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The new year has got off to a good start for us at Norfolk Property Lettings & Management, with new properties becoming available and new tenants moving in.

One interesting development has been that we are seeing more and more holiday homes now being used for longer term lets.

While some of these are city centre properties of the type many professionals are seeking others are very much more your typical holiday home.

Country properties, including barn conversions, for example are now being offered to tenants to live in instead of for short breaks.

The benefits to the landlords of deciding to do this are numerous.

Quite apart from the fact that we as an independent agency can take on as much or as little of the management as they would like, this often means they have the reassurance of knowing the property is not empty for long periods of time.

Income becomes steadier, they are not spending hours every week either carrying out changeovers themselves or overseeing – and paying for – others to do them.

Some of these properties, such as these very inviting former holiday homes at Ashmanhaugh, are beautifully presented and exceptionally comfortable.

They are often in lovely locations, close to beauty spots or the coast, yet also within reach of Norwich.

These particular luxury homes, for example, are set in 10 acres of unspoiled countryside just two miles from Wroxham and within the Norfolk Broads National Park.

For landlords, it also means no more late nights, hunched over computers, responding to emails, taking calls and juggling dates.

For tenants, it means superior accommodation and a home that allows them to feel as if they are on holiday every day of the year!