A report in The Sunday Times at the weekend stated that 7 out of 10 Britons describe themselves as Middle Class. There were various sub-groups under this banner, but then it went on to name “50 things that make you middle class”. I’ve had a quick scan through and picked out the ones that should ensure your holiday property will appeal to 70% of the British (all written with my tongue very firmly in my cheek I have to point out!).
1) Holiday habits – ideally there will be three trips a year, a cold one snowboarding in the mountains somewhere, another lying by the pool in the heat and a third in Cornwall or elsewhere the UK – sheltering from the rain. Ideally your property will fit one of these three.
2) Veg boxes – something that can be replicated anywhere – it’s called a welcome box. Fill with local produce, wine and foraged items for an added bonus.
3) Ethnic salad spoons – put some in the kitchen drawer of your holiday property.
4) Underfloor heating – very desirable for the winter holiday retreat and ‘sheltering’ (ie rainy) trips.
5) Dinner parties in the kitchen – open plan kitchen/diners are easier to sell and a more sociable space.
6) Bicycle seats for children – probably indicative of general need for child-friendly kit and more active holidays.
7) Festivals – along with the three holidays a year, festivals are inclusive of all ages so have become an integral part of the summer. Link your property up with local ones as a selling point. Often day passes are available and some festival-goers want to sleep under a roof, or at least be sure of a dry night before or after the festivities to recover.
8) Cheese – put a local variety in your welcome box.
9) Threadcount – knowing this and specifying it is impressive, Egyptian cotton is no longer sufficient.
10) Logs – cosy and doubles up as wall decoration.
11) Yoga – link up with local classes or better still organise a retreat at your property.
12) Jars (storage) – put a few Kilners in your kitchen.
13) Trampolines – good for child-friendliness and makes families feel at home.
14) Yurts – for those glamping weekends in the UK or rural Spain or France – make sure there are plenty of sheepskins around.
If you need to delve further into the nuances of the article and I’ve given you a taste for going the whole hog, you can access it here – although you do need to be a Times subscriber. I hope this snippet might have given you some clues as to why your property is profligate or not, although as I hinted at in the beginning – all to be taken with a heavy pinch of salt! Although sometimes it’s nothing major that’s wrong, just the little things. Happy thread counting.
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