Posted on November 21, 2017 by
Christmas is fast approaching — this means decorating, gift buying and choosing the perfect tree. But have you ever stopped to think where your tree has been before it sits amongst the others, awaiting its Christmas fate? Together with Compost Direct, gardening experts and retailers of compost, we look at where Christmas trees originate from and compare real and artificial trees. Read more…
Posted on July 10, 2017 by
If you happen to have one of those older houses with a bigger garden and a detached cottage perhaps, you should count yourself lucky because houses these days are built rather small and in addition to the house itself being small, there’s not much space for anything else. The typical modern day home these days doesn’t even have space for a decent garden, let alone something like a shed or a cottage, so you should definitely count yourself lucky if you have one.
Truth be told though, your cottage is probably outdated and might need a bit of an upgrade, particularly since the traditional cottage was perhaps designed and built with the idea of housing live-in domestic staff in mind. Not that everybody whose house has a cottage had live-in domestic staff or even had a need for them, but design-wise that’s exactly what a cottage comes across as.
So what are the upgrades you can add to your cottage to make it a bit more modern?
One of these upgrades is the addition of a hot tub, whether you want to use the hot tub yourself or indeed if you perhaps plan to rent the cottage out over a long-term agreement or you want to have guests over occasionally, like tourists who are in town for a bit. Even if you do plan to rent the cottage out in this way, nothing should be stopping you from enjoying the hot tub yourself whenever the cottage is vacant.
By the way, renting the cottage out for short stay tourists or even over a longer term is a great way to pay yourself back for what you’ll inevitably spend to purchase the hot tub, have it installed and maintain it alongside its running costs. You’ll undoubtedly have to save a bit to have some running capital though, quite simply because it’s not really such a good idea to take out financing for something like a hot tub unless of course, you’re absolutely sure the money is going to come back via something like renting the cottage out.
A lot of the cottages for rent on iKnow-UK have benefited greatly from adding a hot tub. People tend to pay a higher price for a short stay or holiday if the cottage or lodge has a hot tub. The site is great for cheap hot tub holidays too. If you’re thinking of renting your cottage out as holiday accommodation, look into iknow to boost your profile.
So if you do decide to add in a hot tub as part of the upgrades to your cottage, you’ll inevitably have to redecorate as well to perhaps modernise the interiors just a little bit. Otherwise, the hot tub may look out of place and come across as a bit tacky, to say the least.
It doesn’t have to be an indoor hot tub either and in fact, an outdoor one may perhaps make more sense if you have space outside since it’ll allow anyone to enjoy it instead of being limited to the occupants of the cottage itself. If the cottage has more than one room which you want to rent out, making it an outdoor hot tub makes even more sense since you can always add the hot tub as an amenity which people will surprisingly be willing to pay that little extra for, even if they only end up using it just once or twice or not at all in some cases.
Posted on February 21, 2017 by
One of the best ways through which to go green is perhaps growing your very own fresh produce, with beneficial implications for yourself to enjoy as well, health wise. Goodness knows the environment will be just as grateful as your body will be, but you can’t just throw some seeds into the ground and hope for the best. You can make use of this infographic put together by compost and grow bag retailer, Compost Direct, exploring some of the best gardening spots in the UK to get a better idea of which vegetables would grow best in your locale: Read more…
Posted on April 24, 2015 by
Have you ever wondered why your garden requires so much work? The birds and bees who visit know how to care for themselves, so why not the plants? Read more…