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Secrets to Furnishing a holiday let

May 16, 2014

Many new owners who are buying a second home to holiday let start with a blank canvas in terms of décor and furnishings.  Here are our top tips for getting it right.

Don’t skimp on quality – think John Lewis rather than IKEA.

Be careful about going overboard on interior spend too – £5,000 pieces of art on the wall or the latest ultra-high definition TV might create a wow factor, but will they generate more bookings?

De-personalise throughout the property; family photographs, heirlooms and items with sentimental value should be removed.

Be influenced by Cornwall.  Our guests are drawn to the Cornwall brand and experience, so sourcing local pieces to finish of the property is a great way to add personality.

Be influenced by the local area.  Pictures of the coastline, maps and local pieces of art are a great way to dress bare walls.  One Beach Retreats owner wrote the name of their property in the sand on the nearby beach, had it stylishly photographed and professionally framed to hang in the entrance hall of their property.  A perfect first impression!

Use pieces of furniture which are photogenic.  Dark leather suites are durable and easier to keep clean, but harder to photograph, while a glass dining room table suffers from the same issue. Remember photographs are key to attracting bookings.

Avoid big blank areas such as wooden floors or walls as this gives the impression that the property is not finished or has been skimped on.

Ensure it is child friendly, as guests can be deterred by items such as glass coffee table with sharp corners which are less visible to toddlers.

Add colour throughout the property, again coming back to the photographs of the rooms to avoid sterile and bland images.

Don’t over-clutter.  Space is one of the great luxuries of self-catering so avoid overly large sofas and cramming in too many pieces.

Be sensible about the sleeping capacity.  Cramming in beds and not providing enough seating in living and dining areas will create problems.

And finally zip and link beds are great for adding the flexibility to accommodate different groups of guests from three generations to families to couples.

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