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Inventory list for self-catering cottages: 200+ essential items

Whether you are just about to start letting your self-catering holiday cottage or already have a successful rental, there are always items that you can provide to wow your guests. After all, many travellers will have chosen your holiday home over a hotel because of the ‘home from home’ experience and the extras that you simply don’t get when staying in a hotel.

This is an inventory list of over 200 essential items for self-catering holiday cottages and holiday rentals. These are items that we think are important for holiday properties, however the list is possibly quite subjective and will often depend on your target market.

Once you have your inventory list, it is useful to regularly cross check what items are missing/broken so they can be replaced. Also,  tell your guests before they arrive what you provide so they can cut down on packing.

It does not include furniture, furnishings etc. as these are quite obvious.

If you have anything to add to enhance a guests stay, please list them in the comments.

Kitchen

For cutlery, crockery, glasses etc. provide double the amount of the maximum occupancy and provide two of essential items e.g. cork screw.

Apple corer
Apron
Assorted spices
Bakery items such as cakes tins, cooling racks, rolling pin, cutters
Baking trays
Bin
Bottle opener x2
Bottle stops
Bread bin
Bread board
Butter dish
Cafetiere
Can opener
Casserole dish
Champagne flutes
Colander
Cookbooks
Cooking tongs
Cooking utensils
Cork screw
Crockery
Cutlery
Draining rack
Egg cups
Eggs poacher
Fish slice or similar
Fruit bowl
Garlic press
Glass bowls
Glasses – wine, beer, tall, tumbler
Grater
Ice bucket
Ice cube tray
Kitchen roll, foil, cling film
Kitchen scales
Knife set/block
Knife sharpener
Ladle
Masher
Measuring jug
Milk jug
Mortar and pestle
Mugs
Napkins
Oil & vinegar dispenser set
Oil brush
Oven gloves
Pan stands
Peeler
Picnic basket
Pizza tray
Place mats and coasters
Plastic chopping boards
Plastic picnic set, children’s cutlery, plastic crockery & cups
Roasting tins
Salt and pepper mills
Saucepans (small/medium/large)
Scissors
Serving bowls
Serving plates
Serving spoons
Sieve
Sink tidy
Spatula
Straws
Table runner
Tablecloth
Tea strainer
Tea towels
Tea Tray
Tea, Coffee & Sugar pots
Teapot
Toast rack
Tupperware containers
Water Jug
Whisk
Wine cooler
Wooden spoons

Bathroom

Bath mat
Bath toys
Matching towels
Mini luxury toiletries e.g. soaps, shower gel, hair products, bath-bombs
Mirror
Non-slip shower mats
Robe hook
Soap dispenser/dish
Toilet brush
Toilet paper
Toothbrush holder
Toothpaste
Waste bin

Bedrooms

Bedspreads
Bins
Blankets
Coat hangers
Detachable bedrail
Duvets
Ear plugs
Hot water bottles
Laundry basket
Matching bed linen
Pillow protectors
Pillows
Sleeping masks
Suitcase stand
Travel cot
Waterproof mattress protectors

Electrical Equipment

Cable/Sky TV box
Bluetooth speaker
Dehumidifiers
Dishwasher
DVD player
Filter coffee machine
Food processor/blender
Fridge/Freezer
Hairdryers
Hob and oven
Hoover
Iron
Juicer
Kettle
Microwave
Small alarm clock
Straighteners
Telephone (block, international, premium calls – allow local only)
Toasted sandwich maker
Toaster
TV
Washing machine/dryer
Wireless router

First Aid & Safety Equipment

Carbon monoxide alarm
Fire blanket
Fire extinguisher
First aid kit
Plasters
Smoke alarm
Stair gates
Thermometer
Wind-up torch and or night lights in case of a power failure

Cleaning Equipment

Air fresheners
Basic supply of cleaning materials for bathroom and kitchen
Bin liners
Bleach
Broom
Cleaning gloves
Disinfectant
Dusters
Dustpan and brush
Mop & bucket
Plunger
Starter supply of dishwasher and washing machine powder/tablets
Wash basket
Washing up bowl with new sponge/disposable cloths/clean brush/washing up liquid

Entertainment

Art supplies for painting
Books
Colouring book or a re-usable wipe clean colouring sheet
Decks of cards
DVDs
Family board games/Puzzles
Guide/walking books
Lego

Outside

BBQ & starter bundle, tools
Beach bag
Beach towels
Body boards & inflatables
Children’s toys, bucket and spade
Cool box
Fold-up chairs
Outside table and chairs
Pegs
Picnic rug
Poncho’s
Umbrella

Other

Ashtrays (if smoking permitted)
Batteries
Binoculars if you have a good view
Blank note pad and pen
Clothes drying rack
Door mat
Extension lead
Flower vases
For open fires or wood-burners – Ash container, coal scuttle/log basket, fire guard & fire irons
High chair
Ironing board
Led candles
Maps
Matches/lighter
Mini sewing Kit
Safe
Spare light bulbs
Tissues
Tool box
Travel adapters and charger
Tweezers

Doggy treats

Dog bed/blanket
Dog bowls
Guide/map of local walks
Pet-friendly pubs guide
Toys
Treats

A basic food hamper

Bottle of wine, prosecco
Chocolates
Fresh bread & butter
Fresh-cut flowers
Local produce e.g. a cake, biscuits, cheese or jam
Mini cereal variety box
Tea/Coffee/Milk, juices and bottled water

And the most important – guest information folder and welcome pack with details of how to use all of the appliances.

Have we missed anything? Do let us know what you provide in the comments and we will add it to the list.

The essential items your holiday cottage must have

2 Comments

  • Gerry |

    Hi, great website and resource. Giving me lots of food for thought.
    We haven’t started up yet, but I’d add
    children’s cutlery
    plastic crockery
    plastic cup/tumblers
    high chair
    travel cot
    stair gates ( x 2, one for the top, one for bottom)
    detachable bedrail

    More from our own personal experience as to what we have looked for in the recent past as opposed to anything else.
    It probably depends on if the property is aimed at children and they are items that don’t necessarily need to be stored in the house.

    Thanks again
    Gerry

    • Philip |

      Thanks for your items, I’ve added them to the list.

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