TIPS FOR CREATING A LUXURY HOLIDAY LET
SUSAN Goss-Clements of Yorkshire Coastal Cottages has this advice:
Furnish properties with beautiful, quality items, as if it was a permanent home, not a short-term stay.
Bedding and towels should always be white Egyptian cotton. Use bath sheets rather than bath towels.
Invest in good mattresses and comfortable sofas.
It’s often the small things that make the difference – bone china, again in white; good, heavyweight cutlery, crystal glasses as well as plain glasses.
Good quality appliances are important.
Extra touches such as book and film libraries, fresh flowers and quality hand soaps, make all the difference.
Holidaymakers don’t want to have to pack half their house so provide household items and beach equipment.
Coastal holidaymakers love seaside associations, for example, a large bowl with a candle surrounded by shells makes a lovely centrepiece; find original artworks of beach and sea scenes and antique model schooners at auction houses.
I’m a great believer in neutral but beautiful colours and swear by Farrow and Ball paint, which instantly gives a stylish, quality feel
Always have a warm welcome as first impressions are important. Flowering plants outside, a smell of beeswax or flowers on entry, plus a personalised letter and welcome hamper on arrival – it could just be fresh bread, free-range eggs or a chilled bottle of wine, but it will be appreciated.