According to the *Sykes Staycation Index, the Cotswolds is one of the highest-earning, fastest-growing and most popular regions...
For many holiday cottage owners, the autumn months tend to be earmarked as the ‘quiet months’ for holiday bookings; traditionally this time gets utilised for maintenance jobs and to prepare for the winter season and Christmas.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. At Manor Cottages we have seen an increase in bookings during these months for a number of reasons.
Guests not bound by holidaying during school holidays, relish the chances of holidaying without the hoards of family holiday goers around them. The weather is often better in September and October than in August (!) and in the Cotswolds we attract walkers and ramblers as well as book worms, historians and food lovers who come to stay so they can visit the local festivals during the Autumn months.
A couple of September’s popular festivals are Morton Beer Festival and Blenheim Horse Trials, in October many flock to the Cotswolds to visit Cheltenham Literature Festival and Westonbirt Arboritum, which arguably is at it’s best throughout Autumn, as well as the many beautiful gardens are not to be missed either.
Offering short breaks during these months can open up the market to those who can’t take a full week off work or the last-minute bookers who want to escape for a weekend. As an owner, you can still command 75% of a full week booking for a 3 night stay showing that flexibility often stands out against other holiday cottages.
Whether your holiday cottage is listed with Manor Cottages or not, we’re always happy to offer advice and share our experience, so do get in touch with us if you have any questions about how to increase your holiday cottage bookings, throughout Autumn and the rest of the year.