Are you dreaming of your next escape, craving a retreat from the mundane routines of everyday life? As you plan your getaway, the age-old debate between staying in a hotel vs holiday home rental might cross your mind. While hotels offer certain conveniences, we believe that a holiday home rental holds the key to unlocking an unforgettable and truly personalised holiday experience. Here’s why we think you should consider a holiday home rental for your next break.

Dairymans Barn, Rye. Click to book.

Space to Unwind

Step into a world where space is abundant, and relaxation knows no bounds. Unlike the confined quarters of a hotel room, holiday homes offer spacious layouts designed to cater to your every whim. Picture yourself lounging in a cozy living room, savoring a glass of wine by the fireplace, or soaking up the sun on a private terrace overlooking breathtaking vistas. With multiple bedrooms, bathrooms, and communal areas, a holiday rental provides ample space for both solitude and socialising, ensuring that every moment of your retreat feels purposeful, even when you’re just chilling after a long day of exploring.

Privacy and Seclusion

Escape the hustle and bustle of crowded hotel lobbies and noisy corridors, and embrace the tranquility of your own private haven. Nestled amidst picturesque landscapes or tucked away in charming villages, our holiday homes offer a level of privacy and seclusion that is unparalleled. Whether you’re seeking a romantic getaway for two or a family retreat, our properties provide the perfect setting for forging cherished memories without any unwanted interruptions.

A Home Away From Home

Experience the comforts of home while still experiencing that holiday feeling. Holiday cottages are often meticulously appointed with upscale amenities and stylish furnishings, ensuring that every aspect of your stay is nothing short of extraordinary. Whip up a gourmet meal in a fully-equipped kitchen, unwind in a sumptuous king-sized bed adorned with plush linens, or pamper yourself in a spa-like bathroom. With access to laundry facilities and private garden spaces, choosing from a selection of holiday homes means you can find the perfect property for you and your holiday.

The Highlands, Iden. Click to Book.

Tailored Experiences

At Quest Cottages, we understand that every traveler is unique, and we pride ourselves on curating bespoke experiences that cater to your individual preferences. Whether you’re an adventure enthusiast yearning for outdoor excursions or a culture connoisseur craving immersive local experiences, our range of properties and locations mean there’s something for everyone. Go the extra step and include optional add-ons when booking, such as a welcome hamper or local champagne on arrival. Get the hotel experience with the benefits of a private holiday home.

Value for Money

Contrary to popular belief, opting for a holiday home rental can often be more cost-effective than staying in a hotel, especially for larger groups or extended stays. With the flexibility to cook your own meals, enjoy complimentary amenities, and relish in the comforts of home, you’ll find that our properties offer unparalleled value for money. Say goodbye to exorbitant dining expenses and hello to the freedom of crafting your own culinary adventures in a fully-equipped kitchen stocked with all the essentials. Bid farewell to communal areas and instead spread out in your own private escape.

Renovated railway Carriages, Northiam. Click to Book.

So, when it comes to planning your next break, why settle for the ordinary when you can embrace the extraordinary? With Quest Cottages, your dream escape awaits, where space, privacy, luxury, and unforgettable experiences converge to create memories that will last a lifetime. In the Hotel vs holiday home rental debate, we choose holiday home every time. Book your stay with us today and experience the true power of holiday rentals.

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Looking for a perfect getaway out of the hustle and bustle of a busy city life? Look no further, as Quest Cottages is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy a staycation. Located in the beautiful and charming town of Rye, Quest Cottages offers a luxurious and comfortable stay with plenty of amenities to make your stay memorable.

While you’re in Rye, there are plenty of activities to do and places to visit – these are our top 5.

1. Visit the Grapevine Champagne and Jazz Bar

The iconic Grapevine Champagne & Jazz Bar bar offers live music from more than a dozen live acts every week. If you’re a jazz enthusiast or just love good music, then this is the bar to be at. Sip on some champagne while you enjoy the live acts and the vibrant atmosphere.

3. Enjoy the stunning views from Camber Sands

With its long stretches of sandy beaches and clear blue waters, Camber Sands is a great place to relax and unwind. Take a walk along the seafront or simply sit back and take in the stunning views.

2. Explore the historic town of Rye

Take a walk through the cobbled streets of this charming town and explore its rich history. The town is home to several historical sites, such as the Rye Castle Museum and the famous St. Mary’s Church, dating back to the 12th century.

4. Visit the Rye Nature Reserve

The Rye Nature Reserve is a great place to take a nature walk. The reserve is home to a variety of wildlife and plants and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside.

5. Indulge in local cuisine

Rye is known for its excellent local cuisine. Take a stroll through the town and explore the various cafes and restaurants that offer a variety of dishes and drinks.

With plenty of activities to do and places to visit, Quest Cottages in Rye, is undoubtedly the perfect place for your next staycation. So, pack your bags, get ready to take a break from your busy life, and head to Quest Cottages for a memorable stay.

Letting out your holiday home is a great way to boost your income, and if you pick the right agent you can enjoy stress-free fully comprehensive property management whilst you sit back and enjoy the benefits. We have put together our 10 top tips for those considering letting out their property.

1. Pick your property and location carefully

Both the property and the location are important which is why we always recommend buying a property in a location you know and love. If you know the area, you will know the kind of people that visit the area; where they want to go, what they want to do, and what they will need from both the location and the property itself.

Another benefit of picking a location you know and love is that you will be able to visit the property when it’s not occupied. In fact, we recommend staying in your holiday home at least once a year as it will help you to identify any issues that need attention. Whilst agents will check for any obvious faults, staying in the property will give you an idea of how your guests enjoy the space.

2. Make sure you get the right mortgage

Before you invest in your holiday home, it’s important to make sure you get the right mortgage for your property. This can vary so speaking with a mortgage broker or financial advisor that understands the holiday lettings market is of the highest importance.

For the most part, you would require a normal mortgage rather than a buy-to-let mortgage as most buy-to-let mortgages don’t allow you to use the property as a holiday rental. In some cases, bespoke mortgages are offered that are designed for short-term rental properties.

It’s also worth noting that lenders may require a larger deposit (25%-30%) to secure a holiday let mortgage because of the increased risk of part-time tenants.

3. Consider agents & property maintenance

Some owners choose to manage their holiday lettings themselves, but this can be time-consuming and stressful. If you pick the right agency, you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes with an agent managing everything for you. Here at Quest Cottages, we manage everything with our local dedicated in-house team. Bookings, cleaning, linens, maintenance, guest support and more can all be taken care of for you so all you need to do is sit back and enjoy the additional income. This means no calls from guests at 2 am to say they have lost their keys, no callouts for any maintenance issues, and no cleaning disasters you don’t have the time to fix.

We also ensure that you are featured on all major holiday lettings platforms such as Airbnb, Tripadvisor, VRBO and

4. Find out about the tax benefits

As this is not a long-term property rental, it’s not categorised as an investment, it is classed as a trade. With this comes favourable tax advantages to be explored. These include Capital Gains Relief and Capital Allowances on furnishings and equipment as long as you meet certain criteria outlined by HMRC. Again, exploring your options with an experienced financial advisor or accountant is highly recommended to ensure the best possible return on your investment.

It’s also important to remember to tell the taxman that you are planning to rent out your holiday home. Whether the property is owned by yourself or your business, tax may be due that must be declared to HMRC.

5. Get the right holiday home insurance

This sounds like a no-brainer, but it’s so important you have the right insurance to protect your asset and its contents against any eventuality. Your insurance needs to cover the property and itself and your estimated earnings should an accident or serious damage such as flooding or fire occur. Speaking to a good insurance broker will insure you put the right cover in place such as Public Liability and Buildings & Contents Insurance.

6. Create a comprehensive welcome pack

It’s so important to make guests feel welcome and secure as soon as they walk through the door of your property. Providing a comprehensive welcome pack will ensure they know where everything is, and who they should contact if anything goes wrong. If you are working with a good agent, you can simply provide one phone number for the guest to contact should anything go wrong. Choosing an agent local to the property is key to a responsive service.

Your welcome pack should also include information about the area such as local taxi firms, places to eat, sightseeing, bars, cinemas, playparks and more. Whether you have a single guest, a couple or a family, you want to provide information that will keep everybody happy.

7. Go the extra mile for your guests

After a long drive, there is nothing better than arriving somewhere you immediately feel comfortable. Whether it’s a few cold beers in the fridge, a hamper with breakfast muffins and jams, or fresh flowers on the dining table, those little touches will make your guests feel welcome and encourage great reviews and repeat bookings. 

8. Make your property stand out

There are some features that are guaranteed to increase bookings in your holiday let. The first one of these is a hot tub, guests go crazy for a hot tub. There is nothing like unwinding in a hot tub, surrounded by friends with a glass of bubbly. It adds to that feeling of a luxury experience, a special time away with loved ones. If you have the space, it’s a great investment to increase bookings.

A log burner is another desirable feature for the colder winter months as it creates an inviting and ambient atmosphere where guests can imagine themselves relaxing. 

Another great way to increase your bookings is to allow pets in your holiday home. We are a nation of dog lovers, and many guests want to bring their four-legged friends on holiday with them, especially if they are holidaying alone. Our advice is to do a little research, see what other properties in the area are offering, and then do your best to stand out from the rest.

9. Clearly outline your house rules and screen your guests

Whilst you want your guests to enjoy your property, it’s important to clearly outline your house rules and the penalties for breaking these. 

Your rules don’t have to be overly rigid, but you may want to take into consideration implementing rules any noise late at night, smoking indoors, additional guests and more. Having these rules clearly outlined will put you in a better position to seek compensation should any of these be broken.

Screening your guests will ensure you don’t end up with bookings that are not appropriate for your property. Here at Quest Cottages, we screen all guests for our owners you they don’t have the stress and worry of doing this themselves.

10. Respond appropriately to feedback

Although feedback can sometimes be negative, it is one of the best ways of identifying room for improvement. Not only can you use feedback to make changes to your property, booking system, cleaning and maintenance etc. You can also respond to feedback in an appropriate and positive way to make the guest feel like they have been heard and understood. Whether the feedback is positive or negative, it gives you a deeper understanding of the guests experience and will help you to increase repeat bookings and property reviews.