After a gloomy winter spent in lockdown, we (and everyone else) are dreaming of holidays. In the heady days before the word ‘lockdown’ had even passed our lips, we’d think nothing of jetting off for a European city break or heading on far-flung adventures abroad. But fast-forward a year, and, thanks to the risks and restrictions of travelling overseas this year, it seems we’ve set our sights closer to home.
Airbnb has released its list of the Airbnbs that most UK travellers have added to their wish-lists for 2021. In previous years, the number one slot has gone to a sun-soaked Grecian cave or a Swiss Family Robinson-style treehouse in the Balian jungle. But in 2021? The most lusted-after getaway is, er, ‘The Pigsty’ in Winchester.
In fact, unlike most years, all the homes most frequently bookmarked by British travellers are in the UK – with tucked-away rural retreats dominating the list.
As a quick reminder, under the government’s roadmap out of lockdown, overnight stays will be allowed in England from April 12. That’s when self-catered accommodation including Airbnbs will be allowed to start operating again. Travel rules within Scotland will lift on April 26, with travellers from elsewhere allowed to visit soon after. In Wales, self-catering stays are due to open up by Easter, with travel from outside the country allowed soon after.
So it’s not long until your wish-list can turn into reality. But you’d better get booking…
Here’s the full list of the UK’s most ‘wish-listed’ properties for 2021:
A luxury ‘Pigsty’ in Winchester