Recent years have seen nothing short of an exponential increase in the number of self-catering properties here in the UK, as the friendly customer service team at Out of Eden will tell you. This has inspired us to write a series of blogs aimed at helping our self catering customers, particularly those in the fledging days of their holiday letting business, to become a popular choice for oversees travellers and UK staycationers.
A recent study by OnePoll, commissioned by 5* Hotel BLVD in Blackpool, found that UK holidaymakers have a preference for luxury when planning a break.
Luxury can be achieved with simple considerations that help your business to run smoothly. Let’s start by breaking down those considerations, beginning with our first blog in the series: Bedding Advice.
When it comes to those all-important reviews, a great night's sleep is usually top of the list. The quality of a guests sleep can greatly helped, or hindered, by bedding.
Our starting-out advice is to have a minimum of two items of each piece of bedding, per bed. This sensible approach will greatly reduce the pressure of time sensitivity at same day guest changeovers. Once you are up and running, you'll find additional spare bedding helpful for fast accident recovery and seamless changeovers.
Another very good question and some of this comes down to personal taste, some down to aesthetics, and some down to budget.
In our own homes, most of us prefer to have two pillows per person on our beds, even though we might actually revert to just sleeping with one.
We all know that having four pillows (or more) on a double bed looks more attractive than just two, but if that’s two poor quality pillows instead of a single really good pillow then the illusion quickly loses its gloss. This doesn’t mean it has to be a natural fill pillow with duck or goose feather and down as there are plenty of synthetic fill pillows that will provide a comfortable sleep and which have the added advantage of being easier and more forgiving when it comes to washing.
There is also a trend for less conventional style pillows – square, long and thin, even circular – which, while they look great in the homestyle magazines, are not the most practical for self-catering properties. These invariably need corresponding pillowcases, which can be hard to replace and will all need washing on changeover days. This then adds to the housekeeping time, which nobody ever needs!
Our advice is to stick with the Standard and/or King Size pillows, something which will help keep things simple for everyone!
Patterned bedding is a quick and effective way to add appeal to a bedroom and it and can instantly transform the look and feel of the space.
Plain bedding is more versatile. It easily lends itself to accent colours and finishing touches such as cushions and runners, something which patterned bedding may ‘fight’ against.
The timeless look of plain white or cream bedding is hard to beat and can work effortlessly with such a wide range of interiors from very traditional and boutique to uber-modern. You can guarantee it will still look fresh in years to come, whereas patterned bedding may need a re-think every couple of years.
If the summer weather is un-typically British and we get a heatwave, guests may not want a duvet at all and having a spare cool cotton flat sheet available may just be the right alternative.
Flat sheets may have fallen a little out of fashion over recent years with the rise in popularity of fitted sheets, but you can use a good quality flat sheet to add an extra layer of luxurious comfort between the guest and the duvet.
Accidents happen, and they always will. When furnishing your holiday cottage, you’ll know that mattresses are a significant outlay and definitely something you won’t want to be replacing on a regular basis.
Mattress protectors aren’t the most glamorous item of bedding you’ll ever buy, but they perform their duty well and might well just save you some serious money. The same applies to pillow protectors – sorry to have to remind you, but it’s a well-known fact that our heads sweat during the night and a pillow protector adds that extra barrier to stop moisture penetrating into your pillows.
If you’ve browsed the bedding pages here on our website then you’ll already be aware of the huge range of options at your disposal when it comes to duvets and pillows, bedding sets, duvet covers, sheets and pillow cases. You might not be aware of the following features that make our bedding great for guests and great for your business, too:
All of our bedding products are chosen or specifically made for their suitability to withstand the demands of hospitality. They also comply with fire and safety regulations so are suitable for use in hotels, guest houses, B&Bs and, of course, self-catering properties.
All of our pillows and duvets are hypo-allergenic, including our natural fill down and feather products which are Nomite Certified, making them suitable for allergy sufferers.
Our plain bedlinen ranges have all undergone independent testing at the Laundry Technology Centre in Leeds to determine their anticipated performance and lifespan.
Like the building itself, buying quality bedding for your self-catering property or holiday let should be seen as an investment, one which will invariably help contribute to a great guest experience and lead to positive reviews, word of mouth recommendations and, we're sure, repeat bookings.