Rent levels are set in line with the largest agencies since they tend to establish the going rate for holiday homes nationally. This is then refined through our own experience of Dorset. Demand usually exceeds supply for the school holidays especially for large properties. In the remaining weeks there is generally a surplus of properties in relation to demand. This is reflected in the rents where winter rents are half the peak.
Short breaks are minimum 3 night stays and 3 nights are priced at two thirds of the weeks rent. Whilst the net return to owners is not large it does ensure your holiday home is used and more people are aware of it; also housekeepers continue to be employed.
A short break may start on any day of the week, and can be defined as a booking that does not start on a standard changeover day, regardless of the length of the booking.
Both Dorset Coastal Cottages and Dorset Seaside Holidays offer 3 options to owners regarding their short break restrictions. These are:
- Short breaks accepted all year subject to peak time restrictions.
- Short breaks only accepted between November to March only.
- Short breaks not accepted.
We generally recommend to new owners to accept short breaks all year to build up a repeat client base.
During peak weeks a short break is only accepted within 2 weeks of the required holiday dates to give priority to full week bookings.
As part of our commitment to provide properties with high standards, rents include all household linen and fuels including logs/coal from October to April if applicable.
In recent years occupancy has tended to vary more than hitherto and now ranges between 20 to 30 full weeks and 10 to 15 Short Breaks if the property is fully available.
It can take a year or two to build a reputation; attractive homes in good locations tend to achieve higher occupancy. Sea views will guarantee high occupancy but are in very short supply in Dorset and command a correspondingly high purchase price.
Occupancy in the shoulder months varies from year to year. The school holidays are always in high demand but there is occasionally a dip in demand in peak periods. Out of season short breaks are increasingly popular.
Low season bookings can be increased by a few key factors: having a fire/logburner, broadband and accepting pets are just a few of them.
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