Bolt­hole lotta rosy

ON THE HOME FRONT: Sarah Mar­shall re­ports on the grow­ing trend for buy­ing some­where to take a reg­u­lar stay­ca­tion.

Yorkshire Post - YP Magazine - - Travel -

HE idea of own­ing a hol­i­day home is a dream for many, but ac­cord­ing to the re­sults of a new sur­vey, it’s also ben­e­fi­cial for men­tal well­be­ing and can even help boost your sex life. The 2011 Cen­sus re­ports that nearly 200,000 Bri­tons own a UK hol­i­day home (0.3 per cent of the to­tal pop­u­la­tion).

In the last six months alone, Park Leisure, one of the largest, in­de­pen­dently owned, lux­ury hol­i­day park op­er­a­tors in the UK, has seen a 56 per cent in­crease in car­a­van and lodge pur­chases, sug­gest­ing more peo­ple are choos­ing to spend leisure time at home.

But be­yond the ob­vi­ous at­trac­tion of hav­ing an easily ac­ces­si­ble es­cape, what drives peo­ple to in­vest in a stay­ca­tion bolt­hole?

If the re­sults of a new sur­vey pub­lished by Park Leisure (in con­junc­tion with OnePoll) are any­thing to go by, the ben­e­fits of own­ing a hol­i­day home are ac­tu­ally more far reach­ing.

While a de­sire to own a place close to home is a mo­ti­vat­ing fac­tor for many, other drives in­clude fa­mil­iar­ity, nos­tal­gia and an op­por­tu­nity to en­joy qual­ity time with fam­ily.

Nearly 72 per cent of those sur­veyed re­vealed they had spent more time with fam­ily since buy­ing their home. In fact, many said re­la­tion­ships in gen­eral had im­proved with nearly half (46 per cent) say­ing they felt less stressed and 47 per cent re­veal­ing they were hav­ing more sex.

Psy­chol­o­gist, psy­chother­a­pist and au­thor Corinne Sweet says: “Buy­ing a lit­tle bit of heaven on Earth is how many dis­cern­ing home own­ers view their pre­cious hol­i­day home pur­chases as they can pro­vide an es­sen­tial and welcome break from the pres­sures of the daily grind.”

Jon Bos­ton, a spokesman for the Bri­tish Hol­i­day and Home Parks As­so­ci­a­tion also re­ports a grow­ing in­ter­est in park-based hol­i­days and cites the main mo­ti­va­tors as “the so­cial ad­van­tages of friend­ships made with other hol­i­day home own­ers” and “the abil­ity to en­joy fre­quent breaks in high-qual­ity sur­round­ings”.

In fact, when it comes to choos­ing the lo­ca­tion for a hol­i­day home, beau­ti­ful scenery is the key con­cern, with most hol­i­day homes pur­chased in pic­turesque ar­eas; Cornwall, South Hams, Nor­folk, the Lake Dis­trict and Pem­brokeshire are the most pop­u­lar spots.

So even though the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple with hol­i­day homes might only visit them once a month (37 per cent), the ben­e­fits can easily shape their daily lives.

AWAY FROM IT ALL: A cot­tage in Pen­berth, Cornwall, one of the most pop­u­lar ar­eas of the coun­try for peo­ple in­vest­ing in hol­i­day homes.

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