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How to Turn Your House Into A Luxury Vacation Rental

If you’ve ever wished you had a vacation rental at home, here’s some good news: You can turn your house into one—at least for the time that your guests are there. To do so, all you have to do is follow these simple tips for turning your house into a luxury getaway spot.

Use fluffy white towels

You want your guests to feel like they’re on vacation. Luxury vacation rentals are a great way to make that happen, but they can seem intimidating at first. One of the best ways to take your house from ho-hum to lavish is with towels.

Towels should be plush and white, soft and luxurious, but not too delicate or thin. They should be thick enough so you don’t have to double up—the more layers you have between your skin and the towel fabric, the better. In fact, if it’s possible for you to put three towels together without them falling apart (or making small child noises), then do it.

And finally, natural fibres are always best. The reason so many people love cotton is that it’s soft and absorbent—and while synthetic materials may dry faster than cotton or wool (something that could be a huge plus during summertime), they still don’t compare when it comes down to how luxurious they feel on your body as well as how long their lifespan lasts over time before needing replacement due

Always keep your home stocked with toiletries

When it comes to toiletries, there are a few things you should have on hand at all times. You will want extra toothbrushes, toothpaste and mouthwash for your guests. These items should be kept in the bathroom so that when someone arrives late at night, they can brush their teeth before going to sleep.

You will also want to have extra shampoo, conditioner and body wash available in case your guests forget theirs or run out of soap during their stay. You may also consider having an extra razor available as well so that if one gets lost or stolen (which happens), there won’t be any last-minute panics trying to find one at the local drugstore before heading off on vacation again tomorrow morning

Have a lighting strategy

A lighting strategy can make all the difference. Your home needs to be well-lit at night, but not too bright. It’s easy to go overboard with a single light source like one ceiling fixture or floor lamp. Instead, consider dimming the lights in different areas of your house so that certain rooms appear darker than others and create different moods—such as a cozy den or an intimate dining nook—around which you can build an entire experience for your guests (more on this later). Also, remember that darkening some spaces may require closing blinds or curtains before turning off any additional lights; natural light from windows can provide enough illumination for these areas without having to resort to artificial sources. 

Finally, if there are artworks hanging in your home that you would like highlighted by extra lighting during visits from guests, make sure they are positioned close enough together so they don’t get lost under brighter fixtures further away; it’s also worth considering placing plants near these pieces so they’re both visible at once (but not necessarily seen together).

Go all-in on the art

There are a lot of ways to go about this, but you want to make sure that your art is the focal point of your room. You can use it to create a theme, like if you have an ocean-themed room with watercolour paintings on the walls. Or you can create a mood with more modern artwork — maybe even some abstract pieces that are bright and colourful. Whatever approach you take, make sure that your art is proportional to the size of the room so that it doesn’t overwhelm or underwhelm guests when they enter.

Never stock the minibar yourself

The minibar is a fixture of the hotel industry, but it’s not something you need to include in your vacation rental. For one thing, most guests don’t expect it or want it—only about 20 per cent of vacationers use these mini fridges at all. Additionally, they are often stocked with higher-end items like pricey wine bottles and spirits that cost more than $10 per bottle. Instead of trying to create this experience yourself, just leave out snacks and drinks in the kitchenette — this will save you money and make things easier for your guests.

If you really want to provide refreshments for your guests (and I think this is a nice touch), I recommend putting beverages in some elegant decanters on antique trays around the house so that people can help themselves whenever they feel thirsty or hungry. In addition, consider stocking up on flavoured sparkling water. That way everyone can stay hydrated without worrying about drinking too many alcoholic beverages during their stay.

Create a welcome package

A welcome package is the most important part of your property’s marketing strategy and a great way to set the tone for future guests. When guests arrive at your home, you want them to feel warmly welcomed, which is why creating a welcome package may be your first step in turning your house into a luxury vacation rental.

Your welcome letter should include:

  • Your personal introduction to the guest (if possible)
  • Local information about attractions, restaurants and activities in the area
  • A map of where they can find everything from grocery stores to walking trails nearby

Bet on the bathroom

With so many options to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to start when planning your bathroom.

A good place to start is with design. When looking at bathroom designs, consider the style and personality of your home as well as your own tastes. The right design will help create an inviting atmosphere that guests will enjoy returning again and again — no matter how many times they’ve stayed with you before!

Going with a neutral color palette is often recommended for rental properties because it’s easy on the eye and allows guests more freedom in decorating their space however they like. If you’re feeling bolder, however, consider trying out some more vibrant hues like red or yellow for contrast against crisp white walls; just remember that this type of color scheme won’t work for everybody so don’t be afraid if someone wants something less dramatic!


If you want to make your vacation rental a luxury experience, start with the little things. Those fluffy white towels, toiletries and art are all part of the package. You don’t have to go overboard on them all at once—just keep adding a few items here and there until you’ve reached the level of luxury that feels right for your home.

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