A modern staged kitchen

Add Value to Your Holiday Property with a Refurb

Get Your Design Right From the Start

Open Plan Kitchen Family Rooms

As the UK holiday market is so hot since covid it means the competition for bookings has increased. If you want to gain a good ROI then you need to have great photos to attract high quality bookings.

Kitchens are a great place to invest your money. Think about perhaps knocking together rooms to create an open plan family style kitchen diner as these are desirable. Having an island with bar stools makes the room a more social space and ideal for entertaining with a dining area next to it. Also if you have room the addition of a sofa adds another great dimension to the family kitchen room.

Families that holiday may want to have a separate lounge and TV sometimes if kids want to watch their programmes and you want to watch Netflix!

Holiday Property Bathrooms

Look to make an en-suite bathroom for a master bedroom that is an asset. The addition of a second bedroom and en-suite is also a real boon. Space at a premium? Consider a Jack and Jill style bathroom. This is one that serves both as family bathroom and en-suite via two doors.

Holiday Property Outside Space

The garden is an area that is also used extensively in holiday lets. Think about having a large deck or patio area which is low maintenance and offers an “outside room”. Furnish the area with good quality table, chairs and parasol. A BBQ is desirable and if you have ample space consider an outdoor kitchen space. Self-catering is an option If you are staying in a holiday let.. The more stylish the offering to eat at the holiday home the more appealing it may be. Especially to epicurians.


Choose hard flooring for the ground floor if you are allowing pets. You can always add rugs to create extra cosiness and for warmth underfoot. Timber style tiles such as the ones in the picture above are an excellent choice and can be used with underfloor heating. If using carpet choose a loop pile carpet which is hard wearing and more modern looking than cut piles. Cut piles tend to attract more dirt like a velvet does. Keep flooring in neutral tones.


It’s best to re-wire older properties. Get the wiring checked by a qualified electrician. You can get a safety certificate which lasts 10 years. Old wiring can pose a fire risk as older properties were not designed for the loads we use today. Take advice from an electrician on whether you need to upgrade your motherboard.


As with electrics you’ll need to assess whether the heating system you have is adequate for your guests and the number of bathrooms you want to install. The last thing you want is a boiler that can’t keep up with the demand for hot water for your guests. Think about replacing any old fashioned radiators for heated towel rail styles in bathrooms. Make sure you get your Gas safe engineer out to get your boiler serviced and have a safety certificate ready before you enlist an agent. Having all your paperwork ready to go will ensure you get your first guests in all the more quickly.

Curtains or Blinds

When it comes to window treatments you must consider safety. Child safety is paramount in a holiday let. If you have new curtains or blinds your need to ensure they meet contract safety standards and are installed properly. If in doubt we can help by specifying and installing your window treatments are part of your project.

Stage Your Holiday Property To Get Fab Photos

When you finish refurbishing and furnishing your holiday let, don’t forget your guests are attracted by photos. Enlisting the help of a property stager means your property will have the competitive edge with style. It’s those finishing touches of styling and artwork that can really make a big difference. If you have an eye for design and have time on your hands then this is for you!

If not and your property is in Devon then contact us for a free quote.

We love to help owners get their properties booked up fast.

Email info@spinriverdesign.com for a FREE quote today.

About Rachel

Rachel Davies works throughout Devon and Cornwall to provide home staging for houses that need staging for sale. A background in interior design and design management gives her the edge on other home staging companies. She is a degree qualified interior designer and also a qualified project manager.

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