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'The Cottage' - The February 2018 Newsletter from My Favourite Holiday Cottages


Newsletter February 2018 Pick and Choose to Read the News You Need!

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Get Drastic with Your Plastic Time to get savvy and cut back on the plastic before it overwhelms our beaches and countryside. Here is what holiday home owners are doing to make their properties kinder on the environment.

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Cornering the Market at Homeaway What happens across the pond generally finds its way over here… HomeAway’s plans to charge owners 10% for what they call “Off-Plan Bookings’. It might make sense, but you might not like it.

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Presentation Tips to make your property look wonderful. Quaintly referred to as ‘Staging Tips’, some handy advice on ways to prepare your holiday home for a photoshoot. If you are about to embark upon such a project, you might like to look at our own guide for owners. If you would like a free copy of ours, e-mail us.

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‘Book Direct’ Action Day February 7th was National Direct Booking Day! Really! For those of you with Direct Booking software (well done and the rest of you get with the party) – news of a campaign to encourage more people to book direct at the expense of those horrible travel directories that apply commission charges, booking fees etc. (WHICH MY FAVOURITES DOES NOT!)

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Guest News

The Perfect Welcome Book Pretty much every holiday cottage will have some kind of Welcome Book / Manual explain where everything is and how works. Content standards vary, but here is a good model with a free download!

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Safety Law We call these things ‘hygiene factors’ – stuff that no one is going to thank you for doing but will get you into a heck of a lot of trouble (especially with your insurance company) if you don’t. Let the Bosher’s Assessment Tool at least make life a little easier for you.

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Bad News Anybody? Nothing bad to tell you this month, but if you come across any scams or other things that cottage owners need to be warned about, then email details to us.

Better News Anybody? Share any good news stories – or even bright ideas with the holiday cottage community to send us away with smiles on our faces. Share your news with us here

That’s it for February Thanks for reading!

Rick Bond

Get The Cottage - Every Issue: Hot Off the Press This Newsletter is free to all readers, but it will mainly appeal to anyone with an interest in owning or managing a holiday cottage. However, if you are planning to book a UK holiday cottage, it will give you an insight into how responsible and caring owners are continually seeking ways to improve their services. It is published as and when we have a full house of interesting articles to tell you about - which is usually, but not always, once a month

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