Many holiday cottages to discover!
Cottage holidays are becoming more and more synonymous with the Great British Break, which is why we have created this site. We are committed to offering the best possible choice of properties around Beamish - please take advantage of all the options and find the cottage that is best for you!
Your chosen cottage should be clean and tidy on arrival, and if it is not you should inform the owner or agency immediately so that they can sort it out swiftly. Dog owners favour cottage holidays because many properties will not just allow pets but provide a few basic supplies. We often have late availability offers on holiday cottages for family or group bookings but you'll obviously get a restricted choice.
In Beamish, high season tends to match the summer school holidays, with mid-season a month either side. Mid-July til the end of August are the core weeks for the Beamish school summer holidays.
Summer half-term usually appears in the first couple of weeks in June, although different types of schools have different dates. It's becoming less likely to book the best cottages last minute, but by no means impossible. We recommend you give it a try.
Cottage agencies are growing in size as a greater number of independents sign up with them. As a consumer this has a positive impact - in theory the facilities and standards are kept to a pre-agreed level.
As a reminder, we do not actually take the cottage bookings, we simply connect your with the agencies or owners. Some of the best cottages in Beamish are really excellent and so we encourage you to make your reservation as soon as possible to avoid availability disappointment.
Although you may not be familiar with the Beamish 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 Beamish 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 few better ways to spend a holiday together as a family than in a holiday cottage where everyone truly is in one place, not dotted around a hotel. 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.
You'll need to think about a few of their favourite books and games to help them feel at home in the cottage and settle in for a good nights sleep.