What does this mean and how does the TT homestay scheme work? We have compiled a useful list of frequent questions that we get asked and what you have to do.
What happens on 27th July 2016? This is a date given by Regency Travel to say that we will start to load any available properties on our website www.iomttbreaks.com.
Please note that all properties will not be released on this date.
We have to load each properties on an individual basis and currently we have 300 properties to start, with an estimated 600-800 properties in total. We will not be able to get all 300 on from Monday so properties will appear on a daily basis.
Regency Travel advise not to call us as properties will only be available online.
If you don't get anything straight away do not panic as home owners can register from 3rd August to 14 March 2016.
Where will the properties be listed? Bed & Breakfast and Self Cateirng properties will be available on www.iomttbreaks.com. Click the links below:
Bed & Breakfast
Self Catering -
How can I book a property or room? The best way is to contact the home owner directly, all their contact details can be found on each advert. If you click more information the page opens up to show available rooms, dates and more.
Most owners do work during the day so it may be best to contact them outside of the general 9am-5pm.
How much does it cost? How much do I pay? This is down to the home owner they set the fees they would like to charge. We advise via the Home owner information pack of the average costs but the home owner will have the final say.
Generally Bed & Breakfast costs on average £35 per person per night (2 sharing) or Self Catering which is taking a full property costs around £1,800 upwards.
When you confirm a property or room you are required to pay a 20% deposit under the scheme. The full balance is then payable within 24 hours of arriving at the property.
What is the difference between Bed & Breakfast and Self Catering? The main difference is that Bed & Breakfast the home owner has to be resident in the property while Self Catering is were the home owner vacates the property.
Under Bed & Breakfast the homeowner is required to offer a type of breakfast, this could be self service, Continental or a fully cooked breakfast.
Self Catering properties cannot sleep more than 6 people, anything over 6 and the home owner will default on insurance cover. Each person must have a bed, just like a hotel.
What should I consider when looking for a property?
1. You don't need to be in Douglas! The island is easy to get around, it takes 30 minutes to get from Ramsey to Castletown or Douglas to Peel 20 minutes. All major towns have lots happening in the evenings, it used to be all happening in Douglas but now entertainment is spread island wide.
2. If you are looking for a property for just a couple of nights look for an alternative! Most home owners ask for a week stay, this means if you are looking for property for just a couple of nights then you need to look at an alternative option. Some Self Catering properties ask for the full 2 weeks as a minimum, please keep this in mind as you may waste lots of time calling to find no one will take a short stay.
3. Once you book a property ensure you build a report with the home owner. We advise this to ensure you are comfortable staying at the owners property.
4. Registered or none registered property? Lots of island home owners offer rooms but some are not officially registered, if you have a property you want to book you can check with us to see if this registered. If you book a property that is not registered Regency Travel cannot offer assistance if anything was to go wrong.
We have had instances were rooms have been offered, money handed over but then the owner has canceled and will not refund the monies paid. Please check before you confirm.
Official registered properties have been checked before you arrive! Regency Travel have already been to look at those properties that are officially registered to ensure that they meet certain criteria.
If we have missed something off the above, please ask us via our homestay Facebook page here or email us email@example.com.
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