Make Holiday Letting Plain Sailing

Letting your property as a holiday home should be an easy process and here at Blueriver Cottages this is exactly what we're aiming for. With over 8 years’ experience in the holiday lettings market we have mastered how to market and manage self-catering properties in South Devon.

Here you will find more information about us, and what makes Blueriver Cottages the right holiday letting agency for you.

What We Do

Here at Blueriver Cottages, we do the hard work for you! No matter what stage you are at in the holiday lettings process, from buying your property to marketing it, we are here to help.

Our property managers at Blueriver Cottages are very experienced and knowledgeable of the self-catering holiday lettings market in and around South Devon. They know what sells well and what type of properties will find themselves booked out over and over again. If you are looking to purchase a holiday home you won’t go wrong if you follow these tips.  A few key aspects your holiday home should have;

  • A view
  • Parking
  • Modern interior
  • Outside space
  • Can sleep more than 2 people

And to really make your holiday home gain its maximum potential and income we recommend:

  • The property is pet friendly
  • Cater for all types of guests
  • Furnished to a high standard
  • Allow short breaks and late deals

All you need is three or more of these features and your holiday home will be inundated with bookings!


Here at Blueriver Cottages we understand that the key to making the most income possible out of your holiday home is down to the marketing.  With a database of over 20 thousand that is growing every day we have plenty of guests to promote your property to.  With easy to use website we are getting over 1 million views a year. However, we know we can’t just rely on technology and so we publish over 6000 brochures every year, advertise in national magazines, and attend events and trade shows.  We also reach out to both national and international guests showcasing your property to a worldwide audience.

Where To Buy

Do you need help on where to buy your holiday let? Blueriver Cottages staff are local and at your disposal to help you decide. We have extensive local knowledge of where to buy or where not to buy, where the hot spots are and where they are not.  We have fantastic relationships with the local estate agents and if you need us to look at a property for you, we would be more than happy to do so. Below we have listed just a few locations that are sought after by our guests.

  • Waterside – beach or river locations
  • Fishing village
  • Busy town
  • Countryside

Popular towns;

  • Dartmouth
  • Salcombe
  • Kingsbridge
  • Kingswear
  • Brixham
  • Hope Cove
  • Thurlestone
  • Totnes

However, where ever your holiday home is based we are confident we can book it up for you!

Inside Your Property

Looking for inspiration and ideas on how to furnish and decorate your property? We are here to help. Here at Blueriver Cottages we have highly qualified staff with expert knowledge of interior design who are always happy to help offer you advice. With years of experience and dealing with the holiday lettings market on a daily basis we have learnt a thing or two about what you need to do to the interior to make your property a success, for example:

  • A theme throughout the property
  • A link to the location of the property
  • A plain wall colour with plenty of colourful furnishings

How We Work With You

We offer you a great service, great commission rates and great savings. Secondly, we understand and appreciate that as an owner you want the comfort of knowing that your property is being managed professionally and competently and that therefore, it is in safe hands. Our staff are selected for their professional ability, their warm welcoming approach and their attention to detail. We recognise that your property is in some cases, your single most largest investment and that you’re looking for the very best return on that investment, which is why we have developed our marketing strategy carefully and structured our prices so keenly. We won’t fill you with empty promises but we will endeavour to meet and exceed your expectations. With Blueriver Cottages you’ll enjoy a superior level of service that you just won’t find anywhere else for the money!

At Blueriver Cottages we have no restrictions on when you can enjoy your property. We appreciate that your holiday home isn’t just for your guests to enjoy but that you want to enjoy it too! No matter when you want your property you can simply book it out and, you can block it off without even having to speak to us by using our advanced online owner’s portal.

Is The Price Right?

One of the main aspects of holiday letting is the price! Here at Blueriver Cottages we carry out extensive research and analyse the market to ensure we pitch the right price for your holiday home. This is critical to marketing your property efficiently and it is just another area of expertise in which our property managers can help you.  Whilst creating your annual rate card our team will also assess the property for quality and finish and award a star rating for your property using the Blueriver Cottages grading system which is based on strict criteria similar to that endorsed by the national tourism organisation.  With all of our team being local to the area, their understanding of local seasons and events is exceptional and therefore, they understand the importance of these factors when pricing a holiday home.  Here at Blueriver Cottages we also pride ourselves in knowing that every property is different and we don’t just use a template, each rate card is done individually.

Holiday Home Insurance

It is essential that your property has the right level of holiday home insurance. We have teamed up with local insurer, Sabre Insurance Services based in Kingsbridge, who are offering a 10% introductory discount to Blueriver homeowners. They can provide a bespoke level of holiday home insurance tailored to meet your requirements and ensure that you have adequate cover.

For further details, visit their website at 

What Our Owners Think Of Us…


The Knot

“We have been letting our property out through Blueriver Cottages for nearly three years and have been extremely happy with their service. Their management and administration are good and their online system is user friendly and effective. We have found them flexible which enables us to fit in our own requirements for use of the cottage.

The staff at Blue River have always been very accessible, helpful and quick to respond to any problems in a professional manner. We would have no hesitation in recommending Blueriver Cottages to anyone thinking of letting out their property.“

May Cottage

“I just wanted to say a big thank you Phil for taking on the cottages so wonderfully and a BIG thank you to you and all your wonderful team of girls who have been SO kind and helpful and patient with me on the phone and just brilliant.

I am so chuffed too that you are getting a few bookings, it is SUCH an enormous help to us and such a peace of mind I cannot thank you enough. My only regret is that we did not come to you years ago!!”

Prospect House

“We first met Phil of Blueriver some years ago when he came to have a look around our cottage and explain the process of holiday letting. We kept his brochure on file and last year when we decided the time was right to revisit holiday lettings, he came to see us again.

He carefully went through the cottage and advised on how to take the right steps to make Prospect Cottage still suitable for us and the family, and yet meet the needs of visitors. My husband was to say the least sceptical but after a declutter, three new beds and decorating the exterior (a job which was on our to do list) Melanie and Phil gave us the thumbs up as good to go.

All the staff are up to speed with everything and you always get a positive and helpful response to concerns. With still a sceptical husband the cottage went live on the website at Easter time. We made our family booking on line- we have our own access to our property on line with very well ordered accounts at your fingertips.

The lettings have been amazing and my doubting husband really enjoyed our own visit in May. He was reassured that all would be well, and he’s planning to buy a new bike! It works, and its stress free, and we are really grateful to Phil, Mel and all the team for their patience and expertise”