Make the most of your holiday property with Good Life Lake District Cottages

With both local and national expertise and support, you'll get the best of both worlds

Here in the Lake District, we have passionate, knowledgeable property specialists who can support you in getting your property ready to let. We're also part of the Original Cottages family, which means that you get additional benefits from our central team of experts. From pricing to marketing to property grading, we can ensure that your property is set up for a successful season, year after year.

The refurbishment of my holiday home had been majorly delayed by the lockdown and there was a significant chance that I would miss the summer season completely. However, with Annabel’s support, hard work and enthusiasm, it was actually launched to the holiday market within just 36 hours of being ready and then went on to achieve an incredible 7 full weeks of summer bookings in the first few days of going live. My thanks go to Annabel and her team for such a speedy response!

Homeowner Feedback, July 2020

 

Our advice is free and without obligation, so call us today on 0800 368 9358, email us at letting@originalcottages.co.uk or Request a free owner pack

Why holiday let with Good Life Lake District Cottages?

Our holiday letting service in the Lake District can be tailored to suit your needs, here are some reasons why you should let with Good Life Lake District Cottages:

Expert marketing

Leading digital marketing expertise & innovative activity such as virtual reality property tours.

Effective, targeted and exciting marketing activity featuring your individual property & free professional photography.

We list our properties on over 3,000 additional websites too - at no extra charge to our owners - including the following major brands:

Original Cottages
HomeAway
Airbnb
Snaptrip
Booking.com
Trip Advisor
Interhome
Love Cottages

It makes financial sense

We’ll visit your property (for free) to let you know how much you could earn.

Competitive commission rates, no sign-up or renewal fees (we only start making money when you do).

Attractive payment terms; regular monthly payments and easy to  understand statements, plus protection from cancellations and damages.

We're customer service led

Knowledgeable & friendly local team in Cumbria, plus a central team of experts.

Our holidaymakers come back year after year (which means more repeat customers for you).

Tailored property management services, arranged to suit you (we won’t try and sell you a package).

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Our response to Coronavirus (Covid-19)

From the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have, of course, been focused on supporting our homeowners, guests and staff. Safety has been our top priority, alongside timely information. In a world with so many unknowns, we have cut through the noise to give our homeowners clear, regular and informed communications about the situation, what it means to them, how we’re adapting, and what they need to do to adapt.  

We have made sure that we’re always available on the end of a phone or email too, and the feedback from our homeowners has been fantastic – we, and they – feel like our relationships have only strengthened during this time. 

And now, with holiday bookings on the up, we are helping our homeowners to make their properties safe and ready for visitors. We understand how holidaymakers’ needs are changing and advising our owners on how to optimise their property – from facilities, to pricing – to achieve their booking potential.  

Some quotes from our homeowners:

"Just to say thank you so much for such a thoughtful and comprehensive update, and for all of the tips, it is much appreciated and very reassuring to receive."

"Thank you all. I am so relieved that our agency have demonstrated integrity and balance. Well done."

"Many thanks for the update. Your message underlines the professionalism shown every day by your company. Let’s look forward to a healthy and happy future."

 

See below for a short video from Natalie, our Lake District manager, talking about how we’ve helped homeowners during the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Marketing your holiday property

Our goal is to bring you bookings - lots of bookings

Our aim is to help you maximise the revenue potential of your holiday property. The primary objective of all our marketing activity is to bring you bookings – lots and lots of bookings! We help maximise booking rates with our extensive and targeted marketing programme through our local activity in Cumbria, and nationally via The Original Cottages Family.

 

Our websites
OUR WEBSITES

Our websites are 'fully responsive’ which means they change to best fit the device on which they are being viewed. We invest in ‘pay per click’ advertising and continuously work on our ‘organic’ search engine performance on Google. We market properties on our national website; www.originalcottages.co.uk and our luxury website; www.nicheretreats.co.uk 

Over 96,000 visitors to our own website each year

Affiliate websites
AFFILIATE WEBSITES

We pay to list your properties on a range of affiliate websites, both in the UK and elsewhere in the EU, casting the net further still. These include: Airbnb, Tripadvisor, Snaptrip, Holiday Lettings and HomeAway.

Advertising on 3,000 additional websites

Social media
SOCIAL MEDIA

We showcase holiday properties, special offers, local news and events through our social media accounts,  and actively engage with our followers on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube through our organic and paid social media activity.

Our social media following has grown by over 12% in the last year.

 

Campaign marketing
CAMPAIGN MARKETING

We regularly communicate with our customers with personalised, targeted emails and mailers. We feature properties, events and special offers, tailoring the content to our audience. In addition to this our online blog gives customers insider news and tips to make the most of the Lake District.

Over 260,000 marketing emails sent to our customer base every year

Brochures
BROCHURES

Taking advantage of the significant footfall we have passing our offices, we produce a full colour brochure updated annually, with high quality imagery of our beautiful holiday properties. This can also be requested online and we give it out to visitors at shows we attend and through local businesses too.

We distribute over 300 brochures per month from our doorstep alone!

Shows
SHOWS

We attend local, county and national shows, so people can meet us and find out about our holiday properties. We have high quality show displays, branded giveaways and run a 'win a holiday' competition to build our customer base and attract new holidaymakers to our properties.

Advertising & PR
ADVERTISING & PR

We place carefully timed advertisements in local press and selected national magazines and papers. We work with PR specialists, journalists and high profile bloggers to gain our cottages as much coverage as possible. We also work closely with local tourism agencies and a number of UK and overseas affiliates.

Multiple relationships formed with national brands, for example Virgin Wines, John Lewis and Country Life Magazine

Our offices
LOCAL PRESENCE

Our offices, vehicle and sponsorships in Cumbria and the Lake District promote our brand and collection of holiday properties. We make the most of every opportunity to ensure holidaymakers, local businesses and visitors to events are directed to book our properties with ease.

Our high street office is perfectly positioned to advertise our holiday properties to passers-by.

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Maximising your income

Maximise your income with minimum inconvenience

Combining over 25 years holiday letting experience nationally with our local expertise in the Lake District and Cumbria we know how to maximise your income through holiday letting.

 

Competitive commission, including a reduced introductory rate

 

Individually researched price bands and optimised calendar

 

Bespoke marketing showcasing your property's unique features

 

Tailored property management, only pay for the service you want

 

High repeat booking percentage builds your customer base year after year

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Holiday properties as an investment

Staycations are experiencing a huge surge in demand and given the nature of UK self-catering breaks appealing to those looking for safe, environmentally friendly, cost-effective holidays, this is set to continue for some time to come.

Our experienced Property Recruiters frequently work with homeowners to help them select, furnish, manage and let their property, optimising their return on investment. Here is a summary of how we can help:

  We can visit properties with you.

  We can provide helpful feedback on the ‘letability’ of a property given its location and amenities.

  We can offer practical advice on simple steps to improve the ROI of the property (e.g. interior design).

  We can generate property proposals with rental rates and income.

  We can support with the practical running of the holiday let, taking away any ongoing hassle.

Please call us on 0800 368 9358 or send us an email if you’d like to find out more about how we could help you with your holiday home investment.

Testimonials

We're proud of the feedback we receive from our property owners, here's what they have to say:

 

" We are very pleased with the way the Good Life Lake District Cottage Company manage our cottage. The team are friendly, competent and professional and deal with any issues as they arise in an efficient and courteous manner. The marketing seems excellent as we have a constant stream of bookings and their administration is very efficient in providing us with timely statements and income payments. We would highly recommend them. "
" I’m very impressed with the level of communication and transparency. Thank you for everything you are doing "
" Thank you for the frequent updates and all the hard work you are putting in to keep our joint businesses afloat! It is much appreciated "
" Just a note to say, as a property owner, we have been really impressed by the way you are handling the difficult situation. Your regular updates are well written and your staff are amazing. "

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Additional benefits for our homeowners

10% Original Cottages discount
10% Original Cottages discount

As we are part of the Original Cottages group, our homeowners enjoy a 10% discount off their own holidays.

With over 5,000 Original Cottages properties to choose from, you too could enjoy exploring the UK for less. 

Partner discounts
Exclusive discounts from our partners

We love loyal customers. To say thank you for choosing us, we’ve teamed up with a range of local and national companies to ensure that you are rewarded with some seriously great offers and discounts.

How to join our family

If you’re interested in letting with us our knowledgeable and friendly team members are on hand to advise and support you through the simple 3-step process.

1

Contact us

Send us an enquiry so we can arrange an informal chat with one of our knowledgeable team members.

2

Arrange to meet

We would love to visit your property, or arrange a video meeting and tour (whichever is more appropriate) with no-obligation on you at all.

3

Join our family & receive bookings

We arrange your property setup and once live we launch our marketing activity to secure bookings and generate you income.

Meet the Team

Natalie
Natalie Barker
Manager
Mary
Mary Foxcroft
Portfolio Manager
John
John Riley
Property Manager​​
Jess
Jess Sutcliffe
Office Manager
Leah
Leah Dacre
Property Assistant
Lynsey
Lynsey Tipping
Property Assistant

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