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Useful articles to help you get the most from your holiday home

Pooch-proofing your cottage: how to make your holiday home pet-friendly

One of the fastest-growing sectors of the UK holiday market is in pet-friendly holidays. More and more people want to take their beloved pets away with them - not just because they enjoy the company of their pets, but because leaving them at kennels can be expensive.

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How to buy and run a holiday home: the secrets revealed

If you’re thinking of buying and letting a holiday property it’s important you do plenty of research. The first thing you need to consider is exactly where it is going to be. After all, you’re going to want to spend a lot of time there and it needs to appeal to holidaymakers in order to make a decent profit.

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5 simple improvements to make before your next guests arrive

Whenever your property is empty of holidaymakers there are checks and improvements you should make to help increase your bookings in the future.

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How to attract winter walkers to your holiday home

For holiday home owners in some parts of the country, the winter can be a very long and quiet period. Bookings and interest might be down significantly compared to the summer months so it's important to make your property stand out by appealing to groups such as walkers.

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Farm cottage renovations

Farm cottages have always been incredibly popular with holidaymakers looking to escape the stresses of urban life. The image of a farmhouse with a beautiful kitchen, the smell of fresh bread, and a few tractors in the field is one that encourages a lot of holidaymakers to book a rustic farm cottage or stylish barn conversion.

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How to handle and learn from negative guest feedback

As a holiday cottage owner, you'll provide your guests with paper-based or online feedback forms so that you can learn exactly what they thought of your property and the experience they had there; but you have to be prepared to take the rough with the smooth.

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How green is your holiday home?

We should all be thinking about “going green” and becoming more eco-friendly in as many ways as possible. From recycling to switching off lights when we leave a room, home owners are more aware of the effect that we can all have by being more environmentally friendly and this goes for holiday home owners too.

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How to attract families to your holiday home

Cottage holidays in the UK have always been a firm favourite among parents with a young family and this trend looks set to continue. For holiday home owners, it's essential that your property appeals to families if you’re going to maximise your bookings.

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Tips for maintaining bookings thoughout the winter

During the winter some holiday home owners might find that bookings start to decline. It’s an understandable seasonal trend, and the perfect time to get to work on preparing your property for next summer – but there are ways in which you can maintain bookings throughout the winter, and even increase them.

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A record breaking start to 2017 for cottages.com

It’s been a record-breaking start to the year at cottages.com with visitors flocking to our site to book their 2017 holidays.

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