Whilst the dodgy tan lines have disappeared, our memories of the glorious Summer of 2013 have not and 2014 sure has a lot to live up to! If reports of yet another summer long heat wave are to be believed then holiday makers are likely to ditch their passports and holiday a little closer to home. This is of course great news for cottage owners and now is a great time to prepare your cottage for the summer, so today we’re taking a look at how you can make your property more appealing to the sun-seeking guest.
Ensure guests can cool down
As fantastic as basking in the warm sunshine is, everyone needs a little cool down every now and again so making sure that guests can make themselves comfortable if they are too warm can be a great idea. Having windows or patio doors that are safe to open wide is a great idea, as this allows a stream of fresh air to circulate around the house. If you have the budget then installing air conditioning could be a great investment, however if not then putting a fan in each bedroom can also really help your guests to cool down. Things like straws, ice cube trays and ice lolly moulds are great to have in the kitchen and will really be appreciated by your guests when they are seeking a bit of refreshment.
Think of your location
Whether your property is on the coast or a little more inland can of course alter how guests will want to spend their time. If the location is in the countryside, why not provide a picnic basket with plastic cutlery, dinnerware, a picnic blanket and let your guests know of any good picnic spots nearby? Alternatively, if your property is beside the seaside, why not provide some bits and pieces for some beach based fun? Things like buckets, spades and beach balls are family favourites and guests will really appreciate the extra space in the car by not having to bring their own.
Make a splash in your back garden
When it’s sunny your guests will want to be outside, so if you have a garden it’s a good idea to keep it looking ship shape! Whether you have a small garden and small budget, or a bigger outside space and a budget to match, you can easily transform the back garden of your property into something resembling a resort in the Seychelles. If you have the budget and space then the obvious thing to recommend would be to add a swimming pool, our properties with swimming pools are the first to be snapped up by sun worshippers for the summer months. Alternatively, if your property is suitable for families but your budget is a little lacking, a paddling pool can be an inexpensive way to add some watery fun to your back garden. Although, do remember to provide a pump!
Let your guests enjoy al fresco dining
Nothing says ‘summer is here’ louder than the smell of barbeque, which is probably why they are such an important element to many people’s self catering holidays! Having a barbeque and sufficient outside furniture is a real selling point, and the addition of both can really boost your bookings. Choose an outdoor table with a parasol so that your guests can stay cool under the shade during the day, and have a patio heater so that they can stay warm in the colder evenings.
These are just some of the things that you can add to your property to help boost your bookings when the sun comes out. If you have a property that you would like to rent out and you’re looking to join a designated holiday lettings agency, why not take a look at why Sykes Cottages can help increase your bookings in the summer and all year round on our cottage owners page.