Letting with Wyke Dorset Cottages

We are very proud to have represented holiday home owners in Dorset for over 30 years


We have built many long-standing relationships with our clients – testament to our professional, yet personal approach and our passion for what we do. We also have many customers that book with Wyke Dorset Cottages year after year, with the confidence that our friendly team can offer local knowledge which is second-to-none to help them book their perfect holiday property in this beautiful part of the country

Our advice is free and without obligation, so call us today on: 01929 422776 or email bookings@dorsetcottages.com
 

A little more about us...

We have a great team of truly local, friendly and enthusiastic staff.


Wyke Dorset Cottages was established in Swanage over 30 years ago and has since joined The Original Cottage Company and expanded to a portfolio of over 100 holiday cottages throughout Dorset.

Through our many years of experience, we understand that every property is different, so from the beginning of our relationship with you, we are sure to identify your requirements in order to make letting your holiday property as smooth a journey as possible.

With an office in Swanage and a friendly team of Dorset locals who are intimately familiar with this wonderful county and our portfolio of over 100 properties, we can make your property work harder for you, but without any of the hard work.

If you prefer to remain hands-on, we’ll help to make it easier for you, marketing your property and taking bookings and payments on your behalf. If you’d like us to, we can also take care of changeovers, housekeeping, maintenance, or completely manage the property if you wish – it’s up to you.

Whether you’re considering investing in a holiday property, in the midst of building works or renovation, or have one ready to go, we are always more than happy to discuss your requirements and answer any queries you may have. We  offer informed and honest income projections, suggestions for property improvements, letting guidance and a full assessment of your property’s potential.

Meet our property managers:

Kelly Lane | East Dorset

I joined the team in April 2014 and I have worked within the industry for many years. My main role is to help owners get the most out of their properties for not only their benefit but also to ensure the customer has a fantastic experience. I also manage the Swanage office plus recruit new properties for our ever expanding portfolio and love looking round all the varied apartments, cottages and houses that Dorset has to offer.

I’ve lived in the Purbeck most of my life and consider myself lucky for doing so! I love exploring the outdoors with my two dogs, there’s so many places to choose from be it a coastal path, forest walk or trip to the beach - it’s a doggy paradise!!

Amy Pye | West Dorset

Dorset is my absolute favourite place! I spent my childhood in Weymouth but moved to Exeter in 2014 and enjoyed the hustle and bustle of the city for nearly 5 years. I have always known that Dorset is where I wanted to live long term, so moved back at the start of the year and now enjoy spending time catching up with friends and family, doing DIY around the house (badly) or walking my cocker spaniel Bruce along the beautiful coastlines!

As a Property Manager, my role is very interesting and varied – no 2 days are ever the same! I love being out and about meeting new homeowners and building lasting relationships with our existing owners too.

Best of both worlds

Letting with Wyke Dorset Cottages provides you with the best of both worlds: truly local expertise coupled with national exposure.


We are very proud of our local roots in Dorset but also feel very privileged to be part of a larger family. Our parent company, Original Cottages has grown from humble kitchen-table beginnings to a national brand, however, as a family-owned company, their ethos has remained the same which is to provide the advantages of personal, local service but with countrywide reach.

Please view this short video to learn how our family of brands benefit from the support of Original Cottages, just as we do:


 

Why choose Wyke Dorset Cottages?

92%  of our owners would recommend us!

- Annual homeowner survey results 2018

Generating the highest profit for you

As a member of The Original Cottage Company, we have the support of a marketing and IT team who are committed to generating bookings for your property.  This includes promotion on websites, use of social media, PR, advertising, events, as well as sending targeted information to our large database of customers and enquiries. The result of this investment is that we can attain the highest booking levels in the business. Our commission rates are extremely competitive too, so the result for you is high income and great value.

Providing unparalleled service and support

We’re proud of the relationships we have with our home owners, and will always go the extra mile to offer exceptional service.  We have a local office in Dorset, so can pop out to see you as needed.  We also have the support of a bookings team in Norfolk, who are on hand 7 days a week until late.  If required, we have a strong network of housekeepers and trades, giving you peace of mind that your cottage will always be presented to an exceptional standard.  We will monitor your bookings, and be proactive in discussing how things are going.  We’re always there for you, and your guests. 

Holiday cottage experts

We are a family business that started over 30 years ago.  Since 2014, we have been owned by The Original Cottage Company, now the fourth largest holiday home letting agency in the UK.  We have retained our local team, and their wealth of knowledge, but now also have the support of a much larger organisation, with enormous expertise in website design, search engine optimisation, and online marketing.

A local team

We are a local team with expert knowledge of Dorset and all it has to offer. Our expertise enables us to provide your guests with an unparalleled level of service and advice, to ensure they have a fantastic experience in this beautiful county.

A valued partner

We see the relationship with our home owners as a partnership.  We’re friendly, knowledgeable, and professional.  We aim to develop a long-term relationship with our home owners, many of whom have been with us for many years.  We want to be able to offer Dorset holiday cottages that our guests love every year, and so work hard to ensure that we’re getting it right with our home owners, as well as the team supporting the property, from housekeepers to trades. 

Available 7 days a week

The majority of guest bookings take place online, but some do want to talk to us.  Whether that’s to make a holiday cottage booking, discuss a booking, or answer some questions about the local area, and so it’s important that we’re available 7 days a week.

Our booking line is open from 8am to 8pm Monday to Saturday, and 10am to 6pm on Sunday.   

Our Swanage office will take the calls during its opening hours between 9.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Saturday. When the office is closed, or if all our lines are busy, calls will be answered by our friendly Sales Support Team in Norfolk, who will take bookings, answer queries or ensure the customer receives a call back from the local Swanage team, if required.

Let's Talk Marketing

The primary objective of our marketing activity is to create new bookings, maximising the revenue potential of your property.

We are able to realise excellent booking rates using our extensive, targeted marketing programme:
 

Online Marketing

Two thirds of holiday cottage bookings come from our Websites, and so we put a lot of time and effort into ensuring that they are user-friendly, work across all devices, offer a quality experience, and enable secure payment for our guests.

Our main website, www.dorsetcottages.com has excellent conversion rates, which means that people that view our holiday cottages actually book.  All holiday cottages are also featured on our national website, www.originalcottages.co.uk, as well as www.lovecottages.co.uk, which features a large range of carefully selected holiday cottages from local agents.  We also pay to list your holiday cottage on numerous affiliate websites, both in the UK and elsewhere across Europe, to ensure that your holiday cottage attains maximum exposure.

Our IT team work hard to ensure that we maintain our position in search engine results, and our marketing team use pay per click advertising where necessary. 

We actively engage with guests and other people with an interest in us via our social media channels; Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Google+.  We encourage people to “like” us, “share” posts about us, and regularly run competitions to increase interest, and get more people following us.  This has become another important tool to generate bookings.

Our Magazine

We produce a lifestyle magazine, which showcases our Dorset holiday cottages, as well as Dorset as a destination.  The magazine is distributed widely across Dorset, as well as being available to order online. 

Campaign Marketing

We send both printed materials and email newsletters to our large database.  These communications are high quality, informative and well targeted.  Our marketing team track the progress of the campaigns, to ensure that they generate a high rate of bookings

Press and advertising

We work closely with a number of local and national publications, event organisers and community publications to promote our holiday cottages.  We focus on generating PR, and getting editorial or advertorial into publications.  We’re always on the lookout ways to promote your holiday cottage!     

We also advertise in the areas where our holiday cottages are located, to ensure that holiday makers are aware of us.  Some of our staff drive branded cars, and we often place signs or banners in key positions.    

Local shows and events

We often attend local and county shows, which is a great way to meet holiday makers and chat about our holiday cottages.  We have high quality displays, and branded materials for people to take away with them.

Additional benefits for our homeowners

10% Original Cottages discount

As we are part of the Original Cottages group, our homeowners enjoy a 10% discount off their own holidays.

With over 5,000 Original Cottages properties to choose from, you too could enjoy exploring the UK for less.

Exclusive discounts from our partners

We love loyal customers. So, to say thank you for choosing us, we’ve teamed up with a range of local and national companies to ensure that you are rewarded with some seriously great offers and discounts.

Find out more by requesting an Owner Information Pack today.


Inclusive Cancellation Protection

It’s amazing how many people do cancel a holiday booking.  We’re keen to ensure that your income is protected, as well as providing protection for our guests, when life events occasionally mean that cancellation is required.  The cost of the protection is included in the advertised cost of all our cottage holidays, and means that you are guaranteed 100% of the owner rate for any cancelled booking.

Please request an Owner Information Pack for further details.

Owner Feedback

Conkers, Swanage

"As newcomers to the holiday letting business we knew very little of what was required to get our property into shape and what an agent would be able to do for us. Kelly was happy to visit the property to give us some great advice and then be on hand to help with any queries. We’ve had an excellent booking rate and everything has worked like clockwork. They have always been very helpful, friendly and efficient."

Flat 5 Broadleys, Swanage

“We moved our agency to Wyke 3 years ago because of their good local reputation, and they’ve never disappointed. Always courteous and welcoming when we visit them in their quaint Swanage office, they are also helpful and prompt in replying to emails. Behind the scenes and with their local knowledge, if they can’t sort out a problem they know someone who can. We aren’t going to move our letting agency again.”

Spinners Hatch, Beaminster

“In early 2015 we decided to introduce a holiday cottage into our lettings business. Acknowledging that the two were very different we approached a number of Dorset holiday property letting agents, with varying degrees of response. The friendliest, and more to the point most helpful, was Wyke Dorset Cottages. They were extremely supportive in discussing area, type of property and furnishings/equipment that would be required. Throughout our period of acquisition and set-up they were always available when we needed advice. Much more than other agents were offering at that stage. Since then they have produced a number of lucrative lettings already in our first full season. We look forward to working with WDC on an on-going basis.”

Knollsea, Swanage

“For the last few years we have let "Knollsea" with the help of Wyke Dorset Cottages. They first updated and upgraded the original company's technology which rendered the whole system efficient, speedy and completely reliable. As a result, the number of bookings rose immediately and are now the highest ever. The team of staff are helpful, understanding and considerate beyond expectations. They market the property professionally and create innovative discounts or offers. Most of all the team help and advise regarding Health and Safety issues, which contributes to owners' peace of mind.”


No matter what stage you’re at with your Dorset holiday cottage, we’re happy to help. 

Our experienced team of Property Managers are able to provide a full assessment of your Dorset holiday home potential, including suggestions for property improvements and letting guidance.  We will always try to be realistic with our income projections.  We’re in this for the long term, and hope you will be too.

Call us on 01929 422776 or email us on bookings@dorsetcottages.com to arrange a free, no obligation initial visit.
 

Ready to learn more? Request our FREE Homeowner Letting Guide:


It provides a more detailed explanation of our services, our fantastic Cancellation Protection Scheme, the financials and why we are the best local team to help maximise booking rates for your property.