Census 2021 - Holiday Homes

This briefing analyses the latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) from the 2021 Census about the number of people who spend 30 days or more at an alternative address. This briefing relates specifically to holiday homes in East Sussex.

Key Findings

  • There were around 1,600 holiday homes registered in the census in 2021, which were visited by just over 4,000 people from across England and Wales.
  • Rother was home to 38% of all holiday homes in East Sussex, accounting for 44% of all visitors to East Sussex holiday homes.
  • The area around Rye, Winchelsea and Camber had the greatest proportion of holiday homes relative to the local housing supply.
  • Half (50%) of those who spent more than 30 days at a holiday home in East Sussex travelled from London, while around 1 in 8 (12%) travelled from within East Sussex.
  • Rother ranked the 10th most popular destination for London holiday home users across all 309 lower-tier/unitary authority areas within England (and 23rd for all English and Welsh holiday home users).
  • The actual number of holiday homes in the county is likely much higher, since the census data only includes data about people who usually reside in England and Wales and who said they spend at least 30 days a year at a second address, and does not include, for example, Air BnB or other holiday lets in which owners spend less than 30 days per year.

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Resource Date

July 2023