Increasing demand for staycations is being claimed by Sykes Holiday Cottages with a 20% rise in bookings for summer 2020.

The independent holiday home provider saw its busiest booking day ever on January 12, with 30% more bookings taken than on the corresponding day in 2019.

The sustained interest in domestic breaks follows a record year in 2019 with a 28% year-on-year increase in bookings.

The trend was boosted by “prolonged uncertainty over Brexit”.

This led to many booking summer holidays early in the year “doing so not knowing what the UK’s planned departure from the EU in March 2019 might mean for pet passports or other travel arrangements”.

Destinations showing the greatest level of growth last year were North Wales, the Yorkshire Dales, Devon, Cornwall and Dorset, helped by interest in adventure and walking holidays. 

Chief executive Graham Donoghue said: “Our customers tell us that their pets are one of the family. When it comes to booking breaks, people increasingly want somewhere their whole family can go – pets and all.

“As a result, we were particularly busy with people booking both their main holidays in the height of summer with us, as well as top-up breaks at Easter or one of the half-terms.”