These are the nations top 50 home comforts

Having the heating set just right, a cup of tea – and their beloved sofa are among the nation’s favourite home comforts, according to a survey.

A poll of 2,000 adults found photos of loved ones, reliable broadband and your own toilet also appeared in the top 50 list.

The smell of clean clothes reminds people of being at home, along with a comfy pair of slippers and scented candles.

One in five also have a favoured mug they use when they want a homely feeling.

Elisabeth Ditlbacher, brand director, Europe Holiday Inn & Staybridge Suites which commissioned the study, said: “Our research shows that while we are a nation of travellers, we also love our home comforts.

“There’s nothing better than the feeling you get when you’re at home.”

“With the average person making four trips for work a year, we want to provide them with all the amenities they need to stay as comfortably as possible while they’re away from home.”

Other top-ranking home comforts include the particular smell our houses have, as well as home-cooked meals and a good book.

A well-stocked fridge, your own bed and your laptop or tablet also featured in the list.

The study also found more than three quarters of Brits admit to missing some of their home comforts when they’re away – either for business or leisure.

And on average, it takes less than four days of a holiday for people to begin missing their favourite items they left behind.

Sixty-three per cent of respondents even bring things from home like teabags, dressing gowns and slippers to create a ‘home away from home’ feeling.

One in five also travel with their own pillow because they can’t bear to be separated from it even for one night.

The report also asked what hotels could do to make staying away homelier, with free Wi-Fi the most popular.

Hotel rooms with a living room space and a kettle, so they can make their own drinks at their leisure would also make their stay feel more like being at home.

A quarter of Brits polled, via OnePoll.com, complained that the biggest pet peeve when staying away from home is forgetting something they need.

A fifth begrudge having to eat out all the time as more than a third say eating out is extremely expensive.

Elisabeth Ditlbacher added: “At Staybridge Suites, we offer spacious suites with living rooms and with fully equipped kitchens to make a home cooked meal, on-site self-laundry facilities, complimentary food and drinks at The Evening Socials, and a 24-hour Pantry to pick up any necessities you may have left behind at home.”

THE TOP 50 HOME COMFORTS
1. Bed
2. A proper night’s sleep
3. Home-cooked meals
4. Comfy sofa
5. Family
6. Your favourite film or TV programme
7. A cup of tea
8. Getting into your comfy clothes
9. Your own toilet
10. Laptop/tablet/computer
11. Slippers
12. A good book
13. Reliable broadband
14. Pets
15. Having the heating set to the perfect temperature
16. A well-stocked fridge
17. Garden
18. Your mattress
19. Coffee
20. Listening to music/the radio
21. A dressing gown
22. Photos of loved ones
23. The smell of clean clothes
24. A glass of wine
25. Bacon sandwiches
26. Quilt
27. Netflix/Sky TV subscriptions
28. Blanket
29. Hot chocolate
30. Your favourite mug
31. Biscuits
32. Pillows
33. Scented candles
34. Candles
35. Log/wood burning fire
36. Hot water bottle
37. The way your house smells
38. Fancy bubble bath
39. Ice cream
40. Games console
41. Warm laundry after taking it out of the dryer
42. Marmite
43. Ketchup
44. Throw cushions
45. Mac and cheese
46. Brown sauce
47. A foot stool
48. Artworks
49. Onesies
50. A breadmaker

  • Mat is a writer with an interest in public opinion research. He has a passion for stories covering lifestyle, travel and technology.

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