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What Should Your Guests Bring To The Cottage?

New owners often ask what they should provide for renters to ensure their cottage rental vacation gets off to a good start.  I like to hear this because it tells me the owners are already feeling a responsibility to their clients, which is not always the case. I recall hearing of a situation where a […]

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Educating Your Guests in the Etiquette of Cottage Living

I recently read a forum post from a non-renting cottage owner blaming cottage renters on his lake for all manner of poor behaviour. Late night noise, operating watercraft in an unsafe and irresponsible manner, and general rowdiness were a few of the complaints levelled at the rental groups. This is not the first time I […]

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Being Pet Friendly Could Be The Key To Increased Occupancy

I spoke to a number of renters today looking for last minute availability for the summer. One of them wanted three full weeks in August. I know of plenty of cottages that have weeks empty but none of them are pet friendly, so had to turn away all the potential clients as they all had […]

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Dealing With Damage – Do You Have a Plan?

No matter how well you screen your renters, talk to them before their vacation, and educate them with your cottage manual, there is a risk of damage. Some damage we can accept and will write off, but there are other situations where we must take a practical approach and put the responsibility for payment firmly […]

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Rainy Day Activities at the Cottage – An Owners’ Guide

There’s no arguing it has been a damp and rainy spring, offset by the occasional glimpse of summer. And hopefully, given the recent forecast for June and July, the warm weather is coming. However, I’ve learned over the past few years that preparing my cottage for rainy weather is just as important as making sure […]

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Good Changeover Management – A Responsible Approach

Some years ago when I was sourcing properties for marketing to our UK clients, I viewed a cottage on Kennisis Lake in the Haliburton Highlands. The owners showed me around their slightly messy property and then said it would be the last time they would be there for the summer since it was fully rented. […]

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How Is Your Cottage Packaged?

I bought an item yesterday and was eager to open it this morning. With no scissors or knife available, I gave up after fifteen minutes of battling with the packaging, threw the product on the floor and declared it useless. I found it quite a stressful experience and afterwards realised I had a completely different […]

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Getting Ready for Rental – the Cottage Audit

Whether you are a vacation rental owner who has been renting for some time, or new to the cottage rental business, spring is a busy time preparing for the upcoming rental season. Although my place rents year round and I have honeymooners in there at the moment, I always set aside a week in spring […]

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How to Prevent Overcrowding at your Cottage

Overcrowding in a rental cottage is a fear for many owners thinking about listing their place for the first time. Most of us have heard the horror stories of a friend or neighbor taking a booking for a couple or small family and then discovering that more people have turned up than expected. This is […]

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Does Your "Luxury" Cottage Deliver Its Promise?

What do the terms, “luxury cottage”, “upscale cottage rental” or “executive property” mean to you? Do you use any of these terms to describe your cottage, and if so, what criteria do base your description on? Craig and I were driving up to Fenelon Falls yesterday to view a ‘luxury, executive’ cottage, and as we […]

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