03 January 2019 by Helen Parkinson
Letting out your French property to holidaymakers: what are your options?
If you want to make the most of your holiday home in France, letting it out to tourists while you’re not there is a fantastic way of supplementing your income. In 2018, France retained its crown as the world’s most-visited country, so there is no shortage of visitors who would love to rent a place in France and make your property their base for exploring its gorgeous coast and countryside.
How easy is it to rent out your house in France?
Taking your first steps in the holiday rental business may seem daunting at first – even more so at the moment, with the uncertainty of Brexit hanging in the air. That means working with the right holiday rental company is more important than ever for a smooth and hassle-free experience for both owner and guest. Find out why Brittany Ferries should be your go-to choice when renting a house or apartment out in north-west France and how they are investing in the future to make their destinations more appealing than ever.
Location, location, location!
Brittany Ferries specialise in holidays lets in Brittany, Normandy, the Loire and Poitou Charentes. The north-west of France is an extremely popular area with British holidaymakers thanks to its easy access by car and ferry. Regardless of which letting service you choose with Brittany Ferries, owners can enjoy an unlimited 20% discount on car and passengers fares with the company, plus one £75 promotional ferry crossing voucher if you opt for the Managed Letting Service or Holiday France Direct’s Quickbook scheme.
Which holiday rental option is best?
Brittany Ferries offer two options for renting your French property, depending on how much independence you prefer.
If you don’t want the hassle of added administration, the Managed Letting Service is ideal for you. Experienced advisors look after everything from advertising the accommodation to arranging bookings and payment, so you don’t need to worry about keeping a constant eye on enquiries and bookings. The properties here are sold as part of an inclusive holiday rental package, meaning that they are listed both online and in the company’s Cottage & Village holidays brochure.
For a more hands-on approach you should consider Holiday France Direct, Brittany Ferries’ deal-direct online letting service, where as the owner you organise the bookings and payments. With over two decades’ experience in self-catering rentals, Holiday France Direct look after all the marketing of your holiday cottage, gîte or apartment, while you manage your bookings and liaise with guests. Most crucially, you retain control over your pricing.
There are two ways of advertising your property with Holiday France Direct. QuickBook, a pay-per-booking system, is a popular choice, but if you’d prefer paying a set annual fee, then there are 12 and 24-month options starting from 60p per day.
What makes Brittany Ferries stand out from other letting companies?
With decades of experience connecting the UK and France, Brittany Ferries is one of Britain’s biggest travel companies and its personal customer service has helped secure its popularity among holidaymakers on both sides of the Channel. Whether you choose to rent your property through the Managed Lettings Service or Holiday France Direct, you’ll have the help of a team of experienced advisors specialising in your region of France. Another bonus is having no hidden agency fees, so there won’t be any nasty financial shocks halfway through the process.
Brittany Ferries are constantly investing and will be launching three impressive new ships over the coming years, equipped with state of the art technology for passengers and running on environmentally friendly LNG. The company is also enjoying a design transformation with a colourful new logo and ship livery.
Find out more about letting your French property with Brittany Ferries.
Top tips for making your holiday advert stand out, from Brittany Ferries property advisor Laura Habgood:
Get snap happy
– upload as many pictures as possible and make sure that you’ve taken some of every room. Be sure to dress the room correctly, set tables for dinner and take outside pictures on a day when the sun is shining.
– the adverts show a last updated time, so responding quickly to guests’ queries is important.