Choosing the right holiday cottage break By Wendy Boast

18th January 2015

Choosing the right holiday cottage break By Wendy Boast


Wendy Boast is the owner of Visit Peaks holiday cottages and has been going on self catering holidays with her three children and friends for over 25 years.  If you are interested in a 2015 self catering holiday get in touch by email or phone 07980 390 520.  


A self catering holiday cottage is a popular getaway choice for many people.  Although you may still be doing some cooking and washing, going self catering usually means more flexibility.  You can choose when and what to eat and you will have separate living and bedroom areas.

Also self catering can often work out cheaper than staying in hotels especially for larger groups or families.

Here’s what to look for when choosing your self-catering break.

Facilities vary greatly so check what's available. Some places will have washing machines and separate dryers, TV's with satellite channels, well equipped kitchens, microwaves etc while more basic accommodation might not. The better holiday cottages should offer free wi fi, bed linen and towels, DVDs, board games, a BBQ, outdoor furniture, supplies of general household items, as well as maps and guides of the local area too.   

Find out where the nearest food shop will be. Is a local or farm shop nearby or is there a large supermarket?  You can often arrange for an online supermarket shop to be delivered to your accommodation on the day you arrive.

If you are travelling with a young family ask about any baby equipment you may need such as a cot and high chair. Do you need a stair gate or black out blinds? Are these included in the price or do you have to pay extra? 

It's always good to have a garden or outside space if you're staying in self catering accommodation. If so, check that it is safe and enclosed.  If you are visiting in the spring and summer ask about outdoor seating and BBQs.  You want to be able to enjoy the sunny days!

If you're going away with family or friends, think about what type of holiday you want. Will you be doing everything together or having some time apart? Do you want to go for accommodation that is big enough for all of you or would you prefer separate but neighbouring accommodation?

Ask what there is to do locally.  The holiday cottage owner should know about local attractions and even attractions further afield.  They should also be able to tell you which pubs and restaurants are good in the local area.   If you are booking a rural holiday cottage, ask about local walks, cycle ways and local towns.

If you are thinking of taking your pets away on holiday make sure that the holiday cottage is pet friendly.  Some self catering cottages will accept dogs, but many stipulate only one well-behaved pet; if you are holidaying with more than one family or a group of you with several pets that could be a problem.  Also check what the rules are for pets; where are the pets allowed, check the finer details and ask if there are additional pet fees.