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Deciding how to furnish a holiday let is a crucial step in your holiday letting journey. Whether you’re starting from scratch or renovating an existing property, your choice of furnishings defines the property’s ambience – a critical factor that impacts guest experiences, reviews, and your property’s potential for bookings.

Creating a memorable, inviting, and functional interior that feels like a ‘home away from home’ is paramount. We’ve compiled practical tips to assist you in furnishing your holiday home, transforming it into a stylish, comfortable, and highly sought-after oasis for guests.

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Where to begin when choosing furniture for your holiday let

How to furnish a holiday let living area

It’s often difficult to know where to begin when deciding how to furnish a holiday let. The décor and furnishings you choose form a key element of every space within your holiday home. Plus, there’s a fine balance between having an interior that not only looks great in photos, but will cater to your guests’ needs and comfort.

1. Consider who will be staying in your holiday let

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The first and most important part of furnishing a holiday let is deciding who will be staying in it. By understanding this key element you’ll be able to make sure that all your furnishings, fittings, and accessories will suit your guests’ needs. 

Family–friendly holiday homes

If you want to attract families with young children, you’ll want to make sure your property is geared up for it. This means avoiding items with sharp edges, making sure fragile ornaments are not used or are out of reach, and using stain resistant materials on upholstery. 

You’ll want to opt for ‘kid-proof’ furnishings that are robust, can be cleaned easily, and will not topple over. It’s not just furnishings you need to think about, you’ll also want to consider the plates, glasses, cups, and cutlery. When furnishing the kitchen in a family-friendly holiday let, opt for items that are inexpensive and can be easily replaced. Don’t go for one-of-a-kind plates.

Including extras like stair gates and highchairs will show that your holiday let is geared to welcoming parents with tots.

For more top tips, read our blog on creating a child friendly holiday home.

Dog-friendly properties

Accommodating guests with dogs maximises your property’s booking potential. However, if you welcome pets, furnishing your home with expensive carpets may not be the best choice. Instead you might want to opt for solid floors that are resilient and hard-wearing, and that won’t scratch or spoil easily. 

If you do decide to go for carpets, consider using a stain treatment or rugs which can be removed and cleaned. You might also want to consider using stain resistant materials for all upholstery or even providing throws or sofa covers to preserve the life of the furniture.

Take a read of our blog titled ‘should I make my holiday home dog-friendly’, for the positives and negatives on accepting pets, so you can make the right decision to suit your requirements.

Romantic cottages

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If your ideal guests are couples and your property is perfect as a romantic cottage, then providing elegant, luxury furnishings for special occasions will go a long way.

Using upholstered chairs instead of hard-backed styles in a dining room will add a more romantic and warmer look and feel. In the lounge, why not consider accent pieces such as plush upholstered sofas or a ‘snuggle chair’ to add a touch of cosiness.

It’s not just about what furnishings you use however, it’s about how you position them too. For example, if your property boasts a wood-burning stove or striking view, centre your furnishings around these features.

Luxury holiday homes

How to furnish a holiday let cinema

When guests book a luxury holiday home, they expect the property to be furnished accordingly, with real attention to detail. They expect all the creature comforts of their own home plus a whole lot more. They want to experience the life they dream of having. 

Stylish curtains, soft carpets, beautiful rugs and throws are a great way to build up a luxurious atmosphere within each room. Extra plush towels and sumptuous high quality bed linen are  easy ways to make your guests feel like they are staying in five-star accommodation.

If you have the space, consider adding a cinema room, sauna or hot tub. Having these high-end extras will give those staying in your holiday home the opportunity to unwind, relax and relish that extra bit of opulence they deserve. It can also add some out-of-season booking appeal.

For properties that don’t have the space to add these luxurious touches, consider reaching out to local businesses and offering a membership pass to use a nearby spa or gym. We’ve found these always help add to your guests’ experience.

Coastal cottages

Coastal properties will always be a firm favourite with guests who love exploring beautiful beaches and coastal trails, so remember to furnish your holiday let with this in mind. With sandy feet and mucky paws inevitable, furniture with hard surfaces and solid flooring that can be wiped down are a must. 

From welly boot and wetsuit storage to sturdy door mats and outdoor showers, there’s lots of ways you can prevent sand being spread over your property. 

It’s also worth noting materials like steel and wrought iron require regular maintenance, as they tend to rust. So, stick to furniture and décor that’s suited to survive sea salt, and sand.

2. Planning the space and layout of your holiday let

Before selecting furniture and decorating your holiday let, it’s wise to plan the space and assess each room’s purpose. Analysing the interior of your cottage will make it easier to find the perfect size and type of furniture to meet your customers requirements. Planning the layout also sheds light on essential factors such as lighting placement and ergonomic flow, which should be considered before making any furniture decisions.

Key points to consider when deciding the layout and furnishings of a room

  • Proportion and perception of space: Always do your research and measure up carefully. You don’t want a piece to be too small that it gets lost in a space, or too big that it dominates the room. Adding furniture of similar shapes can create harmony and balance, whereas adding too many differing forms can appear confusing and cluttered.
  • Plan space for easy access: Planning your space will define the way guests move around your holiday home. Ensure that the flow through a room follows an easy pathway from the door, allowing guests to move around with ease.
  • What are the main focal points: Think about the structure of the room and consider whether there are features that you can turn into focal points. Examples of focal points could be a bay window, French doors, a fireplace or a piece of furniture.

3. Holiday let interior design and style

How to furnish a holiday let lounge area

First impressions count, especially for your holiday let’s appeal. Your property’s design and style are key factors for attracting guests, so aim for the right ambiance. Keep your decor simple with fresh, light, and neutral colours for broader appeal.

Consider drawing inspiration from your holiday property’s location. Coastal homes can opt for nautical themes with cool blues and greys but avoid clichés for a contemporary look. Remember, less is more. Similarly, a country cottage can embrace its surroundings with earthy tones, vintage ware and antique furnishings.

For a personal touch, explore our blog on the top 10 Devon brands for styling your holiday home for styling ideas using locally sourced pieces. Seeking expert guidance is also a smart move, so check out our Q&A with interior designer, Rebecca Watson.

Essential things to consider when furnishing your holiday let

Once you understand what style you are after, who your guests will be and how your property will be used, there are a few other important things to review when you choose furnishings for your property. We’ve listed them below:

Comfort is key

Your guests’ comfort is key to the success of your holiday letting venture. It’s also one of the most important considerations when furnishing your second home as you want to make sure it’s truly a relaxing and inviting oasis!

Every day, high use items must be comfortable: For any functional, high use furnishings including sofas, beds and chairs, comfort should always be a top priority. After a busy day at the beach or long walk in the countryside, guests should look forward to coming back to a holiday home where they can sit back, relax, and unwind.

Consider a bit of ‘Hygge’: Hygge is a Danish term that has gained popularity here in the UK – it refers to comforting feelings of cosiness and warmth in simple things. Adorning your interior with plush soft furnishings, soft blankets and cushions can go a long way to make a space more peaceful and inviting.

Keep it simple and remove clutter: A relatively easy method of making your holiday home more desirable is to eliminate clutter. Guests want a clear, tidy, neat space which is conducive to creating a sense of calm. Creature comforts away from home: When on holiday, guests expect the same creature comforts that they would have in their own home… and more. Extra touches like a deep luxurious bath, a large shower head with good water flow, a log burner, a coffee machine, or even soft lighting from dimmer switches, can all make a good impression on guests. It can also encourage repeat bookings. Be sure not to forget the ‘creature’s’ comforts too…. a nice cosy dog bed, a few chew toys and even a dog pen where Fido can feel safe and relax.

Good quality furniture is essential

How to furnish a holiday let lounge

A holiday home will naturally see many different guests throughout a season, so it is worth thinking about the longevity of your décor and furnishings. View items of furniture as an investment – sometimes spending a little more money on good quality, hard-wearing pieces will ensure they look better for longer and won’t need replacing as often.

Practical furniture is a must-have

You want guests to enjoy their visit and not have to worry about getting things grubby. So with this in mind, you’ll want to consider practical furniture and furnishings that can be easily removed or cleaned.

For example, If your holiday let caters for large groups and families, you’ll want to consider glasses and crockery that aren’t too expensive or difficult to replace. If your property is dog-friendly, you’ll want to opt for hardwood floors, stain resistant upholstery, and durable paint on the walls that won’t fade when cleaned. 

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Furnishing an entrance hall and hallway

How to furnish a holiday let hallway

The first area your guests see is the entrance hall. You’ll want to make sure this space is functional, has space to manoeuvre, and has sufficient storage for coats, boots, and other extras. A practical, defined entrance area and hallway will defend the rest of your property’s interior from the spread of wet, muddy or sandy shoes and paws.

Holiday let entrance hall essentials

Flooring and barrier mats: Your entrance flooring should be welcoming and beautiful to make a great first impression. But with the constant flow of people coming in and out, often with dirty and wet shoes, a hard-wearing, easy to clean floor is essential. Using a heavy-duty entrance or barrier mat will help keep most of the dirt from being walked through the hallway into the rest of the property.

Coat hooks/rack: Provide plenty of pegs or wall-mounted hooks for coats and scarves, which will help keep clutter off the floor.

Shoe rack/storage: A neat, compact solution for guests to kick off shoes and boots at the front door will keep the area looking neat and tidy. It will also encourage guests to take their shoes off before coming indoors. A large basket, a shoe rack or welly tree are a few practical options.

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  • Add a console table to put knick-knacks, keys and sunglasses.
  • Maximise space by using multifunctional pieces of furniture, such as a storage bench.
  • Have a shelf above the coat rack for scarves, gloves and hats.
  • Add a large mirror on the wall to create a sense of space and a chance for a quick check before leaving the house.
  • In this high traffic area, it’s worth investing in quality paint that can be wiped down, or choosing panelling to keep your walls in good condition.
  • Use bright and light reflective colours to make the space feel bigger and more welcoming.
  • A stand for umbrellas will spare your flooring from getting too wet as guests enter your holiday let.

A comfortable living room

How to furnish a holiday let with soft furnishings

Good quality sofa: The first and most important part of furnishing a living room is the sofa. As the largest piece of furniture in the room and the one that will see the most use, it is paramount to choose the right piece. Together with comfort, you’ll want to think about the size and shape of the room, how many people you need to seat and where in the room the sofa will go. Consider removable, washable covers for sofas and armchairs, to make cleaning and maintenance easier.

Coffee table: After seating, the coffee table is another central piece of furniture for your holiday let’s living area, providing a great place to put drinks and store TV remotes, books and magazines. Sometimes your living room may not have the right layout for a coffee table but having side tables conveniently close to any seating will work just as well. It’s worth making sure your table is easy to clean and that you provide coasters to prevent glass stains.

Soft furnishings: Soft furnishings are a quick and easy way to add personality to a living room, and can instantly change the look and feel of this communal area. Swapping curtains, cushions, rugs and throws for a new colour will transform a living room in an instant, for relatively little expense and effort. But be practical – steer away from materials that can’t be washed or that might stain.

TVs: Today, having a smart TV in a holiday property is a necessity. In the age of Netflix, Amazon and catch-up TV, who wants to miss out on the latest show everyone is talking about? Providing the facility for guests to log in to their own accounts or having an HDMI socket or Fire Stick means that costly extras like satellite channels are no longer a must.

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  • Consider positioning the seating in your living room in a way that will make it easy for guests to chat. If there is a TV in the space, it can be mounted on a retractable bracket which can be moved out of the way when guests want to socialise together.
  • Use furniture with storage space to avoid clutter and to stow things like books, games, consoles, and remotes.
  • Provide additional books and games for guests to use while they visit.
  • Include accent chairs in your property’s living room to balance out the space and provide extra seating. Strategically placed next to the sofa, it helps create a cosy corner for socialising.
  • Adding interesting decoration, a painting on a wall or a beautiful decorative piece is a great addition to a holiday let’s living space. Read more about choosing art for your holiday home for expert tips from The Brownston Gallery.

Furnishing a dining area

How to furnish a holiday let dining area

Much like the kitchen, the dining area is where guests enjoy delicious meals and spend quality time together. Whether you have a dedicated dining room or open plan kitchen/diner, furnishing a dining area for guests should make them feel at home and comfortable in a place where they want to spend time together.

Dining room essentials

Dining table: A dining table is the centrepiece to the room and will see plenty of use over time – it’s where guests will eat, socialise and play games. Having the right fit and style for the room is essential, but most importantly it needs to cater for the number of guests your property hosts, and be suitably sturdy.

Chairs: Dining chairs can totally transform your dining area and are key to creating a comfortable and inviting environment for guests. There are plenty of different options of dining chairs, in a variety of styles and prices to suit all needs, but the optimal choice should always focus on quality and comfort. Having additional cushions is a way to not only provide extra comfort, but a feature accent.

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  • A large pendant light or chandelier works best hung above the centre of the dining table, but consider a dimmable light switch so you can drop the brightness down to a warm glow during dinner parties.
  • A clever solution to maximise space is to have a table with extendable leaves which can easily be closed up or opened out, especially if your property is suited for varied group sizes.
  • For smaller areas, a bench or fitted settle seating with cushions can prove a great space saving solution.
  • Providing place mats and coasters for glasses will not only create a stylish interior but contribute to a wonderful dining atmosphere. Perhaps include a tablecloth or runner as a way to keep the table looking fresh and prevent it from being damaged by stains and spills.

The best way to furnish and fully equip a kitchen

How to furnish a holiday let kitchen

The kitchen is referred to as the ‘heart of a home’ and is often the busiest room in a holiday let. Furnishings and equipment must be functional and welcoming for guests, creating an enjoyable space to cook meals, make snacks and spend time together.

Kitchen furniture essentials

Cabinets and worksurfaces: These items form the structure of your kitchen. The focus should be on having good quality cabinets and worksurfaces that will withstand the test of time. Kitchens can be expensive to renovate and furnish but if you’re savvy you could save a fortune. If the cabinets are in good condition, then why not simply revamp them with new doors or repaint them?

Cooker: Whether it’s gas, electric or induction, your cooker is one of the most important and frequently used components of a holiday cottage kitchen. Whichever you choose, you need something that will last without needing major repairs over time and provide safe, efficient cooking for guests.

Fridge/freezer: Another essential in the kitchen, the choice of which is often down to the size and space you have available. If you are limited for space, a fridge with a small icebox will most likely work best, but larger properties catering for more guests will benefit from a larger fridge and separate freezer. Having a fridge with a water dispenser and ice maker will always be a welcomed luxurious extra for guests.

Kitchen flooring: In a high-traffic area like the kitchen using ‘luxury vinyl tile’ (LVT), tiles or slate is advisable. Avoid using lino or flooring that will wear easily. Adding washable mats and rugs allows you to add a bit of warmth and texture to the flooring.

Microwave and dishwashers: Arguably these two items are now classed as essentials in any holiday property. After all, guests naturally expect the same luxuries as they would have in their own home. Both items can be standalone or can be incorporated into the design of the kitchen.

Washing machine and dryer: These items are standard in any home and will be a welcome addition to any holiday let. Having the facilities to wash and dry muddy gear or sandy towels will mean guests don’t have to pack as much clothing or worry about running out of things to wear!

Additions like washing machines, microwaves, dishwashers and tumble dryers are all really important features to consider furnishing your holiday let if you intend to make it a child friendly holiday home.

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  • Make sure your property provides plenty of cutlery, crockery and glasses, a good range of pots and pans, and a selection of utensils including a potato peeler, pizza cutter, corkscrew and garlic crusher to name a few.
  • A nice extra in addition to the essential list of appliances and equipment is a coffee machine. There are many stylish and inexpensive options on the market that are reliable and make the perfect cuppa with the touch of a button.
  • Providing Champagne flutes adds an element of luxury, rather than offering wine glasses for both wine and fizz options. For such a small cost, this simple gesture can go a long way.
  • If your kitchen allows it, consider having a breakfast nook or island unit with chairs, where guests can gather with a cup of tea in the morning or socialise while cooking.
  • If your holiday home is geared for entertaining, perhaps include a TV or Bluetooth speakers.

How to furnish a holiday let bedroom

How to furnish a holiday let bedroom

Every bedroom in your holiday let should be a refuge from the world, a place where guests can retreat to in the evening and wake up rejuvenated in the morning.

Bedroom furniture essentials

Beds and mattresses: Comfortable beds with high quality mattresses are one of the most important factors in ensuring a good guest experience. Beds in your holiday property are the single most important investment when it comes to guests’ comfort, and whilst mattresses are very subjective, generally a medium-to-firm mattress is preferable, on a sturdy, quality bed base. Using a good mattress protector and topper that can be easily laundered or replaced will protect your investment and make it easy to keep clean and fresh.

The size of bed you have will naturally depend on the available space in the property. However, where possible, a larger size bed will allow the opportunity for guests to stretch out in comfort. You can also make your accommodation more flexible and versatile by installing zip-and-link beds, giving guests the option of two single beds or one super king-size bed, depending on their needs.

Another great option for guest bedrooms is bunk beds, particularly for children. They are a good way to offer additional sleeping space, especially in smaller rooms where otherwise you may have only fitted one single bed.

To really maximise space, consider a day bed or sofa bed which can double up as seating during the day but then offer further occasional sleeping space during the evening. There are many options and styles available, so you are sure to find something which fits the look of your property.

High quality bed linen: Having crisp, good quality bed linen makes the world of difference. High thread count, pure cotton bed linen is the ideal choice for your holiday let and an easy way to add a touch of five-star luxury. Neutral colours look great and can be accented with complementing colours to match your room theme. An added benefit of single colour bedding is that you can replace individual items if they need updating.

At Coast & Country Cottages, we offer the unique service of having an in-house luxury linen hire and laundry service, which means you are guaranteed high-quality bed linen that is of an excellent standard and updated regularly, eliminating any quality concerns. Using our Travel Lite service also avoids the initial cost of supplying multiple sets of bedding and towels.

Bedding and pillows: Guests want to wake up every morning refreshed and ready for their holiday, so to add to a superior sleep experience, soft comfortable pillows and duvet are an essential. During colder months, you may want to provide extra blankets that guests can help themselves to. Using mattress, duvet and pillow protectors will keep your bedding cleaner and even last longer.

Bedside table and lamp: Include a bedside table on either side of the bed to store mobile phones, books and glasses of water. Add a bit of illumination for reading or create some ambience by including a table lamp, which can be turned on when overhead lighting is off.

Cupboards and drawers: Ensure guests have enough space to unpack and store clothing, rather than having to live out of a suitcase. Provide cupboards with hanging space and shelves, or a chest of drawers to keep the bedroom neat and tidy. Storage is often at a premium in a holiday let, so things like clever under bed storage, additional hanging space with pegs on the wall or a hook behind a door help guests to settle in and feel at home.

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  • If space is an issue, a divan tends to take up less room than a bed frame, as they normally have the same dimensions as the mattress and are a compact solution for smaller rooms.
  • In addition to the obvious, a top contributor to a great night’s sleep is a quiet, dark room. Blackout blinds or thick curtains are often a welcome addition and facilitate a peaceful night’s rest.
  • Room temperature is often a key factor to a blissful night’s sleep, so an air conditioning unit may prove useful.
  • Providing plenty of plug points, and those with USB connections for guests to charge their mobile phones or tablets, is an easy addition that is often well received.
  • Ottoman storage beds have ample space for bed linen, spare mattresses and pillows.
  • Other useful items to include in a bedroom are hairdryers, mirrors and plenty of coat hangers.
  • Bedrooms are the main room in the house where guests would appreciate carpeted floors or a nice thick rug to make it cosy underfoot.

Furnishing a bathroom

How to furnish a holiday let bathroom

Bathrooms are usually where guests will prepare for the day or get ready for bed and can also be a quiet place of relaxation. Considering that it’s a room where everyone will spend a fair amount of time, it’s important to think carefully about how it’s furnished and equipped! Most importantly, as far as the property allows, it’s advisable to plan for a healthy ratio of bathrooms to bedrooms.

Bathroom essentials

Shower and bath: The size of your bathroom will naturally affect the type of furniture you can purchase. Having a good, standalone shower, with decent water flow is generally what most guests will prefer. Having a bath is great, but where there’s a lack of space, opting for a shower will cater to the needs of most guests.

Mirror: No bathroom would be complete without a mirror. It serves multiple purposes beyond helping guests look their best – it can also play a big part in making the bathroom instantly feel spacious. As an extra touch, try putting a little hand mirror on the shelf for easy access and touch ups, or secure a retractable vanity mirror to the wall.

Storage: It’s important to include various solutions for guests to store toiletries. The addition of a mirrored wall cabinet or shelving options for guests to use will prevent the bathroom from becoming cluttered.

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  • The basics that guests will expect to find are a bin, soap and a toilet brush.
  • Consider including hand wash or hand sanitising dispensers at every sink as a convenient way to keep hands clean.
  • It’s important to have at least one hand towel and one bath towel per guest.
  • Small extra touches like a hand cream dispenser at the sink, cotton wool and even some bubble bath for a relaxing soak will be appreciated.
  • Leaving cleaning products for guests to use is always advisable.
  • Include power outlets for electric toothbrushes and shavers.

Furnishing your outdoor living area

How to furnish a holiday let outdoor area

If your holiday home has a garden or outdoor area, it’s as important to furnish it as it is for any room of the house. Having a well-equipped and comfortable outdoor space will make your property feel extra special for guests to enjoy.

For more resourceful tips and an in depth look at how to furnish your outdoor area, read our blog on how to optimise your holiday home’s outdoor living space.

Additional top tips to remember when furnishing your holiday home:

  • Most guests expect high performance Wi-Fi so reliable fast internet access in your holiday let is essential.
  • If you have a larger property or are catering for families, consider having additional TVs where members of the family can watch their own programmes. You may even install one in each bedroom.
  • A wood burner or stove in a holiday let is always a winner and is well worth the investment, encouraging more bookings in the colder seasons.

Who can I use to help me furnish my holiday let?

Deciding on how to furnish your holiday let isn’t the easiest of tasks and may seem a little daunting. So why not rely on the experience and expertise of a local interiors company who will be able to properly advise you. Many local interior design companies will be able to provide a recommended inventory and offer a fully co-ordinated service. Our trusted partners across the South West are:

Ron Campion Interiors – Brixham

Susie Watson Designs – Salcombe

Moyseys Interiors – Kingsbridge

Dupere Design – Modbury

Relish – Start Bay

Furnishing your holiday let in a way that makes guests feel at home, and going the extra mile to make their stay enjoyable is key to your letting success.

Whether you are considering letting your holiday home or you already have a holiday letting business, the following owner guides may be useful to you:

To find out more about holiday letting with Coast & Country Cottages, request your FREE owners guide today or call our team of holiday letting experts.

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What should be included in a holiday let?

Whether starting or running a holiday letting business, it’s crucial to offer essential amenities. Guests prefer holiday cottages for a ‘home from home’ experience unmatched by hotels.

Some important things to include with your holiday let are:

  • Kitchen Utensils such as plates, bowls, cutlery, serving spoons, spatulas, corkscrews, frying pans, sauce pans of varying sizes, baking trays, etc. Make sure you have double the amount, so if your property caters for 4 people, have 8 lots of plates, bowls, glasses, and mugs.
  • Bathroom essentials such as towels, bath mats, toilet paper, toilet brush, non-slip shower mat, bath toys (if your property is child-friendly), rubbish bin, etc.
  • Bedroom essentials such as duvet, duvet covers, fitted sheets, bedside lamp, hangers in the wardrobe, full-length mirror, pillows, pillow cases and protectors, mattress protector, etc. You’ll also want to add a large selection of hangers to each wardrobe in the bedrooms so your guests can hang up their coats, dresses, shirts, and more.
  • Electrical Equipment throughout the property including table lamps, fridge/freezer, coffee machine, microwave, oven and hob, hoover, hairdryer, TV, DVD player, dishwasher (if you have room), washing machine and tumble dryer, heated drying rack, toaster, kettle, iron, etc. Think practically about the placement of plug sockets too. Guests want to have some close to their bed so they can charge their devices, one near a dressing table for a hairdryer and straighteners, and a shaver plug in the bathroom too.
  • Health and safety features including smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detector, fire blanket, fire extinguishers, first aid kit and battery operated or wind up torches in case of power cuts.

Take a look at our holiday let inventory checklist blog for a comprehensive guide on what to include in your holiday let along with a checklist.

How do I make my holiday home stand out?

At Coast and Country Cottages, we find that the most successful holiday lets are those that make a great first impression. One that sticks in your guests minds for all the right reasons.To do this we suggest making your property interior clean, fresh and inviting. 

You can also make your holiday home stand out by including little touches such as pictures on the walls (bonus points if they show off the area or a local artist), cushions, plush throws, books, and games to give your holiday cottage that ‘homey’ feel.

What are the rules for furnished holiday letting?

Now that you’ve decided a holiday let is a good investment, its time that you understood the rules and regulations you’ll need to follow. Here are the main rules and regulations that apply for furnished holiday lets:

  • You may actively promote your holiday let and must be let commercially, with the intent of making a profit.
  • Your holiday let property must be available for guests and holiday makers to book for at least 210 days per year.
  • Your furnished holiday let must not be rented out by the same person for more than 31 days and there must not be more than 155 days of this type of long-term let per year.
  • Your holiday let must be rented out as holiday accommodation by the general public for a minimum of 105 days out of the 210 days you have made it available for let.
  • Your holiday let must be adequately furnished and equipped. 

Check out our holiday let rules and regulations blog for more information.

Are furnished holiday lets a good investment?

A furnished holiday let can be very financially rewarding. Whether you want the property to generate an income or supplement your savings in retirement, holiday lets can be a great endeavour. 

Read our guide on are holiday lets a good investment to help you make an informed decision about whether it’s the right business venture for you. 

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