These days, many families are booking vacations closer to home—especially at cabins or waterfront cottages. The right cottage rental can comfortably accommodate an entire family, and it often comes equipped with all the amenities and extras that make their stay fun and memorable.
If you own a vacation home and are looking to make some bonus income, it can pay to know what amenities and features renters are looking for, so that you can be sure to add the right details to your Vrbo listing and make any needed improvements. A property that checks all (or most!) of the below boxes will get booked more quickly, and for a higher nightly rate.
Here are the key features Canadian families are looking for in a vacation rental:
A modern, charming property
Canadian renters on Vrbo are booking renovated cottages, chalets, and cabins that offer modern amenities like WIFI and air conditioning, but with a rustic twist. Things like check and plaid textiles, wood finishes, and stone fireplaces can create a cozy look that’s preferred for rural getaways. Charming décor and seasonally appropriate home accessories can go a long way in improving your rental’s overall appeal.
Compared to hotels or resorts, vacation rentals can offer families ample privacy and more space. Everyone can have their own bedroom and/or bathroom, and features like bunk beds and parking for multiple cars can be a big draw.
For big groups and extended family bookings, particularly sought-after amenities include a well-equipped kitchen for meal prep, and a dining area that’s big enough to seat everyone comfortably. So if you’re advertising a property that sleeps 10, make sure to have enough dining chairs and a table that can fit the whole group!
Popular seasonal amenities
In winter, renters are looking for seasonal amenities like outdoor hot tubs and indoor fireplaces. Looking ahead to the summer months, they may filter their search for properties with features like waterfront access, an outdoor grill, or a private swimming pool. The more amenities you can offer, the more likely your listing will show up in the search results. And by listing with Vrbo, you can ensure those amenities—whether it’s a hot tub or a king-size bed—are front-row centre through filters that help the right renters find you.
Points of attractions nearby
Based on popular search terms, in winter many Canadians want a rental close to a ski hill. Generally, your Vrbo listing should highlight any nearby points of interest and tourist attractions, seasonal and year-round. For example, is your cottage close to a provincial park or historical site? Or are there great hiking trails or a public skating rink within walking distance? Be sure this information is advertised in your listing.
A convenient location
A convenient location is very important for would-be renters; for example, many prefer a vacation rental with a grocery store or food nearby. In your listing, do mention the property’s proximity to grocery stores, shops, and restaurants. Plus, you may want to indicate typical travel times to the cottage from major urban centres, especially if it’s close to a major highway or through route and can be accessed quickly and easily.