It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Enjoying Christmas away from home is becoming more and more of a trend and staying in a holiday cottage is proving to be a very popular choice.  We’ve seen a tremendous growth in bookings over the Christmas and New Year period, and it’s bookings of all sizes.  There’s everything from couples getting away from it all for a quiet break, through to large multi-generational stays for the whole family.

Christmas is a special time of year and it’s important to make your guests’ stay special too.  It also can be a stressful time, so it’s equally important to make sure that everything about your property is in tip-top condition.

Here’s our few tips to ensure that your guests have a jolly Christmas break.

Deck the Halls

People are coming away to celebrate the festive season, so it’s only right that their home for the period is dressed appropriately.
A real tree is a little too much to ask, but a good quality tree and some nice decorations are a must to welcome your guests at this special time of the year.  Everyone has different tastes, so our recommendation is to keep it simple.

Seasons Greetings

The little things really do make the biggest impressions, so why not leave a personal Christmas card and small gift for your festive guests.  Giving a great first impression and a lasting memory will encourage repeat bookings.

Will Father Christmas Come?

If you have children staying at your holiday home over Christmas, they may have one burning question in their mind – “Will Father Christmas know where I am?”
A nice touch would be to reassure them that their gifts will arrive safely.  Yes, it may be a little tacky, but a ‘Santa Stop Here’ sign in the window or the garden might ease young minds and parent’s hearts.  Alternatively, a Christmas stocking ready and waiting somewhere in the house. Perhaps even leave a carrot and brandy miniature, as with so much to pack, mums and dads might forget these essentials!

The Catering

Of course, many people decide to eat out on the ‘big day’, but some may choose to cook in their holiday cottage.  If this is the case, it’s important that the kitchen is well-equipped.  Is there a roasting pan big enough for the turkey?  Has the oven been cleaned since the busy summer season? Do you have enough cutlery to lay up the table ‘Christmas Style’? 
A quick audit of your kitchen equipment and utensils is a good idea.

Festive Fun

Christmas for many is a time for fun and games.  Does your holiday home have a good selection of board games?  If not, it’s worth considering investing in some, but they don’t have to cost the earth.  Charity shops often have a good selection of second-hand games, just make sure that they are in good condition and complete.

If you’d like help preparing your property for your Christmas booking do please get in touch with our Suffolk Cottage Care team on 01502 725505 or email

Sally Owen.


Brand Marketing Manager

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