With travel so limited over the past year, it is becoming ever more apparent that when restrictions are eased, people will be escaping their current abodes for a new outlook, if only for a week or two.
Staycations look set to be big this spring and summer, so if you have a holiday let that you’re looking to make some income on then you’ve come to the right place. From Cork to Cornwall and the Cotswolds to Cairngorms, there are plenty of holiday hot spots that travellers will be keen to head to, and if you’re lucky enough to have a holiday home in a beautiful location, then you’re in luck.
Whether you’re new to the holiday letting game or your property needs a little facelift to entice visitors back, we have some top tips below for decorating and kitting out your holiday home.
Be inspired by the local area
You need your holiday home to exude character, but not too much so that guests feel as though they are staying in someone else’s home. The location will be one of the main reasons guests choose to stay in your property so don’t be afraid to play up to that by bringing some of the local aspects into your abode. Dark, rustic, wood-led décor works well in forest settings, while clean, fresh, sandy tones work well by the beach. Add some extras in the décor – a wall-mounted stag’s head or a barometer, for example – to suit the locale and display artworks from local artists that depict the area well for maximum impact.
Keep it simple but elegant
Tasteful décor that appeals to a wider range of people works well, though don’t for a minute expect everyone to fall in love with the décor you end up with – everyone has different tastes, and you can’t please them all. While you aren’t going to be displaying your finest antiques and collectibles in your holiday home, you will certainly want it to be a comfortable place for guests to reside in. Stores like Guineys.ie are perfect for kitting out your holiday home, with a range of homewares including luxury bedding, bathroom accessories, mirrors, blankets and the like all under one roof.
Don’t make it too matchy matchy
It may be tempting, when planning the interiors for holiday home, to keep it like something that has dropped off the pages off a luxe interiors catalogue, but the whole purpose of a holiday let is that it feels homely to all. Character and warmth can be imbued with local touches as mentioned above while top quality furnishings will add the luxe factor, which makes for a perfect setting for the photos which will advertise your holiday home.
Make sure you cater to different sized groups
This may seem really obvious, but if you have space for six to sleep, then make sure you have space in the living areas for six to sit and dine with enough glasses, crockery and cutlery for guests to easily use without having to set the dishwasher between every meal. The same goes for any outdoor space, make sure a hot tub can fit the maximum number of guests and that there is an outdoor dining area big enough for all.
Use top notch appliances and furniture
Making sure you deck out your property with top-notch appliances and furniture goes one step closer to ensuring that they will last for longer. A washer/dryer is essential as is a dishwasher and coffee machine, while quality showers, and well made beds, sofas and dining furniture will please guests. Items that are easy to figure out how to use are an absolute must, everything should be geared towards ease of use and comfort for an optimum stay for visitors.
Add helpful touches
From information on local walks, restaurants and takeaways to board games and books for rainy days to soaps and other kitchen and bathroom essentials, kitting out your holiday home with those helpful touches will be a great help to guests. You can go one step further with a bottle of something fizzy in the fridge and some tasty local treats to devour. It’s often the smaller touches and thoughtful gestures that really blow the guests away and keep them coming back for more.