Guests expect good-quality mattresses and bedding, good outdoor facilities with an adequate barbecue and plenty of crockery, cutlery and kitchen essentials. If you’re equipping on a budget, make these your priorities. People also appreciate thoughtful finishing touches such as flowers in the room and local wine in the fridge. Make sure what’s on offer is appropriate for the needs of your market. For instance, couples tend to like privacy, while families need entertainment and a space that can be flexible to their needs. When planning rooms, think hotel style and introduce colour and personality with pictures and fabrics, but avoid cluttering rooms with excessive ornaments and furniture. Guests will appreciate the feel of a beautiful home for their holiday and they want to feel it’s their home for a week or two, so avoid too many personal clues such as family photos.