When you think of Lonely Planet, it’s easy to imagine some exotic far-flung location, but the leading travel guide has pinpointed a destination that is much closer to home and is becoming increasingly popular.
Yes, Yorkshire is among one of the UK’s hotspots that tourists are choosing for short vacations and longer holidays.
Along with Northern Ireland, Yorkshire has recently been named as one of the best value destinations in the world by Lonely Planet: http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/why-you-get-more-bang-for-your-buck-in-britain-1-8821528
According to the editors of the guide, footfall to the region has increased thanks to a combination of “concerted marketing and the collapse in the value of the pound in the wake of Brexit”.
It is a trend we have witnessed first-hand, having reported a record 2017 here at Cedar Retreats. Due to the ongoing disputes around Brexit and the wider global economic impact, the price of the pound has fallen against the dollar, which means that holidays abroad are expensive and breaks in the UK offer better value for money.
While as a nation we patiently wait for a true picture of the economic and political landscape to emerge, more price conscious couples and families are opting for holidays closer to home.
Research by Barclays backs up these findings, showing that more than a third of Britons have enjoyed a holiday within the UK this year, with a further 21 per cent choosing a staycation as their main holiday. http://www.newsroom.barclays.com/r/3508/britain_s_booming_tourism_economy_gives_hospitality
The staycation trend is nothing new, but the luxury lodge market has certainly been bolstered as a result. During the last 12 months, we have seen an increase in the number of investors who are opting to purchase a second home in the UK, securing the rents that this can deliver.
The feedback that we are receiving from owners is that they like the balance of knowing that their investment is safe and delivering a potential yield of 9.1 per cent per year while giving them a holiday home to escape to as and when they want.
While some people may be surprised to learn of Yorkshire’s appeal, it comes as no revelation to us. As we have been in Yorkshire since our childhoods, we are extremely proud of the county we call our home and truly believe that the region has something for everyone.
Take for example our location nestled in the heart of the beautiful North Yorkshire countryside, the retreats offer the ideal bolthole for those who want to enjoy a tranquil break in stunning surroundings or a wide-range of adrenaline fuelling activities.
Depending on how energetic you are feeling and the reason for your break, you can take a stroll into the village of West Tanfield, which is located just five minutes away, take in the ambiance of one of our two village pubs or head further afield for something more energetic such as climbing, abseiling or even a rollercoaster!
Yorkshire is deservedly now recognised as a must-visit destination by travellers across the globe. Following on from the Lonely Planet news, we see the region’s popularity taking on an upwards trend. If you would like to learn more about the luxury lodges here at Cedar Retreats and how you don’t have to settle for a holiday but could invest in a home, then please do give us a call. We would be only too happy to help. We look forward to welcoming you sometime soon.