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A guide to setting up a self catering holiday accommodation business - grading, pet policies and what to do next.

A light hearted look at setting up and running a holiday cottage

Setting up and renting out a holiday cottage - continued


Please note the views expressed in this article represent the views of the author and in no way reflect the official view of Escape2LakeDistrict.com or Helvellyn Consulting. If you are looking to set up a holiday accommodation business and are in need of guidance, please seek professional assistance.


The right location - Take on or Start up - The right size of property - Equipping your cottage - USPs - Pricing - Agency or self-manage - Advertising - Terms and Conditions - Maintenance - Insurance and accounting - Health and Safety - Grading - Dogs - What to do next.


Grading for holiday cottages


Some people hold great store in being “5 star” recognised and it certainly helps justify your pricing! However the criteria used by the inspection teams can vary and sometimes it’s better to have no grading than one of one or two stars/diamonds/crowns. So check out the criteria and then compare to what you have available – for example some rating companies will expect each bedroom to have a separate dressing table, wardrobe, 2 chairs, and seemingly an on tap butler to achieve a 4 star rating. It’s unlikely all of your rooms are big enough to accommodate all that, and if they are why not put in an extra bed and turn it into a family room!


As we mentioned above, you don’t need a five star rating to market yourself as “luxury”! Also ratings often cost a lot of money (regardless of the level achieved!) and if you only have one property it may not be worth a weeks rental cost on top of your other marketing spend.


Dogs - should you have a pet friendly holiday cottage


We are a nation of dog lovers, and certainly self catering is a hugely popular choice for dog owning holiday makers. “But what about the mess and the smell” you cry. Well as always there is no one size fits all response, but in our experience dog owners are often far better at keeping the cottage clean and tidy as they are used to hoovering every day at home. As always it’s down to personal choice and preference. Don’t be afraid to charge a fee for the pets though, as you will need  to make sure you get the hoover out yourself and occasionally there will be problems. A standard clause in terms and conditions is that pets in cottages should stay off the furniture, stay downstairs, and not be left in the house by themselves.


What to do next


Well I hope you have found this useful background material if you are considering starting up a holiday cottage or holiday rental business. If you’d like to know more on any of the aspects of this article please feel free to contact the author.



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