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Our tips on buying your perfect holiday home

Choosing the right property to put on the holiday rental market can take hours of research. To ensure your time is put to good use, we’ve put together some things to consider when it comes to buying a perfect holiday home. After all, we’ve been creating happy holiday spaces in Cornwall for over a decade, so we’ve got a good inkling on what guests are looking for.

Here’s our top tips for buying your perfect holiday home…

Select the right area
The South West is home to four of the top five most liked counties in England, with Cornwall coming in third place, according to a recent survey. Therefore it’s not surprising it’s often selected as a location to buy a holiday property to let. However, just because Cornwall as a county is well regarded doesn’t mean your holiday home will become snapped up at the click of a finger just for being in the Duchy.

Over the years we’ve seen locations fluctuate in popularity, the Cornish pillars such as Padstow, St Ives and Newquay continue to be popular options, however guests are opting for the lesser-known locations too for a more peaceful staycation, which are of course a little more purse friendly.

Close to the beach
At the top of most guests’ wish list is walking distance to the beach, after all life really is a beach in Cornwall. Families in particular want easy access to a beach to maximise beach days. Plus, it’s where you’ll find the cool surf shack cafes, beach bars and of course the watersport action.

We also find prospective clients ask about the proximity to a pub and a local shop, by choosing a property within walking distance to amenities will have guest appeal.

Parking
It’s not a myth… Cornwall isn’t very well connected for public transport. That means holidaymakers predominantly drive to the Duchy, and the last thing guests want is to walk half a mile to their property from the car park. A private parking space, or ideally a couple of spaces for bigger property, makes for a hassle-free holiday. If the property doesn’t have one, it’s worth looking into renting a space or acquiring a permit.

Dog friendly
Given Cornwall’s incredible beaches, expansive spaces and chilled out status, it’s not surprising that many want to bring their four-legged friends on their Cornish getaway. By making your property pet friendly you’re opening it up to a larger audience.

Sea views
Who doesn’t want to wake up to a coastal backdrop? A sea view can secure plenty of holiday bookings. If a stunning sea view can be enjoyed from a master bedroom, a terrace area or a balcony then that will give your property the wow factor.

Special features
Visitors are always scoping out special features; a period property with original beams and a wood-burning fire or a modern apartment complete with a games room. Something that’s unique to the property will generate sales.

Hot tub
A bubbling hot tub tends to make prospective guests go weak at the knees, particularly if it’s coupled with a sea view. This may be something your holiday home comes with already or could be worth adding as part of your investment.

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