To The Manor Born hotel sees last-minute Bank Holiday booking spike

A parish hotel has warned staycation-seekers in the UK to book soon as they report a last-minute August spike in bookings.

The holiday provider Warner Leisure Hotels, which runs Cricket St Thomas hotel in the Somerset parish Cricket Saint Thomas, has reported a “colossal surge” in bookings at the end of August every year for the past five years.

The adult-only hospitality hotel, which provided the setting of much of the TV comedy To The Manor Born, said these late bookings for a Bank Holiday trip have occurred shortly prior to August 23.

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Warner Leisure Hotels said the spike in last-minute bookings typically occurs four days before the Bank Holiday weekend.

They noted that in previous years, 50 per cent more Bank Holiday bookings were made on August 23 compared to the previous weekdays.

Simon Thompson, managing director of Warner Leisure Hotels, said: “We weren’t entirely surprised to see that holiday bookings spiked four days before the bank holiday over the past half-decade – for many people this long weekend sneaks up on them.

“After the year we’ve had, so many of us are looking to enjoy a well-earned break this August bank hol.”

Mr Thompson noted that the holiday organisation has only “some” availability across its 15 UK properties, urging staycation-seekers to “book fast”.