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Whether you are designing your holiday property layout from scratch or are planning to renovate an existing property, there are definite plusses to considering what features may benefit your future guests.

Holidaycottages.co.uk has over 25 years of experience letting holiday homes throughout the British Isles. All of our properties are personally inspected by our Property Managers so we know exactly what holiday makers look for. Using our knowledge of the holiday letting industry, we have put together the top tips to consider when you’re building or renovating a holiday home.

Indoor Space

From cosy cottages that sleep two, to those that accommodate large groups of people, it’s important for properties to be designed to have the space and facilities to suit the number the property sleeps.

Large properties targeted at families and groups of friends, need to have a central hub for socialising. Consider including an open-plan living area, with a spacious kitchen/diner to tick the box. Lots of natural light is important, so consider a bi-fold door for access to a garden, deck or balcony.

A good kitchen is key nowadays because dining in is a great way to bond and socialise. Self-catering is becoming increasingly popular and a lot of holiday makers favour this to dining out every night. The communal areas have to be inviting and the kitchen well-equipped for cooking for a family.

For rural properties, the inclusion of a lobby space to kick off muddy boots and hang coats will be seen as immensely useful to holiday makers. It may also save you lots of time, effort and money when it comes to wear and tear around the rest of the plot as floor coverings and furniture are less likely to be damaged by outdoor clothing.

If you have a smaller property, you can entertain an array of possibilities on how best to make the most of a small bedroom. The use of mirrors, and a sky light where possible can maximise natural light. Storage is also an important consideration, where possible include built in cupboards and make the most of the area under the stairs for essentials such as a vacuum cleaner and other cleaning equipment.

Consider converting unused spaces like a garage, into extra communal areas to accommodate a games room, or even a hot tub! Extra features like this will maximise the appeal of your property.

Insulation and Weatherproofing

If you weatherproof your holiday home appropriately you will save money further down the line. To maximise your investment and profits, why not consider eco-friendly insulation measures like loft-insulation, uPVC double glazing and maybe even renewable energy sources such as solar panels or heat pumps? Taking the time to cut the energy demand of your property will save you money on your utility bills. Insulation can also work for inner-city apartment holiday lettings, doubling as sound reduction to protect against neighbourhood disruptions.

Consider your locale if you are unfamiliar with it in order to carry out the right weatherproofing measures for the wilder seasons. Look at the homes nearby to give you an idea of what building materials can stand up to the elements. This is especially important in harsher coastal environments where some standard building materials will be ruined by salt spray and high winds.

Smart Technology

Every holiday home needs the ‘wow-factor’ – the location may have that, but think about the smart additions to the home that will appeal when the light fades and everyone is in for the night. Easy-to-use smart-tech is a welcome addition to any rental property. Satellite television and multi-room audio are great additions, but remember that a reliable wi-fi connection will make all the difference too. Also consider generous and conveniently placed power points to manage the increased number of personal electronic gadgets!

Smart heating controls are another feature that will make your holiday home easy to use for the visitors whilst saving you money. Zoning heating efficiently will decrease wasted heat — just make sure the instructions are to hand for your guests.

Outside Space

If your plot has a view, then optimise it. An outside deck or veranda is the perfect place for eating al-fresco or hosting a barbecue. A pleasant view from a balcony or garden could encourage visitors to return year after year. Another consideration, where possible, is the inclusion of a well-maintained driveway, large enough for several vehicles.

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