So far this season, we’ve had more guests than usual ask why they have to clean the cottage before they leave. I’m guessing that as all-inclusive vacations become more expensive, families are deciding to stay closer to home for their vacations and some are trying a self-catering holiday for the first time. All-inclusive, package vacations in hotels and resorts may have maid services to come in a clean up after them. First-time cottage rental guests seem to find the notion of cleaning a bathroom and a kitchen floor to be a strange thing to be asked to do. However, there are very good reasons behind the expectation of rental guests cleaning before they leave.
Maid service is generally not available in cottage country because of how remote cottages are to neighborhoods and residential areas. With this shortage, when an owner does find a caretaker or cleaner, they generally have two or three cottages to changeover in a few short hours between renters leaving and the next arriving. There tasks are mainly to replenish supplies, check for overall cleanliness and insure all is in place for the incoming rental group. If they have a major clean-up to do in one cottage, they may not have time to get to others before the next eager families arrive expecting to find a pristine property.
Where owners do their own cleaning and maintenance, they are driving up from the city and have to contend with the same traffic their guests do, so may arrive late with a shortened amount of time to do all the yard work and changeover tasks.
If you’re not prepared to meet the terms and conditions of a rental, don’t take this type of vacation. Cottages are not Flordia Villas with a daily maid service (which incidentally you usually have to pay for, whether you want it or not) they are often the owners’ much loved vacation home, in which they have put many hours of time and effort in making it ready for their rental guests. Please respect this and you will be welcomed back.
- Follow the instructions in the Cottage Guide and Cleaning Checklist
- Clean up and remove dog mess, cigarette butts and bottle tops from outside areas
- Take away your garbage or leave as instructed in the Guide
- Return furniture and cottage items to their original place.
“Leave no footprint and take away only memories.”