The holiday home industry is a competitive one, and one that requires research in order to thrive in. Finding out what your guests not only want but need is the best way to fathom how successful your property could be, any improvements you may need to make and also how you should be marketing your property. Character Cottages, a leading agency of stunning cottages in the Cotswolds, outline the top five things guests look for when choosing a holiday cottage:
Naturally location is top of the list, and it’s not difficult to work out why. Holiday makers truly value a properties proximity to the area they are visiting, even if just for convenience more than anything else. Another bonus of fabulous location is the potential property views, especially if close to that of rolling countryside or sandy beaches.
Interiors are an extremely personal thing, but the styling of a property can make or break a selection. Every individual is looking for something different in terms of style, but the aesthetics of the home are more important than you may think. Considering it’s going to the focal point of the holiday, guests want to feel at home as soon as they enter a property, so it’s important that the decor invites a welcoming atmosphere.
Half of the reason a holiday is selected is to be able to unwind from the busyness of everyday life, and part of relaxation is privacy. More and more holiday makers are looking for holiday cottages that have private gardens and outdoor areas to enjoy outdoor living in peace.
Space, space and more space. One of the biggest and more important aspects of any holiday home selection is ensuring that there is plentiful space for the whole party, after all, being on top of each other certainly isn’t relaxing. Create an illusion of larger spaces by ensuring minimal clutter and well-lit rooms.
If the home has that little something extra, it’s more than likely going to be extremely popular with holiday renters. Free standing baths are definitely having a moment and make a fabulous statement. Cinema rooms, bars and hot tubs are also extremely popular with holiday makers, as they are generally looking for something that they don’t have at home, to make the trip extra special.