@AppleZippoandMetronome I’ve had my eye out for a few years and certainly the last 2/3 years that has changed a lot - in north wales anyway. It used to be houses would be sat for weeks, months even years before selling. I think a lot has to do with the tax changes and benefits for fully furnished holiday lets over standard buy to lets. Add brexit into the equation and the the terrible exchange rate and you have a good mix for bumping up the prices and demand from a holiday letting perspective - after all, its not the locals in rural wales who are buying them.
I agree with you, prices tend to be all over the place. My DREAM would be to buy say an old farmhouse/cottage in north wales with plenty of land and outhouses that can be converted to holiday lets. Stick some glamping pods or something similar on the land to also let, and dig out a pond (unless i can buy somewhere already with one), and and encourage wild duck and geese for shooting, and also maybe even some fishing. Basically have somewhere that can fully earn its keep. All of the above is a lot of work, commitment and a lifestyle change which if I’m honest I’m probably a few years off - not to mention the expense to set it all up.