English holiday cottages to rent with famous associations
Who wants to holiday in England? Apparently lots of people do, both British and foreign. England has been very well marketed around the world through our events, historic buildings, pageantry that attracts thousands to London and the royal castles every year and many of them choose to stay in an English holiday cottage.
It is fascinating in finding out why German holidaymakers like to stay in Cornwall and make every attempt to visit the Lizard and Land’s End. Apparently, some come because of its unique geology and the flora the land supports. Now, which publication would they have read to know that?
Padstow in Cornwall is associated with Rick Stein. We may watch the various cookery programmes and do not realise that they tell much of Cornwall and give people the impression of fresh seafood and sailing. Padstow and Rock are very much about that and it is a true identity. Come for a cottage holiday to Cornwall and you may find yourself renting a holiday home that belongs to people who visit Cornwall during the summer to sail around the coast.
Another set of people visit Cornwall and north Devon in the summer months, those fearless surfers who happily try to ride huge Atlantic waves – fun to watch even if you don’t surf personally.
The Cotswolds is another part of England that really appeals to the Americans. Perhaps all the royal gossip about Prince Charles and Princess Anne who both own homes in the Cotswolds has stimulated that interest. The Cotswolds have to be the most beautiful location in England if the royal family chooses to own homes there. Mind you, they’re not their holiday homes. Their holiday homes are in Scotland at Balmoral on Deeside, Sandringham in Norfolk and one or two other places.
Shakespeare has achieved as much for tourism as he has for English literature. People continue to visit from abroad to visit Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace, view a theatre performance and tour the main references to his life. This has created a thriving tourist industry around Stratford with plenty of holiday cottages to rent for a short break or a few weeks. The town and surrounding Warwickshire countryside are worth visiting on holiday despite Shakespeare and a trip to Warwick and its castle is also recommended.
The fame of historical characters of old is kept alive to sell an area as a tourist attraction. Would the Lake District be the same without William Wordsworth or Beatrix Potter? Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire would not have the same attraction without Robin Hood. Up and down the country, the tourist boards spread the word about these famous people and where information about them can be found. At the same they let holiday cottages to anyone needing a place to stay nearby.
Television period dramas and films also spread the message and cultivate interest in diverse English locations. Thanks to J K Rowling and her series of Harry Potter books, Harry Potter fans have been visiting the locations where the films were made all the way from Northumberland in north east England down to Gloucester Cathedral in the south. A new Harry Potter theme Park near Watford adds to the demand for Harry Pottermania and all these tourists need accommodation for their holidays.