Letting with Wales Cottage Holidays


Wales Cottage Holidays is a long established and experienced holiday lettings business.

We are a truly local, family-run agency operating throughout wonderful Wales. Our success is based on the simple premise that we offer great service and unrivalled experience.
Our advice is free and without obligation, so call us today on: 01686 628200 or email info@walescottageholidays.co.uk
 

A little more about us...

We have a great team of truly local, friendly and enthusiastic staff.

Wales Cottage Holidays was established over 40 years ago. We are one of a small 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 teams live and work in Wales and have a passion for helping customers find the right property. Many of the team have been with us for a number of years - their knowledge of Wales and their insight into the local holiday cottage market really is one of our unique selling points.

 

OUR LOCAL TEAM

Jane | Property Manager

I suspect Abersoch captured my heart on my first visit at just 3 months old!

I have enjoyed the Llyn as a tourist, holiday home owner, local business owner and as a mother, raising my family in this beautiful part of the world!

Gareth | Homeowner Services Manager

As a proud Welshman I enjoy traveling this wonderful country, seeing all the amazing and diverse places we have. I am constantly reminded how lucky I am to be able to promote Cymru to the world. As a former holiday property owner and business owner I have a first hand insight into the industry and am able to work with owners to help them achieve their desired outcomes.

Llion | Property Manager

Passionate about Wales and its unique identity, I'm proud to be part of the only team within the industry that provides a fully bilingual service to owners and guests. I enjoy working in partnership with owners to ensure that their properties represent the best that Wales has to offer, with a product that meets and exceeds customer expectations. The views from the office window, over Dyfi Valley towards the Snowdonia mountains, is a costant reminder about the true beauty of Wales.

Lesley | Property & Quality Manager

I love the beautiful rolling countryside of Mid Wales! Born in Manchester and brought up in Scotland, I am happiest where there are hills and mountains - although rather too lazy to climb them! I have the enviable job of touring much of Wales, enjoying the stunning and varied scenery from the Clwydian Hills to the 'Garden of Wales', South Snowdonia to the Brecon Beacons.

Jacky | Quality Assessor

I love my job! Travelling round stunning north Wales where I was born and brought up, visiting our fabulous owners, and ensuring that the cottage standards and expections of our holidaymakers are met.

Julie | Quality Assessor

My job is so diverse, in the office one day, in a stunning coastal property the next, & then onto a cosy rural retreat! They say variety is the spice of life & I certainly get plenty of that with owners, visitors, properties & landscapes.

Nicola | Property Recruiter

I call myself a true Welsh lady, born in the Rhondda Valleys and then moving to the delightful seaside town of Saundersfoot when I was just 4. Living by the coast is a dream for me, when you can take a stroll along the beach in your lunch hour, not many people can say that!

Glenda | Quality Assessor

Every day's office view is different for me as I travel from property to property. One day I can be at the coast, the next day on the lower slopes of Cader Idris and the following day on the lush hillsides of deepest rural Wales. The variety of properties I visit is huge so each day is different, but I also love switching the conversation back and forth from English to Welsh and vice versa as I meet owners, who are just as contrasting in background, style, dialect and interests.

Best of both worlds

Letting with Wales Cottage Holidays provides you with the best of both worlds: truly local expertise coupled with national exposure

We are very proud of our local roots in Newtown but also feel very privileged to be part of a larger family within Wales with offices in Abersoch, Saundersfoot, Machynlleth and Abercynon. This gives us a great advantage, not only logistically but also with our knowledge of all the wonderful areas of Wales.

We are also part of the 'Original Cottages' company, a business that has grown from humble beginnings to a national brand. Still family owned, their ethos remains the same today: to provide the advantages of a personal, local service, but with countrywide reach.

Please view the following short video to learn how we and our family of brands benefit from being part of the Original Cottages group:

Why choose Wales Cottage Holidays?

95%  of our owners would recommend us!

- Annual homeowner survey results 2018

Our Experience

We are a truly local agency with over 40 years of experience. Our teams live and work here, so know the market inside-out.

Following a visit to your property, which is free and comes without obligation, we will provide you with realistic booking projections, and advise how you could best maximise them. We won't promise you the world, only to leave you disappointed further down the line. We're in this for the long term.

Marketing your property

We are a very active, established local agency, backed by a national team of marketing, IT and website specialists at Original Cottages. This combination of local and national expertise plays a crucial role in our relationship with homeowners, strategic promotions, direct mail initiatives and attention grabbing media campaigns. You can be sure your property is getting maximum promotion at no extra cost to you.

Please see the "lets talk marketing" section below for more details.

Bookings system

We have a state of the art bookings system linked to our website for up to date availability, information and online booking. It was developed in-house by us, for us. 

Letting with us, you will be provided with a login to our dedicated homeowner website section. Here you can view your property details, manage bookings, view/download documents and invoices, send us a message, and more. It also provides informative guides about many aspects of letting, such as health and safety, and how to deal with problems. 

Advice

We are a friendly, local team with local offices. Whenever you need advice - whether it be about joining us, the steps you can take to increase booking rates, or anything else property related -  we are here, ready to help.

We are here for your guests too, applying our local expertise to ensure they get the most out of their holidays, whilst also providing support should they experience any problems. 

Our advice comes free and without obligation. 

Grading

All of our properties are individually inspected by a member of our specialist property team to ensure a standard our customers would expect. In addition, properties are graded under the TOCC Quality Assurance Scheme, and these have a star rating award as part of the property description.

We provide guides, feedback and support to help you best present, and maximise the potential of, your property.

Commission & Fees

Our commission rates are competitive. Please contact us or arrange a visit for further details.

We do not charge extra for our specialist marketing or professional photography; they're inclusive for all properties because we really do want every one to be a great success, and work hard to best ensure this.

We also do not charge any setup fees when joining us. The only additional fee is a small, annual property grading fee.

Cancellation Protection

We’re keen to ensure that your income is protected, as well as providing protection for our guests when life events mean that cancellation is unavoidable. 

In the event of cancellation, our Cancellation Protection Scheme ensures you still receive 100% of the owner rate. Best of all, this protection is inclusive - there is no extra charge.

Let's Talk Marketing

We love marketing almost as much as we love holiday properties.


We can help maximise booking rates with our extensive and targeted marketing programme:
 

Online Marketing

Our website is the most important tool we have to promote our wonderful selection of properties. It is fast and responsive, adapting to function correctly on all modern devices, whether it be a phone, tablet or computer.

We invest in ‘pay per click’ advertising to ensure that our position on Google is great and we work hard to ensure that we are always adding relevant information to our site, which creates a good user experience and also improves our ‘organic’ search engine performance. We also market all our properties on our group website, www.OriginalCottages.co.uk.

Our social media audience is always growing as we actively seek to talk to our customers on a personal level to both build awareness of our brand and strengthen relationship we have with our customers.

Campaign Marketing

We regularly communicate with our customers with personalised, targeted emailing, featuring properties, events and special offers. In addition to this, with our online blog we give customers insider news and tips to make the most of the Lake District.

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 cottages as much coverage as possible. We also work closely with local tourism agencies and a number of UK and overseas affiliates.

Partner Websites

In addition to our own websites, we pay to list your properties on 20+ affiliate websites, both in the UK and elsewhere in the EU, casting the net further still. 

These include: AirbnbBooking.comSnaptripHoliday Lettings and HomeAway.

Additional benefits for our homeowners

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.

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.

Please get in contact with us to learn more.

Homeowner testimonials

Philip & Anne Large | "Felin Fach"

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 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.

Helen Jenkins | "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.

Jennifer Sleep | "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.

A. B. | "Black Patch" Cottage

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.

 

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