Whether you’ve bought your lodge for your own personal use or as an investment to rent out to other holiday-goers, one of the greatest challenges in getting it up and running can often be making the space feel like a home away from home.
But fear not, because we’ve got some top tips to help you make your brand-new lodge at Away Resorts, or another fantastic holiday site, feel as homely as can be.
Read on to find out more.
Keep it clean
It might seem obvious, but keeping your holiday lodge clean after each stay is something that should always be a top priority.
If you’re renting out the space this is just common courtesy, and will need to be cleaned in order to meet health and safety regulations. However, when using the lodge for you and your family, it can be easy to procrastinate cleaning. After all, who wants to change the sheets when they’re on holiday?
But, by taking some time to keep your lodge clutter-free, you’ll be reigniting one of the many reasons why going away is so relaxing in the first place – to get away from everything that surrounds you, mentally and physically, in your day-to-day life.
Thoughtful colour schemes
Another way to ensure your lodge feels like a home away from home is through thoughtful décor. Whether it’s as simple as changing the furnishings and adding some accessories to bring out pops of your favourite colours, or painting the walls so they’re bright, airy and welcoming – taking care of your surroundings will make all the difference.
You could opt for blues and yellows to exaggerate the sand and the sea surrounding a coastal property, or use soft greens and lilacs to bring the outside in if your lodge is situated in the heart of nature. Whatever you decide, remember you would’ve chosen your location for a reason, so why not incorporate this into the lodge to really create that home-away-from-home feel.
Keep track of local amenities
Creating a booklet of what’s going on in the local area, as well as activities on-site is a great way to keep you and the family occupied when visiting your lodge.
Being able to see what’s going on around you, from the comfort of your lodge, will take your stay to the next level, and save you – or your guests – from traipsing around trying to find something to do.
Take your pet
Many lodges and caravans at holiday parks are pet friendly, and there’s nothing that’ll make you feel more at home than your four-legged friends. That’s right; taking your dog, or allowing others to take their dog, to your lodge will surely make your stay better than ever.
Kit it out
Arguably, more important than the interior design, kitting out your lodge with all the essentials will prevent you from having to bring everything you might need back and forth each trip. By sorting the likes of pots, pans, mugs and crockery, you can enjoy home-cooked meals, and your favourite coffee, without worrying about trying to find a restaurant that caters to everyone.
Television subscriptions are another way to make your lodge feel more homely, as well as making the most of the storage spaces by leaving flip-flops and spare bedding, so you don’t always have to pack and unpack the same things.
Ultimately, a home all comes down to the details, but it’s essential to get the balance between feeling like a home, and also still being able to be away from home and free from clutter. Things like a broom, placemats and your favourite mug are great details that will definitely help with the overall homely feel.
What makes you feel most at home? Now you’ve embarked on your next adventure as a lodge owner, can you take whatever makes you feel most at home with you on your holidays?