Many clergy and other church staff living in church based accommodation see the need to get into the housing market during their ministry, often so they are prepared for housing needs in retirement. An attractive option for some is the purchase of holiday accommodation that can benefit themselves and others. Buying such a property, with mortgage implications, can become feasible by offering holiday lettings, but many prefer to limit such lettings to Christian families, often with discounts offered to clergy and church staff.
Holiday Provision by Christians for Christians
Sue and Gordon Barley, a clergy couple in Ovenden, Halifax, and Lis and Gordon Dey, a retired clergy family in Bradford, own properties in Spain and Pembrokeshire. They found that a previous service was very successful in enabling a ‘Christians for Christians’ holiday letting facility to operate, and when this was suspended they decided to establish a new service, and invite those who own properties that could be used for holiday lettings to make use of it. Their ‘HolyHols’ website, live from Easter 2018, is being promoted through the church press, diocesan channels and other appropriate means, so that potential holiday makers are made aware of this new opportunity.
“We’ve been delighted to see our holiday property in Spain be largely used by Christians, particularly clergy families. It’s been good to have got together to create something new that we hope will benefit both those with holiday properties to let, and church members who would like to use them.”
“We bought our holiday flat at St Dogmaels in Pembrokeshire 27 years ago, and were able to cope with mortgage payments by offering it as a holiday let. Nearly all of our tenants have been Christians, and over the years some have become personal friends. We’ve been delighted by the way in which our flat has been treated, and remain keen to limit our letting of it largely to Christian families.”
HolyHols is a ‘not for profit’ joint venture that we hope will be of great benefit both to those with properties to let and those who would like to use them.