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Essential information about holiday cottages and self catering accommodation

Whether you're planning a short break or a holiday, you'll be looking forward to staying in the holiday cottages or self catering accommodation and enjoying the surrounding area.

We know that you may have questions about your holiday cottages or self catering accommodation and try to answer as much as possible in the Frequently Asked Questions which should answer nearly everything you need to know about your cottage holiday so that you'll always know what to expect from your holiday cottage or self catering accommodation.

Here's all the information you need to know about everything from booking, when you arrive to the time that you leave. We've made our guide as comprehensive as possible though, obviously, you may have some questions which only the holiday cottage owner or self catering accommodation booking agency can answer. If so, simply contact them on the number you'll find in your booking confirmation pack.

Choosing and browsing holiday cottages or self catering accommodation

Holiday cottages and self catering accommodation are organised by region or by city. You can either browse by choosing a town/city to find holiday cottages and self catering accommodation nearby. You can then click on the property name to find more details. Some of the details of holiday cottages and self catering accommodation are on our site and you can check availability and make a booking from this site. Some holiday cottage owners and self catering accommodation booking agencies prefer to manage their own availability/booking so we simply link to their own site where you can check out the properties.

You can also use the search option on the left navigation, which lets you search for properties in different regions. This search also allows you to select your preferred dates and requirements (e.g. properties that allow pets) using the advanced search option.

Booking holiday cottages or self catering accommodation

Booking holiday cottages and self catering accommodation is generally simple and we have covered different aspects of the booking process in the Frequently Asked Questions.

Payment for holiday cottages or self catering accommodation

We have covered different aspects of the payment process in the Frequently Asked Questions sections with pages on topics such as such as How do I pay?, How much will our holiday cottage cost? and Do I need to pay a deposit?

Facilities and things around holiday cottages or self catering accommodation

At the self catering holiday cottage, you will find most of the standard appliances you would expect to have at home. All properties have a full description of services and facilities available. Holiday cottages and self catering accommodation are equipped as follows:

  • Kitchens have appliances as stated, plus ample good quality tableware and cooking utensils. They all have: toaster, electric kettle, coffee maker, iron/ironing board, vacuum cleaner.
  • Living rooms have easy seating, dining table and chairs for the stated number as well as a good standard of general furnishing.
  • Bedrooms have standard sized beds, unless otherwise stated, plus storage and hanging space, as well as a good standard of general furnishing. A hairdryer is provided at some properties.

Arriving, staying, departing

holiday cottage owners and self catering accommodation booking agencies have their own rules on the time you can arrive on your first day and when you must leave on the last day. These and any other rules will normally be in the cottage's descriptions page. They will send you instructions for arriving etc. after your booking has been confirmed.

Members of party: kids, pets, sleeping arrangements

All holiday cottages and self catering accommodation have a stated maximum number of occupants, which must not be exceeded. Some holiday cottage owners and self catering accommodation booking agencies do not allow pets or young children to stay in the property, so check the property details for restrictions before booking.

More information is available in the Frequently Asked Questions section. There are also additional guidance pages on How to choose a holiday cottages or self catering accommodation, where to go for cottage/self-catering holidays and Things to do during a UK cottage/self catering holiday

Holiday cottages and self catering accommodation get brooked early and many are booked as early as January for the rest of the year. You need to make your booking with plenty of time to spare, unless you are making a last minute holiday booking. Booking a holiday cottages or self catering accommodation late may mean the price may be lower and more affordable, but your selection will be limited and you may have to compromise on the facilities available at your holiday cottages or self catering accommodation.