En route Tour terrace up to let for £10k amid scramble for rooms

A cyclist on the top of the Holme Moss hill climb. Picture by Simon Hulme
A cyclist on the top of the Holme Moss hill climb. Picture by Simon Hulme
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With Grand Départ accommodation in high demand, renting a terrace house on the stage two route in Holmfirth could cost you up to £10,000 for just three days in July.

People across the county have been setting up temporary bed and breakfasts or letting their homes out for the Tour de France’s Yorkshire visit on July 5 and 6.

The Holmfirth two-bed terrace is among dozens of properties listed on free classified advertising website www.gumtree.com as residents attempt to cash in on the Tour, with accommodation elsewhere running at a premium.

With just two weeks to go until the world’s greatest cycling race begins in Yorkshire, it has emerged that the vast majority of hotel rooms in towns and cities that the Tour will visit have been booked already. But hoteliers and tourism chiefs are keen to stress that there are still pockets of availability.

Leeds Hotels and Venues Association, which represents 35 hotels with 6,000 bedrooms, said many hotels are fully booked. Destination Harrogate reported that all its nine hotels were booked up.

Gordon Jackson, chairman of LHVA and general manager at Thorpe Park Hotel, in Colton, Leeds, said the demand showed that Leeds was capable of staging major events.

Many are using buy and sell websites to let out their homes, with a two-bed flat in Leeds city centre available for three days at £1,500 and a Harrogate two-bed house billed at £2,750. Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “It’s not too late for people still wanting to come, but the message is act fast.”

Meanwhile, Napoleons Casino & Restaurant at Owlerton in Sheffield will be hosting a 24-hour, two-bike cycle marathon in aid of Marie Curie, the charity partner of the Grand Départ with sporting stars already signed up to take a 30- minute slot including boxers Kell Brook, Kid Galahad, Adam Etches, Scott Jenkins, Ryan Rhodes and Scott Mitchell, plus Speedway rider Ashley Birks and Sheffield Eagles rugby players.

The event starts at 1pm on Friday, July 4, for 24 hours with the bikes covering the equivalent of 550km – the same distance of all UK legs of the TDF.

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