think that the growth in sales will soon level off. Business opportunities for land owners to set up a site  still exist, but guest expectations of comfort and a unique experience will raise the bar higher. This shift will require operators to invest in more expensive structures and upgrade facilities to tempt customers who are becoming spoilt for choice. 

      

 

 

 

4. September 2018 by Nick House

Is Buying a Holiday Lodge a Dream Investment ?

 

 

 When you've been flicking through the newspaper over the week- end you can't have missed the pages of glossy adverts selling  brand new sexy looking, state of the art holiday lodges in small managed parks set in an idyllic rural landscape. These new build developments usually have a view over a lake, a restaurant and shop on site and, are only a 10 minute drive from the beach. 

To tempt buyers  further the developer is offering what appears to be a very attractive guaranteed rental income deal amounting to an 8% return on the investment for the first 3 years. This is a seductive and powerful proposition. What's more the purchase of a spacious 3 bedroom lodge could come in at £150k cheaper than a similar size period holiday cottage that you've been eyeing in the same area. 

Is the sales pitch too good to be true?  Here is the reality check; 

1. Length of lease. The purchase will be for leasehold title for your plot which could be as short as 20 years. Read the fine print, there'll be lots of it. What happens at the end of the lease? Are you obliged to buy another new lodge from the park operator?  Can you sell your lodge before the end of the lease? What is the projected residual vale of your lodge if you want to break the lease? Will you have earned a payback on your dream investment ?

2. Rental incomeIs the 8% guarantee net of bookings        commission and cleaning costs ? What is the estimated rental      income once the guarantee expires? If you don't take up the      guarantee are the letting arrangements on an exclusive basis        via the park operator or do you have flexibility of choosing    another agent or, finding bookings yourself?

3. Brand position. What profile of holiday guests is the park        operator looking to attract ? What is their pricing policy ? The        ambiance of the site will be influenced by the visitors and the wrong crowd could affect your enjoyment when you stay there.   

4. Management charges. These costs can often amount to   £2.5k pa. What do you get for your money? Is there lodge owner representation on the site's management committee ? What controls are in place to prevent significant price hikes? 

 

Buyer beware !

 

Nick House

House Nouse

 

 

5. June 2018 by Nick House

Damage Deposits Can Be Damaging

                                                              

An increasing number of holiday property owners are demanding that a damage deposit of up to £250 be collected along with the balance of the rent due. Previously it was common practice to charge damage deposits for group gatherings celebrating a special occasion at a large country house where the risk of breakages and mess is inevitably much higher than it would be for a family break in a smaller property. Now owners of 2 to 3 bedroom cottages are following suit. In my experience the vast majority of guests will treat a smartly furnished well holiday cottage with the respect it deserves and if damage occurs more often than not it is down to a careless accident for which guests will own up to and pay for. 

 

It seems rather harsh to make a charge for an event which may not occur. The old legal adage "innocent till proven guilty" comes to mind. The property owner or agency will have use of guest's cash for up to 5 weeks.   Some mean spirited owners, it has to be said the minority, have deducted the replacement cost of 3 wine glasses and others have not made full refunds until 2 weeks after the departure date. This behaviour wouldn't exactly persuade the guest to book again.  

Handle guests with care!  

 

 

4. June 2018 by Nick House