by Jane Watson
Our guests come in all shapes and sizes as do our lodges! Many of them are on the lookout for that extra bit of luxury and will choose one of our ‘prestige’ lodges above another because it gives them that extra feeling of pampering and treating themselves. Guests definitely seek out the 5-star or 5-tick rating when choosing a break.
We know that a luxury, 3 bedroomed, dog-friendly property with garden or outdoor space, own WIFI, open fire, off-road parking and a dishwasher is the most booked type of holiday home (Source: Sykes Staycation Index)
Guests expect stylish, modern luxury, with space to relax, and be together with family and friends. If you can provide something with the ‘wow-factor’ or perhaps a little bit glamorous this is appreciated for immediately lifting that holiday mood.
Although we can’t usually have open fires in our lodges, a ‘living flame’ fire gives the room character and a centrepiece of cosiness.
Stickle Ghyll Lodge
The outdoor space is very important when renting a lodge – after all, it is really an extra outdoor room. Your guests will spend many a happy hour here, with a morning coffee, eating together, lazing and relaxing, or perhaps enjoying a sundowner and taking in the view, birdsong, and the stars.
The decking and outdoor space needs to be in good repair and kept clean and tidy. We can help you with that service. We also recommend you purchase excellent-quality lounging and dining furniture, that is weatherproof and hard-wearing, along with an umbrella for shade. Softening the outdoor furniture can come from cushions or throws, which you may keep inside the lodge, but leave a note for your guests where they can be found.
If your Park allows it, consider adding a hot tub for the ultimate pampering. Alongside searches for dog-friendly lodges, hot-tub searches come a close second. We are fortunate to have over 60 lodges with us that have both! If you do have a hot tub, we recommend you purchase some nice quality plastic ‘glasses’ for beer and prosecco, to avoid possible breakages of your glassware. We work with local hot-tub maintenance businesses to keep yours in tip-top condition between each guest visit.
Bramblings by the Lake,White Cross Bay, Windermere
A slab for a barbecue is also helpful, along with barbecue tools. We cannot provide traditional barbecues, as cleaning between stays is not possible for our housekeepers. We always, therefore, ask guests to bring their own disposable BBQ and to dispose of it responsibly.
We know that 65% of guests will be traveling with a dog! If you can add this factor in to your lodge you are sure to drive more bookings. Why not provide some dog treats, bowls for water and food, and poop bags. (We always respectfully ask guests to keep pets off the furniture, and to bring their own dog towels and blankets with them.)
Perhaps your lodge has an outdoor tap and hose pipe for use in washing down muddy paws, and muddy boots? Even better if the hallway has space for boot storage and drying.
Hotel quality crisp sheets and fluffy towels really make a difference, presented professionally in each bedroom. You may need to consider updating them each year if your lodge is very popular with many changeovers.
Coffee machines, cafetiere, nice wine glasses, and classic crockery sets are all very much appreciated by guests. Bonus points if you can include iPod and phone chargers and docks, Bluetooth speakers, DAB radio, and own WIFI. All make for happy guests and their children!
Bramblings by the Lake, White Cross Bay, Windermere
Tea, coffee, sugar, S&P, and perhaps some local biscuits or cake are a lovely welcome for your guests. Some of our lodges provide a complimentary welcome hamper for guests booking 7 nights or more.
How? Simply talk to us and we will order a hamper of your choice and monetary value from our local award-winning Farm Shop – Low Sizergh Barn. We will then get this sorted and delivered, and simply add the price to your account.
Why not provide some locally sourced scented hand and shower gel for the kitchen and bathroom? Businesses like Bath House, Kirkby Lonsdale, can supply large ‘hotel’ style shower gels and hand gels, which may be easier to maintain and more cost-effective than small individual sizes and give your lodge that lovely scent.
Many guests will bring bikes or water sports equipment with them. We realise that adding bike sheds is sometimes tricky to do – but if you could even consider providing a large plastic, waterproof storage box, perhaps with a secure bike lock at the side of the lodge this would be appreciated.
Once you’ve kitted out your lodge and had some new photos taken, we can then start to promote it in the Prestige Collection online. This also commands higher rental income and definitely increases interest in your lodge.
Your guests will then really feel they have had a break indulging and relaxing in the beautiful scenery the Lakes has to offer and being pampered and looked after on a boutique-style getaway, with comfort and little extras to make the stay that little bit extra special.
Why not contact us for an informal chat about how we can help to hike up your bookings, and how to improve your lodge. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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