A dad-of-three was stunned after being quoted a staggering £71,000 for a week’s family holiday.
Paul Nickerson was searching the Internet for a summer staycation for himself and his family, with three young sons aged five and under for August.
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 a NIGHT for a week’s stay.
And Paul told HullLive he found many other overpriced staycations online – costing more than a week abroad.
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He said: “Everything I have seen is about 50 per cent more than their normal price. We have a young family so we normally do have a UK staycation as it’s easier.
“But 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 some holiday homeowners and firms were “exploiting” the few options people had for beach holidays this year due to Covid.
He said: ” 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 said in its website description that it was a “contemporary, reverse level property ideal for families”.
The week’s break was from August 14.
St Ives is a renowned UK holiday hotspot and near the location of last month’s G7 summit of world leaders.
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.”
Paul said he gave up on searching for affordable Cornwall properties and is now considering camping in East Yorkshire instead.