British travellers opt for the staycation

British travellers opt for the staycation

Online travel agent, directline holidays launches a new UK holiday search engine which offers UK breaks to parks, lodges, cottages, apartments and hotels

Said Maria Whiteman, CEO of directline holidays “This is the first in a number of steps we are taking to evolve our existing business model in response to predicted demand uncovered by a recent customer survey.

“Initially the economic climate in 2009 saw many people staying at home and travelling to domestic tourist attractions in order to save money. This trend has spread and Brits are seeking a range of UK accommodation. VisitEngland research found an 18% rise in the number of domestic holidays taken, with travellers spending £1 billion more in 2009 than in the previous year.

“Incidents such as the ash cloud, increasing fuel prices and a weakening Pound have most likely contributed to this uplift in demand for the so-called staycation.

“The accommodation we have selected is perfect for families. The prices vary on a property by property basis but the concept was to source a range of rooms that appeal to all budgets.”


An example package for your convenience:

Seven nights in ‘Bramley Cottage’ in Devon departing on 16/07/10 for a total price of £458 or £76 per person if the property is at full capacity (sleeps up to 6 people).

Surrounded by the rolling hills and lush farmland of mid Devon, the hamlet of Old Bridwell sits on the edge of the pretty village of Uffculme. Beautifully restored and set within 3 acres of grounds, these charming cottages lie in a spacious courtyard centred around a thatched circular pump house offering all you need for a truly relaxing holiday.  This is a superb touring base in the very heart of Devon. A host of visitor attractions await you here, with something to suit everyone. Dartmoor, Exmoor, Lynton, Lynmouth, Lyme Regis, Seaton and Sidmouth are all close by and Tiverton, a bustling market town straddling the river Exe, is just 8 miles away.