Picture the scene: it’s raining, it’s cold, you don’t want to get out of your beautiful rental, but you don’t have much to do in it. No game to play, no movie to watch, no route to prepare for the next day, nothing. So you say to yourself that next time, you might choose a more complete accommodation.

1. Why offer activities?

Offering interesting activities is a nice touch for your guests. It shows them you’ve thought of everything. Especially if there are children! It’s a factor that will keep them coming back, or at least score you a lot of points. Your guests will feel right at home, and that’s priceless.

2. What activities can we offer?

Ask yourself a simple question: what do you like to do when you’re at home and it’s raining?

The most classic: books for all ages, simple board games (uno, card games, good pay…), a Netflix, Amazon or Disney account, or a few DVDs with a DVD player, puzzles, cuddly toys or dolls… You can also opt for a map of your region, with a small notebook provided, to prepare an itinerary for better days.

The most original: a game typical of your region, old-fashioned games, a treasure hunt with objects hidden around the house in advance (for children), a recipe from home with a list of ingredients and step-by-step instructions for making it…

3. Where can I buy them?

There’s no need to spend millions to satisfy your guests.

Here are a few tips:

  • For books and board games: emmaüs, bolinier, brocante…
  • Buy dvds: take advantage of sales or garage sales…
  • Recipes: dip into your grandmother’s books
  • Last but not least, maps and books on your region: go to the tourist office, which will provide you with free documents.

Do you offer any activities in your home? If yes, which ones?