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Holiday letting in the Cotswolds can not only be beneficial to the owner but also to local businesses.

Holiday letting is often in the news for various reasons. However, rarely is it reported on for the boost it can give to local amenities. Not only can converting empty second homes into holiday lets boost owners’ returns, but it can also support and enrich local villages and communities.

At Manor Cottages, we understand the importance of keeping it local. You’ll find our local office in Burford. We pride ourselves on being a local holiday letting agency in the Cotswolds.

Helping guests stay local

We encourage our owners to ensure that all the guests who stay in their properties are aware of local pubs, village shops and restaurants. This can be done by providing pre-arrival information and guest packs.

Some owners can obtain discounts for their local pub which in turn directs guests to local businesses.

Many second homes sit empty most of the time, with some owners only managing to visit their cottage only two or three times a year. A lot of local residents believe that this contributes to a weakening of traditional community spirit. This, in turn, impacts local businesses, by reducing the available demand for pubs, shops and restaurants.

By choosing to holiday let a second home, this offers the local community a chance to be seen and facilities used. Often, with year-round trade in the Cotswolds, holiday letting sees guests from around the world visit the region.

Cotswolds location

Cotswold Lavender with greenery in background

Due to its beautiful villages and countryside, as well as its proximity to London, the Cotswolds is one of the UK’s most popular locations for second homes.

This means that many Cotswold villages have a high proportion of properties that sit empty for most of the year. This, in turn, puts pressure on many important community functions, despite the greatest efforts of residents to keep local services open.

Making these empty second homes available for holiday letting helps to solve this problem, by providing a means for large numbers of affluent visitors to stay in local villages.

This Cotswolds holiday accommodation significantly increases the demand for local services such as local pubs and village shops.

For example, a typical Cotswold holiday let represented by Manor Cottages which sleeps six can bring from 300 visitors per annum to a village.

Converting a holiday let in the Cotswolds

For villages with a high number of empty second homes, their conversion to holiday lets would significantly affect the ability of local pubs and shops to succeed.

By converting an empty second home into a Cotswolds holiday let, owners will not only support their local village but can also turn their annual running costs into good profits.

In addition to the profits that can be made from holiday letting, owners also benefit from the increased likelihood of villages retaining much-loved pubs and shops.

As Manor Cottages works in partnership with our owners, there are no restrictions on owners staying in their properties whenever they wish to.

About Manor Cottages

Manor Cottages is a specialist holiday lettings business established to help second homeowners generate substantial profits. Not only this, but you can also enjoy the benefits of owning a country retreat.

Our mission is to enhance the traditional holiday let process. We do this by providing guests with first-class customer service, flexible length breaks and flexible start dates.

As part of the Sykes Holiday Cottages family, Character Cottages offers both local and national marketing exposure. Owners can also choose from various types of managed services from housekeeping, cleaning and linen changing.