In a week’s time we will have had the flat for a year. We started letting it out in April as an Airbnb and since then we’ve hosted 10 times. We had 2 single men (although one definitely wined and dined a friend), followed by a writer finishing her book, a couple who stayed for 2 months as they were between houses, a couple visiting family in the village, a woman wanting time to get her head back together, a visitor from Germany, a single woman travelling alone and recently 3 couples just getting away from it all and they’ve all left great reviews and some lovely comments in the guest book.
We also have a couple of bookings coming up – a couple from the Shetlands and a young couple who want it for a month to travel around Scotland. AND we’re already booked up for Christmas. Due to this, I’ve ensured I’ve blocked off New Year so we can go down and celebrate the bells in the village. Hopefully the community pub will still be open and the piper will be there this year to pipe us all out to the coastal path to watch the fireworks in Edinburgh.
On the whole, it has been stress free running an Airbnb. We’ve recovered all the money we’ve spent in doing it up and it is now paying for itself. Some exciting news is that OH is now a Superhost. And just in case you’re wondering what requirements have to be met to achieve that position, I’ve copied and pasted them here for you.
- Completed at least 10 trips OR completed 3 reservations that total at least 100 nights
- Maintained a 90% response rate or higher
- Maintained a 1% cancellation rate (1 cancellation per 100 reservations) or lower, with exceptions made for those that fall under our Extenuating Circumstances policy
- Maintained a 4.8 overall rating (this rating looks at the past 365 days of reviews, based on the date the guest left a review, not the date the guest checked out)
So there you go. I’m married to a super hero, I mean superhost.
As well as hosting, we’ve got to know the village and it’s inhabitants. We’ve become accustomed to a menu of lobster, crab and mackerel and become regulars in the community pub.
Covid aside, it’s been a pretty special year.
If you’re interested in spending a couple of nights in a flat on the Fife coast, with some stunning views, please don’t hesitate to ask for the link.