How To Start A Guest Lodge Business in the UK

This Could Easily Become The Perfect Second Income Opportunity You Have Been Looking For!

Guest Lodges Like This One Usually Require Holiday Lets Planning Permission. We Offer This Service As Part Of Our Turn-Key Service, Or You Can Apply Directly Yourself To Your Relevant Local Planning Authority.

Luxury Self-Catering Guest Lodge In Worcestershire Proves To Be A Fantastic Investment

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Creating a second income by setting up a guest lodge was something that our customers decided to do a few years ago. The result is a stunning guest lodge annexe in the heart of Worcester. 


The UK Staycation “Boom” Is Still Booming As More Of Us Take More Time Out In The UK Than Ever Before

And that’s before BREXIT happens!

[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”left”]If you have young children in the family, the UK still offers one of the best value for money (without the hassle of sitting in a busy airport and everything that goes along with that.)

With the UK being so varied in terms of tourist attractions, offering higher standard accommodation than ever before and our pubs and restaurants serving excellent food all of a sudden we are adding in “mini breaks”, long weekends and short UK breaks to our holiday budgets and enjoying all the pleasures that the UK has to offer.

It’s not just families that are making the most of what’s available, couples who enjoy walking, cycling and simply “getting away from it all” are booking guest lodges in the countryside as their favourite places to stay while they explore a new county or head back to their favourite places every year.[/text_block]

It’s An Investment That Quickly Builds Into A Nest Egg Exponentially Over Time

[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”left”]Over the past few years, the market for British holidays has grown exponentially.

This has resulted in an increased demand for holiday properties in many areas across the UK.

Not just for traditional country cottages, but also for lodges, log cabins, and even Golf Courses and Hotels are using annexes like this to provide extra accommodation.

They work out much less expensive than an extension and help businesses gain a second income they wouldn’t normally have that will repay them over and over again.[/text_block]

Holiday Let Planning Permission

[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”left”]Disclaimer: All Local Planning Authorities will vary and each case will be decided on it’s own individual merit. In general we’ve found most Local Planning Authorities to favour increased tourism in all parts of the UK.[/text_block]
[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”left”]Planning permission and building regulations are the essential first steps if you are considering offering serviced or self-catering accommodation. Serviced accommodation includes guest lodges.[/text_block]
[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”left”]It is advisable to get in contact with your Local Planning Department for advice on obtaining planning permission for your Guest Lodge business at a very early stage.

We can do this for you as part of our turn-key service.

– You should advise them if you are starting a business or expanding an existing one.

There will be a plan within your relevant authority’s Local Development Framework that will detail policies involving tourism and guest accommodation.

As guest lodges are not deemed to be a permanent address, the Planning Authorities are in general more relaxed about Guest Lodge annexes than annexes in your back garden for a relative.[/text_block]

[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”left”]If your Guest Lodge or Guest Lodges are in close proximity to your main dwelling, there will be consideration given to the size and number of bedrooms your Guest Lodges can have in relation to the size and number of bedrooms of the main dwelling.

e.g. You can’t expect to build a Premier Inn Hotel sized “lodge” next to your 4 bedroom detached house 😉

If you are converting an existing building into a Guest Lodge or B&B you should consult with the local authority planning officers to determine whether change of use consent is required.



What Can Affect Planning Permission?

[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”left”]Each application and Local Planning Authority will vary, however some of the most common things that affect your planning decision include:

  • Location
    If your plot is in green belt, a national park, an area of outstanding natural beauty, or a heritage site.
  • If Your Property Is A Listed Building
    If your property is listed this can affect approval. However if you are using the income from your new potential holiday letting to supplement repairs of the listed building, it is worth mentioning this in your application as this might be seen as beneficial and sustainable.
  • Local Plans and Neighbourhood Plans
    These directives are created by communities to allow them to shape the development and growth of the local area. They are often used when determining planning applications, for example if your venture fits into their vision then you will not need planning permission.



Will I Need Building Regulations?

[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”left”]Building regulations apply when a new building is erected, extended, altered or made subject to a material change of use. They also cover other works and fittings such as:

  • new drainage and sewerage installations
  • new heating installations
  • structural alterations to a building
  • alterations which have an effect on the existing means of escape in fire
  • replacement windows and external doors in dwellings
  • electrical installations in dwellings

All our annexes are put through Building Regulations to make sure they comply. If your existing sewerage connectivity needs additional work, there might be extra costs to factor in. The same thing would apply to your electric supply (which are two things we come across everyday as part of our annexe installations).[/text_block]

Helpful Resources

[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”left”]With a little careful planning ahead a Guest Lodge can easily become a significant second income or even a full time income if you prefer.

Whether it’s self-catering (like our customer’s Guest Lodge business) or you decide to offer B&B it’s a high in demand service that can easily pay for itself in a short amount of time.

The average cost of a small annexe as a Guest Lodge is the same cost as a small annexe depending on the final size and specification.

All our annexes are a full turn-key service and come complete with service connections (within 10 metres) (additional runs are charged per linear metre) and have a wide choice of internal and external options to suit most Guest Lodge requirements.

They come fully insulated and comply to Building Regulations so are the perfect choice for your start-up Guest Lodge Business.[/text_block]

Guest Lodges Also Make Perfect Leisure Accommodation For Small Developments On Golf Courses, Hotels and Fishing Lakes Too!

[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”left”]With Golf Club Memberships shrinking by almost a 3rd in the last few years it pays to diversify if you have access to land for a small Guest Lodge Business.

Even Britain’s favourite leisure pastime fishing has seen a decline in fishing licences.[/text_block]

[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”left”]It’s not only our shopping habits that have changed, our leisure habits have too!

We are seeking EXPERIENCES over “things” choosing to YOLO (you only live once) over the material possessions that we craved in the 1980’s.

The status symbols of today are travelling more, attending events and making sure we are making memories.[/text_block]

If You Are In The Leisure Industry And You Think You Would Benefit From Extra Accommodation We’d Love To Help!

[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”left”]Guest Lodges for B&B or even AirBNB are BIG business right now.

If you have a Guest Lodge business in mind and you choose to work with us as your Guest Lodge supplier, you’ll also benefit from regular exposure from our 20,000+ Facebook audience each and every month for FREE!![/text_block]

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