Many holiday cottages to discover!
If you want to have the best cottage holiday possible in Beamish, we suggest a few key items to take along. Preparing for a little rain is always a good plan. An umbrella and an anorak or rain coat can get everyone smiling even on the worse days.
If you have a DVD player in the Durham cottage, definitely take a few great movies. It's so enjoyable to curl up in the evening and watch a classic film. And then we always make sure we have good supplies with us when we arrive so that we can sit down and have a cup of coffee and perhaps a piece of cake before we start that boring 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 Beamish cottages are highest in the warmer months, generally aligning with the school holidays. School holidays tend to be mid-July to the end of August.
If you want to avoid half-term in the summer, draw a line through the first two weeks of June. It's recommended to make an early booking to ensure your date, especially during high season, but it's not impossible to find a last minute opportunity.
More and more cottages seem to be signing up with agencies to help with their bookings.
Before you start to research your holiday accommodation, it's worth asking everyone what they are looking for. Is there agreement on an old fashioned cottage, or should you be looking for something contemporary with all the modern appliances?
Dogs need holidays too, so it can be fun to bring your favourite pooch to the Beamish cottage. Many places will accept dogs, but it's always a good idea to double check in advance if it's not mentioned on the booking website.
Have a great holiday, wherever you stay. Hopefully it will be in a Durham cottage found through us!
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. Young children can make your stay even more fun, and we have a few suggestions of things to bring.
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.
And last, but not least, make sure you take your camera to capture the magic of a great fun family holiday before the kids grow up and start their own families!