Treehouses are a holiday letting trend that captures imagination almost instantly, offering an unusual choice that is ideal for honeymoons, romantic retreats and even family holidays. Recently, Huffington Post SA reported that a famous treehouse in Hout Bay, Blackwood Manor, would be put up for auction at the price of R65 million. Luckily, most modern treehouses do not need to come at such a high price.
There are many variations to this trend, ranging from tiny cottages in the woods, all the way to container homes, wooden houses, literal treehouses set high up in the trees, and sustainable cabins that feel as though they are far removed from everything. With a large number of forests and wooded areas to be found across Cape Town, this trend is surprisingly versatile once you have found the perfect location. While treehouses can be incredibly luxurious, they can also be simple and rustic, attracting eco-conscious travellers in search of a peaceful place to stay. Keep reading to find out how to make this holiday letting trend work.
How to Make This Holiday Letting Trend Work
There are a few things to keep in mind if you are considering this holiday letting trend, including the following:
- Location is everything for this type of rental. Look for private wooded areas, either in dedicated nature areas, tree sanctuaries or forests. Make sure that you have permission to either purchase land or property in this area. Some wooded areas, such as the Higgovale Tree Sanctuary, are within close reach of the city, while other areas may be a little outside of the CBD. Ideally, you want your guests to feel removed from the hustle and bustle, while still being able to take in the attractions without having to drive too far. Make sure that the area is safe and access-controlled, if possible.
- Rustic is good; primitive is not as good. Guests will pay a premium to live out in the woods, in a minimal, sustainable abode that covers all the basics. That does not mean that they will want to be without hot water, electricity and basic amenities. No WiFi can be a good thing. No plumbing is a whole other story altogether. Put yourself in your potential guests’ shoes and consider what you would want from a treehouse escape. Do some market research to get a better idea of the facilities that this type of guest expects.
- You don’t need to scrimp on luxury, either. The ideal balance is to provide simple accommodation that is fully fitted with a host of unexpected luxuries. This is where short term rental management comes in to make your guests feel at home. An expertly managed rental provides everything from guest concierge to bookings management, marketing, and day to day management. Guests are treated like royalty from their very first enquiry, with everything that they could ever need during their stay. Optional extras such as a fridge stocked full of treats, fresh flowers, luxurious linens, quality bath products, soft robes, and slippers further add to the experience.
To find out more about how you can take your rental to the next level, get in touch with our team today. Whether you have a treehouse or you are considering another holiday letting trend for your property investment, we will help you get the best results and the best return on your investment.