Finding your property
you look through these pages you'll see dozens of tempting
properties. Unless you have incredibly precise requirements,
there should be plenty that look ideal for your holiday.
you're booking a property directly with the owner, that's
who your contract is with, so you should make sure exactly
what is on offer and that it's what you want.
should have a definate idea of the number of people in your
be sure that all your special requirements are to be met -
that there's a ground floor bedroom, that the dog's allowed
in all the rooms, that a cot is available, that there's a
pub or shop nearby - your needs are all important if you're
going to have a good holiday.
you are looking for a activity holiday, make sure that the
facilities that you require are available - E Mail the owners
and ask questions about the golf ranges, riding stables, fishing
or other activities. This should be easy - the owners know
their properties and the area they're in far better than most
High Street travel agents.
about the property facilities i.e is there an extra charge
for pool heating, or clean linen. Are logs provided for a
fire in a log cabin? Is the property cleaned during
your stay? Finally, you may have specific requests regarding
children, pets, or wheelchair access.
an owner does not wish to accommodate children or pets, the
relevant listing will stress this wish. Many owners welcome
children and pets, provided certain rules are followed This
is very definitely a matter to be settled between you and
the owner - for different people clearly have different ideas
of acceptable behaviour among children and pets.
before you book, talk to the owner in detail about the children
in your party or your pets. Ask about the garden. Is it enclosed
- are you worried about kids or dogs wandering off unheeded?
Are there other dogs in the vicinity which might cause a problem?
Consider the noise that dogs and children can make. And be
prepared to clean up after your pets - they can prove a nuisance
to others who have allergies or who are easily offended.
you want an independent view of the property, and assurance
that the owners conduct their letting business in a straightforward,
customer-friendly way, don't be afraid to ask for the names
and telephone numbers of previous holidaymakers. Anyone with
a pleasant, well run property will have lots of glowing thank-you
letters from satisfied customers.