Brenda and Paul share their story and experiences with holiday letting.
Brenda Hall and Paul Ballington moved to Bodmin Moor in August 2004. Before turning to the world of holiday lets they both worked in the pharmaceutical industry, Paul in business development and Brenda in market research. Brenda is now retired while Paul is self-employed and works part-time from home. They share their home, which overlooks Rough Tor, with two dogs, one cat, six horses, twelve chickens and the occasional sheep.
The holiday let, which is located next-door but completely self-contained and private, is best suited to couples that love the countryside and want a little peace and quiet. The majority of their guests are semi-retired and about 60% bring their dogs, which are most welcome!
This home is perfect for those who love to walk and have an interest in wildlife as the surrounding countryside boasts stunning natural beauty while the property has an occasional guest in resident pheasant, Percy.
Before the guests arrive, many of which are returning after previously enjoying holidays at the cottage, Brenda and Paul make sure everything is perfectly prepared. Lovely clean bed linen and soft, fluffy towels are positioned carefully while all the other essentials are prepared to ensure you have everything you need ready and waiting at your fingertips.
Every Friday Brenda enjoys shopping for lots of local goodies and essentials to leave for the new guests. This array of treats can include anything from bread, milk and butter to fudge or chocolate, and even some dog treats if they are expecting some four-legged friends! They also leave lovely fresh eggs from their chickens and locally grown flowers. “These little touches are appreciated by our guests, and to be honest, I enjoy providing them,” says Brenda. They do sound like the perfect way to be greeted at your holiday home!
On the day of the changeover, the whole place has to be cleaned from top to bottom, checking all cutlery, china, pots and pans for cleanliness and inspecting everything for any possible defects, although Paul is very good at solving and preventing any DIY problems quickly. The whole process takes three to four hours but it’s worth it to ensure the home is perfect for their guest’s arrival. Brenda and Paul have been working with Cornish Traditional Cottages for over nine years and have found the experience easy and rewarding. They take care of the property, which they do fantastically, and we take care of the marketing, booking, paperwork and payments.
Brenda has some wise words for any who are considering creating or starting a holiday let: “involve Cornish Traditional Cottages as soon as possible. Before you start any conversions or purchasing furniture and equipment, they will be able to tell you exactly what your potential guests will be looking for and they could save you a lot of time and costly mistakes, and they have some good ideas!”