Google+ Rent a Cottage Scotland: How to set up and run a successful Self Catering Holiday Cottage Part 1

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

How to set up and run a successful Self Catering Holiday Cottage Part 1


How to set up and run a successful Self Catering Holiday Cottage Part 1

 The Purchase

I have been asked on many occasions how to set up and run a successful Self Catering Cottage. I thought it was time to write a blog post on that subject.
We run 8 successful Self Catering properties in the Fife, Perth and Angus areas of Scotland and have done so for over 10 years. They are a mixture of cottages and apartments. How did we start?.
It was by accident that we stumbled into the business. Close friends were needing some funds to finish the building project of their new house in Fife near St Andrews. Funds were running rather low and they were adding a swimming pool. So the holiday cottage had to go!.
My wife was shopping in Tesco of all places in our home town of Perth. She met our friend who said the cottage in Largo near St Andrews was about to go on the market. We will buy it, don’t advertise it! The deal was done.
What did you get at Tesco today I innocently asked…. A self catering cottage was the answer. Oh yes, what aisle was that in I replied?

So that was the start. It had all the furniture, hand painted stuff, beds, dining table and chairs, sofas, all a bit tired but it was perfect for our needs. We could walk right into it and use it right away and bought at a bargain price thanks to our friends. We had a 200 year old 2 bedroom cottage on Main Street Lower largo in Fife which was right on the beach.

But questions needed answered. We had bought a cottage I had not even seen.
What would we call the new cottage? Would we use it much? Where is Lower Largo? Are we mad?

In my next post I will discuss how we decided on a name, set up a website and started marketing our self catering holiday cottage by renting it out.

Read part 2 of How to set up and run a successful Self Catering Holiday Cottage