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Inventory Checklist for Holiday Cottages: 200+ Essential Items

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Whether you are starting out renting your holiday let cottage or already run a successful holiday home, the essential amenities that you offer can make all the difference between a one-time guest and a guest who returns again and again.

After all, guests will have chosen your holiday let over a hotel because of the ‘home from home’ experience and the extras that you simply don’t get when staying in a hotel.

By having an inventory checklist of all your items and amenities, if something goes missing, you’ll notice straight away. Also, send your list to your guests before they arrive so they can cut down on bringing items they won’t need.

Here’s our rundown of over 200 essential items for holiday cottages and holiday lets. The list is quite subjective and your amenities should reflect the location of your holiday rental, the style of property and the type of guest(s) you attract. (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. corkscrew.

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
Breadboard
Butter dish
Cafetiere
Can opener
Casserole dish
Champagne flutes
Colander
Cookbooks
Cooking tongs
Cooking utensils
Corkscrew
Crockery
Cutlery
Draining rack
Egg cups
Eggs poacher
Fish slice or similar
Fruit bowl
Garlic press
Glass bowls
Glasses – wine, beer (pint), tall, tumbler
Grater
Herbs and spices
Ice bucket
Ice cube tray
Kitchen roll, foil, cling film
Kitchen scales
Knife set (good quality sharp knives)
Knife sharpener
Ladle
Masher
Measuring jug
Milk jug
Mortar and pestle
Mugs
Napkins
Oil & vinegar dispenser set
Oil brush
Oven gloves
Oyster knife
Pan stands
Peeler
Picnic basket
Pizza tray
Placemats 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, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant
Mirror
Non-slip shower mats
Robe hook
Soap dispenser/dish
Toilet brush
Toilet paper
Toothbrush holder
Waste bin

Bedrooms

Bedspreads
Bins
Blankets
Coat hangers
Detachable bedrail
Duvets
Earplugs
Full-length mirror (near socket)
Hot water bottles
Laundry basket
Matching bed linen
Pillow protectors
Pillows (plus extra “just in case”)
Sleeping masks
Suitcase stand
Travel cot
Waterproof mattress protectors

Electrical Equipment

Air conditioning or electric fan
Amazon Alexa
Bluetooth speaker
Dehumidifiers
Dishwasher
DVD player
Filter coffee machine
Food processor/blender
Fridge/Freezer
Hairdryers
Hob and oven
Hoover
Iron
Juicer or smoothie maker
Kettle
Microwave
Small alarm clock
Straighteners
Telephone (block, international, premium calls – allow local only)
Toasted sandwich maker
Toaster
Travel adapter (for foreign visitors)
TV plus streaming services (Sky/Freeview/Netflix etc)
USB charger
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 motion-sensing 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
Dishwasher tablets/rinse aid
Disinfectant and wipes
Dusters
Dustpan and brush
Hand sanitiser
Face masks
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 and crayons or a re-usable wipe clean colouring sheet
Decks of cards
DVDs
Family board games/Puzzles
Games console (Xbox)
Guide/walking books
Lego

Outside

BBQ & starter bundle, tools
Beach bag/rucksack
Beach towels
Bodyboards & 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)
Baby bath
Batteries
Binoculars if you have a good view
Blank note pad and pen
Clothes drying rack
Doormat
Extension lead
Flower vases
For open fires or wood-burners – Ash container, coal scuttle/log basket, fireguard & fire irons, some wood pieces/charcoal
High chair
Ironing board
Led candles
Maps
Matches/lighter
Mini sewing Kit
Safe
Spare light bulbs
Tissues
Toolbox
Travel adapters
Tweezers
Universal phone charger

Doggy treats

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

A basic food hamper

Covid – if you provide a welcome basket consider only offering items which are sealed or packaged – ideally presented in a wipeable container or simply leave them as stand-alone items.

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

Note: definitely don’t leave any opened/partly used leftover items from previous guests!

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

9 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.

  • Amanda |

    Hi just refurbishing my cottage so I can holiday let. It is very small (1 bed) and wondering what peoples views are on whether a washing machine is essential? There is a laundrette 3 mins away.

    thanks

    Amanda

    • Philip |

      Hi, I would say yes. I would replace the dishwasher (if you have one) when it needs replacing with a washing machine if you are short on space.

  • Caryn |

    Things not to have:
    A lower standard of cleanliness than you’d expect in your own home
    Overpoweringly smelly “air freshener” reeds/candles (often dusty/ dirty – run them under a hot tap!) Better still throw them out.
    Bed linen washed in highly perfumed detergent
    No hose pipe in a “dog-friendly’ establishment – needed to keep outside space clean and wash off a muddy dog/child/walking boots
    A neglected garden/outside area (especially if its a selling point)
    Anything with ‘uplifting’ slogans as decor
    A washing machine without a dryer – at least provide a washing line and pegs
    An inadequate number of towels per person – 1 bath towel per person a week isn’t enough.
    A single ‘welcome’ basket for the entire stay for guests booking multiple weeks ( 2+)
    Milk and butter, etc left out on countertop next to fridge in hot weather
    No cafetiere (or similar)- not everyone travels with coffee pods to fit your obscure brand of automatic coffee maker
    A cupboard full of random bits of food left by other people
    A below code first aid kit
    A fire extinguisher with no evidence of its usability/safety check.

    • Philip |

      Thanks Caryn, these are some great tips! Thanks for contributing.

  • David Haswell |

    Been going self-catering twice a year in Britain most of my life and what is lacking most of the time is a 1st Aid Kit. I would have thought it compulsory.

  • Penelope Rowe |

    I am about to start letting again (after a hiatus with building work). I now have some rowing boats and a two person kayak but have been advised not to mention them on my forthcoming website as my insurance will not cover accidents on the water. You suggest bodyboards and inflatables are useful items for guests. What is your advice in terms of the boats? Thanking you in advance for any advice.

    • Philip |

      Anything where there is a potential for injury (bikes, kayak etc.) should be avoided. Recommend somewhere where guests can hire them instead.

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