Holiday Home Times


Preparing your holiday home for Valentine’s Day guests


With Valentine’s Day round the corner, it’s time to add that romantic touch to your holiday home décor for guests who have opted to stay in your property.

It may not be one of those elaborate makeovers, but special days like these guests, particularly couples want to spend time together. They might want to celebrate the day at home instead of going out for an elaborate candlelight dinner to Read the rest “Preparing your holiday home for Valentine’s Day guests”

Fixing the leak – basic plumbing tips in case of emergencies

For a holiday home owner it is essential to know the basic plumbing system of his property to ensure a hassle-free stay for his guests. In case of emergencies, the owner of the holiday home should be able to advice guests to at least take some contingency steps over the phone in the middle of night till the plumber comes the next day.

Leaking taps and faucets can wreck havoc Read the rest “Fixing the leak – basic plumbing tips in case of emergencies”

Minimizing and resolving guest complaints

It is not uncommon to occasionally get a complaint from guests staying at your holiday home. Having said that, getting a complaint about the property can be the worst thing to happen for a holiday home owner and can have far-reaching ramifications. For the owner it is understandable that living in another city away from the property it is difficult to supervise the maintenance after every changeover.

However with a Read the rest “Minimizing and resolving guest complaints”

Tips on effective holiday home maintenance

Proper maintenance of a holiday home goes a long way in preserving the property and retaining its essence. This in turn attracts new bookings. So for a holiday home owner it’s imperative that you pay sufficient attention towards your home’s upkeep. 

Here are some tips to keep your property in tip-top shape:

  • After every stay, ensure a thorough inspection covering all important aspects of the house. Check whether the doors,
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Employing a caretaker for your holiday home

Today a caretaker is an integral part of a holiday home and is vital to the success and maintenance of a rental or vacation property. Because most property owners live in a different city or state, they must rely on a third party to be their eyes and ears. Many home owners will tell you that the only issue of owning a vacation home in a different location from where Read the rest “Employing a caretaker for your holiday home”

Kerala homestays’ contribution still minimal: Jose

Idukki in KeralaIn an exclusive interview to Holiday Home Times, Mr. U. V. Jose, Planning Officer, Kerala Tourism Department, talks about the contribution of Kerala homestays to the state tourism scenario.

Excerpts of the interview…

Tell us something about the Kerala Tourism’s homestays.
U. V. Jose: Approximately there are 500 approved homestays in the state and another 500 are expected to be approved soon. Most of the Kerala Tourism’s homestays are Read the rest “Kerala homestays’ contribution still minimal: Jose”

Delhi homestay in the heart of the city

Manoj Adwani who runs the Sangleela Homestay in Delhi, speaks exclusively to Holiday Home Times on what makes his property a premium class B&B facility in the city.

Excerpts of the interview…

Tell us something about your property.
Manoj Adwani: Our homestay facility, Sangleela, is situated in Pitampura area of New Delhi which is one of the leading business and cultural hubs of the city. We are registered with the Read the rest “Delhi homestay in the heart of the city”

Effective maintenance of your holiday home when vacant

Owning a holiday home is always a matter of pride. But maintain it poorly and it will weigh you down. Make sure your home is always clean and well-protected.

Holiday home owners tend to lock the doors and go away until they arrive next time. However this time between visits is an excellent opportunity to tighten all loose ends like repairing fittings, servicing doors and window locks, replacing tiles or Read the rest “Effective maintenance of your holiday home when vacant”

Home of your own in Gurgaon near Delhi

Dinesh Bharat who has a home with 3 rooms for guests in Delhi’s NCR area of Gurgaon, tells Holiday Home Times why guests love his home and why the presence of premium hotels in the vicinity of his home doesn’t bother him!

Excerpts of the interview…

Tell us about your homestay/ holiday home.
Dinesh Bharat: Our homestay is located in Gurgaon, just South west of Delhi and very close to Read the rest “Home of your own in Gurgaon near Delhi”

Flexible housekeeping best suited for your holiday home

Good, reliable and flexible housekeeping services are the lifeline of a holiday home. Housekeepers are the eyes and ears on the ground, and therefore, an invaluable asset to any holiday home owner. So, as a holiday home owner, it requires to be thorough while recruiting them.

1- Flexibility during odd hours: This is a key concern area. In general, we go ahead with an understanding that housekeepers will arrive on Read the rest “Flexible housekeeping best suited for your holiday home”

Preparing the holiday home for weekenders

Weekends are a time of relaxation and social gatherings, filled with parties, celebrations and other events. For holiday home owners, in contrast, these are the days to welcome guests looking for a short and enjoyable break.

Holiday home owners need to be realistic about plans and programs for the weekend. Here are some guidelines to host successful weekend breaks for your guests:

1. Register the number of people or bookings Read the rest “Preparing the holiday home for weekenders”

Some ways to make your Holiday Home feel more like a Luxury Hotel

The Evolution of my BedroomImage by caribb via FlickrWe all pay a lot of attention to our homes and try to make them as comfortable as possible for our guests. However, we eventually end up falling a little bit short. I thought I would outline some of the simple ways in which you can ensure that your guests feel like they are staying in a luxury hotel instead of a private home:-

1. Read the rest “Some ways to make your Holiday Home feel more like a Luxury Hotel”

Making your homestay comfortable for the Great Big Indian Family

london_india_2004_b_day_040Image by saketvora via FlickrHi Everyone,

I’ve been increasingly noticing an interesting trend among the enquiries we have been seeing through our system. We’re seeing entire families travel. By this I don’t mean husband, wife and their children. I mean THE BIG Indian Family. Think 2 brothers and their families, parents, cousins etc. Typically the groups are at the minimum 4-5 adults and 4-5 children. I’ve been trying to Read the rest “Making your homestay comfortable for the Great Big Indian Family”

Simple and Good Ideas for a Welcome Gift

Gift BasketImage by Tojosan via Flickr

Many of you might feel this is unwanted but a Welcome Gift gets your relationship with the guest to a good start and creates a first impression that really lasts in his mind. That’s why I would highly recommend it. Here are some of the things I would suggest as a good welcome gift. I have chosen items which are easily available and which you Read the rest “Simple and Good Ideas for a Welcome Gift”

Top 10 tips for homestay owners

Living Room on the BackwatersImage by Arun Katiyar via Flickr

Hi Everyone,

I have been getting a lot of requests from all the owners for my own tips on how they can better their services. I thought I would collate my top 10 tips which I feel could make a big difference to the customer experience.

1. Ensure that the Bedsheets, Quilts, Towels are extra-clean. I would recommend using pure white for this and Read the rest “Top 10 tips for homestay owners”

Things a Vacation Rental owner should do to make your guests comfortable

Things a Vacation Rental owner should do to make your guests comfortable

Holiday home amenitiesI thought I’d share a few tips about how owners can make their guests comfortable:

  • Get a good, reliable maid to service the place in your absence. Negotiate with her a rate for regular cleaning as well as all extras – e.g. if she is going to cook, do the laundry, dishwashing etc. Ensure she is flexible with timings and is willing to come in early or late based on
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