3rd & 4th October 2020 Royal Cornwall Events
Centre, Wadebridge, Sat 10 – 4.30 & Sun 10 – 4

Get the Garden looking Lovely and the Furniture Tip Top

In the warmer months your holiday home’s outside area be that a patio, garden or balcony becomes as important as the interior of your property. It will be one of the key reasons why your guest has chosen to book their Cornish holiday at your property, so a little investment in this area will pay dividends in the long run for you. Here are four areas for you to consider;

  1. Style It

You need to plan your outdoor space as much as you do your indoor space. Firstly, consider the style you are going for and the experience you want your guests to have in your outdoor space and then dress it accordingly.

Ensure that your outdoor furniture can comfortably seat the number you accommodate in your property, it needs to be practical, comfortable and hard wearing. A wooden dining set with cushions is a minimum expectation and space permitting consider adding additional seating for your guests to relax, unwind and make the most of their holiday.

If you are a seasoned owner and already have your outside space styled and dressed, then now is the time to review this, make sure your furniture and accessories will continue to provide comfort and practicality to your guests for the coming season. If you have wooden furniture make sue the paintwork is fresh, the furniture is solid and the fittings in working order. If you have metal furniture check for signs of rust and if you have plastic or rattan give it a wash. Make sure the cushions and covers are fresh and free from stains.

  1. Keeping Warm

As we know Cornwall can get cooler when the sun sets so, to ensure your guests continue to enjoy their time outside consider what you can do to keep them warm. Gas powered heaters, fire pits or simply providing warm blankets will extend their outside experience.

  1. Planting

What you do to your outdoor space will depend on the position, space and your budget, however, it does not have to cost the earth. It needs to be practical, easy to maintain and provide brightness and colour. You want to provide a tranquil environment for your guests to relax and make the most of the position, an area for children to be entertained and engaged and place to enjoy breakfast, lunch & dinner (weather dependant) as a couple, a group of friends or as a family.

If in doubt seek the advice of your agent who will be able to guide you on what works and what does not, local garden centres or a landscape gardener on what plants are best suited for your outside space or indeed your friends.

If you have an established outside space make sure that you have trimmed the shrubs, hedges and weeded the borders. If you have a lawn now is the time to start to repair any patches and provide it with some nourishment for the season ahead.

  1. Create the kerb appeal

The first impressions really do count, neglect the outside areas at your peril. Make sure your paths, patios and driveways are free from weeds and are in good shape, you have sufficient lighting and it is all in working order and all furniture looks inviting. Paintwork and any fixtures need to be in tip top condition, latches and locks free from rust and in working order.

Trees, shrubs and planters should be free from weeds and dead foliage, grassed areas looking green with no obvious patches, hedges and borders well tendered and any fencing or boundaries need to be secure and well maintained.

Clean, colourful and well maintained and presented outside areas shows your property is well looked after even before your guest has even stepped inside your property.

This blog was provided by Cornish Traditional Cottages