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Bedroom at Gitcombe Estate.

At award-winning holiday letting agency Coast & Country Cottages, we have seen demand for our most luxurious properties remain unwaveringly high for years. Whether it be for an anniversary, landmark birthday or simply for that much needed relaxing holiday. We regularly see customers choosing a luxury holiday let in Devon to enjoy their celebration.

With many of our high-end properties securing bookings at record rates for summer and beyond, this is a trend that is only growing.

Here, we look at what makes holiday homes of all shapes and sizes stand out from the crowd.

Whether your property is a small two-bedroom apartment, or a grand country house sleeping 12 people or more, there are always improvements or additions you as an owner can make. Ensuring your property is ahead of the game.

Creating a luxury holiday let

Use the quick links below to navigate to a particular topic or read on for our full guide to creating a luxury holiday let.


Smart fridge in a luxury holiday let

Surround sound systems, electric car charging points, dedicated wine fridges, smart TVs, coffee machines, intuitive heating systems – many of these things are enjoyed in high-end homes as standard. So, luxury properties should strive to have some or all of these too.

Continual re-investment in these features is also necessary in this ever-evolving world, as technology soon becomes out of date.

Health and wellness features

Gitcombe House Hot tub on a summers day.

Whilst hot tubs and swimming pools have long since been desirable features, we are now seeing a growth in the popularity of other facilities relating to mental and physical wellbeing.

Relaxation rooms away from the main hub of the house, with dimmable lighting and comfortable seating are now popular. Whilst saunas have seen a notable increase in desirability in recent years, with 39% more demand for them in 2021 vs 2019.

Interior design

Gone are the days where cast offs and hand me downs would do for furnishing your holiday property. The most luxurious houses will be carefully styled, with fixtures and furnishings specifically chosen and positioned to make the most of the property’s views.

Many top-end properties also have statement pieces of furniture, for instance handcrafted driftwood tables, or artwork created by local artists.

For more details on how to furnish your luxury holiday let, read our blog.

Fixtures and furnishings

view of salcombe estuary from Villa 8 bedroom.

Investing in soft furnishings from the likes of sustainable company Weaver Green in Loddiswell, will make the property feel more sophisticated and unique. Whilst also supporting local businesses.

King-size beds with high quality mattresses are fundamental, as this is a standard feature most customers have come to expect. High thread-count bedding, glassware and crockery also make a difference.

Some of our top-end properties include Denby China and Dartington Crystal glassware, with a backup supply in case of breakages.


Balcony overlooking Salcombe estuary from Bolt Head apartments.

Remember the importance of your outside areas too.

Outdoor furniture should also be of a luxury standard. Don’t simply opt for a plastic table and chairs but consider high quality rattan sets with cushions. As well as parasols and sun loungers.

Make sure your garden is well maintained and consider outdoor lighting to add atmosphere once the sun sets. Take these steps and your outside space will be just as desirable as the inside!

For more details on how to optimise your holiday lets outdoor living space, read our blog.

Five-star service

Most importantly, having a luxurious property is about stringent upkeep. Chipped glasses or stained cushions can quickly diminish your property’s opulent feel.

A good agent like Coast & Country Cottages can offer a bespoke property management package to suit your needs, handling all aspects of letting for you. Alternatively, we can use our established network of trusted contacts to source you a dedicated caretaker or housekeeper, to ensure your property standards are maintained.

Whatever your preferred property management option, our owners can relax safe in the knowledge that our local team are on hand 24/7 to provide support.

Join South Devon’s holiday letting experts

Company vehicles near holiday lets in Salcombe.

With over 20 years’ experience in holiday letting, our locally based team are proud to offer expert knowledge, bespoke property management options and consistent year-round bookings.

Contact us today to find out about the award-winning support we could offer you and your luxury holiday let.

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