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Carrog Barn, Menai Holiday Cottages

Holiday letting in North Wales is such a popular option for those looking to invest in property. It has so many more financial and lifestyle benefits compared to those which traditional long term letting can offer. Not only can you enjoy the enhanced income and tax relief, but you can also enjoy the property yourself. 

There is a lot to consider before beginning your journey. So it’s important you have all the facts and have considered all the options. 

From finding the perfect holiday home, all the way through to taking your first booking and beyond, Menai Holiday Cottages are there every step of the way.

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Finding the right property

Balance is key here. You want to find a property that you can enjoy, but holidaymakers will visit time and time again. 

We can give you advice on where is best to buy, what type of property does well and what features guests look for. We will even come out to the property with you and give you an appraisal. 

We also have knowledge of existing holiday lets in our portfolio which are for sale. So we can put you in touch if needs be. 

Getting your finances in place

If you already have the finances in place then great, what are you waiting for! 

For those that do not, you will often need a specialist mortgage for holiday letting. Most brokers or financial advisers can point you in the right direction. 

We can provide mortgage letters free of charge to help with your application. This will outline the rates we believe you can achieve along with an estimate of potential income to help you in gaining finances to fund your purchase.

Getting your property ready

Whether your house is yet to be built, or just needs some finishing touches, we can help. 

We can point you in the direction of builders, architects and much more. We also have preferential rates with a lot of local suppliers and shops, perfect for furnishing your holiday home. 

Once your property is ready, our professional photographer will come out and photograph the house making sure that it can stand out from the crowd. We will start building your property on our site, ready to market to millions of potential guests.

If you need a housekeeper, we can provide you with a list of suppliers who can deal with all aspects of property maintenance. If you prefer to not have to deal with anything, we provide a managed service option where we take care of everything, you can just sit back, relax and watch the bookings come in.

Compliance and legal matters

Once your holiday let is ready to go, we just need to make sure everything complies with all existing legislation and standards. This can range from having the correct insurance to electrical safety certificates and more. We will tell you exactly what you need to have checked and certified before you can open the doors to guests. 

We would also suggest you seek specialist financial advice. There are many tax benefits to consider. If your property is registered as an FHL (Furnished Holiday Let) and you meet certain criteria for income and booking levels. You can get CGT (Capital Gains Tax) and Business rates relief. You can also get capital allowances on furnishings and operating costs deducted as expenses. 

Our online portal provides yearly financial summaries automatically, which are ideal for keeping track of the income and preparing for tax returns.

This is just a basic guide, we would always recommend you see a qualified accountant to discuss the above points.

What makes a successful holiday let?

There isn’t really a blueprint for what makes a perfect holiday home. Like every property, every customer is different in terms of what they look for. Some of our hints and tips below will ensure you’re maximising the potential of your home.

  • Short breaks and last minute bookings –  being flexible is key. Around 50% of the holiday let market are looking for short breaks. Accepting short breaks and last minute bookings open you up to the whole market. 
  • Own usage – at the end of the day it’s your property, but we would advise trying to minimise your own usage during peak periods. These periods are the most popular and form a large part of your holiday let income. 
  • Dogs – 1 in 3 of our guests takes a pet with them on their holiday. 
  • Popular features –  hot tubs and woodburning stoves are always popular. Houses with these features will always tend to book better than those that do not.  We’ve also teamed up with a local company, concept spa to get our owners some fantastic deals on hot tubs.  Most importantly, making sure these are properly maintained is key and we can provide guidance and support on this. 

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  • Going the extra mile –  visitors books and welcome packs are always nice touches. 

Want to find out more about what it takes to create a successful holiday let? Download a copy of our Creating A Successful Holiday Let guide.

Doors are open and guests are arriving

Before your first arrives, we will call you and check everything is ready to go and you are ready to accept your first guest…..your journey begins here!

Finding the perfect letting agent

You may decide you are going to handle everything yourself and don’t need an agent to set up your holiday let. But beware it’s a big commitment. Using a holiday letting agency can take away all the work. Finding the right one is key!

So why choose Menai Holiday Cottages?

  • No 1 for bookings per property – no other agency in North Wales can achieve the level of bookings per property we can. 
  • Local – we have three offices across North Wales (Brynsiencyn, Pwllheli and Barmouth). This is something some of the larger brands can’t manage, having feet on the ground means we can take extra special care of your property. 

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  • Personal service –  we care about owners and our guests. Our local, friendly and knowledgeable team are always on hand to help.
  • Services we offer – from professional photography to a 24-hour emergency phone, we have every angle covered. We also have an in house maintenance team who can take care of any work needed at your property. 
  • Getting your property noticed – we use our website, social channels and partner sites such as AirBnb, and many many more to get your house the exposure it deserves. We can access millions of potential customers.

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