Quality self-catering holiday accommodation with Cornish Traditional Cottages

PUBLISHED: 14:22 04 April 2011 | UPDATED: 19:08 20 February 2013

It's truly a family affair at the Cornish Traditional Cottages offices in Bodmin. The company has been providing quality self-catering holiday accommodation for almost fifty years now.

Its truly a family affair at the Cornish Traditional Cottages offices in Bodmin. The company has been providing quality self-catering holiday accommodation for almost fifty years now, with properties spread right across the region from Penzance to Port Isaac, The Lizard to Liskeard, and most places in between.

Working as Property Manager for the company is George Edward-Collins, his role takes him across Cornwall looking for suitable properties to sign to the companys varied and hand-picked portfolio. His sister Harriet Filewood takes the role of HR Manager and her husband, Mathew, that of General Manager. Harriet comments, The dynamics work. Given we all have quitestrong personalities, not only do we complement each other in terms of strengths and weaknesses but theway in which we havehad tonegotiate our way through differences of opinion hasbrought uscloser together as a family".

Mathew believes the UK holiday market has been a beneficiary of the economic downturn. The UK is easy to access by car, rail, or air and were finding that UK residents who might usually holiday abroad are returning to holiday in the UK because it gives better value for money, weve also seen a marked increase of bookings from abroad.

Because of this increased demand the company is always looking for new properties to add to its portfolio and George offers owners practical advice on how to make the task stress free. Nowadays more owners are looking to generate income from their properties via letting he says, and what is evident is that well appointed properties are weathering the recession better than those with dated furnishings or of a lesser quality. In general wed expect to let an established, well located, property for 30 plus weeks

Whilst some agencies take 25% commission (and more) Cornish Traditional Cottages take 20% of the rental, much of which is invested in marketing its portfolio of properties. Mathew says, With so many holiday cottages in Cornwall, marketing a holiday property is a challenging prospect to undertake on your own. The internet has changed the way holiday properties are promoted in the last decade, so its important to understand the best way to utilise its marketing power. We have been marketing holiday cottages for many years and we know how vital it is to stay ahead of the competition.

Property managers visit to see whether potential properties have a view; how well located they are and how comfortable. Parking is a key consideration; floor space; an outside seating area and proximity to restaurants; shops etc. Once available for let the agency analyses the costings and level of bookings week on week so that if the property doesnt book well they can pinpoint whether it is a cost, or representative issue and make the appropriate changes thereby ensuring income is maximised.

With the time and investment required its far more cost effective to let through an agency than do it yourself adds George, Letting a property can help pay its overheads and even be beneficial for owners who ultimately want to sell. Often having the property on sale as a holiday home is of interest to purchasers looking to invest in a property as a going concern with bookings already set up.

For a free consultation and financial projection on letting your property call 01208 821666.

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