‘Madness’ of Cornwall holiday bookings for 2022 already filling up

As Cornwall’s holiday homes, hotels and campsites approach maximum capacity for 2021, the owner of a static caravan has said she is even beginning to fill up on 2022 bookings.

Zena De Ville, owner of Collinsville Caravan in St Merryn, near Padstow, has rented out her single static holiday van for the past two years.

The three-bed unit, in a fairly rural location, is booked up for every month this year until November, and is mostly snapped up for Christmas too, like most holiday lets in Cornwall.

Ms De Ville said she opened up bookings in March when the third lockdown was in full swing, and when it began to appear as though the entire UK was looking to holiday here, as CornwallLive previously reported.

With the rules on foreign vacations still not finalised, staycations in Cornwall have gone through the roof for bank holidays, school holidays, and, of course, the summer.

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For the May bank holiday alone, bookings were up 70 per cent.

Ms De Ville said summer and school holiday bookings have been flooding in, and tourists are already starting to fill up her caravan for 2022.

“Last year, I had quite a lot of bookings for 2021,” she said, “But this year, we’ve already got 12 weeks booked for 2022.

“Those 12 weeks have been booked since the start of April.

“It’s ridiculous, in March I was taking bookings for next year and I just thought that we hadn’t even started this one yet.

“It’s madness.”

Ms De Ville said the majority of her customers have been new customers, too, rather than return bookings.

As well as this, she said after a group cancelled – the slot was re-filled within half an hour of advertising it on Facebook.

She added: “It’s not all school holidays for next year, those aren’t full yet. But the weeks before and after have been filling up, as not everyone wants to come down during school holidays.

“Also people have been putting prices up ridiculously. Putting caravans the same as mine up for double the price.”

In a similar boat, albeit on a bigger scale, is Patrick Langmaid, owner of Mother Ivey’s Bay holiday park and Martha’s Orchard holiday homes.

Mr Langmaid opened up 2022 bookings for Marcha’s Orchard to the public earlier this year, and said it’s already picking up.

“We are already very rammed for next year,” he said, “Very. And it is quite incredible.

“I couldn’t tell you if that’s people not able to book this year, but it’s filling up.”

His other park, Mother Ivey’s Bay, has only opened up 2022 bookings for current customers – but even that has seen “loads” of interest for next year.

“We are completely rammed,” he said, “And we think having no quibble Covid guarantees has helped with this, giving people the confidence to book.”

Mr Langmaid further said he hopes the government helps out the tourism industry this year to keep people safe in what will be an unimaginably busy summer: “They need to guarantee full pay for anyone who tests positive.

“If that doesn’t happen, people might make the wrong choices.”

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