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The perfect UK holiday cottage break is many things to different people, but here are a few suggestions for the perfect self catering holiday:
 
*A cottage with a view
*A cottage by a river
*A rural cottage away from it all
*A cottage near a pub
*A cottage by the beach
 
 
 
 
 
 
What is your favourite setting for a holiday cottage break in the UK?  And what is the ideal length of your holiday cottage break?  
 
  • No longer than two weeks
  • No longer than 10 days
  • No longer than 7 days
  • No longer than 3 days
How long do you want to spend travelling to your holiday cottage?
 
  • 1 hour journey there
  • 2 hours journey there
  • 3 hours journey there
  • No longer than four hours journey there

What other things matter to you when staying at a holiday cottage?  We'd love to know!
 
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  • Know what to bring with you/buy – what condiments are stocked at the cottage, what staples, etc. Take a look at our holiday cottage guest checklist
  • Know where the local shops are – it may be helpful to shop on the way to your cottage, if it’s particularly rural and you want to get a wide variety of food. Are the shops walking, cycling or driving distance
  • Find out what the local shops are like – is there a butcher, baker and greengrocer with local products, or is there a corner shop where you can just get a pint of milk
  • Keep an eye on use-by dates if you don’t want to be throwing things away or lugging them home at the end of your trip
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Every now and again, people get scammed by fake holiday cottage websites, or find themselves staying in cottages that are not at all like they looked in the advert. Not only does that hurt the individuals who lost money, it also hurts the industry, especially those of us who take massive pride in managing our own properties.

 

I want everyone to get the holiday they dreamt of, so here are a few tips for sorting the good from the bad:

 

  1. Don’t just email. If you want reassurance, give us a call. I’m always happy to talk directly to people who are interested in Riverside House or Valley View holiday cottages. When you speak to someone directly, it’s much easier to get a sense of whether or not they know what they’re talking about.
  1. Do a little bit of research. You’ve found a cottage that looks exactly like what you’re after, and it’s much cheaper than you expected. Bonus! But before you hand over your card details, have a quick look at other properties in the area. If the one you’ve found is really cheap in comparison, see if you can find out why. If it looks too good to be true, it might just be. Again, if in doubt, make a phone call. Sometimes cottages have special offers, especially last minute deals, so it might not be a bad sign, but without checking you won’t know until you get there.
  1. Google is your friend. As well as helping with your research, google street view and satellite view can be a useful tool. Street view may not always help – especially if you’re looking at rural locations – but switching map view into satellite mode can show you if your potential rental really is “100 yards from the beach”, or if you’re right next to the main road. 
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So, you’re thinking of letting out a holiday cottage? Or maybe you’ve just bought one, and you’re ready to get it into shape for your first guests. Here are my top tips for furnishings…

 

  1. Safety the most important consideration. And particularly if your cottage is designed for families, make sure that your fixtures and furnishings are child safe.
  2. Durability youll want to buy furniture that can stand up to receiving (hopefully) hundreds of guests each year. Items that are easy to clean will make life a lot easier! Think about flooring too – carpets will need cleaning regularly, particularly if you choose light colours.
  3. Comfort a holiday should always feel like a holiday, so make sure you choose things that add comfort – wooden furniture looks great, but don’t forget cushions!
  4. Quality this one is a balancing act. Quality furniture will be more durable, and provide a nicer environment, but don’t break the bank either – accidents do happen, and you don’t want to be worrying about a treasured or valuable piece of furniture.  
  5. Match your location if you have a seafront cottage, consider reflecting that in your décor and furnishings. If you’re in a rural location, traditional looks will be more fitting than contemporary styles.

 

Furniture and décor can make or break the feel of a holiday cottage, so it’s definitely worth giving some thought to your style. Don’t forget to reflect the price and target audience of your cottage too – if you’re

charging a high-end price, your guests will expect a high-end experience!

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When you're booking a holiday cottage, you generally have a choice between booking through an agency and booking through an independent cottage owner. There's no right or wrong choice, but there are some things to take into account.

  • Independent owners are generally perceived to take a little more pride in the cottages - after all, we stay there too!
  • Agencies charge cottage owners commission, and this cost gets passed on to you, sometimes with an addtional booking fee attached. So booking direct will usually save a little money
  • Whilst some agencies are excellent and know the local area well, generally an independent owner will have a better knowledge of the property and the surrounding area. Sometimes however, it's easier to get hold of an agency call centre than an independent owner
  • It can be harder to find independent properties - simply because agencies tend to have the higher search results on google
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Booking a holiday cottage should be exciting, so here are a few tips when it comes to booking a stay in a holiday cottage ...

  • Know who you're renting from - we don't use agencies, you book from us directly, so you always know your point of contact and can answer any queiries you might have withouth delay
  • Book ahead - if you want to get away in the high season, make sure you book well in advance so you're not disappointed
  • Ask questions - anyone who doesn't answer you clearly should be avoided
  • Decide if you want to self cater - or see if the self catering cottage has any connections with local food providers
  • Find out what the local amenities are before you leave home

We've been running holiday cottages for 8 years, and staying in them for even longer, so if you have any questions you can always get in touch with us!

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