Have you decided this will be the year you finally launch your new holiday let? There’s lot of great reasons to become a holiday cottage owner.
Not only can be extremely lucrative for your bank balance but you can put your own stamp on a property and help guests to have a fantastic holiday.
There’s lots you need to think about though to make sure everything runs smoothly. Here’s a collection of some of our best advice for prospective new holiday cottage owners.
Selecting the right property for your holiday let
There’s lots of decisions to make when it comes to selecting the right property. How much work you want to do, the market you will be targeting (romantic, dog-friendly etc) and whether you will be managing the changeovers yourself will all come in to it.
Read our blog on Selecting the right property for your holiday let.
Farm Diversification – Holiday Cottages
Barn conversions will always be extremely popular as a holiday let – particularly if they have lots of original features, outside space and a lovely rural location.
If you are lucky enough to have unused farm buildings then these are ripe for conversion and it can be a very profitable way of diversifying.
Read our blog on Farm Diversification for tips on how to make your barn conversion stand out from the crowd.
Holiday Cottage Legal Requirements
When you have guests that are paying to stay in your property you have certain legal requirements which must be met. Things like a fire assessment and an annual gas safety certificate are a must and there can be stiff penalties for ignoring these vital safety checks.
Read our blog on Legal Requirements for Holiday Cottages for more information.
Holiday Cottage Interior Design Tips
Getting the design right for a holiday cottage is so important so it’s well worth putting time (and money) into getting this right.
We spoke to interior designer (and owner of cottage The Secret Garden) for some of her top design tips which includes lighting, using good quality furniture and having a sgnature scent.
Read about the Design Secrets of The Secret Garden.
Getting the right insurance for your holiday cottage
No one wants to think about the worst happening but it’s important that both your property and guests are fully covered in case it does.
You’ll need specialist insurance for your holiday let and as well as Buildings and Contents Insurance it’s also very important to have Public Liability Insurance in place.
Find out more about Insurance for Holiday Cottages
Adding the finishing touches to your holiday let
Sometimes in life the little things can make all the difference. Things such as luxury toiletries, a warm and cosy arrival and extras such as books and games will help to delight your guests and mean great reviews.
Read our guide to Adding finishing touches to your holiday let
Making your holiday home child-friendly
There’s always a big demand for family-friendly holiday cottages and there are lots of practical things you can do to make your property more appealing to this market.
From having cots and high chairs available to having a room that can be set-up as a twin can all help to make your property family-friendly.
Take a look at these 10 top tips for making a holiday cottage child-friendly
Creating a dog-friendly holiday home
Taking a dog on holiday has never been more popular so going dog-friendly can be a great way to boost bookings for a holiday cottage.
Having flooring that is easy to clean, making a garden enclosed and providing bowls and blankets are just some of things you can do to make your holiday cottage dog-friendly.
Read the guide: 10 tips for creating a dog-friendly holiday cottage
Gorgeous Cottages are the booking agents for almost 200 luxury Yorkshire Holiday Cottages. If you are looking for help and advice on launching your first holiday cottages, give the team a call on 01642 263 249.