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Running a holiday let on your own can be daunting and stressful at times – but it doesn’t have to be! We’ve put together a list of the top reasons why letting with Lakes Cottage Holidays could be a better option, to make your holiday letting journey hassle-free and more enjoyable.


1. You can be as involved as much or as little as you like

Running a D.I.Y holiday let can become like a full time job managing changeovers, taking bookings and keeping track of payments. However, when you let your property with Lakes Cottage Holidays we can handle as much or as little of this as you like. Some owners like to be involved and prefer to clean their property themselves for example. Others would prefer to take a step back and hand over these responsibilities to our experienced staff members. If this sounds more like your cup of tea, our fully managed service can offer all the support you need. However you’d like to run your holiday let, we can be there to help and support you but letting you stay in control.


2. We can deal with customer queries on your behalf

Besides the changeovers, cleaning and account handling of a D.I.Y holiday let, much of your time can also be taken up with customer queries or complaints. This can be a nuisance having to always be on standby to answer calls and emails at all hours of the day. When you let with us, we can ease the pressure by offering a 24/7 helpline for guests. This way, you only hear about the important things and are free to enjoy your time without being disturbed.

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3. Guaranteed payments – even when a guest cancels!

When running a holiday let by yourself it can be worrying if a guest cancels last minute, leaving you in the lurch without money and struggling to get a new booking in place. At Lakes Cottage Holidays, we ensure every guest pays a deposit when booking so even if they cancel you keep the deposit money – plus any of the balance already paid. This safeguards our owners and ensures you are never out of pocket.

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4. Your property can be live on our website within 7 days

Setting up your holiday let online can be a lengthy process when doing everything yourself – from setting up your own website to creating social media accounts, there’s lots to think about! Our team of experts at Lakes Cottage Holidays can have your property up and running online within just 7 days. During that time your property gets checked over by our digital, pricing and marketing teams to ensure everything is in place and ready to go.


5. Put your property in front of a much wider audience

As well as being featured on the Lakes Cottage Holidays website, your property will also be listed on the Sykes Cottages website along with over 500 partner sites. These include Booking.com, Airbnb and TripAdvisor. With D.I.Y letting you can be faced with multiple fees and commission rates from each individual booking site, and soon enough your costs can add up putting you out of pocket. With Lakes Cottage Holidays you would only have our usual annual fee and commission rates to pay, so you get much better value for money and a lot better exposure for your property!


6. Enjoy professional photography – free of charge!

Another benefit to working with Lakes Cottage Holidays is that we can organise for a full set of professional photographs to be taken of your property at no extra cost. Our team of experts can visit your property with lighting and props to ensure it looks its absolute best ready to go online. We can also re-visit and do updated photos if you ever re-decorate or buy new furniture, for example. If you are D.I.Y letting, it can be difficult to achieve high-quality photos using smartphones. However, hiring a professional photographer can be pricey – that’s why working with Lakes Cottage Holidays is excellent value for money.


7. Our team of experts are always on hand to help you out

Our local Lakes Cottage Holidays teams located in Windermere & Keswick have over 25 years experience in Lake District holiday letting. We are here to answer your questions, give you expert advice and support you every step of the way. Our local teams are backed by our head office staff based in Chester who can offer a wealth of expert advice on all topics. We have dedicated teams for owner care, pricing, property performance, marketing, photography, plus much more! If you let your property by yourself, this level of help & support would be much more difficult to come by. By coming on board with Lakes Cottage Holidays you will have access to invaluable advice, whenever you need it. For more information, take a look at our full list of benefits of working with Lakes Cottage Holidays, and begin your journey with us today!