Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

You Can Please Everyone -- All the Time

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

You Can Please Everyone -- All the Time

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Byline: Cathy Hawker

[bar] VER since Billy Butlin opened his first holiday camp in Skegness in the Thirties, holidays have been an annual highlight for British families. Time to recharge, relax and regroup away from the routines of everyday life.

Eighty years on, the pattern of family holidays is changing, with multi-generational breaks -- where the extended family comes too -- on the rise. points to its popularity in the "What's Hot 2012" report on travel trends, and Virtuoso, a network of travel professionals, claims the multi-generational holiday is the biggest growth area in travel. All this is music to the ears of every second-home owner or anyone wanting to own a holiday home, offering them the prospect of valuable rental returns.

So where should would-be owners buy a holiday home, knowing that it will attract a healthy rental return from big families ? That's not easy.

While teenagers might be happy lounging on the beach all day, young parents might be keen to play sport, go to spas or find the nearest creche for their babies. But the grandparents might quite fancy a stroll along a beach with a decent bar at the end.

Here are three suggestions to kick off the search.

IN BRITAIN FAMILY CHOICE: THE CORNWALL... IN CORNWALL The fishing villages of Cornwall's south coast provide plenty of family activities. The Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan inspire awe in horticulturists and children alike, as do the coves of this gentle coast. Party-mad teens can check out the delights of Newquay, 16 miles across country on the north coast, or ride the waves on excellent north coast surfing beaches. The south coast is the sailing coast, providing regattas and carnivals in season and a yearround home to many artists. The one drawback is the weather, which is why sensible options for secondhomes provide indoor activities.

The Cornwall, two miles from the beach in St Austell, is a painstakingly restored 65-room hotel and spa with 60 two- and three-bedroom detached homes in 43 acres of grounds. There is a large leisure complex, indoor pool and gym with restaurants and bar -- perfect for those rainy days.

The fully furnished Woodland Homes cost from [pounds sterling]285,000 for two bedrooms of 970sq ft, or [pounds sterling]237,500 for owners who buy through a stay-andlet scheme, which does not incur VAT. Property placed in the rental pool for 46 weeks annually attracts a guaranteed six per cent net return for two years. These are holiday homes where owners cannot live yearround.

Recent sales have been strong, with only one three-bedroom and seven two-bedroom homes still for sale. Contact The Cornwall on 01726 874545 or visit

IN PORTUGAL THE ACTIVE CHOICE: MARTINHAL, THE ALGARVE The Algarve has been a go-to hotspot for family holidays for years, with From [pounds sterling]285,000: furnished Woodland Homes (right), two miles from the beach at St Austell, have access to indoor facilities for those rainy days most visitors keeping close to Faro. …

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