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to ask how much you would pay for luxury accommodation, if children weren't welcome?

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LadyOfTheManor Sun 24-Jul-11 19:34:52

Beautiful countryside, self catering cottage (16th century old bakery) but done up to a 5 star standard. Two beautiful bedrooms with ensuites, one with a hot tub, sitting room, reading room, kitchen and decking/BBQ facilities. No under 12s allowed, dogs welcome. £650 for the week.

I think that is reasonable, considering two couples would have the opportunity to stay and split it. Would you pay that for just you and dh or you and 2 children (over 12)?

OldLadyKnowsNothing Sun 24-Jul-11 19:36:34

Sounds reasonable to me. Where is it? grin

discrete Sun 24-Jul-11 19:36:44

I would have paid that for me and dh pre-dc.

discrete Sun 24-Jul-11 19:37:31

Of course it partly would depend on what else was available nearby...

LadyOfTheManor Sun 24-Jul-11 19:39:00

I'm not advertising the place...as it's mine! Have been left some property decided to do one of them up to the nines, but unsure with what to charge. There's a one bedroom studio nearby (without the access to the grounds that we have) that charges 600 and he has it filled from March to September EVERY year, so I wondered if 650 was reasonable or not...it's just it costs nothing to go abroad these days, so I'm cautious not to scare off future customers. (It isn't open until March 2012 anyway!)

LadyOfTheManor Sun 24-Jul-11 19:40:15

Well nearby (4 miles to the nearest town) but to the nearest "touristy" place is 8 miles, and that's Tenby, so it's full of B&Bs and hotels on busy streets, not really quiet.

I guess it isn't a place to bring kids, now I think about it, they'd probably be bored out of their minds.

catgirl1976 Sun 24-Jul-11 19:42:31

Yes sounds reasonable - obviously you are closing off some off your market with not taking under 12s but thats your choice. It may need to vary a bit on time of year but it sounds fairly cheap given 2 couples could split it. Would all depend on the area for me I suppose, eg would there be a reason to stay in that area in the first place

cat64 Sun 24-Jul-11 19:44:31

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LadyOfTheManor Sun 24-Jul-11 19:45:16

Well it's Pembrokeshire, there's millions of tourists lurking about because it's erm scenic and beautiful (?)

I don't know if it's normal to charge 650 for the week and allow people to bring "up to 4-6 people" or if I charge 650 for the week presuming only 2 will show up? I don't holiday in the UK so I'm terrible advice for myself.

I closed off under 12s merely for damage control and the fact the house is on an estuary and has 26 acres of woods, and I know that small children;

a) draw on expensive wallpaper
b) go wandering and I'd hate for an accident to occur.

catgirl1976 Sun 24-Jul-11 19:46:09

Sounds reasonable to me then - nice area, lots of tourists want to come etc. Would maybe drop the price off season.

LadyOfTheManor Sun 24-Jul-11 19:46:47

There isn't a pool. But I see your point.

Surely some people just go away and stay in "nice" places with "nice" things (not necessarily wallpaper!) just to be surrounded by it? I think my market might be "older" people...and I don't intend on opening outside of season, as I don't imagine people holiday then-unless they don't have children.

I'm sending myself mad.

issey6cats Sun 24-Jul-11 19:47:30

being as ive just booked for my son a static caravan in towyn wales for august and that was £495 for a week i think a luxury cottage sounds reasonable at £650, it depends whats nearby as if the british weather does what it normally does poeple will be looking for places nearby to visit, im surprised that you will allow pets though especially as its so high spec, (is thinking wet muddy dog and luxury bedrooms), dont get me wrong i love my furry mob in residence, but people who are allergic to animals wouldnt book due to the possibility of thier allergys kicking in, so you are halving your potential market as peole who have dogs usually arrange for family or kennells to look after thier pooches or go for plainer accomadation,

LaurieFairyCake Sun 24-Jul-11 19:48:43

Yes, that's a good price.

I wouldn't go (loathe Pembrokeshire as I lived there for a while and all my ex's violent family live there) but loads of others without my ishoos would.

I just paid 900 for a tiny place in Cornwall with none of those facilities so that's a good price.

youarekidding Sun 24-Jul-11 19:51:01

I agree it sounds reasonable - especially charging for the property instead of per person. In low season most similar kind of places (by that I mean ctaages/ chalets etc) are 450-500 but up to 8-900 in the peak season. I guess you could have the same variation over the year?

Your property does sound higher end market though so wouldn't go below 550-600 low season but maybe rise it for peak times?

StickyFloor Sun 24-Jul-11 19:51:39

Price seems reasonable.
I would consider over 8s to increase your market.
Surprised you are more worried about damage from kids than from dogs!
The charge is the same regardless of how many people actually come. We regularly hire a cottage which could sleep 8 but there are only 4 of us, because it suits us.

OldLadyKnowsNothing Sun 24-Jul-11 19:52:53

We're sort of an older couple in that the dc are grown. I'm 49 and DH early 50's and yes, sometimes we go away just to be surrounded by nice things/different scenery. We may be your target market lol!

(Actually I was just thinking the other day that we haven't been to Wales, your place is an 8 hour drive... <strokes chin>)

LadyOfTheManor Sun 24-Jul-11 19:54:42

Yes, hadn't thought about dogs and carpet. Bugger. It's just because the studio apartment nearby allows dogs, but I think he has wooden floors, that figures. OK some food for thought.

Yes, I hadn't considered opening off peak but I'll probably get in those that don't work (retired)/don't have children so perhaps that's worth a thought.

WIll be providing eggs daily from my chickens, and wood/coal for the burners. Not too sure how much hands on I'm supposed to be. Just clean at the end of a stay I presume?!

<holds head in hands> I have no idea.

LadyOfTheManor Sun 24-Jul-11 19:55:01

Ahh Old Lady, welcome smile

startail Sun 24-Jul-11 19:55:20

No children for a house for 2 yes, but no under 12 for a house for 4?
Only children might want to bring a same age friend, but otherwise one child is liable to be either too old or too young.
(mine might holiday together at 12 and 15, but much older than that and they are going to be off on their own). It's a very tight window.

beanlet Sun 24-Jul-11 20:00:36

No under 10s and no dogs?

You might consider babies under 6 months, who really don't cause damage - I would have loved to lie around in a beautiful place for a week with baby DS.

MumblingRagDoll Sun 24-Jul-11 20:03:19

I think it sounds fine...I don't thinkk people expect (or want) to see the owner unless there's a problem...eggs would be nice!

MumblingRagDoll Sun 24-Jul-11 20:04:31

I do think it's a shame the wallaper's too nice for DC to stay though...as you're cuttting a HUGE chunk of your custom off there.

MumblingRagDoll Sun 24-Jul-11 20:05:33

And as for the wandering....well families with DC love places to wander...that's why we go on hols to the countryside!

MrsTittleMouse Sun 24-Jul-11 20:05:52

I would never book a holiday in a cottage that allowed animals (particularly dogs), I would be seriously ill for the whole time. Wouldn't you have to do more cleaning too? There is a definite dog smell that non-dog owners will find offensive.

On the same note - I know that feather pillows are more luxurious, but please provide an alternative. I have had miserable nights sleep in fantastic accommodation as I'm allergic to feathers.

Waswondering Sun 24-Jul-11 20:08:28

What do other 5* in the vicinity charge and can you peg your prices to them? Eg in some places £650 might actually not be expensive at all for 5* especially in high season, and people may expect to pay around £700 or more ....

(Being devil's advocat here!)

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