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5 options to consider when letting out your French property to holidaymakers

PUBLISHED: 16:40 02 January 2019 | UPDATED: 17:11 04 January 2019

Renting out your French holiday home, like this gorgeous gite in Poitou-Charentes, has never been easier with Brittany Ferries. Pic: Brittany Ferries

Renting out your French holiday home, like this gorgeous gite in Poitou-Charentes, has never been easier with Brittany Ferries. Pic: Brittany Ferries

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Renting out your holiday home in France to tourists while you’re not there is a brilliant way of making some extra money. With so many different holiday lettings options to choose from, the process can seem intimidating at first, and with Brexit on the horizon, you may be wondering if it’s a good time to let at all. But in 2018 France kept its title of the world’s most-visited country, so there are still plenty of holidaymakers keen to stay in your Brittany bolthole or Charente cottage.

How easy is it to rent out your house? Choosing the right French holiday rental company to help you on your way can make the experience as simple and stress-free as possible for both owner and guest. Discover what sets Brittany Ferries apart from the rest and find out how the business is investing in the future to make their destinations more appealing than ever.

1) How hands-on do you want to be in the management of your property?

Whether you want to manage every step of the rental process or would prefer somebody else to take on the task, Brittany Ferries offer two key services for holiday rentals in France: the Managed Letting Service and Holiday France Direct.

The Managed Letting Service is perfect for those who don’t want the hassle of administration. There’s no need to worry about keeping tabs on your enquiries and bookings and liaising with guests, as experienced advisors look after everything from advertising the accommodation to arranging bookings and payment.

This beautiful Burgundy bolthole is one of many stunning properties listed with Holiday France Direct. Pic: Brittany FerriesThis beautiful Burgundy bolthole is one of many stunning properties listed with Holiday France Direct. Pic: Brittany Ferries

Alternatively, Holiday France Direct, the deal-direct letting service, offers a more hands-on approach. With this service the owner is responsible for managing all aspects of their bookings and enquiries, including rental payments.

2) How involved with advertising and marketing of your property do you want to be?

With the Managed Letting Service, the properties are sold as part of an inclusive holiday package. This means that they are listed both online and in the company’s Cottage and Village holidays brochure.

Holiday France Direct is an online service and looks after all the marketing of your holiday cottage, gîte or apartment, but you are in control of your adverts.

This stunning farmhouse in Normandy is also listed with Holiday France Direct. Pic: Brittany FerriesThis stunning farmhouse in Normandy is also listed with Holiday France Direct. Pic: Brittany Ferries

3) How do you want to advertise your property?

Holiday France Direct offer two simple ways of advertising your property: QuickBook or a set annual fee. QuickBook is a pay-per-booking system and a popular choice, but if you’d rather pay out in annual instalments then there are 12 and 24-month options starting from 60p per day.

4) Do you want to control the rental rate of your property?

Working with both the Managed Letting Service and Holiday France Direct allows the owner to set the rental rate of their property – a real coup.

5) Do you want to offer any incentives to customers who book with you?

Customers of Holiday France Direct owners can benefit from an amazing unlimited 20% discount on car and passenger fares whilst Managed Letting service customers enjoy special travel fares as part of their holiday package.

The benefits aren’t just for customers. Regardless of which letting service you choose with Brittany Ferries, owners can also enjoy an unlimited 20% discount on car and passengers fares with the company, plus one £75 promotional ferry voucher (applicable to Managed Letting Service and Holiday France Direct annual subscription advertising only).

What else should I know about Brittany Ferries holiday rental services?

With decades of experience connecting the UK and France, Brittany Ferries is be one of Britain’s biggest travel companies and its personal customer service has helped secure its popularity among holidaymakers on both sides of the Channel. Whether you choose to rent your property through the Managed Lettings Service or Holiday France Direct, you’ll have the help of a team of experienced advisors specialising in your region of France. There are also no hidden agent fees to catch you out.

Brittany Ferries are constantly investing and will be launching three impressive new ships over the coming years, with state of the art technology for passengers and running on environmentally friendly LNG. The company is also enjoying a design transformation with a colourful new logo and ship livery.

Find out more about letting your French property with Brittany Ferries.

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