Many holiday cottages to discover!
Whenever you're travelling to UK, there are a few things you should always take with you. Start with something to keep the rain away. You can never really be sure of the weather. An umbrella and a raincoat are a good start!
If your family and friends are anything like ours, you should have a good book ready to fill those times when everyone's getting ready, or waiting for them to come back from a long walk. Finally you should take a few initial supplies, such as tea, coffee, milk, bread and some cheese. Of course you can usually buy them locally but it's easy to forget and there's nothing better than a cup of tea before you start unpacking. We have stayed in many types of cottage, and we've decided we like both traditional and modern - it just depends on where we're going.
The rates for UK cottages are highest in the warmer months, generally aligning with the school holidays. Mid-July til the end of August are the core weeks for the UK school summer holidays.
If you want to avoid half-term in the summer, draw a line through the first two weeks of June. It's becoming less likely to book the best cottages last minute, but by no means impossible. We recommend you give it a try.
Many cottage owners have signed themselves up with national agencies to help with the marketing and administration, which also helps keep standards to a certain level.
Before you start to research your holiday accommodation, it's worth asking everyone what they are looking for. If you're travelling to UK in a group of single people, are there enough beds in the bedrooms?
Most dog owners like to take their four legged friends away with them on trips to UK. It's a good idea to ask the owner or agency whether you can take your pet inside the UK cottage. And let them know if it's not a dog!
Wherever you stay, whether it's in UK or elsewhere, we hope you have a fabulous holiday!
Families, Friends and More
Young children and babies can be more easily accommodated for in a holiday cottage where the parents do not feel pressure from other families who may not have young children. When you're so focused on the final destination, its easy to forget to pack some of the basics, so here are a few tips.
Although its not to all parents' tastes, you can buy very cheap in-car DVD players to amuse the kids, and they can often be plugged into the standard power sockets when you arrive. If the children are really young, don't forget to take nappies and / or a potty as you may find it harder to buy these at your destination.
Sometimes just taking a few soft toys from home can make bedtime feel more comfortable in a strange house, and they don't need to take much space in the boot.