School holidays usually mean that people can expect the prices of their getaways to increase. Factor in the relaxation of coronavirus restrictions across the country, and you
What one dad-of-three didn't expect was to have to fork out £71,000 ($98,000) for a week-long family stay in St Ives, Cornwall.
Paul Nickerson was searching for a summer staycation for himself and his family, with three young sons aged five and under for August 2021.
The councillor from East Riding, near Hull, came across a property that slept five in the picturesque St Ives, but was stunned to discover the three-bedroom house cost £10,232 ($14,140) a night for a week's stay.
Despite this one being catastrophically high, Paul explained how many other UK breaks were costing more than a week abroad.
Speaking to Hull Live, Paul said: "Everything I have seen is about 50 percent more than their normal price. We have a young family so we normally do have a UK staycation as it's easier.
"It's normally affordable for a family, but this was shocking. I thought it must have been a mistake, but having checked other properties, it is clear it isn't, as they're all far more."
Paul claimed that some companies and homeowners - who are renting out their properties - are 'exploiting' the few options people had for beach holidays this year due to Covid.
He went on to add: " It's a supply and demand issue and they're exploiting it. A lot of people in the UK need and want a holiday, but many will not be able to afford them.
"I don't know anyone who can afford £71,000 for a week's holiday."
The holiday firm which advertised the holiday home for a week (beginning on 14 August) said in its website description that it was a 'contemporary, reverse level property ideal for families'.
The holiday company added: "It is furnished to an exceptional standard and is 200m for the train to St Ives and ten minutes to a wonderful largely-deserted beach. The spacious garden is ideal for children and BBQ's."
Despite how great it sounds, the £71k price tag is still putting off Paul (and many others, you'd imagine).
So much so that the family have given up on searching for affordable Cornwall properties and are now considering camping in East Yorkshire instead.
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