The county for a winter staycation
PUBLISHED: 09:37 20 October 2015 | UPDATED: 09:37 20 October 2015
Owning a holiday let is a great year-round proposition in Suffolk, says George Bradley, MD of Suffolk Secrets
Suffolk – ‘open for summer’ or an all-year destination?
We are extremely lucky that Suffolk is very much an all year round place to visit. The coastal resorts are always open and offer a great option for tourists all year round.
Why should people come to Suffolk in winter? Suffolk is a beautiful county. Enjoy rambling picturesque walks all around Suffolk in the winter, discover the coastal paths in relative peace and quiet and make a shopping trip to Aldeburgh high street where the range of independent stores is superb.
Where are the county’s winter top spots? Explore the market town of Bury St Edmunds, perhaps our county’s cultural capital, and discover a wide range of cafes, restaurants, shopping and entertainment. The close by destinations of Long Melford and Lavenham are also a great visit.
What sort of occupancy can owners of holiday homes expect over the autumn and winter? October, December, February and March are extremely popular. We see high levels of visitors in the week – young families and couples.
What are the rules - can it be let all year round? Yes, unless restricted by a planning covenant.
How do you market a property at this time of year? We price all our portfolio to reflect seasonal demand and we work hard to market properties during the off season. We also work with the tourist organisations to maximise bookings in the winter months.
Any reasons I shouldn’t let it in winter? No, winter letting is a great way to increase your holiday let return.
What do owners need to provide to make their property comfortable when the weather isn’t so good?
A log fire or multi fuel stove is a great way to encourage winter bookings. Have some good quality throws and rugs on the sofas. Charcoal hand warmers are left for walkers in one of our properties, better than a couple of hot potatoes in your pockets!
How can you keep a place clean and fresh when it’s muddy and wet outside? Have a great boot store and a lobby space if possible. Our team of housekeepers can help you take care of the rest.
Should people be allowed to bring dogs? It’s the homeowner’s choice but properties that allow dogs do tend to get increased rental occupancy. Suffolk is a dog walker’s paradise. We do advise that the floors are suitable for dogs and easy to keep clean.
Five at-a-glance tips for a letting a holiday home in winter?
Suggest some great local walks and don’t forget to point out the best pubs along the way!
Install a log burner or multi fuel stove
Consider walkers and cyclists
Allow pets to maximise winter bookings
Make the property feel cosy and comfortable