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July 14, 2010

Choosing Holiday Cottages in the UK – Some Thoughts

There is a seemingly endless choice of places to visit and things to do throughout all regions — England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Similarly there are many many cottages to choose from — properties of varying sizes and prices.

UK’s Major Attractions

The attractions of London are well-known. However, there is plenty to experience outside the capital. The UK is famous for its history and traditions — much of this can be found in its castles, stately homes and museums. It is also famous for its dramatic landscapes such as those in Scotland and Wales. Picturesque villages can be found in the Cotswolds and Kent.

Many visitors want to learn about the UK’s great artistes by visiting Shakespeare’s birthplace or the beauty of Lake District which inspired the Romantic poets.

Local visitors tend to be drawn towards the beaches and coastal resorts in Cornwall, Dorset and Suffolk. They also enjoy the delights of seaside theme parks in Blackpool and Southend.

Additionally, visitors can enjoy a range of outdoor pursuits such as hill walking, cycling, golf, sailing. For the less adventurous, there are recreational activities such as shopping and enjoying traditional food and drink such as afternoon cream teas and local cider.

Choosing an Appropriate Cottage in the UK

Consider the following before booking:

Size — how many people are there in the party?

Region — a rural country location or a seaside town?

Style — a traditional and homely setting or a contemporary setting?

Type — self-catering or somewhere with meal provision?

Amenities — everyday home comforts or more luxurious amenities such as a state-of-the-art multimedia system?

Convenience — a property near to shops and restaurants or somewhere more remote?

Amenities and Services

Here is a list of features that are normally included in self-catering properties:

Central heating, gas and electricity

Television

Microwave

Washing Machine

Tumble Dryer

Dishwasher

Cleaning Equipment

Fully-Equipped Kitchen

Fridge

Freezer

Linen

And features which some cottages may offer — but not all:

Satellite/digital TV

Towels

Bathrobes

BBQs

Swimming Pools

CD

DVD

Telephone

Family-friendly cottages will normally offer:

Children’s Books & DVDs

Toys & Games

Garden

Outdoor play equipment

Highchairs

Cots

Stairgates

Check if pets are allowed and if it is a non-smoking property. Also check that all the amenities listed are included in the total price so there are no hidden costs.

Choosing a safe and reputable cottage

There is only one way to ensure that the cottage is completely safe and that is to book with a responsible company. Alternatively, book with a private owner but make thorough checks on their reputation. Ask for recommendations from previous occupants.

Choose a cottage which has quality ratings awarded by establishments such as the RAC and the AA. The number of stars or diamonds displayed will indicate the level of luxury on offer.

Regardless of its quality ratings, always ask to see and review the terms and conditions of the rental. Always ask for a contract or agreement.

It is usually necessary to pay a deposit to secure the cottage but do not pay the full amount in advance.

Conclusion

There is an endless list of sights and activities on offer in the UK, both in the charming villages and countryside and in its modern towns and cities. Visitors can choose to experience their own slice of British life by staying in one of the thousands of cottages available. They can choose to experience a working farm or the splendour of a historical castle. Most importantly, choose somewhere which meets everyone’s requirements in terms of tastes, interest and budgets. Book safely with a reputable firm and the holiday will surely be one to remember!

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