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Most Important Feature List Of Self Catering Accommodation

April 19, 2017

This list of Self Catering Features only show the most critical. Washing machine Dryer Fridge Coffee Machine Hair dryer(s) Braai Sundeck chairs Fine Linen Single Beds that become Kings Safe Uncapped Internet DSTV Beach Towels Three or more sets of bath towels Falt screen TVs Off street parking Views Pool Jacuzzi Modern and New Interior […]

The Secret Of Making Guests Like Your Self Catering Home

April 14, 2017

How To Find The “Secret” To Making Guests Like Your Self Catering Home Let me start by asking four questions. If you can answer yes to at least two of these questions then I will be wasting your time – you have the secret and can teach me a few tricks. If not, then let’s […]

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How to set self catering rates to make money

March 8, 2017

How to set self-catering daily rates to make moneyYou are a homeowner and you want to make money via Airbnb and other sites. It’s easy: all you do is dress the place up nicely, get some photos, and set rates. Setting of rates? You did some homework and saw your neigbour is charging great rates. Or you […]

Tips On How To Buy Property For Airbnb – Cape Town

February 22, 2017

Are you considering buying property in Cape Town to make money with Airbnb? Well, you are not alone. Everyone is jumping on the Airbnb bandwagon. And now you have also decided to cream it while it lasts. Nothing wrong with that but don’t be naive. Let me try and give you a few pointers when deciding on […]


HolidayMakers Tips: Save Cape Town’s Water – Every Drop Counts

February 1, 2017

We have a major water crisis in Cape Town. Read the latest news here on restrictions and ways to assist. Some tips I got and adapted from here: Turn off the tap when you brush your teeth – this can save 6 litres of water per minute. When you wash dishes don’t do it under […]

It ain’t over ’til the fat lady sings – [Cape Town Accommodation Owners]

January 20, 2017

As you know we got worried as 2016 was running full steam ahead. Many Cape Town homes showed availability right through November and into early December. Where they ever going to book out?!  Many Cape Town homes showed availability right through November and into early December. Where they ever going to book out?!  Some owners […]

Available Cape Town Self Catering Accommodation for December January 2106 2017

November 24, 2016

Just a quick update on available Cape Town self catering accommodation for December January 2016 2017. As agents, we share our available Cape Town accommodation with more than 40 agencies focusing on Cape Town short term accommodation. I use this database annually to see how many properties are still available. Let me quickly give you […]

Current Available Cape Town Homes For Peak Time – 4 Bedrooms

September 7, 2016

Dear Cape Town Home Owner This is an open letter to one of our Southern Suburb self-catering home-owners. For privacy purposes, I have bolded in the house in the table. The owner asked me the following today: Just popping in to see how the market is going? have we had any hits on our house? […]


Wood Fired Hot Tub: Can It Address Low Occupancy During Winter?

August 19, 2016

Good question. People want a break from the cold winter in and around Cape Town. They have very many choices. Every owner fight for attention and most of them do it based on competitive rates. But that’s not ideal. You have to find another way. Let’s call it uniqueness. During winter we get people asking […]

What is going on with the Cape Town Holiday Rental Market?

You know about Brexit, stronger rand, local elections, and winter. Let’s discuss how these may impact the rental market and what you should consider. Before the elections, many people enquired but few committed. And we wanted to know why? The graph below shows Google search volumes for “Cape Town accommodation” over a few years until today.     […]


Why Is arriving ON TIME At A Self Catering Place Such A Pain?

May 11, 2016

Let me tell you a story about the Horaks arriving at a self catering cottage in Riebeeck Kasteel ON Time!BTW: This story is not about dogs. Let me say; the Horaks love dogs.Dogs are not as demanding as kids but they can direct your life if you allow them – and we do…..With Nandi in […]

Winter Is Bad News For Cape Town Self Catering Owners

May 10, 2016

Yes. The Cape Town winter is seriously bad news for most Cape Town self catering owners. We walked the streets of many False Bay villages, and the shops are closed. If it was not for mother’s day, restaurants would have had almost no clients. The weather is actually great. A few days of the South Easter […]

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How To Make Money With Airbnb With Independent Guest Ratings

May 6, 2016

Many holiday homeowners think I am crazy when I propose very competitive rates on Airbnb when launching a new property. I must say that I would rather choose crazy than stupid. In previous writings I have argued why Airbnb hosts need to make love with Airbnb by making them money. If you do they will make you money. Today […]

The Internet Solution To Your Self Catering Home

April 21, 2016

Are you willing to lose a deal because you don’t have proper internet or no DSTV? We have learned at lot about self-catering; the needs of owners and the needs of guests. I believe we have earned the right to know what works and what not. How? Including the 50 Cape Town holiday homes we […]

How Can Cape Town Holiday Accommodation Owners Benefit Using A Channel Manager?

Let’s assume you want to maximise the income from your Cape Town holiday home. How would you maximise it?Obviously marketing seems easy. But the only real measure of success is the amount of money the holiday owner can bank after all costs. Today I am not going to discuss everything about holiday home marketing, you can […]

Setting Cape Town Self Catering Rates & Other – Michael Farr – Sun International

April 13, 2016

Setting Cape Town self catering accommodation rates. This is a skill. But a skill is useless if you if your ego runs wild. I have come across many owners who want the high rate without understanding supply and demand. I don’t care how you prove your rates; if you have poor occupancy you have nothing […]

This Homeowner Ask For Ideas On How To Rank On Airbnb

January 20, 2016

Leon from Las Vegas searched and found this Cape Town self catering owner’s blog. This is what Leon wanted help with: Hi, my name is Leon Yang and I’m actually an Airbnb host in Las Vegas. I’ve came across your blog via questions about how to rank better on Airbnb. It seems like you guys […]

How to Prep Your AirBnB For The Business Traveller

November 23, 2015

The other day one of our Airbnb guests gave a very useful review at the same time I got an email from Airbnb on how, our more than 40, Airbnb listings can qualify for the business traveller. This what Airbnb had to say: For business travelers, a hair dryer and an ironing board can make or break a […]

Cape Town Holiday Accommodation Availability December 2015 New Year

Cape Town Holiday Accommodation Availability December 2015 New Year

November 10, 2015

Are you looking for accommodation in Cape Town Holiday with availability December 2015 New Year? One bedrooms, two bedrooms, three bedrooms, four bedrooms, 5 even six bedroom holiday accommodation. Have a look at the list below. This list is not complete and we have accommodation left in Camps Bay, Clifton and other suburbs. But the […]

Outlook on Cape Town Festive Season 2015/2016

November 6, 2015

What’s the outlook for Cape Town festive market for 2015.2016? Just the other day Elmarie was asked to 4 restaurants for guests of this festive season. Most of the popular places like The Test Kitchen, Pot Luck, Harbour House and many others were fully booked months in advance and for months over peak summer season. […]

Top Cape Town Restaurants 2015

Top Cape Town Restaurants 2015

October 20, 2015

Are these some of the top Cape Town restaurants 2015? No 1 must be The Test Kitchen. “The Test Kitchen continues to garner international recognition for the excellent offering they deliver,” Winde said in a statement on Thursday. “Earlier this year, the eatery featured on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants for 2015, which was compiled […]

Tap Into The Profitable Holiday Home Market To Suit Yourself

September 23, 2015

Homeowner; today you can tap into Cape Town’s popularity and earn income from your lovely home in and around Cape Town. A very high demand for quality self-catering accommodation sees owners enjoying a great return on their assets. How would you like to make R140 000 over 14 nights during peak summer? How would you […]

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Cape Town has quietly become a must-visit city for travelers all over the globe – Things To Do In Cape Town

August 24, 2015

South Africa is having a moment—or maybe five. Cape Town has quietly become a must-visit city for travelers all over the globe, with an enviable food culture, markets and museums, the Kirstenbosch Gardens and a rapidly growing craft scene. The Cape Winelands have earned respect from the notoriously demanding global wine community. The coastline serves […]

Local's guide to eating in Cape Town

Local’s guide to eating in Cape Town

August 13, 2015

No matter your craving Tails of a Mermaid blogger Natalie Roos has a fix for you to discover in and around Cape Town. I love food. I mean, I know everyone likes food, but I love food. Throughout the day while I’m running around working and writing emails, in the back of my mind, there are […]

Sole Marketing Terms And Conditions

August 12, 2015

You, The Owner Of The Property, agree to the following sole marketing conditions: is given a sole marketing to market your accommodation – this means that only is responsible for your home’s availability calendar. The owner can reserve dates for personal use only after the owner has verified availability with The sole marketing […]

Did You Ask The Bull What Happens When You Negotiate Cape Town Self Catering Rates?

August 6, 2015

Cape Town self catering rates negotiations: If you understand the bull fight then you’ll understand how negotiable Cape Town self catering rates are. Let me tell you a joke to explain it: A big Freesate farmer and his friends visit Spain. While sipping his Ron de Motril, he noticed a sizzling, scrumptious looking platter being served […]


2 Criteria For High Short-Term Rentals in Cape Town

June 24, 2015

You may be wondering why your self-catering home is not renting out as fast as you would like to see it go. Today I am going to share  two major criteria that have the most impact. After that we can discuss what can be done. Given Cape Town’s popularity any Tom, Dick or Harry could […]

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Learn How A Professional Photographer Can Fix These Simple Mistakes For Only R850

June 3, 2015

Today everyone is a photographer. You constantly take photos with your smartphone. But does that qualify you or your amateur photographing friend as an expert? During peak December homeowners earn from R25000 to more than R250 000 renting their homes to Cape Town holidaymakers. My question is, why can homeowners not spend R850 per hour […]

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Is Cape Town As A Destination Getting Too Expensive?

May 19, 2015

Let’s see what the Deutsche Bank, Cape Town homeowners and one enquiring client thinks.   Lets start with the client: He wanted 14 nights accommodation at R7000 per night for December (he had very strict guidelines on views, private pool and no apartments). Yesterday, after days of sending about 97 emails, he responded:   I think, […]

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Managing Self Catering Accommodation: Our Ideal Cape Town Clients Maximise Income

May 2, 2015

Managing self-catering accommodation in Cape Town is one of the choices remote homeowners need to consider carefully. Today I want discuss one of the ways homeowners can qualify any Cape Town short term rental agencies; value vs cost: Surely there comes a time when counting the cost and paying the price aren’t things to think […]

Looking for Accommodation in Clifton Cape Town Over December?

April 8, 2015

Accommodation in Clifton Cape Town Over December What a fun place to be over December. Accommodation in Clifton Cape Town over December is only for those who can afford a special treat. There are very few Cape Town homes on the beach. It’s either rocks, roads or railway lines taking up prime spaces. Not in […]

Looking For Houses To Rent December Simonstown?

You are looking for houses to rent December Simonstown. And if you are looking for December homes in Simonstown then I don’t need to ask you if you know this beach? If you enjoy Simonstown photos then have a look here. Many people would search and search while others are out there securing their places […]

Breakfast at Raith in Constantia

March 2, 2015

One of the best breakfasts ever at Raith in Constantia. The Cape Holiday family team decided to meet for a late morning breakfast at Raith in Constantia. I had the Eggs Benedict – one of my  favourites – this was however the best one ever.. Eggs soft and deep golden yellow, the sauce perfect but […]

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Buying Cape Town Property For Short Term Rental Income

February 24, 2015

The rental research we have done shows many homeowners who do a great job of marketing and management get 30% occupancy, most get 50% and those who do an exceptional job get 75% and more. If you actively market your home you can get a great return. Cape Town is not the number one destination […]

Setting Rates: Airbnb Is A Game You Play

February 19, 2015

Many Cape Town homeowners and accommodation owners ask us advice on Airbnb. It’s critical that you play the Airbnb game. You need a great host, excellent and responsive marketing, great photos, competitive rates and many reviews. A question about Airbnb from one of our pro-active marketing and management homeowners. They have a lovely three bedroom […]

Self Catering Management in Cape Town: Relieve The Hassle And Earn From The Popularity

January 31, 2015

Today, if you don’t get an income from the short term rental market then you are leaving a lot of money on the table. But to do that you may need a self catering management agency in Cape Town who may be small, but very effective. Let me give you an introduction of how we […]

Self Catering Rates: Advice To Cape Town Home Owner: Learn To Crawl Before You Run

One of our very trusted and landords in Newlands asked me for advice on how to set rates for her luxury 10 sleeper holiday home in Newlands Cape Town. This is what she asked me: Please give me suggestions re rates I’ve been told by others that my rate is too low?! Look forward to your […]

Cape Town Self Catering Owner: 12 Home Setup Tips Get You Compliments Galore!

December 29, 2014

As a Cape Town Self Catering Owner, you want guests to be proud of your accommodation. There are always two types of owners; those who focus on making money and those who focus on having happy guests. As you guess; the ones who focus on having happy guests make more money than the others. The list […]

Designed To Unfrustrate The Waiting For Self Catering Guests To Arrive

December 12, 2014

Meeting guests when they arrive or open the home for cleaners or maintenance guys: Your Your self catering agent can assist you. You can beg yourneigbours. You can ask your mother. You can cancel or interrupt your party. You can pay a friend. You can fine them if they arrive late, it does not help. Whatever […]

2 Little Mistakes That Cost A Cape Town Self Catering Home Owner R52000

December 5, 2014

I got this email from a Cape Town self catering home owner today 4 Dec 214. Just 20 days before season starts: “Urgent Green Point Rate Change” Please can you amend the listing for holiday letting our 8 sleeper property as follows –we really want to secure bookings right now: Daily Nett to us                                 R4500 […]

What Is Green Grass Marketing For Self Catering Accommodation?

November 14, 2014

The other day someone said that my rugby team is great on paper but fails on grass. It may be painful, but it’s true. Today I want to ask you if your Cape Town self catering marketing looks great on paper but fails when it gets to the “green grass”? I am sure you get the […]

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What We Do As Short Term Rental Agents Cape Town

November 11, 2014

As short term rental agents Cape Town we have two major responsibilities. The first is to meet the needs of our holiday makers with the Cape Town short term accommodation in our extensive portfolio.  The second function is to effectively market the accommodation of our owners. Today I want to discuss one aspect of marketing we […]

Simonstown Short Term Rental Agency

November 6, 2014

Are you looking for a Simonstown short-term rental agency? Trust is where we start. And I assume trust is also high on your list. Without trust we cannot do the business we do. And that’s why our clients; Simonstown homeowners and holiday makers send us reviews like these. And if you need to know who […]


Cape Town Is Nearly 2000 km Further From The Ebola Risk Than London

November 5, 2014

The world is a small place and at times (most times) pretty stupid. We had a party of 8 from Europe coming to Cape Town but the cancelled because of the so called Cape Town Ebola risk. If you look at the map above London is 4624 km from the Ebola risk area, Gibraltar – Spain is […]

What We Do As Simonstown Holiday Letting Agents

Holiday Letting Agents Simonstown: What a pain to have a couple a million investment but you get no return from it. Yes, capital may gain but you are not tapping into the lucrative short-term rental market that’s booming in Cape Town. You sit with this lovely accommodation of yours and you can rent it out […]

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Top Fun Things To Do In Cape Town As Shared By Others Like Conde Nast

November 1, 2014

Let me start with a summary by Conde Nast announcing the Top 25 Cities in the World: Readers’ Choice Awards 2014 Click here to view original web page at Cape Town is the best city in the world for blending urban culture with the great outdoors: They’re literally a five-minute drive from each other. There’s an exploding […]


Cape Town Self Catering Management Advice To A Prospective Homeowner

October 21, 2014

The owner in Marina Da Gama Muizenberg bought a lovely three bedroom self catering home. She want’s to maximise her income and want us to help her in managing and marketing here home. Here is my plan to her: Let’s say we are conservative and aim to bring in R180 000 net to you during the first […]

About Your 2014 Cape Town Holiday

October 9, 2014

You can be anywhere and have a great new years party. But Cape Town is one party all times. So if you have not booked we have some homes left in Kommetjie, St James, Simonstown, the Southern Suburbs and a few expensive ones on the Atlantic. But if you are already packing your bags then […]


How To Establish & Calculate Self Catering Rental Rates When You Start Out

September 23, 2014

It’s not easy to know how to set your short-term rental rates when you start out with your self catering accommodation. The other issues is that you don’t know what your potential income would or should be. In order to help I have created a self catering daily rate calculator. The idea is that you […]


Cape Town Holiday Home Rental Agents Listing Service

September 20, 2014

As Cape Town holiday home rental agents we can assist the self-catering homeowner who wants gain an income from the lucrative Cape Town tourism and travel industry. We can assist in more than one way: Passive Marketing: Listing your nice accommodation on our website for free. All that’s needed is your in-your-pocket rates for various season, your […]

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