If you find a chalet holiday in your favorite UK beach destination too expensive or booked for the summer, it might be worth booking now for the fall instead of saving big.
Search for snapshots by whom? found that a seven-night stay in October (during mid-term) is, on average, 29% cheaper than a seven-night stay in August. We looked at the prices of 20 self-catering accommodation on different accommodation websites at 20 popular beach resorts.
While it might not come as a surprise that vacations later in the year are cheaper, it should allay concerns if you are unable to secure a reservation at a coveted location this summer. The weather can be cooler in October, but you can expect fewer people and often have the beach to yourself. Swap sunbathing on the sand for walks along the shore to enjoy the coast in any weather.
If you’re on a domestic break in the UK this summer, our research reveals there is still availability in August if you are looking beyond popular places such as Cornwall. In a week of August across England, for two adults with Hoseasons, there were still 914 cottages available for booking – all on one website. You may just have to trade a break at the seaside for a campaign inland.
More choice of seaside cottages in October mid-term for less
If you book now for the fall, you will have a greater choice of properties than if you are trying to take advantage of a last minute summer break. This means that you will likely find a better property for less money.
For example, when we checked the Sykes website in mid-June, for a family of four wanting to stay in Cornwall for a specific week in August, they have 19 properties to choose from. However, compared to the week of October, families would have a choice of 525 properties.
On Holidaycottage.co.uk for a family of four to stay in Cornwall in a specific week in August, everything was fully booked. While the October semester offered 113 properties.
Across the UK there are plenty of properties left for mid-October. But, Alistair Handyside, Executive Chairman of The Professional Association of Self-Caterers (PASC) UK told us that many PASC members are already full for the October semesters “with discerning guests looking to the future”.
In addition, English Country Cottages told us: “This year we have seen an increasing demand for holidays during peak periods and the October semester is proving to be more popular than ever. We believe, however, that a UK holiday remains excellent value for money.
Up to 48% savings on coastal vacations
In addition to the choice, some savings were huge when we looked at the seaside chalets on various websites in or near the 30 top rated seaside towns (by which? readers).
A cottage for a family of four on Hoseasons in Conwy cost £ 1,489 for a week from August 20 and just £ 769 from October 22, a saving of 48%.
Likewise, on Holidaycottage.co.uk, a four-person property not far from Sidmouth cost £ 2,895 for a specific week in August, or £ 1,515 in October halfway through – also 48% cheaper.
These savings were recorded on June 16. Prices fluctuate, but research gives an overview of what it currently costs to book a break in October.
With whom to book a stay in a seaside cottage?
Choosing a provider that has flexible booking policies or who will reimburse you in the event of a foreclosure is crucial.
Forest holidays ” the luxury lodges are all located in forests across the UK so if you want a seaside break you need to choose the location wisely. In Beddgelert, Wales, Forest Holidays, for example, you are just 12 miles from the popular seaside town of Criccieth. And in the Deerpark location near Liskeard, Cornwall, you’re less than 10 miles from the popular seaside town of Looe.
With Airbnb and Independent gites, you can find some great deals, but refund policies are at the owners discretion. When booking on Airbnb, be sure to select the free cancellation filter to ensure you can get your money back in the event of a foreclosure – many properties will allow you to cancel up to a few days prior.
Using Independent gites, you book directly with the owner. Refund policies are less clear, so you may need to get written proof of the scenarios for which homeowners will and will not refund.
Find the complete results of our survey of chalet companies.