With a private holiday home, you are liberated from the need to stick to regular restaurant mealtimes, allowing you to linger over a late breakfast in your pyjamas if you please, or indulge in a late-night snack, should hunger strike.
Self-catering accommodation also offers more space for you to relax, the ability to stock your own kitchen with exactly what you fancy at a much more affordable cost, and to indulge in all the comforts of a top quality home-away-from-home.
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Private rentals are becoming increasingly popular, both here in the UK and across Europe, as more holiday-makers seek to take advantage of these benefits. Whether you are looking for a cosy cottage for two in Cornwall, a luxury lodge in Scotland, or a pet-friendly pad in France, the options for renting your own holiday property are endless.
But what exactly should you consider before booking holiday cottages?
#1. Check what's included in the price
Be careful not to take it for granted that all the little necessities of daily life are included when booking your holiday home. If key kitchen essentials are missing, such as tea bags or salt and pepper shakers, it's important to bring them along with you or you might find it something of a challenge to whip up a meal. The same goes for towels, bed linen, tea towels and toiletries, such as soap and shampoo.
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#2. Ask if you will have to tidy before you leave
Many holiday cottages will include a final clean as part of the price you pay, but it is worth checking exactly how much tidying you will be expected to do in order to avoid any potential hidden fees. Guests are usually responsible for taking out the rubbish and washing-up – you may want to check that cleaning products are provided, too.
#3. Ask if you want to bring your dog
Don't just assume that your four-legged friend is welcome to join your holiday. But equally, don't presume that a dog wouldn't be allowed to come along on your trip either. There are a wide range of holiday cottages in both the UK and Europe that cater to dogs so that you can enjoy your vacation with your best friend at your side.
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#4. Be aware of the property's accessibility
Should you use a wheelchair or need assistance with mobility, enquire about access to the property beforehand. Some rental companies might be able to offer modifications to help with your stay if required, or at least recommend a suitable alternative if this is not possible to do.
#5. Book with a reputable company
Give yourself peace of mind that you are booking a holiday cottage you can rely on and choose a company like cottages.com, which has over 10,000 cottages in the UK alone to choose from. Plus, Saga readers receive up to 10% off the cost of their booking.