7 Reasons to holiday let in Cornwall
Cornwall is a perennial winner of Britain’s favourite holiday destinations and that alone makes it a great choice for short lets. But there are lots of other compelling reasons why you should choose the county. Read on to discover seven factors that could inspire you to own a holiday let in Cornwall.
1. Cornwall is Britain’s top holiday destination
Top of the reasons to holiday let in Cornwall is the county’s popularity. It ranks top of holidaymakers’ favourites time and time again. And it isn’t just the British who flock to Cornwall for a staycation; foreign visitors are discovering the delights of Cornwall too.
This popularity is great news for holiday let owners because you know there’s no lack of custom. The right property in the right location can expect back-to-back bookings in high season and a good sprinkling during the rest of the year.
Did you know? The number of nights spent in accommodation in South West England went up 6% to 22.4 million in the year to May 2017. (Source: Visit England)
2. Cornwall is a year-round destination
Most visitors choose to visit Cornwall between June and September, but the county has plenty to offer during the rest of the year. Its year-round popularity has huge potential for holiday lets in Cornwall. In fact, it has one of the highest booking rates in the UK.
Did you know? A good holiday let in Cornwall can expect 35 booked weeks a year.
3. Cornwall has a mild climate
Since its shores get the first rush of the warm Gulf Stream, Cornwall has the mildest climate in the UK. Where else can you admire top palm trees along the seafront such as those in Newquay. Or bathe in azure waters like those found in the Mediterranean. Balmy weather appeals to holidaymakers, especially out of season.
Did you know? Grapes grow in Cornwall and the wine industry is starting to make its mark.
4. Cornwall is getting easier to get to
Holidaymakers value easy accessibility and Cornwall delivers here too. Not only do continual upgrades to road infrastructure take place, such as plans to make the last remaining single carriageway stretch of the A30 dual carriageway, but public transport is also under improvement. Cornwall County Council is implementing the One Public Transport System. It links bus and train routes to facilitate getting around Cornwall for those who don’t want to use a car.
Improvements to Newquay Airport are reaping their rewards. Some 61,000 passengers used it in August 2017, up 30% on the previous year and the Gatwick-Newquay air route has proven extremely popular with holidaymakers. The Night Riviera Sleeper from Paddington to Penzance has been refurbished in 2017 too. The train service takes just over 8 hours from London and has plenty of stops in Cornwall on the way.
Did you know? Advanced plans are underway for the Stonehenge Tunnel along the A303, improving journey time to Cornwall from London and the South East.
5. Cornwall has amazing scenery
A long list of TV programmes and films feature Cornish scenery, including some of the world’s most famous productions. The county ranks as one of the most beautiful in the UK and many holidaymakers fall in love with the scenery.
Cornwall has over 400 miles of coastline and nowhere in the county is more than 20 miles from the sea. This means you’re never without a seascape in Cornwall. And it’s a varied one too. From long sands to tiny coves and from plunging cliffs to safe harbours, the Cornish coast provides a continual visual feast.
Away from the coast, the landscapes are no less stunning. The high flatlands at Bodmin Moor offer Cornwall at its wildest while the Bude Canal and marshlands show how the human hand has shaped local scenery. Although Cornwall isn’t known for its trees, the county has sheltered valleys with dense woodland and magical estuarine oakwoods, known as the ‘Cornish Rainforest’.
Did you know? Cornwall has over 2,765 miles of public footpaths. How’s that for a walker’s paradise?
6. Cornwall offers something for everyone
One of the first questions people ask about a destination is, “what can we do there?” And the answer for Cornwall is good news for holiday lettings because the county offers something for everyone.
Beachgoers will find a long, long list of sands and coves to visit. Water sports enthusiasts can take their pick from boating, diving and of course, surfing (one of Cornwall’s fastest-growing activities).
Walkers and dog walkers are spoilt for choice on trails across moorland, along the coast or through pretty farmland. Keen gardeners can marvel at the Eden Project, the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Trebah and more… Art lovers can visit Tate St Ives and the Barbara Hepworth Museum (also in St Ives) and admire local artists’ works in a number of towns and villages.
Foodies will find more than enough to satisfy their taste buds. Not only does Cornwall produce delicious pasties, clotted cream and ice cream, the county is home to restaurants to rival the best in the world. Rick Stein has several eateries in Cornwall – Padstow, home to two of them, is nicknamed “Padstein”. Nathan Outlaw’s restaurant in Port Isaac has been voted the best restaurant in the UK. And Penzance is home to two Michelin starred restaurants, The Shore and Tolcarne Inn.
Did you know? 9 out of 10 visitors in summer and autumn 2016 had been on holiday to Cornwall before (Source: Visit Cornwall)
7. Cornwall offers a great choice of property
Another reason to invest in a holiday let in Cornwall comes in the choice of property. Whatever your preferences and requirements, there’s a property that ticks all your boxes. At Cornish Traditional Cottages we’re more than happy to offer advice on types of property and the best locations. Get in touch to find out how we can help.