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In general visitors are either sailing in the regattas or connected with them. There is a common misconception that visitors are heavy partying males with little regard for the places they stay in. Nothing could be further from the truth. People who spend to stay in Cowes are serious about racing here. Early nights and a serious attitude are the norm. Also, many properties are occupied by families who treat the regattas as the summer holiday. Finally, there are regatta professionals, film crews, RIB drivers, organisers etc. who are here simply to work.

 

How many visitors can my house accommodate?

In general, unless there are couples in the visiting group, each bed whether single or double counts as one.

Sofa beds and futons in lounges are not counted as full beds but may count as child or lower cost accommodation. The number of bathrooms is often a limiting factor. We have a rule that the maximum number who can share a bathroom is 6. The best way to sort out the accommodation profile is to give Ceri a call so she can come and have a look. We will then prepare details which you will have every chance to amend, and then we can post them on the website together with photos if you are happy with that.

 

How much am I likely to receive?

The basic method of working out the cost of properties is on a per head per night basis. Large properties close to town carry a premium, and the closer you are to the Marinas the better.

Prices vary from £25 per head pre night to £60 per head per night depending on location, size and quality.

 

How does the booking process work?

Once you have decided to let your home, we will circulate details of it to prospective visitors as and when they enquire. If you have agreed to have the details on the internet (without the address of course) potential visitors can search the database. Once they have expressed an interest, we will collect full details from them as to who they are, and what they want, and we will contact you to see if you are interested in having them as visitors in your home. 

If you agree, we will send them a booking form and ask for a 25% deposit which is non-refundable. Then, once the deposit has been received, we send a booking agreement to the visitor and a contract to the home owner. Once these have been signed, each party retains their own signed copy of it.

Eight weeks before the let commences we collect the balance of the monies and a damage deposit (currently 50 pounds per head minimum 250 pounds). We ask you to let us have keys 2 weeks before the left and we arrange for handover at the appointed time. After the clients have left, we ask you to check the house to see that there is no damage or loss, and if all is in order, we refund the damage deposit to the visitor.

 

How do I prepare my house?

The visitor is coming to stay in a home from home property, the basis of which is that it is ready to move into with linen and towels provided. There is not a requirement to provide any food and drinks, although a welcome pack is well received. We recommend that you remove and store any personal and precious items, but do not feel that you have to remove everything. We leave CD’s, DVD’s etc. and have never had a problem.

Cleanliness is paramount. We pride ourselves on having only top-quality properties and visitors expect everything to be in order, house clean, grass cut, windows cleaned etc. The better condition you leave your house in, the better it will be returned to you.

 

What about damage?

In the unlikely event of damage, we hold a damage bond which as mentioned above is £50 per head per night, minimum £250. If in the unfortunate event that damage has occurred, we will contact you after the let in writing with a form to be completed. Simply, return the form to RegattaLets with receipts for any breakages and we will deduct from the damage bond. If there is any dispute, then we will do our best to act as intermediary.

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