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Welcome to Barefoot Retreats, one of the UK’s leading luxury Holiday cottage letting agents. From the remarkable to the quintessential, we represent the finest privately-owned cottages and self-catering holiday homes in North Norfolk, each one hand-picked by us.

With our many years of experience, we understand that letting your home is not just about generating income. At Barefoot Retreats, we believe that every property deserves as much care and attention from us as it receives from you.

Based in the village of Burnham Market, our friendly, highly professional team is fully committed to providing the best service to homeowners and guests. What really sets us apart, is our expertise; we are all local to the area and have an in-depth knowledge of both our exclusive portfolio and North Norfolk. The one thing that we understand above all else is that home is where the heart is.

So, whether you’re considering bringing your home to the luxury holiday rental market for the first time, thinking of buying a second home or looking to change managing agents, Barefoot Retreats is on hand to help guide you through the process and maximise your rental potential.

We believe that sharing your holiday home should be as easy and enjoyable as the holidays our guests will experience.  This is why, as luxury holiday cottage letting agents, we will oversee every aspect from housekeeping; property maintenance; bookings to marketing.  

We have been working with Barefoot Retreats for several months now whilst renovating our holiday cottage in North Norfolk. Having met with a couple of other holiday lettings companies, Barefoot Retreats stand out above and beyond their competition in terms of the overall 360 support and service they are able to provide. All of their staff are incredibly professional and whilst we have been getting our property to the standard it needs to be, we have been given so much steer and detail around what we need to provide to our guests to ensure our cottage is meeting the best standards possible, and that ultimately our guests have a fantastic experience whilst staying at our property. Their property services team has met us on site whenever we have asked to see them or needed a job doing, and everything has been executed to perfection. We are so delighted to have our property represented by Barefoot Retreat and to have their 24/7 around the clock support is a real comfort for us. A very well-run company who have impressed us at every turn and we are incredibly happy to be part of their portfolio.

Our experience with Barefoot Retreat at Wentworth Retreat has been nothing short of exceptional. Their team’s professionalism and commitment to excellence have truly made a difference in our venture into holiday home rental in Norfolk.The timeliness of their responses is remarkable. No matter the issue, we receive swift and thorough answers that not only resolve our concerns but also enrich our understanding of the best practices in hospitality.The aspect we appreciate most is the joint decision-making process. The team at Barefoot Retreat treat our input with the utmost respect, ensuring that every decision made is in the best interest of Wentworth Retreat and our guests. Their expertise and thoughtful suggestions have been instrumental in enhancing the overall guest experience.Thanks to their unwavering support, Wentworth Retreat stands out as a premier destination for those seeking a home away from home. The personal touches and attention to detail they recommended have been consistently praised by our guests.

We highly recommend Barefoot Retreat to anyone looking for a dedicated and insightful holiday house management company. Their impact on Wentworth Retreat has been invaluable, and we look forward to a continued partnership.

It’s not only a pleasure, but it is making great commercial sense to work with the superb team at Barefoot in promotion of our lovely Norfolk property. We have been delighted with their attention to detail and commitment to us, and our lettings history has been amazing. Thank you, Team!

I have been letting Revas through Barefoot for the past 4 years and have found them to be extremely efficient and entirely professional in all aspects of their business. The marketing side of things is excellent, as is the general cleaning, staging, and running of the property and as a result, we experience a high level of both new and return bookings. I would recommend Barefoot to anyone who maybe either looking for a holiday let property in the North Norfolk area or who has a property they would like to market for holiday lets.

Barefoot Retreats have helped us from the very beginning. They gave us advice on which locations were best. Then once we found a place, we loved, they came to the site and before the builders were called in, they advised us on how we could get the best return from the house, and they provided a very detailed forecast of expected returns. We followed their advice of what was needed for the house and since completion we have left Barefoot Retreats to look after the property. We rarely get a call if there is a problem as the Barefoot team are very capable and sort out most issues without a fuss. It has enabled us to enjoy the house when we want to and leave the team at Barefoot Retreats to do what they do best. The guests that Barefoot encourage to use the property have always respected the house and it is great to go to the house and know it has been looked after and cared for while also allowing others to enjoy it.

We have been letting out our property though Barefoot Retreats for over 3 years now and we are very happy with the guests that have stayed and the service that the holiday rental team have provided. We have been especially impressed with Zoe and Sam, they have addressed any little problems we have had swiftly and are very pleasant to deal with.

We have been renting our property with Barefoot Retreats since they first started. The difference Barefoot makes is huge: they are partners in our property’s success as a rented holiday home, ensuring guests have a great time and, as owners, we have peace of mind.  
They provide guidance and feedback to us on how we can maximise rentals, and a careful watchful eye over the property when we are not there. They particularly enjoy getting the details right! Really open and responsive in every way, I feel as if Barefoot shares our goals.

Barefoot retreats do an excellent job of managing our holiday lets for us organising guest bookings and changeovers including cleaning and any maintenance issues. We are very happy to leave the day to day running of our properties in the hands of Barefoot and have very little involvement over the course of the holiday season. The guests also seem very satisfied with Barefoots’ service often making very positive comments in the guest books.

AWARD WINNING

Award winning Barefoot Retreats is recognised for its excellence in the industry, from exceptional customer care and service to its concierge team and luxury touches.  Head over to our awards page to see our most recent awards or read the Eastern Daily Press article.  

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Barefoot Retreats luxury self catering cottages in North Norfolk
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The Team

Meet the Barefoot team that cares for our owners fully-managed properties

We are experts in letting luxury holiday homes in Norfolk and the UK, so we know how much hard work goes into making it a success. Rest assured, whether you’re new to the rental market or a seasoned professional with a property portfolio, Barefoot Retreats will be with you every step of the way, delivering you the very best results.

Get to know our team from our dedicated Property Acquisitions Manager, the Reservations Manager, Housekeeping and Maintenance Managers to the Marketing Manager, Business Manager and Owner.

HOLIDAY COTTAGE LETTING AGENTS FAQ’S

I’m considering buying a home to let, where do I start?

If you are in the early stages of buying a home, we can help you search for the right house, in the right setting. With our specialist local knowledge, we will take you through all the most beautiful, unspoiled locations along the North Norfolk coast. We also have an impeccable contacts list and can assist with introductions to estate agents, architects, reputable builders, and interior designers.

If you have a property in the area and are looking to bring it to the holiday rental market, our brilliant team is here to assist you with all the information and insight you need to make that all-important decision.

I’m already with another managing agent or rental platform, can I change to Barefoot Retreats?

We would be only too happy to have an informal, confidential chat with you about all the benefits that we offer with our services and the fresh, innovative approach we can bring to your property.  Our team can help assist a smooth transition between agents.

Once we join the Barefoot portfolio what happens?

As a homeowner we support you across every aspect of the rental process. This begins with getting to know our owners and taking time to understand what makes each property we represent one-of-a-kind. We will then make it our job to give your home all the care and attention it deserves. With a keen eye for detail, our expertly trained Housekeeping Team will make sure your home is meticulously cleaned and checked every changeover. Our Property Services Team will manage the maintenance of your property, regularly inspecting it for any areas that might require attention. We always notify you if anything arises and will put things in motion on your behalf with local tradespeople.

Our Reservations Team will look after all guest correspondence, payments, communications, and liaison prior to, during and after a guest stay. We also provide 24-hour support for guests and attend to any concerns that may occur during their stay. Unlike other agencies, we never provide guests with your contact details and endeavour to resolve any issues on your behalf.

We’ll take care of all the marketing of your holiday home, including advertising it in local, regional and national press; promoting it via social media and online adverts; on our website and in printed materials and brochures; and through regular attendance and sponsorship of local shows and events. We cover the cost of professional photography and videography. Barefoot provide a luxury welcome hamper for guests and manage the cleaning, gardening, maintenance and supply and laundering of linens, towels, bathrobes and slippers for you and our guests and check on your property every two weeks when it isn’t occupied.

What do Barefoot Retreats look for in a self-catering property?

We look for properties that are full of charm and character, design, and innovation, giving our guests a truly individual stay. We have a real commitment to quality and luxury, and we like this to be reflected in the properties that join our portfolio.

What facilities do we need to have for a luxury self-catering property? 

Great facilities are also important to our guests, some of our properties are home to private swimming pools, games rooms, tennis courts, and hot tubs. In addition to super facilities, the property should contain well-appointed rooms with high-spec fixtures and fittings, excellent audio-visual equipment and Wi-Fi should come as standard; so too, dedicated parking. 

What are the legal requirements for letting our property?

The property must be legally compliant for renting (which we would be more than happy to help you with) and should be maintained to an exceptional standard. 
Our dedicated property team is experienced at offering advice and recommendations to homeowners, or those looking to purchase or adapt their existing home for the rental market. We are always open to discussing opportunities and if the property aligns with our guidelines and requirements, we’d be pleased to carry out a free rental appraisal and create a financial forecast for you.

Do you restrict when homeowners can use their property?

We fully respect that this is your property and there are no restrictions on homeowner bookings. We encourage you to enjoy your home as much or as little as you choose. If you would like to discuss anything further, we’d be only too pleased to visit your property to carry out a free rental appraisal and forecast.

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