Creating your own holiday accommodation to let

With tourism being the fastest growing industry in Britain and many more people holidaying more local due to the recent events, now might be the right time to convert that old garage or build that extension to cater for people wanting to explore more of what we have to offer here in England and Wales, and we really do have lots to offer with our beautiful coastlines, stunning countryside’s and vibrant cities.

Booking a break away cannot be any easier with numerous websites providing information on different types of stays, whether it may be a cosy room for two or a barn conversion which sleeps 15, you are sure to find something to suit your needs. This simple and convenient method of booking also makes it easier for the home owner to run their business. Many major websites take on all of the hard work of managing bookings, payments and some even offer a service to clean the properties at a set fee.

So, if you are thinking of converting an unwanted building or land into a money earner then it cannot be easier and we are here to help and advise. Some projects may need planning permission however smaller builds can proceed without this being required. It may also depend on if you live in a conservation area, an AONB or listed building, so we always recommend doing your research first or getting in touch and we can guide you through the best course of action.


An example of a garage conversion that we provided plans for in Lyme Regis in 2019 is Larx Nest. This was a garage which was being used for storage and has its own access down the side of the client’s home. It is in a prime location for walkers with only a 15 minute walk down to the town and beach and a 10 minute walk to the South West Coast path, so converting this garage into a self-contained annexe was certainly a no brainer. This project came under permitted development as it was a conversion of an existing building, under 30 meters and no extension to the footprint, so planning permission did not need to be obtained however building regulations were required. Please click on the link below to see this fantastic completed project or even book a stay.

An example of a new build project in Lyme Regis which is used as a holiday accomodation is The Larch House. It is a contemporary three-bedroom detached bungalow which we provided full planning and building regulations for. We were approached by our client in 2018 who had decided to convert a section of their garden into a holiday let with sea views and just a short walk to the town and sea front. This project lies within an AONB and world heritage site, however only took around 4 months to gain full planning permission to then allow the building work to commence.

Another example of a new build holiday accommodation in Lyme Regis is Bay House which is a four-storey town house. We were approached in 2015 by a client who had purchased land with planning approval in place for a different scheme. The client wanted to change the scheme and create two modern homes with the intention of living in one and letting the other out as a holiday home. This project is located on a very sensitive site in Lyme Regis being a conservation area, an old part of Lyme Regis seafront with historical land movement on the site and tight parking. We managed to gain full planning permission after a lot of negotiating with the local planners.

We are currently working with clients in Somerset to gain planning permission on a conversion and extension on an out building which they wish to use as a holiday let. Elsewhere in Dorset we are working with clients to convert their barn into occasional holiday usage. We are in the pre-planning stage and look forward to seeing these transformations in the very near future.

Our examples of holiday homes that we have assisted with are in Lyme Regis which is where the majority of our past and present clients live; however, we are now working in many counties throughout England and Wales and happy to assist with your project wherever you may be.

Posted on October 2nd 2020

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