North Wales is the perfect location for a holiday home – of course we are biased! If you’re a potential holiday home buyer we’d love you to consider it as an option, regardless of where you reside. Why? Simply put, North Wales has it all. Holidaymakers are looking for several things from their UK holiday: hearty food, a distinct culture, a deep connection with the outdoors, cosy pubs and stunning scenery. Well, Wales delivers on all fronts.
North Wales has been a holiday home hotspot for many years, but the offer is stronger now than ever; local businesses are increasingly more switched-on as to how to enhance and promote their unique offer. Supporting this change are strong national marketing campaigns, such as the Visit Wales ‘Year of…’ themed years, that are boosting both economy and visitor numbers.
If you’re thinking of buying a holiday home or already have a property in North Wales that you’re struggling to promote, we’ve got some considerations. Here’s why we think investing in property here offers better value than just a sound economic investment.
The first one is a biggie! According to money-saving website This is Money, a holiday home could earn you three times more income than a buy-to-let property. During high season, holiday homes can command enhanced rates to meet demand, which offsets quiet periods when the property may not have guests staying in it (and you can potentially occupy it yourself if it costs less to run than your own home).
However, North Wales is now deemed an all-year-round destination with big attractions operating late into the season and hotels and restaurants adjusting their offer seasonally.
Properties can be expensive in the more popular areas, but many more rural spots are still well behind the national average – there are certainly bargains to be had!
‘Staycations’ (UK-based holidays) are more popular than ever! In the UK, the tourism industry is now worth more than £137 billion and with an ever-increasing number of world-class tourist attractions, the appeal of North Wales as a holiday destination is really competing with foreign parts. With Welsh resorts an easy drive from many English cities, Brits are taking out-of-season short breaks and grabbing a weekend getaway more than ever before.
Only about 5% of Brits live near the coast, so it’s easy to understand why so many people see the appeal of North Wales, with its culturally and biologically diverse coastline. Rocky, sandy, shingle, dunes. Surf, fish, rockpool, swim. Big, small, busy, quiet. North Wales has as many different types of beaches as there are beach lovers and it just so happens they are some of the best beaches in the UK!
North Wales leads the way as the Adventure Capital of the UK. Whether you’re into kayaking, climbing, caving or cycling – you’re well catered for here. Families can participate in a huge range of unique family-friendly activities too. Surf in a manmade lagoon, soar on a zip line, exhaust yourselves on an underground trampoline or ride a forest rollercoaster – all before lunchtime!
There are few places in the UK that whets the appetite of history lovers the way North Wales does. The Welsh culture has a pull that is so alluring, whether you have ancestral ties to the place or not. Our culture permeates deeply, with a dense concentration of castles, stone circles, sites of wartime significance and Victorian holiday resorts. Even the best-read historian can be educated by just walking half a mile in each direction.
North Wales’s conservators of the past, the National Trust and CADW, have become very savvy at attaching themselves to this with impressive living history events, vibrant food festivals and fascinating open days at historic landmarks.
Food is a big part of any culture and here in North Wales we’ve got a lot on our plate! The locals are incredibly passionate about homegrown produce and there are many cottage industries making a real impact on the UK food and drink scene – Snowdonia Distillery’s gin is a great example, with botanicals foraged from the slopes of Snowdon itself.
Y Bragdy Mws Piws (English: The Purple Moose Brewery) in Porthmadog and Dylan’s in Menai Bridge, Criccieth and Llandudno are two more food businesses that really know their market and invest in the local community as much as their visitors.
The feeling of ‘getting away from it all’ is one of the prime motivators for planning a holiday. Yes, North Wales can be action-packed and keep you busy but it’s ultimately an incredibly tranquil holiday destination for those seeking some time for reflection, away from the stresses of the daily grind.
You can walk for hours hand-in-hand with your sweetheart; every beach has enough space to reflect with some ‘me time’; you can FINALLY finish that book; keen photographers can pace themselves to ensure they the perfect shot. Stunning scenery and a noticeably slower pace of life make North Wales the perfect destination for a relaxing UK break, and this can be bolstered by the available yoga retreats and luxury spa locations.
The upkeep on a holiday home is off-putting to a lot of potential buyers. However, there are companies dedicated to handing the handover and cleaning of your property – so you don’t have to. This is particularly useful for holiday homes owners who aren’t local to their properties, owners with other commitments and owners who just don’t want the hassle of weekly (or more) cleaning!
Well-established and trusted by scores of holiday home owners in North Wales, CleanerCare has experience of handling all aspects of guest changeover so you don’t have to. To find out more about our holiday home cleaning service why not get in touch?