As a provider of self-catering accommodation, you will need to supply basic kitchen items such as matching crockery and cutlery, glasswear, chopping boards, saucepans and frying pans. A toaster and kettle are essential, while clothes drying facilities such as an airer should also be included. Provide guests with the necessary items to keep the property clean, such as a vacuum or broom, and don’t overlook items such as washing up liquid and toilet rolls.
On a larger scale, your rental property should include all the things that guests would have at home; good quality, full-size sofas, comfortable beds and ample storage space to allow them to unpack.
When furnishing your home, buy items that are easy to look after (think wipe clean, machine washable etc), but make sure they are good quality so they will not perish too soon. Bear in mind that hundreds of people could use them each year! Opt for darker colours if you can, as they won’t show up signs of damage as much as light choices.
You will want to include items of furniture that meet the standards set by the property itself, but remember to consider whether they are suitable for your guests. Glass tables and grand ornaments may look nice, but they could be dangerous for children.
A good quality TV and DVD player are seen as essential items to many people, and should be included in your holiday home’s contents. A TV in one of the bedrooms could also be a wise measure, as it may prevent arguments over what to watch, giving guests a more pleasant stay. A selection of DVDs should also be provided, to show you have catered for rainy days. Books and board games are also perfect for these occasions. If you plan to allow pets in your property, provide pet bowls and a basket.
When it comes to making decisions about the style of furnishings in your holiday home, do remember that you need to please many different tastes at once, but also keep in mind that your guests have made a conscious decision to stay in a holiday home, not a hotel, and this has likely been down to them wanting accommodation with more character. As such, it’s best to keep décor neutral but not flat. A theme can work, but keep it relevant. In general, city properties are expected to deliver modern style and contemporary design features, while country cottages work with traditional décor. Coastal homes can get away with a quirky nautical theme, but keep it tasteful and avoid unnecessary clutter.
You want your guests to feel at home in the house, so don’t make it personal to you by hanging family photos on the wall or leaving other souvenirs of your life around. Instead, consider paying tribute to the local area with paintings of landmarks or beautiful scenery.