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Some 165,000 people in England and Wales have holiday homes with Cornwall the most popular location for this type of second property, new research shows. Indeed, the county in the south west of England has over 10,000 holiday properties, according to a new analysis from Direct Line’s SELECT Premier Insurance. That means Cornwall has 6% of the nation’s holiday homes and according to estate agents its 300 mile coastline makes it the top holiday home hotspot. In second place is Gwynedd in Wales with 7,784 or 4.7% of holiday homes with its proximity to Snowdonia National Park adding to its attraction, followed by North Norfolk with its sandy beaches and salt marshes, which has 4,842 or 2.9% of holiday homes. South Lakeland with 4,684 holiday homes, East Lindsey with 4,472, Pembrokeshire with 4,310, the East Rising of Yorkshire with 4,059, South Hams with 3,738, Scarborough with 3,687 and Kings’ Lynn and West Norfolk with 3,539 complete the top 10. Across England and Wales there are almost 1.6 million people who have a second property in a different area to where they live permanently and 11% of these are used as holiday homes with the remainder being used for purposes such as work, or accommodation for student children. According to Nick Brabham, head of SELECT Premier Insurance, holiday homes are very valuable to owners as they are often a place to relax and spend quality time with loved ones. ‘This time is often limited, which means it is essential to keep the property and its contents in top condition all year round,’ he added. Peter Olivey a partner at Cornish based estate agents Cole, Rayment & White in Padstow, explained that Cornwall ticks a number of important boxes for second home owners with its coastal location and abundance of activities. ‘It’s a true holiday haven without the hassle or cost of going abroad. The local property market here is competitive but with a number of new developments springing up and mortgage rates much lower than they have been, there’s still plenty of opportunity for prospective buyers,’ he said. Continue reading →
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