Quirky Finishing Touches to Add to your Holiday Letting

How to add interesting touches to your holiday letting

As the holiday letting market is flooded with competition, here are some ways to stand out from the crown and put a smile on your guests’ faces…

Property guide

It is always helpful to guests to include an easy to find, easy to read guide to your property complete with all the essential information. Make sure it includes the WiFi password, necessary contact numbers and anything else they might need to know. Helpful extras are menus of nearby takeaway restaurants and some advice on must-visit local landmarks.

Welcome hamper

Many holiday lettings, like these luxury cottages Suffolk, choose to greet their guests with a basket full of food and drink. This is a great idea, as it allows the guests to relax on arrival knowing they will at least have some snacks and drinks available to them. Think about including a bottle of wine, some locally baked bread, scones, butter, jam, and milk. Some breakfast goodies like cereal and croissants might be good too.

Fresh flowers

There is nothing more welcoming than a bunch of fragrant fresh flowers. Try long-lasting varieties, such as zinnias and alstroemeria. Instead of using a simple glass vase, pick something more fitting to your property. For example, recycled jars or large decorative jugs.

Toiletries & pamper supplies

Stocking your bathrooms with basic toiletries, like toothbrush and shower gel, can prove useful for forgetful guests – especially if your holiday letting is not close to shopping facilities. Go the extra mile by setting up a pamper box containing a set of products to have a relaxing night in. Add a selection of items, such as face masks, bath bubbles, body scrubs and hand creams.

Board games

Board games are crowd-pleasers and create a bit of family-friendly fun. They are ideal for guests who want a cosy night-in or some escapism from constantly looking at digital screens or for guests who have plans ruined by rainy days and British weather. Fill a cupboard or basket with an assortment of games to please everyone and, if storage space is an issue, a simple pack of cards is always a winner.

Cinema set

If your holiday letting has the facilities to play films then a DIY cinema experience set could be a hit with your guests. This could be included as an optional add-on at a small cost. Offer your guests the option to handpick a DVD, a bag of popcorn and their favourite sweets and have everything waiting in a lovely little box on their arrival.

Black board wall

It is easy to turn any wall into a blackboard with a quick lick of specially-designed paint. You can use this to leave a welcome message for your guests and they are also great to keep children occupied.

Add artwork

Filling the property with art can bring some character to otherwise plain walls. For a unique touch try source, or personally commission, the work of a local artist. Even better if this depicts the letting itself or nearby landmarks your guests can identify.


With the help of a few of these tips, and any original ideas of your own, you can make your guests’ stay at your holiday letting extra special.