Friday, 15 April 2011

What is your dream holiday house?

So I am setting up our Daylesford house ready to welcome visitors from next week. I have a standard list of things to provide - coffee machine, electric blankets etc but I want to make it super-comy and relaxing and luxurious. what would you like to see when you rent a holiday cottage? Sewing machine? iPod dock? Wii? Loads of magazines? I've added all of these but would love some more suggestions... Thanks!

23 comments:

Nat @ dear little house said...

Board games! I love going on holidays with friends and family and sitting around a board game in the evenings, it's so much nicer as a family/group activity than watching the telly.

I would suggest 'Apples to Apples' as a must have, it's the most fun game in the universe! I often have friends over for dinner parties and they demand that we play 'Apples to Apples'. There's something in it for everyone!

Another favourite is 'Don't Panic' because it's a good one for players of all ages, you can adjust the difficulty level for kids etc.

Alison said...

I also enjoy board games.

Books for adults and kids as well as toys. My girls love playing with something new and it makes it more homey.

Rebecca said...

A bookshelf, a few board games, colouring pencils etc for kids, a few toys. A swingset out the back. These touches really make it something nice.

Tracey from Central Coast Seachange said...

I agree with all the comments so far - plus some great magazine such as Australian Country Style, Gourmet Traveller, Vogue etc.
Hope you also include Maeve and Spaces too.

moose and bird said...

Yes, board games are a must. As are colouring pencils/colouring books for the kids. And maybe a jar of freshly baked cookies! Have a happy Friday x

nicp42 said...

A bread machine that's set for the morning. PING! Bread ready for breakfast!

CindyO said...

I agree with the board games, books, mags and kids' stuff.

I would also add some nice handmade soap in a decent size (not some 20c pieces), maybe some bodywash, bubblebath, pinecones for the fire, nice smelling candles/ oils, some yummy hot chocolate and big mugs, lots of crocheted blankies, a couple of umbrellas, the option of having the newspapers delivered, and maybe have the option of having a box of fresh local produce delivered....
I think I better stop... :s

I love what you've shown so far so regardless I'd stay at your place whether you had all these things or not :)))

kfree said...

Hooks! And a few of them. Especially in the bathroom, for not only hanging towels but toilet bags etc. Very useful when the bathroom used by a few people. A couple in the bedrooms too, for the odd extra wet towel and stray coat etc.

Carly said...

When we went on holiday with small children we stayed in a house which had a crate full of Duplo - a fantastic way to keep the kids occupied while the grown-ups thawed out with some coffee. Love the hooks idea too! Best of luck, the house looks delectable.

StellaNova said...

::Cook books
::Gourmet ice cream in the freezer and the supplies to make dinner on the first night for last arrivals
::A pantry full of basics
::DVDs for big and little kids
::A photo album documenting the creation / development / history of the house
::A dress-up trunk
::Candles
::More towels than you this you will need
::Drawing materials
::Baskets to collect goodies on walks through the garden or neigbourhood
::Big, fat wine glasses

Oh, sorry - I forgot where I was for a moment there! I didn't mean to take over your comments page ...
It sounds divine. :) And not too far for a visit ...

StellaNova said...

Oh yeah, and jigsaw puzzles - small and large to be finished in either a couple of days or a week.

Lyn said...

Provide some homemade pancake mix (There's a great recipe in Nigella Express) - Store in a big glass jar, with instructions (ie, add 1 cup milk, and 1 egg to 1 cup mix) - with real maple syrup of course...

i love all the ideas listed above, especially hot chocolate, a box of toys / duplo for the kids. Also a well stocked book case (for kids and adults).

Some cute jigsaw puzzles perhaps?

A picnic blanket, picnic hamper and some thermoses?

oh I wish I was coming to stay for Easter!

Lyn said...

oh, and some shopping bags!

vancybec said...

definitely LOTS of cozy blankets and cushions,hot water bottles, most definitely a GOOD coffee machine, with perhaps a selection of local coffee/tea blends - and some yummy jammy biscuits.
i know this might sound strange but my biggest peeve in holiday rentals is magazines/books in bad condition, be they dirty, torn, folded etc - what can i say, i am a bit of a purist when it comes to things of a literary nature.

suze2000 said...

Hot chocolate. Not everyone is a coffee or tea drinker!

Board games. For adults as well as children and suitable for two as well as more.

Heat in the bathroom.

Some sort of fire, ideally wood.

Soft sofas in fabric, not cold hard leather. In a design that allows a body to sink into it, rather than perch precariously.

That's about it on my wishlist. Oh and to remind you that not everyone who comes to Daylesford is a family, in fact I'd be surprised, given the cost of things there, if they're even close to the majority. So cater for couples (gay and straight) and groups of couples too, if you can.

Drink More Tea said...

A little hand drawn or written map of YOUR recommends in the local area.
Maybe get your children to draw it, that would be charming and have where you recommend going to eat breakfast, dinner, shop, relax, picnic..... I think because people will pic your house for your personal touches they would love that. You could have it as a welcome pack or just frame it in a common area for all to see.

I know when I visit somewhere new I want to feel like a local but never know where to start

Down that Little Lane said...

As this house is no where near yours I feel ok to post a link for you to look at but....take this playroom and transport it and you will have some very happy campers....

http://www.clydesatmountview.com.au/

@Stella Nova.. I love how you got lost in the dream there, lol xx

Linda said...

I second the map idea - one for kids too would be great - even something like a treasure map showing the way to find a toybox in the house. Id go mad for little things like a small pot of jam, a proper toast rack and a nice spot to prop in the sun with a book. My in-laws have a B&B and people cannot get enough of things like their big jar of old fashioned liquorice allsorts and lovely soap in the bathrooms.

Mrs Bok - The Bok Flock said...

Loads of mags, hot chocolate in the pantry, books to browse through, an iPod dock, boardgames for kids and adults, definitely a map of the local area and recommendations of where to go/eat at,a fire, heat in the bathroom, fresh smelling blankets and a good teapot (a teacosy would be cute too!) for a great cup of tea! :) Herbs in pots would be handy too.

Tui said...

I was enchanted to find eggs, butter, milk and a loaf of decent bread at a B&B I stayed at. A word of caution. Think twice about leaving precious books etc. You'll be surprised at what some guests are willing to steal. Just sayin'

chrisartist said...

Hello
I'm busy preparing our holiday cottage for holiday letting too !! I've had another so I know what people like there.
Comfy beds with great linen. Board games. Picnic set. Good BBQ. Quality magazines and bottles of wine on arrival. We just ask that they replace with their favorite.
Good luck
Chrisartist

Bristol Parenting Cafe said...

I think hand-picked recommendations for the local area or nicely made 'good things to do' guides. If there are walks to be had then laminated maps are also a good idea for visitors to take with them.

Maggie said...

um, how come nobody's said wi-fi? maybe because holidays are about unplugging and relaxing...
but I always wish there was wi-fi.