Many holiday cottages to discover!
In Southend, whatever time of year, and whoever you are with, we have a few suggestions for essentials to take along. You can never be sure of the weather, so take something to protect you from the rain - ideally something that can be packed in a rucksack just in case.
If you have a DVD player in the Oxfordshire cottage, definitely take a few great movies. It's so enjoyable to curl up in the evening and watch a classic film. 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. Many people have favourite places they return to again and again, whereas we like to find new places to stay.
In Southend, high season tends to match the summer school holidays, with mid-season a month either side. The summer holiday period (for schools) runs from mid-July through the whole of August.
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.
In recent years there has been an increase in the size of cottage agencies. Generally speaking that means that someone is always checking the quality of Southend accommodation, either in person, or based on customer feedback.
In the unlikely event that you are not delighted with your holiday cottage in Southend please email or call the agency you made the booking with. Everyone owner or lettings agency can have a slightly different cancellation policy so please be sure to check before you make your reservation.
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
There are many benefits to a self-catering holiday in Southend. We like the freedom of eating meals when we want. There's something wrong with taking a holiday and then finding out that you have to get up early or you miss the breakfast you've paid for.
And it also gives the freedom of eating out without needing to reorganise any plans in your accomodation. You don't need to tell anyone, just sit down and order! Relaxing by the river, reading a great novel, perhaps a pint in the pub - these are some of the favourite ways to enjoy some quiet time in Southend.
On the other hand, there's a growing proportion of visitors who use their time away from home to get fitter and try new things - such as mountain biking, horse riding or canoeing.