by Sarah Birbeck
Driving up the long tree-lined drive, you’ll see a tennis court, an outdoor pool and a vast garden. Alston Hall stands proudly and could be mistaken for a home you might find in a period drama. Once inside the property, guests arrive into the awe-inspiring main hallway, complete with a noble stone fireplace and a large wooden staircase, topped with lamps on the banister rail. Venturing deeper into Alston Hall, the size of every room is magnificent. Alston Hall is definitely a property with space and therefore, is perfect for large family gatherings and grand celebrations.
Built in 1906, Alston Hall was originally built as a rectory, then became the home of a famous local family before being re-purposed as a boutique hotel. The current owner John purchased the property in 1996 as his family’s home and said; “Alston Hall was a superb environment to bring up a family. Since the children have left the nest, it is lovely to be able to offer it to other families so they can enjoy it as much as we did. It is in a great location for families to meet and celebrate!”
Guests can expect to have fun here. This is a property designed to bring the family together. With plenty of room to accommodate everyone from grandparents to small children, there is something here for everyone. It is easy to get lost in the many rooms and facilities which include a large lounge, TV room and snooker room. There are even two swimming pools – one outside and a heated one inside the house itself. Children are encouraged to enjoy their stay here too, as John has even left plenty of books, films and games along with a ‘Children’s Holiday Memories’ book which is filled with heartwarming holiday accounts from children that have stayed with their families at Alston Hall.
John is always looking to add new features to Alston Hall, as it is important to keep things looking fresh with something exciting for guests to look forward to experiencing. He has recently replaced the kitchen, making it contemporary and easy to use. John is currently looking to add a private cinema room which will no doubt delight film buffs.
Having let his property with Helpful Holidays for 5 years, it is safe to say John has become an experienced holiday homeowner with a wealth of knowledge and said, “Working with Helpful Holidays has been a brilliant, collaborative adventure.” Here at Helpful Holidays, we specialise in doing the best for our homeowners and aim to be there, every step of the way.
Think about who your target market will be. If you have a property the size of Alston Hall, it might make a perfect base for families or large groups of friends to reconnect or celebrate. If you have a two or three-bedroom property, it is important that you add touches which also appeal to couples and if choosing to accept dogs, include some details to make the extended family feel right at home.
Holiday properties come in all shapes and sizes, so it is important your property reflects the needs of your intended market. The Helpful Holidays collection comprises a variety of handpicked cottages, country houses, apartments and lodges.
Getting into the holiday letting market is easier than people think. If, like John, you have a large house or property, it can seem like a daunting task but Helpful Holidays have experienced Property Managers, who will be happy to guide you through the ins and outs of holiday letting to ensure you hit the ground running when you open for guests.
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