The leading ladies from three local businesses based in the South Downs are getting together to provide unique, comprehensive and affordable services for your current or planned holiday home.
Margaret Newbigin from Heart of the Parks, Rachael Burgess of Lifestyle Sussex and Mandie Davis from Mulberry Cottages who are passionate about holidaying in and around the South Downs are working together to help you achieve your ideal holiday home as simply as possible.
The UK holiday market is booming and there are few more easily accessible, prettier and interesting sunny coastal counties than those in the South Downs to choose to purchase your dream holiday cottage. You may already own a holiday home or be planning to invest in one for you and your family to enjoy. “Most properties that would make great holiday lets will generate more income than a long let”, says Mandie, “and if you let your holiday home when you are not there, the income will significantly reduce your outgoings.”
So, if you are planning to invest in a property, Margaret, Rachael and Mandie have some tips for you and are ready to help you get your project underway.
Margaret Newbigin, who owns Heart of the Parks provides a range of services to find, set up or re-model your holiday home. “We provide advice on all aspects of the business including the standards necessary, likely budget requirements, legislation that will affect you and the management options” says Margaret. “Furnishing a holiday home is a big investment. You need to get the right look, to reach the correct standard and to stay on budget. Heart of the Parks designs and fits out properties for holiday rentals at a budget to suit you, and yes, you can do style on a shoestring!”
“We recognise what people want and can avoid the mass produced look by using different suppliers and can incorporate your own touches such as favourite items of furniture, pictures and photographs. We provide a detailed action plan listing all the items you require including a detailed list of where to buy them. You can then get on with it or you can let us take care of it all right up to testing the property and arranging its star rating. We can advise where to spend and where to save and the future impact of your choices.“
Last year Margaret completed five new holiday homes at Inadown Farm set in the tranquil and beautiful countryside close to Selborne, Hampshire. The homes have all been completed to a very high standard and are furnished and equipped with guests comfort and convenience in mind. The project was well within budget, delivered on time and achieved the required star rating by Visit Britain.
“After seeing such lovely properties completed I really needed to be able to recommend great property managers and letting agents. I was delighted to be contacted by Rachael Burgess who owns Lifestyle Sussex. Her business offers efficient, professional and cost effective property management services.”
“Employing an affordable holiday property management company such as Lifestyle Sussex means that we do the chores like cleaning and changing bed linen. As the landlord, whether you live locally or have moved abroad, you reap the financial benefits from a rental income as well as a capital investment, and enjoy peace of mind, knowing your property is well cared for.” Says Rachael who set up her business 15 years ago, “My skills are in organizing your home, supporting you, your clients and guests, all of course with a warm welcoming smile for which I am known.”
“Here at Lifestyle Sussex, we know our area inside out and not only provide our independent clients with a cost effective professional management service for their holiday home, but love working closely with holiday cottage letting specialists Mulberry Cottages. We ensure that their landlords benefit from our very high standards and personal services, providing their guests with the warmest welcome”.
Since being established, Mulberry Cottages has grown in size and scope. “Today we have a stunning collection of over 300 handpicked luxury properties covering the South of England – and we’re constantly growing.” says Mandie. “ We have holiday cottages that will suit everyone’s needs, from a rural retreat where a writer or artist could find inspiration and peace, romantic love-nests for two, family and dog friendly beach houses, right up to a private stately home sleeping 50 people which is perfect for those special occasions.”
“Whether this is your home and you want to spend the summers and weekends travelling – letting your home pay for your own holidays, or you have bought it as an investment and are looking to maximize your income, we can help.”
“You can trust Mulberry Cottages to deal with everything from property valuations and income projections, communication with your cleaners, to directions and key arrangements. We are always monitoring the performance of our properties and will ensure that you are maximising your asset. To help your budgeting, you will receive income statements from us, twice a month, showing a full breakdown of all income received during the last two weeks with the balance being sent direct to your bank. We are open 7 days a week so we are at the end of the phone to offer support, advice and answer any questions you may have.”
“We have built a reputation for offering customers high quality properties that are unique and in the best locations; consequently we have a very loyal customer base, who understand the Mulberry Cottages standard.”
Margaret, Rachael and Mandie’s recommendations for a wonderful, welcoming holiday home.
Supplement your home’s best features with quality, comfortable furniture in keeping with the ambiance, and add something to give the “wow” factor.
Provide luxurious bed linen and towels and make sure you provide sufficient crockery and equipment.
Go the extra mile and provide those little luxuries that make the difference.
Make sure your guests walk into a spotlessly clean, uncluttered haven of peace.
Choose a holiday letting company that values you as well as your guests.
Always ensure there is someone there for your guests 7 days a week in the case of any problems.
Don’t forget you need to comply with the current legislation for landlords.
These three great local businesses together offer friendly, comprehensive and affordable services to help you achieve your dream.