Why choose Regattalets?
- Helpful & professional service
- Higher realistic rental rates, yielding a better return for less wear and tear
- No joining fees, just a 10% commission
- Freedom to use your property as you wish, unrestricted owner usage
- Proven track record with over 100 homeowners working with us in Cowes & Gurnard
We can take care of every aspect from advertising the property, taking the bookings, collecting the money to fully managing the property for you. We believe that letting your property should be effortless and stress free so that you can enjoy the holiday letting experience.
We want to understand your needs and we will work closely with you to go the extra mile ensuring that both you and your guests are happy. As a local business we are flexible, personal and with homeowners from over 100 properties trusting us we have both the experience and specialist knowledge of letting properties in Cowes.
What are visitors looking for?
There are currently in excess of 200 properties in Cowes which are rented out during the major regattas in the Cowes area. Properties of interest are generally in Cowes and Gurnard providing a home from home experience for the guests.
In general, visitors are either sailing in the regattas or connected with them. There is a common misconception that visitors are heavy partying males with little regard for the places they stay in. Nothing could be further from the truth. People who spend to stay in Cowes are serious about racing here. Early nights and a serious attitude are the norm.
Also many properties are occupied by families who treat the regattas as a holiday.
Finally there are regatta professionals, film crews, RIB drivers, organisers etc who are here simply to work.
How many visitors can my house accommodate?
In general unless there are couples in the visiting group, each bed whether single or double counts as one.
Sofa beds and futons in lounges are not counted as full beds but may count as child or lower cost accommodation.
The number of bathrooms is often a limiting factor. We have a rule that the maximum number who can share a bathroom is 6.
The best way to arrange the accommodation profile is to give us a call so we can come and have a look. We will then prepare details which you will have every chance to amend, and then we can post them on the website together with photos if you are happy with that.
How much am I likely to receive?
The basic method of working out the cost of properties is on a per head per night basis. Large properties close to town carry a premium, and the closer you are to the Marinas the better.
Prices vary from 25 pounds per head per night to 125 pounds per head per night depending on location, size and quality.
How does the booking process work?
Once you have decided to let your home, we will arrange to take photos of your property and create a website listing, once you are happy with these we will recommend your property to suitable guests as and when they enquire.
Once they have expressed an interest we will collect full details from them as to who they are, and what they want, and we will contact you to see if you are interested in having them as visitors in your home.
If you agree, we will ask for a deposit which is non-refundable from the guest and send a booking agreement to both the visitor and to you the homeowner. Once these have been signed, each party retains their own signed copy of it.
Six weeks before the let commences we collect the balance of the monies and a damage deposit (currently 50 pounds per head minimum 250 pounds). We ask you to let us have keys 2 weeks before the let and we arrange for handover at the appointed time. After the let, we ask you to check the house to see that there is no damage or loss, and if all is in order we refund the damage deposit to the visitor within 7 days of departure.
How do I prepare my house?
The visitor is coming to stay in a home from home, the basis of which is that it is ready to move into with linen and towels provided. There is not a requirement to provide any food and drinks, although a welcome pack is well received. We recommend that you remove and store any personal and precious items, but do not feel that you have to remove everything. This is a home from home experience for the guests, we leave CD’s, DVD’s etc and have never had a problem.
Cleanliness is paramount. We pride ourselves on having only top quality properties and visitors expect everything to be in order, house clean, grass cut, windows cleaned etc. The better condition you leave your house in, the better it will be returned to you.
The following outlines the minimum requirements for fixtures and fittings in your property:
- Smoke alarm per floor
- Carbon monoxide detector
- Fire extinguisher
- Fire blanket
- Landlords gas safety certificate
- Laminated fire safety card
- Fire risk assessment
- First aid kit
- Public liability up to £5 million
- All electrical sockets and appliances in good repair and securely fitted
What about damage?
In the unlikely event of damage, we hold a damage bond which as mentioned above is 50 pounds per head per night, minimum 250 pounds. If there is any damage or dispute then we will do our best to act as intermediary.
Terms and Conditions
To see our full terms and conditions please click the link below: