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Visitors coming from outside United Kingdom

If you are travelling from outside of United Kingdom, here is a little info on what to expect from a UK cottage or self catering holiday.

Holiday cottage owners will prepare your accommodation and give you directions showing how to get there. As most holiday cottages are in rural areas, you will need to hire a car to get there and to travel around the area.

You need to get to the holiday cottage on your own, but when you get there, holiday cottage owners or key-holder will be close at hand if you need any help or advice.

The descriptions of cottages have some terms, which might mean different things to English speakers from outside Britain. These tables should give you a little help with some terms that might cause confusion. when reading holiday cottage descriptions.

Inside the cottage

Shared utility room with £1 operated washing machine Coin - operated washing machines/driers may be shared with other cottages
Woodburner Wood burning stove (for heat, not cooking)
Gas/electric shower over Shower over the bath (not in a booth)
Oil central heating A central heating system run on light fuel (provided)
Open fire Real fire burning wood or coal
CTV 5 terrestrial channels (no cable) satellite and cable may be available (where stated)
Fridge freezer Refrigerator and icebox
Taps Faucet
Breakfast bar Dining area usually in the kitchen
Hall Corridor
Linen Bed linen provided (but no towels)
Solid fuel central heating Central heating run on high efficiency fuel 'beans' (provided)

In many properties in Britain and Ireland, water fills in a tank in the roof and you will need to throw a switch called the emersion heater to heat the water. Once full tank is used, you will have to wait for the tank to fill and heat again.

Outside the cottage

Shop Local store
Terrace/Patio Sundeck
Terrace House or Terrace Cottage Part of a terrace House in a row (joined both sides to others)
National Trust National Conservation organisation quiet areas of beauty or historic/environmental significance
Garden Yard
Pub / Public House Bar
Blue Flag beach Recognised clean and safe beach
Market Outside stalls (i.e. not supermarket)