Make the most of your holiday property with Jean Bartlett Cottage Holidays
With both local and national expertise and support, you'll get the best of both worlds
Jean Bartlett Cottage Holidays is a family owned company based in Beer, on the World Heritage Coast. We have been successfully letting quality holiday homes in the East Devon area for over 25 years and have a portfolio of over 100 properties, the majority being within a 20 mile radius of our offices.
We employ a team of staff who are not only experienced in the holiday and tourist industry, but also live locally and have a good knowledge of each area. Our staff know our portfolio of properties inside out and as a result they are able to talk to potential holidaymakers with confidence and first hand knowledge. The personalised service we provide is key to achieving high levels of guest satisfaction and repeat bookings.
Where properties are situated close to our offices we are also able to provide a full management service to those owners who require it; we have our own handyman who will deal with minor maintenance issues and a support team of reliable local tradesmen, all of whom are known to us. For properties located further afield, again we can provide a management service based on teams of reliable local tradesmen and caretakers.
Jean Bartlett Cottage Holidays is one of a family of local brands owned by The Original Cottage Company; a business established in 1992 by Richard and Lesley Ellis.
Why choose Jean Bartlett Cottage Holidays?
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:
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 Beer, 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).
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
The primary objective of our marketing activity is to create new bookings, maximising the revenue potential of your property.
We are able to realise excellent booking rates using our extensive, targeted marketing programme:
Our website is fully responsive (which means it adapts to best fit the device on which it's being viewed) and has been designed with the user experience front of mind to ensure that the booking process is seamless. 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.
We pay to list your properties on a range of affiliate websites, both in the UK and elsewhere in Europe, casting the net further still. These include: Airbnb, Tripadvisor, Snaptrip, Holiday Lettings and HomeAway.
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 sophisticated Customer Relationship Management software (CRM) gives us outstanding insights into customer demographics, booking behaviour, marketing preferences and interests. We regularly communicate with our customers with personalised, targeted emails. We feature properties, events and special offers, tailoring the content to suit each customers’ own unique preferences.
Advertising and PR
We place carefully timed advertisements in local press and selected national magazines and papers. We work with local and national PR specialists, journalists and high profile bloggers to gain our cottages as much coverage as possible. We also work closely with local tourism agencies.
Our office and our window displays are designed to catch the eye of passing holidaymakers. Our branded company vehicles are another great way we spread brand awareness across the county.
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.
Additional benefits for our homeowners
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.
Exclusive discounts from our partners
We love loyal customers. So, 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.
Find out more by requesting an Owner Information Pack today.
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.
No matter what stage you’re at with your holiday cottage, we’re happy to help.
Our experienced team are able to provide a full assessment of your holiday home's potential, including suggestions for property improvements and letting guidance. We will always try to be realistic with our income projections. We’re in this for the long term, and hope you will be too.
Email us at email@example.com to arrange a free, no obligation initial visit.