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If you run a holiday cottage, you’ll know the importance of keeping on top of things and making sure that the cottage is presented at its absolute best so that your guests enjoy their stay.   

People often ask me how I keep things so nice, and make my guests so happy, especially when I live a fair distance away from my cottages. So I thought I’d share some of my top housekeeping tips.

For me, nothing works better than staying there myself. I have a wonderful cleaner who keeps things in tip top shape between guests, but there are a few things that it’s important to experience for yourself, and see from a “guest’s eye view!”

1. Check the visitors book and, if need be, respond to any comments in there.

2.  Check the BBQ – especially now we are coming to the end of the summer season. Is it still in good working order? Does it need a clean?  

3. Remove marks from the walls and skirting boards, especially in the heavy traffic areas such as kitchens and halls.

4. Check batteries in smoke detectors, replace if needed. No one wants to be interrupted by a beeping smoke alarm when they’re on holiday.  

5. Do you have a log fire?  If you do, you need to supply a carbon monoxide detector!  Order one if you haven't already got one.

6. Are fire extinguishers and fire blankets still in date?  Replace as necessary.

7. Check nooks and crannies for spider webs, dead flies and detritus – and then clean them up.  Our holiday cottages are very rural and those little 8-legged beasties are always looking for a warm home.  

Just a few of my top tips - keep an eye out for more! 

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