Make the most of your holiday property with Wales Cottage Holidays

Wales Cottage Holidays

With both local and national expertise and support, you'll get the best of both worlds

Here in Wales, we have passionate, knowledgeable property specialists who can support you in getting your property ready to let. We're also part of the Original Cottages family, which means that you get additional benefits from our central team of experts. From pricing to marketing to property grading, we can ensure that your property is set up for a successful season, year after year.

Established over 40 years ago, we offer a wealth of experience and local expertise. We are one of a group of locally focused brands owned by The Original Cottage Company, a family-owned business that has grown to be one of the UK's leading lettings companies.

Our success is based on the simple premise that we all live and work in Wales, have a passion for great service, and offer an unrivalled experience.

The refurbishment of my holiday home had been majorly delayed by the lockdown and there was a significant chance that I would miss the summer season completely. However, with Annabel’s support, hard work and enthusiasm, it was actually launched to the holiday market within just 36 hours of being ready and then went on to achieve an incredible 7 full weeks of summer bookings in the first few days of going live. My thanks go to Annabel and her team for such a speedy response!

Homeowner Feedback, July 2020

Our advice is free and without obligation, so call us today on 0800 368 9358, email us at letting@originalcottages.co.uk or Submit an online request

Why holiday let with Wales Cottage Holidays?

Our holiday letting service in Wales can be tailored to suit your needs, here are some of the key reasons why you should let with Wales Cottage Holidays:

Expert marketing

Leading digital marketing expertise from a large local team working across Wales, supported by a dedicated, central marketing team.

Effective, targeted and exciting marketing activity featuring your individual property & free professional photography.

We list our properties on 17 of the biggest affiliate websites, plus 100's of smaller websites too - at no extra charge to our owners - including the following major brands:

Original Cottages
HomeAway
Airbnb
Snaptrip
Booking.com
Trip Advisor
Interhome
Love Cottages
It makes financial sense

We’ll visit your property (for free) to let you know how much you could earn.

Competitive commission rates, no sign-up or renewal fees (we only start making money when you do).

Attractive payment terms; regular monthly payments and easy to  understand statements, plus protection from cancellations and damages.

We're customer service led

Knowledgeable, friendly & bilingual local teams in Abercynon, Abersoch, Cemaes, Mumbles, Newtown and Saundersfoot, plus a central team of experts.

Our holidaymakers come back year after year (which means more repeat customers for you).

Tailored property management services, arranged to suit you (we won’t try and sell you a package).

Our response to Coronavirus (Covid-19)

From the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have, of course, been focused on supporting our homeowners, guests and staff. Safety has been our top priority, alongside timely information. In a world with so many unknowns, we have cut through the noise to give our homeowners clear, regular and informed communications about the situation, what it means to them, how we’re adapting, and what they need to do to adapt.  

We have made sure that we’re always available on the end of a phone or email too, and the feedback from our homeowners has been fantastic – we, and they – feel like our relationships have only strengthened during this time. 

And now, with holiday bookings on the up, we are helping our homeowners to make their properties safe and ready for visitors. We understand how holidaymakers’ needs are changing and advising our owners on how to optimise their property – from facilities, to pricing – to achieve their booking potential.  

Some quotes from our homeowners:

"Just to say thank you so much for such a thoughtful and comprehensive update, and for all of the tips, it is much appreciated and very reassuring to receive."

"Thank you all. I am so relieved that our agency have demonstrated integrity and balance. Well done."

"Many thanks for the update. Your message underlines the professionalism shown every day by your company. Let’s look forward to a healthy and happy future."

 

See below for a short video from Natalie, our Lake District manager, talking about how we’ve helped homeowners during the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Marketing your holiday property

The primary objective of our marketing activity is to help maximise the revenue potential of your property by bringing in bookings – lots of bookings! To achieve this we implement an extensive and targeted marketing programme:

 

Our websites
OUR WEBSITES

Our websites are 'fully responsive’ which means they change to best fit the device on which they are being viewed. We invest in ‘pay per click’ advertising and continuously work on our ‘organic’ search engine performance on Google. We market properties on our national website; www.originalcottages.co.uk and our luxury website; www.nicheretreats.co.uk 

Over 355,000 visitors to our own website each year

Affiliate websites
AFFILIATE WEBSITES

We pay to list your properties on a range of affiliate websites, both in the UK and elsewhere in the EU, casting the net further still. These include: Airbnb, Tripadvisor, Snaptrip, Holiday Lettings and HomeAway.

Social media
SOCIAL MEDIA

We showcase holiday properties, special offers, local news and events through our social media accounts,  and actively engage with our followers on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube through our organic and paid social media activity.

 

Campaign marketing
CAMPAIGN MARKETING

We regularly communicate with our customers with personalised, targeted emails and mailers. We feature properties, events and special offers, tailoring the content to our audience. In addition to this our online blog gives customers insider news and tips to make the most of Wales.

Over 290,000 marketing emails sent to our customer base every year

Shows
SHOWS

We attend local shows so people can meet us and find out about our holiday properties. We have high quality show displays, branded giveaways and run a 'win a holiday' competition to build our customer base and attract new holidaymakers to our properties.

Advertising & PR
ADVERTISING & PR

We place carefully timed advertisements in local press and selected national magazines and papers. We work with PR specialists, journalists and high profile bloggers to gain our properties as much coverage as possible. We also work closely with local tourism agencies and a number of UK and overseas affiliates.

Multiple relationships formed with national brands, for example Virgin Wines, John Lewis and Country Life Magazine

Our offices
LOCAL PRESENCE

Our Newtown office, vehicle and sponsorships in Wales promote our brand and collection of holiday properties. We make the most of every opportunity to ensure holidaymakers, local businesses and visitors to events are directed to book our properties with ease.

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Maximising your income

Combining over 40 years holiday letting experience, we know how to maximise your income through holiday letting.

 

Competitive commission, including a reduced introductory rate

 

Individually researched price bands and optimised calendar

 

Bespoke marketing showcasing your property's unique features

 

Tailored property management, only pay for the service you want

 

High repeat booking percentage builds your customer base year after year

 

Get paid in full for cancelled bookings, regardless of the reason

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Holiday properties as an investment

Staycations are experiencing a huge surge in demand and given the nature of UK self-catering breaks appealing to those looking for safe, environmentally friendly, cost-effective holidays, this is set to continue for some time to come.

Our experienced Property Recruiters frequently work with homeowners to help them select, furnish, manage and let their property, optimising their return on investment. Here is a summary of how we can help:

  We can visit properties with you.

  We can provide helpful feedback on the ‘letability’ of a property given its location and amenities.

  We can offer practical advice on simple steps to improve the ROI of the property (e.g. interior design).

  We can generate property proposals with rental rates and income.

  We can support with the practical running of the holiday let, taking away any ongoing hassle.

Please call us on 0800 368 9358 or send us an email if you’d like to find out more about how we could help you with your holiday home investment.

Testimonials

We're incredibly proud of the feedback we receive from our property owners, here's what they have to say:

 

Terra Nostra
"Thanks to Wales Cottage Holidays for the excellent service you have provided to us since we started letting in March 2010. We initially expected to have to do a certain amount of our own marketing to achieve the level of annual bookings we've enjoyed but this has not been the case.

We have consistently achieved a high level of bookings from the outset without extra effort on our part. We appreciate the attention to detail in both the brochure and website listings which enables our guests to fully understand what to expect. This leaves us free to deal with the necessary changeover days and keeping the property in an excellent condition.

Any concerns or other issues we have had have always been handled in a prompt, courteous and efficient manner. We wish Wales Cottage Holidays continued success in the future."


- Philip & Anne Large, Felin Fach.
Derw Lodge
"I've used Wales Cottage Holidays as my letting agents since I started my holiday cottages in 2007. The staff in Newtown are friendly, very helpful, efficient and available six days a week.

I have been very satisfied with the level of bookings I get every year. Wales Cottage Holidays gives me peace of mind and takes the hassle out of letting."


- Helen Jenkins, Derw Lodge.
Pentre Bach
"For the past 20 years I have used the service of Wales Holidays to advertise my cottage in Snowdonia. This must mean that they get most things right! The staff are unfailingly charming, helpful and efficient.

I have especially valued their advice regarding what facilities to provide and how best to manage owner responsibilities such as insurance, various legislation and grading of the property. Their expertise has been invaluable."


- Jennifer Sleep, Pentre Bach.
Black patch
"Wales Cottage Holidays have managed the letting of our property for over ten years now. They have relieved us of the time consuming tasks of advertising and negotiating with potential visitors, they have dealt well with the very few difficult visitors and they have invariably responded quickly and efficiently to our queries whether by email or by phone.

They have just made our life as property owners so much easier - and in a professional, very friendly and approachable way. They even came to take photos of our property which were much better than the ones that we had organised."


- Owner, Black Patch.

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Additional benefits for our homeowners

10% Original Cottages discount
10% Original Cottages discount

As we are part of the Original Cottages group, our homeowners enjoy a 10% discount off their own holidays.

With over 5,000 Original Cottages properties to choose from, you too could enjoy exploring the UK for less. 

Partner discounts
Exclusive discounts from our partners

We love loyal customers. To say thank you for choosing us, we’ve teamed up with a range of local and national companies to ensure that you are rewarded with some seriously great offers and discounts.

How to join our family

If you’re interested in letting with us our knowledgeable and friendly team members are on hand to advise and support you through the simple 3-step process.

1

Contact us

Send us an enquiry so we can arrange an informal chat with one of our knowledgeable team members.

2

Arrange to meet

We would love to visit your property, or arrange a video meeting and tour (whichever is more appropriate) with no-obligation on you at all.

3

Join our family & receive bookings

We arrange your property setup and once live we launch our marketing activity to secure bookings and generate you income.

Meet the Team

Jane, property manager
Jane
Property Manager
Gareth, homeowner services manager
Gareth
Homeowner Services Manager
Llion, property manager
Llion
Property Manager
Lesley, property & quality manager
Lesley
Property & Quality Manager
Jacky, quality assessor
Jacky
Quality Assessor
Julie, quality assessor
Julie
Quality Assessor
Nicola, property recruiter
Nicola
Property Recruiter
Glenda, quality assessor
Glenda
Quality Assessor
Emma, Homeowner Services
Emma
Homeowner Services
Elena, Homeowner Services
Elena
Homeowner Services
Yeseley, Homeowner Services
Yeseley
Homeowner Services
Stacey, Homeowner Services
Stacey
Homeowner Services

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