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1st March 2015

Isle of Man TT Homestay Visitor Tips

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With the Isle of Man TT getting closer we are aware that the demand for Isle of Man TT Homestay is more than its ever been.

Isle of Man TT Homestay is a cheaper alternative to a hotel and offers more comfort than camping in a tent during the event. With high demand properties are selling out within hours of being listed on our website www.iomttbreaks.com.

With such demand we have asked more residents to open up their homes to fans from across the world, although the response has been good we can always to with more. Most home owners only think about registering for TT around March and April so we still expect more to come available in the coming weeks.

What is Isle of Man TT Homestay? Find more details here

With all this in mind we have put a list together to consider when planning to book an Isle of Man homestay.

1. Number of nights - Most home owners ask for at least 5-7 nights minimum. We are aware that a lot of visitors cannot commit to this time frame but the decision is made by the home owner, we advise to consider shorter stays.If you are a visitor looking for anything around 2 to 3 nights you may need to consider an alternative. If you are set on  bed in a home stay then we expect anything with for a short duration,  to be available much nearer to the event. This will be when a home owner has gaps to fill.

2. Total people allowed in a house - If you are a visitor looking to rent out a full house then the maximum number of people in one property is 6 people. Anything over this is illegal, the public liability insurance included in a officially registered home only covers up to 6 people.

3. How to check if a property is officially registered - You can check by calling us on +44 (0) 1624 694456, we only need th home owners surname and address.

4. What if the property is not officially registered? If anything was to go wrong with the accommodation then unfortunately we cannot help. Booking with an officially registered property means that we are available for help with the property from your arrival to your departure date..

5. I keep missing out on Homestay rooms - As soon as we put any property online they are snapped up withing hours or even minutes, how can I ensure I get a property? First do not panic we still expect hundreds more home owners to register, we saw a big increase in properties registered during March and April. Keep trying as you will get a room, it make take weeks rather than months to organise, in some instances people booked a property days before coming to the island in 2014.

6. I have found a homestay should I pay a deposit? Yes in all circumstances you must pay at least 20% deposit, the remaining balance is then paid to the homeowner within 24 hours of arriving. You pay on arrival because is anything was wrong with the property you have the chance to change. If the home owner asks for all the money before arrival then they are not following the homestay rules and more than likely not registered. 

If you are looking for a shorter duration then please consider an alternitive option other than Homestay, we cannot gaurentee that any rooms will be available for stays of 1, 2, 3 or 4 nights. 

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