Want to start a holiday let business?

Let us manage that for you!

If you’ve found yourself wondering how to start a holiday let business and have at least one large home that you’d like to make available for self-catering group accommodation in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley, we can help rent your house for you and establish your holiday business from beginning to end.

Flexibility in running your self catering holiday let business

It is your holiday home – we fit in with your plans.  If you have special requirements as to who can book a stay at your holiday house then we ensure these are met.  We aren’t like the big booking sites who just want to put numbers through your doors to meet the demands of their shareholders, we find the kind of people you’re happy to have stay in your home.

Most people who are looking for a large holiday house are generally family groups, big celebrations, reunions, special interest clubs (canoeing, cycling, fishing, hiking etc.) or stag and hen getaways.  You specify what you’re comfortable with and we will go out and find the guests you want.

Investing in a holiday rental business

Alternatively, you may not yet have a home to let, but are considering investing in some property with a view to renting it out to holidaymakers. If this is the case and you’re looking to invest in the Wye Valley or Forest of Dean our local knowledge can help you make your decision regardless of whether you choose to then rent your property with us afterwards.  Just get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.

Performance of your group self catering holiday let business

We generate good bookings – an average of 50 self catering holidays booked for each property every year. Most are three night weekends, the backbone of the industry, but during school holidays we book lots of weeks (and sometimes 14 nights) for large groups.

It also helps to attract guests if your house has popular features such as;

  • swimming pool
  • hot tub
  • games room
  • great views
  • pet friendly
  • remote location for privacy
  • large garden with outside seating
  • a unique history and character

Early Payment for your group self catering holiday let business

We pay you in full, weeks before your guests arrive. Not only that, but we hand over the deposit (keeping the deposit is how most online holiday agents organise their payments: first them, then you). We understand that you need a cashflow to maintain your holiday home in tip top condition.  This is where we differ from other holiday let agencies, you allow us to manage your holiday home, we don’t put rules on you!

Protection for your large group holiday home

We hold a damages deposit, to protect your holiday home or cottage, with every booking and we don’t give it back until you’re happy.

Clear fees for our services

We charge a maximum of 20% plus VAT of the rent of the large self catering group holiday paid by holidaymakers for taking and arranging bookings. We don’t charge ‘registration fees’, ‘insurance fees’ or any other ‘extras’. We only earn a fee when we generate a booking for your holiday home.

Free support and advice to owners of large holiday houses and cottages

Our team has a well-earned reputation for helpfulness and consideration and will offer advice on everything from development and planning to income forecasts and interior design.  Our hope is that by making your holiday home a success our business will grow and attract others who want to let their homes with us.

Advertising your holiday home

There are many websites out there that could attract guests to your holiday let, but which ones to go for?  Rather than worry about the different rules that each site has to advertise with them our familiarity will make it much quicker to manage and update these sites.  Also, you will be advertised on the Big House Holiday Lets website.  We can even create an individual website if you desire.  As well as this, we can write your advertising copy, provide all your necessary documentation and create great photography or video to help sell your site. There is a charge for these services and we would be happy to discuss your particular requirements.

No Online Bookings for your self catering holiday let business

Surprising perhaps, but it’s a “no no” for us. We want to know who is coming to your home and what they want to do. We can and do turn people away if we think they aren’t right for you (we’ll always ask you first). Thankfully our occupancy rates are so high you aren’t affected and you are protected.

Taking care of your valuable self catering holiday cottage

The biggest difference are our House Managers. 75% of our home owners have accepted this service.

They can be there to ensure nobody gets into your house without us physically meeting them, showing them round and most importantly, telling them the rules of the house. Once they’ve gone we visit, check up and report back to you.

If you want we can extend this into a fully managed service where we take care of the day to day running of the house and making sure it’s fit and ready for the next guest.  We would also make ourselves available for emergency callouts should the guests require anything – you needn’t even visit and can sit back, relax and know that everything is being taken care of for you.

If you’re still unsure, then why not just call on 01600 772929 and have an informal chat with us or arrange something else via email.  We’ll be happy to offer advice without any hard sell.