Many holiday cottages to discover!
To make the best of your trip in Southend, we recommend you bring some essential items. 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!
We always make sure we take a good book. There's always plenty of downtime on a cottage holiday, and so it's a great time to catch up on a read. Lastly we think turning up with a few things to eat and drink is a good start to your holiday - there's nothing worse than grumpy kids or friends when its time to unpack, and a little chocolate or a cup of coffee can work wonders. Many people have favourite places they return to again and again, whereas we like to find new places to stay.
Cottage prices in Southend will range from high to low throughout the year, but clearly the summer months will be the most expensive as remand increases. July and August are usually Oxfordshire school summer holidays.
Half term dates are different for different schools, but normally summer half-term is around the first two weeks of June. Last minute bookings are alway possible, though clearly your choices will be fewer. It really is worth booking early.
More and more cottages seem to be signing up with agencies to help with their bookings.
We deal with some of the best cottage agencies in the country so we're confident that they will resolve any small issues you may encounter. Nearly all country cottages have free parking near the property, but you may find the urban cottages to have more parking restrictions.
Although you may not be familiar with the Southend area you'll usually find that the owners have left a welcome manual with details of local places to eat, drink and buy supplies. If you're travelling from a long way, you may not know much about Southend so we suggest a little research in advance to find the best attractions.
If you are travelling from abroad, please make sure that you have the correct visas (if required) and all the passports are up to date.
Families, Friends and More
We think that self-catering is the best way to holiday in Southend. No pressure from the owner to eat meals at specific times, when you are self-catering the food is ready when you want it to be ready.
Eat what you want, whenever you want it. And of course that's particularly good if anyone in your party suffers from food allergies or has other dietary requirements. Waking up without the alarm, cooking a nice hearty breakfast, perhaps sitting by the river for a spot of fishing or just reading a book.
For many, however, its a chance to really do something active, from running and mountain biking to swimming and climbing.