One of the most widely-desired selling points of a holiday home as accommodation over a hotel is the access to a fully-furnished kitchen that comes with it. Be gone, restricted mealtimes! Wave goodbye to tasteless all-inclusive buffet fare! The self-catering guest wants to be able to cook independently for a range of reasons. Firstly, this grants visitors the ability to delve into local culture and cuisine in a way that simply would not be possible with a full-board hotel. Authentic markets and shops are a great source of culinary delight and adventure for foodie travellers. Meanwhile without a well-equipped kitchen, guests are unable to give that exciting new recipe a whirl.We’d be lying if we said that cost isn’t also a major influencer on where and how people take their holidays. Guests, and families especially, can save an awful lot by opting to eat at their rental instead of footing the bill at restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Even the cheeky ice-creams in-between can add up! Besides, many would agree that having a barbecue by the pool at your villa can be a far more memorable experience than dining in a sterile dining hall with hundreds of other families. The cherry on the cake is that it’ll come in at a fraction of the cost.
So if you have the sneaking suspicion that your kitchen could use a little love to reach its full potential, tuck into our comprehensive guide to creating a five-star cooking environment that will be sure to boost your bookings and reviews!
A beautifully-designed, top-of-the-range kitchen means nothing without the appropriate appliances. Whilst aesthetic appeal does hold its own significance, you can’t make a meal and tidy up without a functioning refrigerator, oven, microwave, and dishwasher. Appliances are critical in giving guests a comfortable experience in and around the kitchen, so they should be up-to-date, in perfect working order, and moreover, clean.
Stainless steel appliances can add a look of contemporary style to a modern kitchen, and responsive, electric hobs and ovens give travellers a precise place to prepare their meals. This is not to say that a country house wouldn’t benefit from the authentic feel of an old-fashioned range cooker or AGA. Along with these integral systems, a kitchen can be easily upgraded with the addition of some of these modern appliances:
- Coffee, tea and espresso makers
- Blender / juicer
- Electronic mixer
- Kitchen grill
The more your guests can feel like they are at home, the more comfortable they will be and the more they can enjoy their holiday experience. A contemporary kitchen is one that is fitted with updated appliances that make cooking a meal (and the cleanup afterwards) quick and convenient.
Tools Of The Trade
When families cook meals at home, they expect to have all of the utensils and kitchenware required to enjoy these meals. It is typical to have two cups, plates, bowls, and silverware sets for each guest that the home can accommodate. Think about every tool guests will need in order to create a variety of dishes; from cake pans and cookie sheets, to glass casserole dishes, pots, pans, and mixing bowls. Make sure these implements are fully functional, are not chipped or broken, and are clean. Along with these basics, impress guests by going above and beyond by supplying some of these upgrades:
- Multiple cutting boards
- High quality cutlery
- Measuring spoons
- Kitchen scales
- Can opener
- Bottle opener
- Pestle & Mortar
Consider the types of guests who will be staying in your rental and the kitchen amenities that you can add that will enhance their experience. With EveryStay you can vet your guests and use this information to tailor the contents of the kitchen to their needs. For instance, families with young children appreciate child-size cutlery and plates, high chairs, booster seats, and durable utensils that will not break if dropped by a child.
If you can, stay 3-4 nights in your own rental and make a note of all the things you needed during your stay and didn’t have. Invite some friends over for a dinner party and see if your home is equipped to serve a larger crowd.
Whilst for some, grocery shopping in another country presents a whole host of intriguing new delicacies and brands to discover, for another it can be a different experience altogether. At home, guests tend to have a solid idea about which cupboard supplies they might have or need; whereas it may be difficult to remember which essentials are missing from their shopping basket whilst on holiday. Often with ingredients like this, it may also seem a waste to purchase a whole packet if they will only use a fraction of its contents during a short stay.
However, a little goes a long way. Providing very simple seasoning, for example, could be just the ticket to rescue a meal from being bland and boring. Meanwhile, the caffeine fiends amongst your guests will appreciate you providing tea and coffee; let’s put it this way: it’ll put them in a much better mood when thinking about how to review your property. It could really be this very small but personal touch that makes a big impact on their experience. Consider stocking your pantry with ingredients such as:
- Basic seasoning: salt, pepper, garlic powder
- Herbs: basil, thyme, oregano
- Spices: Chili powder, cinnamon
- Baking essentials: Flour, sugar, baking soda
- Hot drinks: Coffee, tea, hot chocolate sachets, sweetener, milk
- Cooking oils: Vegetable oil, olive oil, oil sprays
Back To Basics
The layout and overall look and feel of your kitchen can be just as important as the appliances and supplies you put in it. Your kitchen should be spotless, well-lit and logically organised. The kitchen is a central space in the home, so it is vital that it is a room people actually want to be in. Your kitchen could have all of the fanciest gadgets, but if it is cramped, dark, crowded or generally unpleasant to be in, guests will not be impressed.
We recommend that you paint the walls a soft, light hue, and add colourful accents that reflect the location of the property (beach, mountains, country, ski resort, etc.). Owners should also pay attention to adequate storage facilities, so that work surfaces aren’t cluttered and guests can quite easily reach for whatever it is that they need.
An Extra Helping
If you’re ticking all our boxes so far, why not step up your gourmet game by introducing gastronomic gadgets that will truly ‘wow’ your guests? Whilst serving up a slice of home is incredibly important, elevating the experience to include conveniences that guests may not usually have access to is an even more admirable goal. Here we’d like to highlight a few factors to keep in mind: quality, accessibility, and innovation.
If you are already providing a full set of knives, try upgrading to a higher quality and adding a magnetic strip for easy storage and access. You may even want to add personal touches like cookbooks, cocktail making instructions (with the necessary equipment), or leaving a personal family recipe typical of the region that they may want to try. Consider the ‘nice-to-haves’: pasta or rice makers, slow cookers, a waffle iron for the ultimate family breakfast, or a toasted sandwich press for those cash-cushioning packed lunches.
Now You’re Cooking With Gas
So what can you take away from all this? Holidaymakers make the decision to stay in a rental property over a hotel because it gives them the luxury of space, privacy, and incredible savings by being able to eat and drink at home. Make your kitchen the heart of your property with all the home comforts, features and supplies guests might expect and then some. When you list your home on EveryStay, you can then use the photo and description to highlight all of the incredible amenities every room in your house has to offer.
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