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Airbnb prices soar in East Kent ahead of The Open 2020 in Sandwich

An Airbnb owner is cashing in on The Open coming to Kent this summer by charging golf fans almost £45,000 for a five-night stay - more than triple the usual price.

The 16th Century manor house near Ash can be booked for up to 14 guests at £7,630 a night between Wednesday, July 15, and Monday, July 20.

A 16th Century Manor House in Ash, which is available at £7k a night. Picture: Airbnb
A 16th Century Manor House in Ash, which is available at £7k a night. Picture: Airbnb

But the price the week before - July 8 to 13 - is £2,280 per night.

Yet the host of the six-bedroom property told KentOnline he doesn't expect it to be available for long - as he has five viewings booked for this week alone.

The Airbnb owner is just one of several in the area capitalising on the tournament coming to Royal St George’s golf course in Sandwich from July 16 to 19.

Tens of thousands of fans are set to pitch up to see the likes of Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy in action - and many nearby hotels are already sold-out during those dates.

Yet there is still some accommodation available on Airbnb, the website where homeowners can rent out their properties to tourists.

For example, The Black Pig pub in Staple has room for up to 10 guests.

But during the week of The Open, the total cost of a five-night stay, including service charge, rockets from £4,504 to £12,218.

At Woods Cottage in Sandwich, the total charge for up to four guests almost doubles from £1,559 to £2,910.

The price at Molland Manor House in Ash for 16+ people rises from £16,976 to £28,177.

Other examples include a countryside house in Preston for up to seven guests, increasing from £2,908 to £5,283 – and Keepers Cottage in Patrixbourne, where costs for up to six people rise from £6,097 to £8,084.

The Black Pig in Staple
The Black Pig in Staple
Golf fans will hope to see Tiger Woods back at Royal St George's in Sandwich this summer. Picture: Matthew Walker
Golf fans will hope to see Tiger Woods back at Royal St George's in Sandwich this summer. Picture: Matthew Walker

But fans desperate to come to east Kent for the tournament may be left with little choice but to fork out for an Airbnb.

On booking.com, out of 100 hotels and B&Bs in the Canterbury area, just eight show vacancies during those dates.

Tickets to go and watch the 149th Open have already sold out for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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