If you’ve lived here long enough to know how unpredictable the weather can be in the UK – and abroad, for that matter – then it’s best to have a plan of action for guests that have to endure rainclouds during their holiday. Given that poor forecasts may mean they could be restricted to your cottage for large parts of the day, it’s important to make it as welcoming as possible.
Here are a few things you may want to consider to avoid this, or to simply make things easier on your guests.
Video and board games are a no-brainer. Board games are likely to be used over video game systems because of their more direct manner of interaction – think Monopoly, Kerplunk and Mouse Trap – but video game consoles shouldn’t be overlooked. The Nintendo Wii is relatively cheap to buy new and is perfect for kids, while the Xbox and PlayStation 3 can go online; the PS3 is perhaps the best option, as it can play DVDs and Blu-rays, while also having an internet browser and compatibility with Netflix, LoveFilm and other services you may want to buy (or that the guest may already have themselves).
Wi-Fi is important for most people these days. Having access to the internet during a holiday is the easiest way to unwind and spend time waiting for the clouds to disappear – or finding attractions that preferably take place indoors!
Of course, information on local entertainment is a great way to get people staying at your cottage to give it a break for a little while, so be sure to include contact details and programmes for local theatres, cinemas and other indoor venues like swimming pools and leisure centres.
Consider putting a choice of books on the shelves. Regardless of personal tastes, it’s still important to include a wide range of volumes, including fiction for men and women, old and young, as well as local guide books.
Another overlooked yet much-loved offering you could include in your property is kitchen equipment that the average home may not have. Add a few cookbooks to the mix and people could find themselves enjoying finer tastes they may otherwise never have sampled – and they could make it all themselves! You could get a bread maker or ice-cream maker, or simply include a cupcake or muffin baking tray. After all, everyone loves the smell of home cooking!
Finally, and perhaps the most obvious one to include, is umbrellas by the front door. It will at least offer guests some protection from the weather if they decide to venture out. Make provisions for where guests can leave wet umbrellas when they return to the property, too.