A LEADING holiday cottage company has reported a rise in the number of Brits choosing to staycation in the North East this summer.
Newcastle-based Cottages in Northumberland (http://www.cottagesinnorthumberland.co.uk) manages cottages and self catering apartments on behalf of property owners across the county and is now looking to take on more properties to meet demand.
Director Lyn Cole said: “We have seen a 25 per cent increase in the number of lettings compared to last year - which is just the boost the region needs.
“There is clearly an increasing demand for holiday rental in Northumberland, which is not surprising given how much the county has to offer.”
The company currently features more than 90 holiday properties on its website in coastal areas such as Seahouses and Bamburgh and in inland villages including Rothbury.
Now, it has expanded the service it offers to help owners who are thinking of renting out their property to holidaymakers.
Not only can staff offer advice on buying a property in Northumberland, but they can also locate suitable properties and then provide guidance on how to prepare them for the holiday rental market.
Owners can be assured their properties are cottages are well maintained and cared for during rental as Cottages in Northumberland liaises with local companies to offer a range of support services.
These include laundry and cleaning, gardening, general maintenance and window cleaning for each cottage and apartment on its books.
Along with offering key holder and caretaker services, Cottages in Northumberland carries out full inventories and can arrange for legal safety checks, such as gas and electricity certification, to be carried out for all its managed properties.
Geoff Hodgson, Chairman of the Northern Tourism Alliance said: “Holidaymakers come to Northumberland from other parts of Britain and from overseas to enjoy our fabulous coast and countryside and the wealth of historic attractions the county has to offer.
“What brings them back, though, time and time again, is the warmth of the welcome they receive here and the superb standard of accommodation available to them.”
For further information about Cottages in Northumberland call 0191 5437889
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