Holiday homes firm’s new portal

Classic Cottages, a holiday firm handling 700 properties in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset, has launched a portal advising prospective homeowners where to buy a holiday home.

It showcases some of the best buy-to-let properties in the southwest, with an income calculator and an A-Z guide to holiday letting.

Anthony Skitt, Classic Cottages managing director, said: “In a period of low interest rates, holiday home letting can provide a low-risk return for the smaller investor.

“While capital gains on residential property are unlikely to return to their former heady heights for the time being, property remains a tangible asset. It can be enjoyed by the owner, and provide an income.

Classic Cottages offers these tips to potential investors:

l The name of a holiday home is vital, for marketing – use a name that conjures up images of a wonderful holiday

l Be flexible to accommodate different types of holidaymakers – inexpensive features such as a cot and high chair make for a baby-friendly property

l Ensure guests are aware of all the great things to do nearby – the obvious and unknown – by recommending, attractions, activities, restaurants and pubs.

l Make your property photogenic – a property that photographs well has an advantage .ly the first image prospective tenants see.

l Location, location, location is critical – homes within close proximity of the coast are always in high demand.

For more information call Classic Cottages on 01326 555555 or visit www.classic.co.uk.