Holiday cottage owner, Beverley, describes her experience of finding a holiday letting agency in Dorset before choosing Classic to let Dairy Cottage (3192).
'I grew up by the seaside, spending my summers on the beach, exploring rock pools and splashing in the sea. I now live in the home counties and miss the coast hugely. When the opportunity arose to invest in a second property it had to be by the sea.
The property needed to pay for itself as a holiday let, covering costs I.E. mortgage, changeover fees, agency fees, basic repairs and maintenance with the rental income. It also needed to be somewhere we, as a family, would want to come and stay for holidays and be less than three hours' drive for weekends away.
We researched locations. Classic advised us as to average annual rentals in various locations so we could narrow our choice down. Dorset is fantastic for year round walkers and our cottage is right by the South West Coast Path and the sea. The beaches in Dorset are extremely dog-friendly which was essential as we have two Labradors and the cottage had to reflect this too.
Classic were invaluable with advice on the interiors; advising zip and link beds for flexibility; what to put in the kitchen; where to source good linen; extras that increase bookings such as a wood-burning stove, outside furniture, welcome pack contents, finding a local cleaner and laundry service and heaps more. They’ve been doing this a long time.
Designing the interior was a joy. The cottage’s rooms are themed either around cows or the seaside as you can see the sea from the garden and it’s called Dairy Cottage. It’s dog friendly so all the furniture was tested on the basis of 'would a dog’s claws snag the fabric/scratch the surface/get caught in the rug or carpet'. We’ve provided dog bowls, beds and an outside warm dog shower for hosing off sand and mud that doubles well for showering off small sandy children too (helps keep the floors clean).
I’m a food writer and find most kitchen equipment a real let down when I cook on holiday, so our cottage kitchen had to be superbly equipped. There’s nothing more annoying than arriving at a cottage with a family of six and finding that there isn’t a pan big enough to cook a chilli in, never mind a decent baking tray. I have an espresso maker at home that’s used each morning, I want the same on holiday and assume that our guests want the same.
We use the cottage as much as possible, it’s our retreat from work and we’re now ‘locals’ at our favourite pub. With Classic we can use our cottage as much as we wish and it still pays for itself so we can explore Dorset whenever we wish.