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The Winning Formula

Home | Let your cottage | Guide To Buying A Holiday Cottage To Let | The Winning Formula

5 biggest factors influencing peak tariff & occupancy:

Geography (Desirable location)

Bodies on beds (Number of bedrooms)

Quality of the home (Star Rating)

Conveniences & Extras

Price / Tariff (In relation to other homes)

What to consider when purchasing a holiday cottage to let…

Expanding on the above, the below demonstrates the important considerations when considering the purchase of holiday cottages to let in the UK and which will ultimately determine the price / peak tariff and occupancy levels you will achieve.

How to let my holiday cottage is a key question owners of holiday cottages will ask. Choice Cottages are an expert property agent in Devon and our agency covers key areas in North Devon including sought after; Croyde Bay, Woolacombe, Saunton, Braunton, Instow, Appledore, Westward Ho! & Georgeham – to name a few.

Location Location Location!

A second home or holiday home let in a good location frequented by tourists can play an important role. As a rule of thumb, buying a 2nd home close to the the coast will always prove to be a favourite with holiday makers. That said, we have found that by talking to our customers and understanding their needs; every person is different and many also look to get away from it all in the countryside.

The personal touch

It is important to offer visitors a real home-from-home experience. Doing this will ensure the customer settles into the home and relaxes straight away. Avoid equipping your home with out-of-date second hand furniture, as many customers expect something more than they currently have in their own home. First impressions are paramount and, after a long drive and possibly being new to the area, there is nothing better than arriving to some fresh flowers, milk, tea and a Welcome Book with recommended attractions to visit and places of interest.

Modern conveniences

A property with a well considered interior design that is well-equipped will be welcomed by guests.  Holiday makers appreciate quality fixtures, fittings and furniture. All our properties include bed linen & utilities in the holiday cost. During these technologically advanced times, demand for WiFi availability, Satellite TV Packages and games consoles has significantly increased and is always a selling feature.

Hot tubs and swimming pools

Though not at all a requirement, having holiday cottages that provide a pool or hot tub as a facility, may serve to increase the desirability factor of your Holiday Cottage let in Devon. Choice Cottages can assist you in the cost versus revenue benefits to a purchasing hot tub, building in pools or renovating existing structures. Hot Tubs are generally added as an “Add to Basket” item in the booking process, but some owners will elect to have the latter as inclusive. Pools generally are always inclusive, though a heating supliment may be charged in winter, where relevant.


Catering for children opens up your property to a wider audience. We have found that families are a big part of our database. Adding a selection of Toys, Games, DVDs and Books makes all the difference, especially if the weather is poor. Outside, it is worth considering a swing set or or other equipment. If the children are happy, the parents are happy too.


A large percentage of holiday makers like to travel with their pets, so by allowing dogs into your holiday home, you will open up your property to a larger audience. Guests are also charged extra for pets which is passed straight to you.

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