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Cornwall LivingIssue #74

Holiday home guide

A breakdown of George’s top tips when buying a holiday home in Cornwall.

In an ongoing series of holiday home tips, George at Cornish Traditional Cottages has discussed all the elements to consider when planning on buying a holiday home in Cornwall. Here’s a breakdown of the tips we’ve heard so far. First of all, he emphasises the importance of research. He tells us: “Monitor the property market for a few months and talk to a holiday letting agency to understand which properties appeal most in which locations.” Highlighting that it’s worth digging beneath the surface of your favourite Cornish towns to understand the property market and tourist economy.

Monitor the property market for a few months and talk to a holiday letting agency to understand which properties appeal most in which locations.”

Whether you choose a mobile home, a lodge in a holiday park, a bungalow, a semi-detached or detached house, it’s very much up to your budget and, also, how you can make it appeal to tourists. Quirky, unusual and interesting holiday homes, even cabins and caravans, if executed right, can attract a great deal of interest. On the other hand, there will always be holidaymakers who want that ‘home away from home’ experience, whether this is a characterful cottage, smart townhouse or sprawling farmhouse. Of course, when it comes to choosing a holiday home, location is the defining feature. Factors to consider are: is an area popular or undiscovered? Coastal or rural? You’ll be tempted by honeypot locations like St Ives, Bude and Newquay, but because another location isn’t teeming with tourists, it doesn’t make it an unviable investment opportunity.

Finally, it’s worth noticing the kind of property attributes that can really help make your investment a fruitful one. George tells us: “These days WiFi and broadband of a decent speed are expected in holiday homes, and free of charge too!” Other considerations include whether you can offer family and dog friendly accommodation, a swimming pool, or beachfront positioning.

George’s step-by-step guide gives an indication of the kind of things you should consider when thinking about buying a holiday home in Cornwall. The team at Cornish Traditional Cottages can provide expert advice and, in George’s words, “are here to point you in the right direction,” showing that the company is happy to help you weave through the web of properties and find the ideal holiday home for you and your guests!

 

George’s top tips:

Research

• Location

• Type of property

• Property attributes

Monitor the property market for a few months and talk to a holiday letting agency to understand which properties appeal most in which locations.”