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I expect many of our readers would love to run their own holiday home in Cornwall, and maybe some are working towards this goal. Here’s a little taste of how it was for us. We were very lucky to be able to buy our apartment using an inheritance and our own savings in December 2015. It was already run as a holiday let so was all set up for this, but had not been upgraded for a good few years and ma...

A popular conception is that holiday accommodation is overpriced and that it's worth haggling to get a hefty discount. While it is possible to bag a bargain in the current market (and who could blame anyone for trying), this makes it harder and harder for owners to provide a good service and still make a decent profit for their efforts. Of course, you get what you pay for, and that is a valid choi...

Many guests expect a 'pro-rata' rate for short breaks, that is, a nightly rate that is one seventh of the weekly rate. For us this would mean a winter nightly rate of £50. Our minimum price would therefore be £100 for 2 nights, with a 7 night booking being £350. For every booking, we have fixed overheads - cleaning and laundry fees, bin collection and window cleaner. We also have the costs of ongo...

We are often asked why prices go up in the summer and in school holidays. We would love to be able to offer a fair and consistent price year round, but it just wouldn’t be viable. We are at rock bottom prices all winter, that we barely make a profit on, and even then we are empty for most of the winter months. We still have all the maintenance costs, upgrades and associated effort of running our h...

Autumn in Cornwall can be wonderful, much less crowded than the summer months but the weather can still be lovely.  We were so lucky for our half term break at Seashells last week - this is the view from the sofa when we arrived last Sunday, and the sun carried on shining on us for most of the week. We couldn't help but go straight out for a walk on the beach...the tide was out and we got almost ...