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Owning a holiday let can be really rewarding, but it can also be hard work. Here at Sykes Holiday Cottages, our aim is to offer hassle-free, successful holiday letting for our owners by putting your second home first.
How do we achieve this? With more than 30 years in the business, Sykes Holiday Cottages have the knowledge and experience to know how to run a successful holiday home. We are here to give you advice and support every step of the way in your holiday letting journey, and to share the expert help and information that helps you to achieve holiday let success.
Read on to find out how you can benefit from letting your property with trusted experts Sykes Holiday Cottages.
Sykes Holiday Cottages has been operating for more than 30 years, beginning at the kitchen table and becoming the UK’s leading independent agency.
With so many years’ experience in holiday home management, what the Sykes team don’t know isn’t worth knowing!
Whether you are searching for your first holiday home, just starting out or have been letting for years, our team are just a quick phone call away and can offer expert advice on all stages of your holiday letting journey.
Our team of Property Consultants and Local Managers are based in locations all over the UK and Ireland. They can visit your current property and give you useful, local knowledge regarding all areas of holiday letting.
With their years of experience, our Property Consultants can visit your holiday cottage and share their specialist advice on holiday letting with Sykes, or just holiday letting in general.
As a team, Sykes has been being recognised for numerous awards over the years, ranging from technology accolades to service awards. For the last eight years, the British public has voted Sykes Holiday Cottages the ‘Best Large UK Holiday Cottage Company’ in the British Travel Awards.
We are hoping to make 2021 our ninth!
We want to make letting your property as hassle-free as possible, and booking your property as simple for guests. That is why we are always trying to find modern ways to aid these processes.
With the use of our Owner Portal, our Cottage Owners can check their bookings, as well as blocking off any dates that are required at the click of a few buttons. No need to call us. There is also a wealth of informative guides on subjects such as insurance, short breaks and maximising your income, available for our owners to read at their leisure. Our Owner Portal is accessible via our website or our Sykes Owners App.
For guests, we have the Sykes Holiday Cottages App. A user friendly experience that makes it easier for guests to book their next getaway. It also contains local recommendations from our Cottage Owners for attractions and activities, as well as places to eat or drink.
We use our experience to advertise your holiday property in a number of ways, through a selection of different marketing channels.
Firstly, we create a personalised property page, with professional photographs and description to show your property off at its best.
We then use a combination of marketing techniques such as television and radio advertisements, paid advertisements, social media, email and free search to make sure your property gets as much exposure as possible. As well as advertising your property on over 700 affiliate and partner sites.
For more information, take a look at our guide on how to advertise your holiday home.
One of the ways in which we make sure we are considered as trusted experts in holiday letting is by ensuring that our offering is hassle-free and as simple as possible.
If you’re working full time alongside managing your holiday let, or you’re just a busy person, there may be times when you can’t answer the phone or reply to an email enquiry quick enough. A customer may be enquiring about a number of different cottages at once, and if they do not get a reply, you may lose their custom for good.
We realise this and at Sykes Holiday Cottages we have a friendly, knowledgeable and dedicated reservations team who work from 9.00 am until 8.00 pm, seven days a week, answering enquiries and taking bookings from customers. This gives you piece of mind that even if you’re not available to take a booking, we are!
When it comes to holiday let management, we offer a unique and flexible service that can be tailored specifically to your needs.
You are in control of how much of your property you want to manage. So for example, if you prefer to do the cleaning and greeting guests, but don’t want to complete tasks such as maintenance and gardening, we can tailor a partially managed service package to suit your preference. Flexibility is key to the control you have of your property, and we are here to offer that.
If you live a great distance from your property or don’t have the time to do this, we offer a fully managed service in which we can arrange cleaners, gardeners, maintenance, assembling welcome packs and more. Learn more about how to remotely manage your holiday let.
If you are looking to clean your cottage yourself, but have no idea where to start, take a look at our Holiday Let Changeover Checklist.
At Sykes Cottages we never forget that your cottage is just that; yours. You are in complete control of your investment, we are here to make your experience hassle-free and help maximise your bookings and revenue.
Our team work together with our owners, and whilst giving help and advice, we will never tell you what to do and we will always respect your wishes.
Whilst we will work hard to ensure we get you bookings, you can still make your own so that family and friends can book through you.
*Based on a 7 bedroom property in the Lake District with bookings between October 2017 to September 2018.
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