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