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#1 babysaurs

Posted 03 January 2013 - 05:27 PM

Hi
Dh and I are looking at setting up a holiday rental in the pines York peninsula sa.
For those in sa would love to know if this would be a place you would go on holiday?
It would be a 3 bedroom place.
What things do you kook for in a holiday rental that we should have here? What configaration of beds?
What else are the essential things?
Any help or advice greatly appreciated:)

#2 MagneticPoetry

Posted 03 January 2013 - 06:44 PM

We've rented holiday houses and the things we've liked are:

- wood fires in winter (wood provided)
- dishwasher
- clean BBQ
-  toilet separate from bathroom (this is if you are catering for 6 guest)
- nice pictures on the wall ( I know it isn't essential but it's nice)
-  good books and games, the last one we stayed at had heaps of books and they were ones I wanted to read and pictionary
-  we've appreciated dish washing liquid and tea towels and salt and pepper
- DVDs, CDs and players, iPod dock
- fans
- spare surf boards have been a nice surprise
- clothes rack for drying
-  folder of local attractions/restaurants


That's all I can think of off the top if my head.  I've got the family sitting here brainstorming with me.  We are in NSW, but DD (10) says she would like to rent your house from you.  She's been very interested in helping out with this post  original.gif .

#3 LittleMissPink

Posted 03 January 2013 - 06:49 PM

If you are catering to families, a bathtub, highchair and clean portacot would come in handy.

It depends on your market for the bed configuration, but for general rentals I would suggest a queen, a twin room ( 2 singles) and a bunk room.

#4 Genabee

Posted 03 January 2013 - 06:53 PM

Can't help you with the location, but when we have stayed at a holiday rental, we have needed (and looked for rentals based on whether or not they can provide):

- cot or porta cot
- high chair
- linen
- heating/cooling options
- basic kitchen equipment (pots, pans, knives, cutlery, crockery, can opener, bottle opener etc)
- Wifi
- washing facilities
- Perhaps information on where the local shops, doctors, chemist and other important, useful services are located.

#5 babysaurs

Posted 03 January 2013 - 06:54 PM

Thankyou so much for your reply!
Will add those things to our list.
Is bed configuratin of 1x queen in eac larger room and the 2x bunks in 1 room ok?
Do people prefer bunks or are they seen as too dangerous for kids?
Games and dvds are a great idea i know we have appreciated these things before too:)


#6 Elemenopee

Posted 03 January 2013 - 07:01 PM

First thing I would check is if The Pines is on mains water. Some towns further down the Peninsula are not. Ours isn't. This means we cannot supply any linen, and also means we need to consider how much water we've got, which then effects how many bookings we can take. You're not it SA OP? I would also need to know that I had a cleaner first - or 2. Our cleaner gave us 4 hours notice that she had left town, and we had people coming in that day, so it was a mad scramble to find someone else.
Would I stay there? I'm not sure what the beach is like there, that would be are biggest consideration. How far is it to surf beaches? I think there is just one shop. Yorkes is a great place to holiday, and we get lots of bookings. Ours is in the main surfing hub so we get lots of surfers.

#7 babysaurs

Posted 03 January 2013 - 07:01 PM

Do to the area wifi would not be an option so i dont think there would be any interenet access at the property. It is a rural area about 1 st back from the beach:)

#8 Elemenopee

Posted 03 January 2013 - 07:02 PM

That is the bed configuration we have - 2 queens, and 2 bunk beds, so sleeps 8, but we say hous limit of 6 as more than that burns through our rainwater.

#9 elmo_mum

Posted 03 January 2013 - 07:06 PM

decent cookware
usable knives
nice linen

king bed
as many beds as u can - a dble bunk?
fold out couch
comfy couches!!!

nice sized dinig table

good tv - prefer cable, even basic package, or at least dvd/blue ray with a decent libary!


#10 Elemenopee

Posted 03 January 2013 - 07:07 PM

A loclable cupboard/room/shed so when you stay there you can have a place to leave things you don't want others to have access to.
My husband asks if The Pines has mobile phone service?

A loclable cupboard/room/shed so when you stay there you can have a place to leave things you don't want others to have access to.
My husband asks if The Pines has mobile phone service?

#11 MagneticPoetry

Posted 03 January 2013 - 07:11 PM

As kids get older, bunks are not an issue for safety, the last place we stayed in had a queen room, and two rooms each with two single beds which was perfect.  We wouldn't have been put off by bunks, but we have older children (all over 8 years).  We have also stayed at a place with two queen beds, and our daughters shared the second queen.  That was two years ago and I think they'd be pretty unimpressed with that arrangement now though.  Having said that, there will be a certain demographic that your house will be perfect for, whatever you do  original.gif.

The toilet thing was a major issue.  I hope I don't forget that again.  We had one bathroom, and one is fine for holidays, but it is much better to have a separate toilet when there are 6 of you.  Much much better.

Kitchen equipment is a given, but some plastic cups and plates are helpful.  And little bowls for nibblies, and big bowls for salads.  And we have always had blankets and pillows provided. And an outdoor setting.

With providing wifi, we've never had it in a holiday house, or expected it.  We were all tethering to DH's phone because he was the only one who got reception, but for a week we managed.

Condiments are great, but make sure they are tidied out regularly, people tend to leave stuff behind and at our last place, there was a bottle of balsamic vinegar with a big solid bit in it which was nasty.  I did appreciate the instant coffee.  And I accidentally donated a bag of red onions to the communal food, didn't check one cupboard, whoops.

Edited by cattivo lupo, 03 January 2013 - 07:15 PM.


#12 babysaurs

Posted 03 January 2013 - 07:13 PM

We are in SA about 2hrs awat from where the property is:)
Elemenopee do you mind me asking where your property is?

This is a link the some info on the beach
http://beachsafe.org.au/beach/sa0455

#13 sandgropergirl

Posted 03 January 2013 - 07:13 PM

We have a place and have all that has been suggested but we also have king sized beds

#14 Elemenopee

Posted 03 January 2013 - 07:18 PM

Marion Bay

#15 Elemenopee

Posted 03 January 2013 - 07:20 PM

Ooh thought of another question I would be asking: How far to nearest boat ramp?

#16 babysaurs

Posted 03 January 2013 - 07:34 PM

Nearest boat ramp is about 200m away but a tractor is needed to launch there otherwise there is one at pt turton about 20kms away.
Yes the is phone service there.
There is a small general store there too i believe.
I dont think the pines is on main water so yes thats also a factor we hadnt thought of great point!


#17 Escapin

Posted 03 January 2013 - 07:38 PM

I would hope to find:
good knives
comfy beds with decent pillows
shower with decent water pressure.

Anything else is a bonus! Good luck, how exciting. This is something I'd love to do one day original.gif

#18 babysaurs

Posted 03 January 2013 - 07:40 PM

Elemenopee what size and how many rainwater tanks do you have at the propety in marion bay? Do you find thats enough?
There are 2 on the property we are looking at but nt 100% sure of the size of them yet.

#19 Elemenopee

Posted 03 January 2013 - 07:43 PM

Water is our biggest factor. If we have a breakdown, it's usually the water pump. We have had to replace a water tank this season, and buy in water. It's something we have to always keep an eye on.
I have never been to The Pines, but just had a look on the map and it is close to Pt Turton, which is a beautiful town.
PS you must be closish to me, we are 2.5hrs straight up from Marion Bay

Sorry just saw your question. Our new tank is 14000L, which is how much water we bought to fill it. Should see us through summer.

Edited by Elemenopee, 03 January 2013 - 07:48 PM.


#20 babysaurs

Posted 03 January 2013 - 07:48 PM

I didnt even know you could buy in water lol!
Do you find your rental rents out ok? Do you manage it yourself or though realestate Elemenopee? And do you stay at your very often?
We planing to stay at ours when ever possible and no being used:)
We are near Clare in mid north sa:)

#21 Mpjp is feral

Posted 03 January 2013 - 08:54 PM

We have also had several rentals. Water is also our biggest issue, we are on tank and ate careful but holiday renters most definitely are not. We now have a policy where the tank is full at the start of their stay but if, within a week they run out the cost of water gets added to the bill. It's a high demand area so we get away with this. We also have a max no of people (and bedding that reflects this) so we don't get huge crowds in.

I second the cleaner issue.

When we've rented we always like it when the max bedding equals everything else in the house I.e sleeps 8 do also seats 8 (dining and lounge), eating implements etc. We once rented a6 bedroom place w family, and it only came w 6 sets of plates etc! You'd have to have eaten in shifts!!

#22 Corella

Posted 03 January 2013 - 08:59 PM

We tend to go south to rent but some things we also like are - hand reels for fishing if there is a spot nearby, contact numbers for someone who can do something in an emergency (not some random who's 200km away), clear instructions on how to work things in the house, a DVD player, and the others as written above original.gif.

#23 Elemenopee

Posted 03 January 2013 - 09:08 PM

Ahh and I have just worked out who you are. Duh! Hope J has settled in well to school.
Ours rents out OK. It covered about 1/2 our monthly mortgage repayments.
We use takeabreak and stayz.
I don't tend to go down much as it is too hard with our 4 kids. My hubs goes down all the time as he surfs.
PS I know your from kindy if you are still trying to figure it out

#24 babysaurs

Posted 03 January 2013 - 10:28 PM

Mmm kindy might need a few more clues lol!

#25 Frockme

Posted 03 January 2013 - 10:37 PM

It's so refreshing to walk into a holiday house, no matter the "dressing up" of the place, to find it well equipped.
Laundry = washer + drier and laundry powder + clothes line, basket and pegs.
Will Beds to include linen or not? A price for rental linen for interstate travellers is a must!
Good cutlery, bread boards, knives that cut! A bottle opener! Peeler, grater etc all the basic and some!
Pp's have listed good things here too.
A to do list and a where to eat list is vital. Not just a where you would eat but a good description of local eats and drinks is so handy.
Details re bin night if you need guests to put them out!

If you have a high yearly turn over then the need to buy new mattresses regularly is essential.

Odds and sods are always a pleasant surprise. A Christmas cake for Xmas holiday renters, noodle for the pool, binoculars if you have a great view etc etc. board games, DVD's ( no videos). Books, local paper, recent magazines.

Create an atmosphere of pay it forward! One tenant leaves a book ( hopefully with a message in the cover), another leaves a tub of washing powder and a bottle of olive oil or a positive message somewhere.

Hope it makes sense.  original.gif





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