Christmas and New Year getaways are extremely popular here at Sykes Cottages with some of our properties booking up over two years in advance! Most people will rent out a cottage so they are close to friends and family whilst others opt for our large properties where everyone can be together under one roof. With so many of us heading off on a festive adventure this winter we thought we’d share with you some of our top tips for renting a cottage over the holidays.
Locking up the family home
Even though you won’t be at home over the holidays it’s still important to protect your house and make sure it’s intact for your return. In order to keep your home safe during your time away simply follow these tips:
- Keep wrapped presents out of sight; under the tree is the first place a burglar will look.
- Ask a neighbour to keep an eye on the house for you and, if on the odd chance it snows, to keep the driveway clear.
- Set the heating to low and make sure it comes on at least once a day; this will keep your pipes from freezing or bursting whilst you’re gone.
Transporting the Christmas presents
Whether you’re travelling alone, with the children or even your other half, keeping them from discovering their presents is a top priority. When we’re travelling over the holidays we like to hide gifts in our cases, this works really well with small to medium sized presents but what about large gifts? If you’re struggling to disguise your gifts this Christmas here are a few suggestions:
- Have the gift delivered. You can chose the delivery date then have it dropped off at the cottage once you arrive. Alternatively, many companies are happy to drop parcels off at the local post office and you can pick them up from there.
- A number of stores now offer a click and collect service where you pay online and pick up in store; simply use your cottage’s postcode to find the nearest store. Alternatively give them a call and reserve the item until you can get there.
Stocking up on food and drink
When travelling over the holidays your car is filled with clothes, toiletries and presents, with hardly any room left for the family let alone food and drink. To give you more space in the car this year why not try one of the following options:
- Have your food delivered to the cottage. Many supermarkets and online stores offer a home delivery service; you simply need to check which store is in the area and order online, they will then drop off your shopping on a day and time that’s convenient for you.
- If you’re renting a cottage close to friends and family why not ask them to shop for you? As they are doing their own shop it would be easy to pop a few extra items in the basket which you can collect from them once you arrive.
Making your holiday cottage more festive
Here at Sykes Cottages, many of our owners will decorate their cottages over the Christmas period so there is no need to worry about the property feeling festive, however if the cottage doesn’t have their own decorations there are a few easy steps to make you feel more at home:
- You could bring decorations with you – pack up the tinsel and baubles and use them to make your holiday cottage a little more cosy.
- Have some family fun by making decorations at your holiday cottage. Cut out snowflakes to go on top of the table or turn paper cups into Christmas angels, there are plenty of crafty ideas out there which not only look good but keep the children entertained too!
We hope these suggestions have been useful for your holiday travels this year. If you have any handy tips which could be of use to our customers this Christmas and New Year, please feel free to share them with us on Facebook or Twitter.