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 use the site to book properties tell us that reviews are the second most influential part of an advert (good quality photos being the first). So, if you want a reminder as to why good reviews matter (and how to get them), check out this latest blog from our friends at Schofields Insurance.

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Staycations with Pets – All You Need to Know

And another thing that we have always said is there is a difference between a holiday cottage that allows pets and a holiday cottage that welcomes them. Now it looks like we are not alone. This is an interesting article from Forbes Magazine. While we are willing to bet that all you pet-loving owners might be able to find more to say on the subject – bear in mind that Forbes readers might be using this as a checklist when looking for a dog-friendly holiday cottage. So, it’s worth seeing if there is anything you are missing.

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Hillcrest Cottage Near Saxmundham is a luxurious and dog-friendly holiday cottage in Suffolk.

Tips to Create a Dog-Friendly Holiday Cottage

 Let's stay with the Dog-Friendly theme a while longer and draw your attention to this blog from Schofields Insurance on how to create a dog-friendly holiday cottage (beyond ticking the Accepts Pets’ box) when setting up your adverts. Read both articles, and you will have a really good checklist to consider.

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PASC: #VATsENOUGH CAMPAIGN 

(pdf download)

The hyper-active Professional Association of Self-Caterers UK is fully supportive of the recently launched #VATsENOUGH Campaign by Cut Tourism VAT, calling for the 12.5% VAT rate for hospitality to be made permanent.

UKHospitality has provided a valuable set of tools, including stickers and posters. Click the title to find out more.

If you really don't want VAT to return to 20% - write to your MP and add weight to the campaign. 

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Annie's Cottage on the Kent Coast is a friendly haven for electric vehicles!

A Guide to Electric Vehicle Charging at Your Holiday Cottage

The trickle of holiday cottages that have an Electronic Vehicle Charging Point installed is slowly turning to a flood. We introduced this as a search facility on MFHC over a year ago and have been surprised (and climate-changingly pleased) at the number of searches it generates from people looking to book a holiday cottage. The article also has a useful section on whether to charge for charging (or not).

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A lovely, locally sourced welcome pack - but spot the potential problems! If you can't, you should read this article.

Welcome Packs: The Impact of Natasha’s Law.

We are repeating this article, which was included in the October Homefront, largely because of the sheer number of welcome pack photos in adverts and on social media that show items it is now illegal to include unless you have taken the correct measures. A bottle of wine is the most frequent offender. Remember, you cannot get away with saying that the wine is free. The PASC has published a very thorough article on this. Please read it and act before your local environmental health and licensing officers come knocking on your door.

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Arden Hill Farmhouse

Cottage of the Month: Arden Hill Farmhouse in Stratford-upon-Avon.

With the capacity to sleep 18, Arden Hill Farmhouse is a perfect centrally-based property in the heart of England in which to gather friends and family together for a special occasion. It’s large enough to occupy the better part of an entire row of seats in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, It’s also handily placed for an ascent of the Cotswold Hills (and Valleys) or the cultural offerings and fleshpots of Birmingham.

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That's it for November. See you for the Christmas issue next month (submissions of all Seasonal and snowy photos are welcome. We',, include as many as possible with a link to your advert).