Linda Savage’s son and younger household had outgrown the cosy annex behind Linda’s home in Sound, and so moved to close by Wrenbury, leaving the cottage empty. In June of final 12 months, Linda marketed the property as a vacation let on Airbnb.
Pear Tree Cottage is now one of many high rated Airbnbs within the county, rated 5 stars out of 5, and Linda has been dubbed a ‘superhost’ by the vacation letting web site. She spoke to CheshireLive about what makes her cottage particular and gave her high recommendations on being an important host.
“The cottage was sitting empty for a short time and we have been attempting to determine what to do,” mentioned Linda. “Final June we determined we’d strive it on AirBnB – we didn’t know whether or not we have been in the correct space for individuals to come back. We thought it would simply be coastal areas or extra touristy space, however we by no means appeared again – it’s been absolutely booked practically on a regular basis since then.
“You’re taking as a right what’s round you. It was solely after I began to jot down the welcome brochure, and I assumed: ‘There’s so many locations for individuals to go to from right here.’ It’s not that removed from Liverpool, Manchester, Chester and Shrewsbury; there’s a large space that they will go to from right here.”
Linda mentioned the explanations her cottage is so nicely reviewed: “I believe it’s partly as a result of it’s fairly homely – all people says it’s like a house from dwelling. It’s not overdone, it’s clear and tidy nevertheless it’s not overly modern. I believe cleanliness is a giant factor, it appears to be like all good and clear, the beds are comfy, and it’s a stunning spot that we stay in; we’ve received views over the Peckforton Hills to the entrance, and on the again we glance over open fields.
“We’ve taken it as a right: When individuals come they usually’ve been residing within the centre of Manchester or Liverpool or wherever, they only take pleasure in being within the peace and quiet of the countryside and have some quiet time – with the ability to gentle the log hearth, sit and skim a e-book, not must rush about.”
Linda additionally shared her high suggestions for any potential Airbnb ‘superhosts’: “Do your analysis into locations within the native space which you can suggest,” mentioned Linda. “We inform them [the guests] the place the native store is; native issues that enchantment to all individuals, like Bewilderwood for the younger youngsters, Chester is a pleasant city, Nantwich is a stunning city in its personal proper as a spot to go to; there’s Dagfields for individuals who like pottering with antiques and bric-a-brac and stuff, so you place all that in your welcome e-book.
“Be sure to’ve received clear directions for the home equipment, so that they know use them. There’s nothing worse than not understanding use the microwave.
“Be sure that it’s clear and nicely offered, and that you just’ve received every part that you just assume individuals would wish. You have a look at it from your individual eyes – what you’d wish to have.
“We put a welcome basket in there, with bread, eggs, cereals, some jam and a few packets of biscuits. We put a pint of milk within the fridge with some butter and a few ham and cheese, as a result of some individuals might need arrived and be later than they anticipated to be, and it’s good that they will simply make a cup of tea.
“We’ve received tea and occasional within the cabinet with a tin of beans and a tin of tomatoes and a tin of soup, in order that if they arrive they don’t must rush straight out and discover someplace to get a snack or have the ability to make a cup of tea. After an extended drive, a cup of tea and a biscuit is simply what it’s essential to revitalise.”