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News, Information and Ideas for Managing or Booking UK Holiday Cottages

View articles for holiday cottage owners and bookers. Many of these articles are mentioned in The Holiday Homefront, a monthly newsletter for holiday cottage owners published free of charge. 

Other articles help anyone interested in planning a self-catering holiday with advice on planning and booking different types of property to information on cottages offering discounts. There are published in a Newsletter for people interested in booking holiday cottages and wanting to know more about booking procedures, discounts and holiday ideas. To receive a copy, click the Newsletter button at the bottom of the page.

Contents vary but will include the following:

  • Tips on getting it right when finding and booking a particular type of holiday cottage - such as one with 'the right kind of pool' pool, or what to expect to be included in the rental price. 
  • Inspiring articles on our 'favourite holiday cottages' for holidays on a theme or particular location such as holiday cottages for walkers, best luxury beach holiday cottages in Cornwall.
  • When to discuss (and when not to discuss discounts) and some great deals available at the time of writing.

 

  • These days, buying a bricks-and-mortar holiday home as an investment and revenue generator is a difficult task, especially in coastal resorts such as Devon and Cornwall, where house prices have risen sharply. So step forward the new solution to your problem: Holiday parks now offer private ownership of static caravans and lodges. This policy means that you can purchase a holiday home and generate an income to cover the costs and create a return on your investment whilst providing you with a free place to stay.

    Many holiday parks have transformed in recent years into 'owner only' parks. They offer an ideal solution for second home ownership. These tend to be quality parks, possibly smaller in size, that are purely targeted at owner-only lodges and caravans. The benefit is a quieter park with a community feel where owners get to know each other. The vast majority of these parks offer sub-letting where you can let your caravan or lodge in the park to generate

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    Another year and another award for Eco-Chic Cottages. They were amongst the winners at the recent South West England Tourism Excellence Awards.

    No strangers to the winning of awards over the years, this time it was the turn of the so very desirable Culls Cottage which scooped a Bronze Award in the 'Self-Catering Accommodation of the Year" category.

    Culls is one of two Eco Chic cottages advertised on My Favourite Holiday Cottages, its sister being The Chestnuts. Both are in the Cotswolds, with Culls in Lechllade and The Chestnuuts in Burford. Our congratulations on a well-deserved award.

  • Wistlandpound Reservoir in North Devon

    Welcome! The trees are approaching their peak golden-hued autumnal glory, and cottage adverts are beginning to sport Christmassy, snow-covered images within their adverts, so it must be November. It’s also an excellent time to be deciding on what work to carry out on your holiday property during the quieter winter months and ensure your marketing plans are polished and adverts updated before the January-February booking rush. 

    Articles in this month’s issue of The Holiday Homefront should therefore be handy. 

    As always, click on the Title to read the full article.

    Enjoy!

     

    Rick Bond

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    How to Get Holiday Let Reviews & Respond to Negative Ones

    We have always emphasised the vital role that RECENT reviews play in generating bookings and enquiries. In addition, our user groups of people who 

  • Six Reasons to Visit Woolacombe Out of Season

    We can all appreciate the appeal of a great British summer holiday in North Devon's Woolacombe; endless days at the beach, ice creams on a sunny day, and meals served alfresco style in the sunshine… what's not to love?

    But what many are now starting to discover is just how magical and romantic Woolacombe can be out of season - those empty weekends outside the school holidays. Once the temperature drops down and the crowds start to head home, Woolacombe pops into colour and comes alive with bright orange autumnal leaves, dramatic scenery and vibrant sunsets. If that wasn't already enough, here's six reasons to get excited about a beach holiday in Woolacombe out of season.

     

    1.     Stunning autumnal walks

    The South West Coast Path Above Heddons Mouth in North Devon

    No matter what time of year you visit, Woolacombe's spectacular coastline of cliffs, sandy coves, miles of beaches

  • What to do Out of Season in… Whitchurch (The Shropshire one)

     

    This characterful little market town in North Shropshire certainly punches well above its weight when it comes to its appeal to visitors out of season. The town offers a host of artisan shops interspersed with some enticing cafes and bars. Whether you are seeking relaxing or lively weekend breaks in Shropshire outside the school holidays that involves a little walking, a little discovering, a boat trip or two blended with some fine dining and a good pub or two, then here are some suggestions for a 2-3-night break in Whitchurch. Also included are our recommended Whitchurch holiday cottages in which to stay.

     

    1.    Whitchurch Heritage Centre

    12 St. Marys Street, Whitchurch SY13 1QY

    A good place to visit at the start of your holiday and discover the town’s fascinating historic past through a series of displays and exhibits appealing to all ages.

  • Autumnal Greetings!

    As autumn's fingers close their grip on the countryside, we welcome you to pop another log on the woodburner or another marshmallow in your hot chocolate and invest a little time in this month's top tips and advice to help holiday cottage owners everywhere stay at the very top of their game.

    As ever, we provide a short summary of an article. If you'd like to learn more just click on the title.

     

    Welcome Packs: The Impact of Natasha’s Law.

    From October 1st the UK Food Information Act Amendment (aka Natasha’s law) came into force. This has significant implications for all holiday property owners who provide a welcome pack for their guests. You are strongly advised to acquaint yourself with it before your local environmental health office comes knocking.

    The law is covered in the Pink Book. We also recommend the intelligently written ‘user guide’ on the PASC Website, Click on the title above to download it The guide

  • Welcome to the September 2021 issue of The Holiday Homefront and this month's collection of advice and information that all good holiday cottage owners need to continue to improve their businesses. Here's a summary of all this month's recommended articles. Where relevant, click on the title to open and read the full article.

     

    Why are UK holiday costs so expensive?

    It turns out there is a good reason for the prices charged by UK holiday cottage owners that goes beyond the sheer greed as the media would like to portray it. Read this concise explanation about the factors that make UK tourism accommodation providers have to take into account when setting prices. Despite the occasional media article to suggest otherwise, it's not just because accommodation owners are greedy and inflating prices.

    Sadly, a return to VAT 20% in the UK, putting it above rates in many EU countries, doesn't get a mention. Another consideration is that soaring UK house prices in

  • Thank you for dropping in to read the August 2021 edition of The Holiday Homefront for UK Holiday Cottage Owners. As I write this, the weather has begun to warm up after a slow and rather damp start, and blue skies prevail again. Let's hope this sets the pattern for the remainder of the month.

     

    Articles in blue headlines: Click on the headline to read a full copy of the article.

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    Hempaye Cottage in SidmouthThe Wanderlist, New Directory Of Top Countryside Holiday Retreats

    If you want to know what it really takes to scale the heights of guest care and experiences in the holiday cottage business, take a look at these leading examples from Forbes Magazine.

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  • Welcome to High Summer and the busiest time of the year. Quite honestly, we've never known summer with so great a demand for bookings. We get calls and emails daily from people desperate to find somewhere to book in the summer holidays. So, if you have had any last-minute cancellations, do advertise your availability in the Late Availability section on the sites you use to advertise your holiday cottage. NB: This is free and much visited on My Favourite Holiday Cottages.

    Anyway, here's more advice and top tips for you to digest between changeovers. Remember, click on the title where relevant to access the full article.

    Onwards and Upwards!

    Rick Bond

    My Favourite Holiday Cottages

     

    How to use Pinterest for business

    If you’ve dabbled but never really got to grips with the power of Pinterest or dismissed it because you only use Instagram, then this easy User Guide will not only make you aware of Pinterest’s potential to market your