First and foremost, this is exactly what The Holiday Lets Company is all about: promoting the cottage holiday as a vacation that caters to any and every need. And it’s a pretty easy thing to do. After all, the beauty of the cottage holiday is that it can be as bespoke as you and your guests want it to be.
It’s true that many cottage holiday rentals have rules and regulations that don’t lend themselves to guests holding a party. But you may be surprised by the number of people who are looking for exactly that: a holiday cottage to rent out for their special occasion.
Whether it’s a gathering of girls for a hen-do, a family affair for a Golden Wedding anniversary or a 30th birthday bash with a difference, don’t rule out the idea of your cottage holiday home being used for special events. Remember not everyone wants a 24-hour party with gatecrashers and place trashers; many people – especially those looking for a holiday cottage to rent for an important do – are after a nice place that holds large-ish numbers, and offers a chance to celebrate in style. Think about it, couldn’t your cottage holiday home offer all of the above? Set the ground rules, and you’ll have a unique selling point that makes your cottage holiday stand out from the crowd.
You need to work out what your limits are: numbers, neighbours and nearby entertainment are all factors that need to be considered before you tell renters that your cottage holiday is ideal for a celebration. If your holiday cottage to rent is in the heart of a sleepy village with neighbours that could hear a pin drop, it may not be suitable for a 30th, but it could be perfect for a family gathering to celebrate Granny’s 80th. Once you’ve worked this out, let potential renters know that you’re happy for them to hold celebrations during their cottage holiday, so long as they don’t break your boundaries.
Make sure you clearly advertise the facilities that people may look for when searching out a holiday cottage to rent for a celebration. Does your cottage holiday home have a large kitchen suited to cooking for a crowd? Have you got a swimming pool or Jacuzzi outside? And how about that huge field at the back of your cottage holiday rental with the gas barbeque and plenty of space for a gathering? If you’ve got it, shout about it!
Don’t forget to ask renters if there are any special occasions being celebrated during their stay, and think about adding a deposit to your cottage holiday rental charge for anyone planning a party. That way you can rest assured that you have a safety net if any breakages occur.
It’s simple really. Don’t rule out pushing the party-suitability of your cottage holiday home. You never know, it could be good for business!
HANNAH JAMES for THEHOLIDAYLETSCOMPANY