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Short Stay Rentals’ ‘Excellent Facilities’ a Masterclass

What Does “Excellent Facilities in Short Stay Rentals” Really Mean?

You’ll see this phrase over-used in describing short stay rentals. Today I was reminded why here at Living-Away we put facilities and equipment at the heart of the setting up of properties. In a review received today, this is what a guest kindly wrote..

“Best place for friends gathering, comfortable living room, relaxed chat. Beautiful bedrooms, well equipped bathroom, and the best is the kitchen, you can find anything you need, we made great breakfast ourselves and did not need to go out at all. Bren was very nice and quick response. I had the most pleasant stay here.”

Review from guest staying 6-8 May in Sheffield-Living Apartment

One of the main reasons that a short stay apartment or house is a great alternative to a hotel is just this – excellent home-from-home set up. One thing I consider supremely important as host to do, is to consider the entire property from yours – the guest- point of view. I stay overnight in all the properties regularly and use every piece of equipment, white goods, bathrooms etc.. to test it is all up to the highest standard and is clean and organised. I tend to end up replacing or adding items on each visit to ensure we’re covered on all bases in terms of number and quality. Unusually, I even provide cake tins in most properties and good large pasta pans! For longer staying guests we’ve provided on request many items to make them feel at home, like slow cookers, rice cookers and blenders – we love to engage and listen to guests’ suggestions and requests and most importantly action them.

This is just a small insight of the background operations that happen at Living-Away Short Stays to ensure the highest standards of hospitality – look out for our ‘Life in the Day’ series of blogs I’m planning, to get more of a taste of behind the scenes.

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Cheltenham in Green Smoke!

This week saw some re-painting in one of the properties – Millbrook-Living. Not that it had had significant wear and tear but more that we didn’t love what we did the first time!.. It was painted in August 2020 in Dulux Teal Touch.. definitely not the Teal tone we’d had in mind (should have done a sample pot first!) it turned out quick brash and bright – it just used to remind us of mouthwash 😉

Our devotion to the effect and beauty of Farrow and Ball paints lives on here.. we’ve gone with a wonderful tone of green called Green Smoke. Its pigment works beautifully in different times of day and the way the light changes on it.

This is such a positive change.
I wanted to illustrate in this blog that sometimes our perfectionism knows no bounds and that is what is one of the USP’s here at Living-Away – its never a case of ‘that’ll do’ – we want to achieve the best we possibly can for our guests and constantly review all the properties so that we do that.

#farrowandball #painting #greensmoke #kitchencolour #stylishkitchen #kitchenmakeover #shortstay #bookdirect

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DESTINATION | SHEFFIELD

At the moment Sheffield is host to the world’s largest snooker championship – 2 weeks of drama and skill played out in front of a live audience of only 1000 and making the atmosphere electric!

The iconic Crucible Theatre (Grade II listed) is 50 years old this year, in 2021. 

For the 2 week stint, I have guests in all my properties in Sheffield for the championships who have travelled from Australia, Turkey, Wales, Ireland and Suffolk- as always, I’m delighted to know that we’re providing quality accommodation and hosting to them and their friends and family on their highly anticipated trip.

Why is the Crucible in Sheffield called The Crucible?

In choosing ‘the Crucible’ as a name, not only did the theatre make the obvious allusion to the ‘melting pot’ of ideas that it aimed to become, but it also forged a bond with Sheffield’s specific history as the centre of British steel making and the eighteenth century innovation that propelled it forwards.

#snookerchampionship #visitsheffield #crucible #shortstays #getaways

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#Book Direct

As a traveller you want to be always seeking to book direct with owners. You will get the best service, flexibility and most importantly -price.

How to book direct?.. find the accommodation you like the look of on the online portals like Airbnb, Booking com, VRBO and then look for clues as to who’s property listing it is. Sometimes it’s as simple as copy and pasting a property title into a search engine and you’ll get the direct website of the accommodation. Or use social media. There is often information on hosts on the page and clever hosts put the name of their company or themselves making it easier to track them down. 

Once you’ve got their website or social media profile, you can reach out to the host or owner and enquire as to availability – you’ll also be able to negotiate price. Would it surprise you to know that the online travel agents you use charge hosts 18% of your stay price!.. As you can imagine, we’re not that keen to always pay it so having a direct customer means we’ll happily take off at least 8-10% off the OTA listing price so you get a cheaper stay. 

You will also be able to keep your money for longer!.. Online travel agents insist on you paying on booking. Here at Living Away Short Lets we ask for the payment 7 days in advance only. If you need to change or amend the booking that’s fine too.

If you’ve already booked your travel -unless its a non-refundable rate -you can usually cancel for free refund and book direct with host.

https://livingaway.co.uk/ is a boutique style accommodation provider in Sheffield, Cheltenham and Liverpool

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