Yes it is that time of year again; love it or hate it Christmas is fast approaching, read on for some tips on how you can transform your short-term let for the festive season.
Christmas is not complete without decorations. There is no need to go overboard as even a few accessories can help to give your property that touch of magic.
Any decorations should be chosen carefully and complement your existing style and target market. For example, if you are trying to appeal to families your decorations may be more playful than if you guests are predominately older couples. Decorations can include fairy lights, tinsel, stockings, ornaments and of course the all important Christmas tree.
It is nice to have flowers and/or plants in your short-term let throughout the year and you can change the type depending on the season. For example, Poinsettias are popular around Christmas and are well known for their distinctive red leaves. Holly and mistletoe are also iconic florae for the festive period. You could also consider a wreathe for the front door or as a table centre piece.
Don’t break the bank but if you would like to leave your guests a welcome gift think about something relevant to the time of year. For example, mulled wine, mince pies, a hamper, crackers or a Christmas novelty gift. Another novel idea is to have an advent calendar which each of your guests can open on the days that they stay.
If you are not keen on leaving gifts an alternative could be to leave a Christmas card.
For those times when your guests opt to stay in make them feel at home with Christmas films, music and games.
Let your guests know what is going on in the local area by providing them with printed information on Christmas events such as markets, theatre productions, nativity plays, fireworks, church services, parties and Father Christmas experiences. Let them know prices, locations/directions and how to book (if required).
Remember different events will appeal to different people; if your guests are bringing children their interests will differ to those on holiday as a couple or with friends.
It is also helpful to provide your guests with additional information, such as supermarket opening hours.
Extra special touches
Give your property a cosy and Christmassy feel with festive blankets or throws, candles and diffusers/air fresheners. However, for safety you may want to consider LED candles. Also think about changing the duvet to a warmer tog.
If your property has a log burner this is the perfect time of year to showcase it. Make sure that you stock up on logs/fuel and that your guests have everything they need to safely light a fire. Also ensure that your guests will have adequate heating and that when they arrive the property is warm. It is also a good idea to make sure your boiler has been serviced.
You may want to change the normal toiletries that you provide to your guests to something more seasonal. For example, you could invest in Christmas scented shower gels and soaps.