The COVID-19 vaccine has seen a rush of summer accommodation enquiries, with UK holiday cottages in 2021 set to book fast. Here at Exmoor Character Cottages we still have some availability, but urge guests to make a booking enquiry as soon as possible.
It is no surprise that, according to media coverage, newly jabbed (and hopefully immune) communities are booking more getaways than ever before. Everyone is well overdue a quality getaway. As a result, we take another look at Summer and what choices the UK consumer may have this year.
Travel to the EU may remain quite difficult for UK citizens
Interestingly, PR departments are in fact behind much of the media coverage we’ve seen. They are attempting to generate interest from over 50’s in foreign destinations and holiday cottages here in the UK. In reality, overseas travel (especially to the EU) may be much trickier this year – whether you’ve had the “jab in the arm” or not.
Security, immigration and queues
I haven’t boarded a plane in over a year. Of course, the thought of palm trees, endless blue skies and the odd piña colada does fill my mind with hope. On the other hand, the forgotten downside of international travel is always present. You remember endless queues, security control, overweight baggage and unfathomable delays. In fact, 2021 is set to only exacerbate these hassles. This will be our first post-Brexit summer holiday, and travellers going abroad should anticipate teething problems.
A recent article by Simon Calder explored some of the speedbumps that may delay UK travellers this year. They include:
- Upweighted immigration controls in Europe
- Additional paperwork
- Limited flights and health prohibitions for those without inoculation
Did you know Minehead, Somerset, has palm trees too?!
Hassle-free holidays are here in Somerset
Looking back at last summer, the greatest issue for UK accommodation providers in 2020 was capacity. Here in Exmoor, we had campers on the moors, on the beaches and in camper vans as never seen before! This year, capacity is likely to be even tighter, so the message has to be to book early or consider travelling off-peak.
Pack the car, grab friends or family and hit the M5 or A303. You’ll be door-to-door in the comfort of your own vehicle – no customs, no restrictions and only the odd queue on the Motorway! We’re around four hours from London, three from Birmingham and less than two hours from Bristol or Plymouth – making Exmoor the perfect ‘nearcation’, too!
From the moment you arrive, your cottage is your home until check-out day. No rules, regulations or tricky languages to navigate – just unpack and explore.
Self-catering holidays in 2021
Keen to book a staycation, but not quite yet ready to head into restaurants and cafes for meals? All our cottages are ideal for self-catering, with kitchens beautifully equipped for guests to prepare and enjoy wonderful meals.
The rain in Spain falls mainly… on Exmoor!
Well, actually this isn’t true. Our cottages are located in sheltered spots in Higher Town Minehead (famed for its mild microclimate) and nestled under the Castle walks in Dunster. We seldom have frost or snow in the winter. Our long summer days are warm and sunny – just perfect for a dip in the hot tub or a drink in a beer garden!
Our favourite seasons of spring and autumn are also great times to visit. This time of year sees fewer visitors and plenty of space in our Inns, Tea Shops and attractions. Yes, the blue skies may not be as crystalline in May or October. However, light the fire and take part in one of our make, bake and create activities and you’ll feel right at home!
Avoid missing out – book now!
Our unique Protected Bookings Scheme ensures all our 2021 bookings are fully protected. What does this mean? Should restrictions continue or official regulations prevent travel, you may reschedule or take a refund on any payments made so far. You might also want to read about the significant precautions and cleaning policies we undertake for all cottages. Indeed, we were very quick to adopt changes across all facets of this business to offer our team and guests peace of mind.
As we’ve already taken significant bookings for summer 2021, availability is running short. As such, don’t leave it too long to select your dates. Why not take a walk around our cottages online now, select your dates, and drop us a line? We’ll contact you to reserve. That’s it, you have booked your hassle-free 2021 holiday!
In closing, we know that UK holiday cottages in 2021 are now booking out fast for spring and summer. We will do everything we can to accommodate your preferences, but please contact us as soon as possible. And remember, this part of the world is positively beautiful year-round!
For now, stay safe
Of course, many of us are safe at home right now. Our hearts go out to those who are (literally) keeping the country going in these troubled times. What we do know is that happier days will surely come. Once again, we’ll come together and enjoy good times.
We look forward to celebrating these good times with you here at Exmoor Character Cottages.