The average cost of UK holiday lets this month is 40 per cent higher than August 2019, research has revealed.
Analysis from Which?, together with BBC Panorama, found that accommodation prices in staycation hotspots have risen significantly in the past two years, with prices in Brighton up a staggering 89 per cent. The average nightly cost of a holiday rental in the coastal resort was £131 in August 2019, which now has risen to £285.
Elsewhere, St Helier in Jersey saw a hike of 76 per cent, with the nightly rates soaring from £144 to £254. Prices in Lyme Regis and Sidmouth were up 74 per cent and 63 per cent respectively.
The watchdog also examined how prices compared with holidays abroad and found that an end of August week-long break for two to Brighton cost £1,131, while an equivalent trip to Nice came in at £1,085 (including flights).
Which? travel editor Rory Boland said: “We’re not talking about £10, we’re not talking about the cost of a meal out. We’re talking… hundreds and hundreds of pounds.”
“When we looked at it, accommodation prices in 2019 were more expensive in the UK than they were abroad. So this isn’t a pandemic problem only, the pandemic has made it worse,” he added.
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