5 amazing ski lodges to trade places with this winter

Londoners, the temperature has well and truly dropped. But you didn’t need us to tell you that – you’re probably wearing at least three layers as you read this. Here at Hostmaker, we’re big believers in doing things in style. Meaning, if you’re going to be cold, why not retreat to the cosy comfort of a beautiful ski cabin to make the most of the climate? We can hear your protests: ‘but Christmas has left a hole in my pocket’ and, ‘we haven’t even been paid yet!’ Skiing holidays may be the priciest of all getaways, but we’ve got news for you – tourists love visiting London homes (like yours) in the winter.As an Airbnb property management service, we’re seeing bookings for city apartments fly in, despite the temperature’s sudden decrease. So if you make your home available now, you could be gliding down distant slopes in no time, with your adventure paid for by your Airbnb income. Think of it as your own version of The Holiday, but with less crying and a bigger financial benefit 😉 And if the prospect of après-ski for free isn’t enough to tempt you, let us draw you in with the warmth of these handsome, homely Airbnb ski lodges. (After all, what is travel if not done with authenticity?)

1. Steamy in Serraval, Rhone-Alpes

This awesome alpine chalet has its own sauna – perfect for melting frozen extremities after a day zig-zagging down the slopes at nearby La Clusaz. There’s also a lake nearby where guests can go boating. Just don’t forget your blanket!

2. Majestic in Montaimont, Rhone-Alpes 

A cathedral-like, double-height space dating back to 1948, this lodge is perfect for lounging with loved ones– there’s an authentic fireplace and the home sleeps 10.

3. Spaced-out in Sunnyside, Tahoe

This wooden wonder spreads out across a half-acre lot, which includes a terrace and a fire pit. We can smell the toasted marshmallows from here. And the nearest ski resorts are just 7 miles away.

4. Toasty in Talloires, Rhone-Alpes

Lake-side and lavish, this grand lodge has piles of chopped wood, perfect for keeping warm, along with a glass of mulled wine and cheese fondue, in the evenings.

5. Palatial in Park City, Utah

With panoramic views and room enough 16, this home is pure luxury. There’s also a rock waterfall and fire pit in the garden – grab a loved one and cuddle up!

Already feeling that warm glow of excitement? Pop your place on Airbnb – or add some extra January and February availability – and make the dream of skiing this winter a reality. To avoid any disappointment, be sure to follow our tips for making your house an appealing home – the cosier for incoming guests the better. Or better yet, have an Airbnb property management service do it for you (hint: that’s us). Happy holidays!

How to: ensure warm Airbnb guest reviews during colder months

Autumn is finally here: signalled by crunchy leaves underfoot and darker skies overhead. Oh, and another less appealing seasonal signpost: the cold. While us Brits are used to the nippier weather, we strongly advise you spare a thought for your guests from warmer climates as we approach the run-up to Christmas.

Rackety radiators and broken boilers do not make for satisfied guests (or rave reviews!). So we’ve compiled a guide to help you keep guests’ cheeks glowing all the way into the New Year. You’re welcome 🙂

1. Have your boiler and radiators serviced 

The kitchen is often referred to as the heart of the home, but we have to disagree. During the winter months your boiler and radiators are your home’s most important feature, and as your guests have paid for the ‘home experience’, they’ll need them just as much as you do. Have your boiler and radiators serviced regularly to check everything is in working order, which will ensure there’s no trapped air or sediment in the pipes. Remember: if guests arrive to a cold home and are unable to fix it, you’ll be the one receiving late-night phone calls and paying call-out fees for expensive repairs!

2. Buy back-up heaters 

We know, now that we’ve said it it makes so much sense. ‘Why didn’t I think of this already’, you’re asking yourself. Well, now you know! And should step 1 fail to meet your guests’ needs, you’ll have a plan B in place that should help avoid negative reviews, as well as awkward phone calls spoiling your own break.

3. Consider boiler insurance 

Should steps 1 and 2 fail to keep guests satisfied, covering your boiler year-round means that inconvenient boiler breakdowns can be repaired in a jiffy by a trusted repairman. It’s also a more cost-efficient way to cover the expense caused by boiler fails – just like with all insurance plans.

4. Make home a mouse-free zone 

Like the majority of your guests, mice also aren’t fans of the cold weather. So as the thermometer drops they look for warmer, cosier corners to call home – usually in yours. This is especially problematic for those with ground, lower-ground and first-floor flats. However, avoiding leaving food out, and having a pest control agency give your place a quick once-over, should be all you need to safeguard yourself against the negative reviews that come with critter spottings.

Following these four quick steps should ensure guests are kept feeling happy, warm and welcome, with the 5* reviews on your Airbnb listing rolling in. Now, back to the things that matter: counting down to Christmas and picking out your winter wardrobe.