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Holiday Cottages to Rent – Don’t Let Little Things Spoil Your Holiday

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You may be tired of the annual battle with getting to the airport, or the limitations of staying in hotels, and be thinking of renting a holiday home in UK this year.  If this is the sort of holiday you fancy, there is certainly a fantastic selection of holiday cottages to rent in all sorts of stunning locations.  But if you are new to this type of holiday, there are a number of things you need to watch out for.

Holiday cottages to rent are usually owned by private individuals.  Some are let directly by the owners, but the majority are let through letting agencies.  If you rent your cottage directly from the owner, it will probably be cheaper.  However you don’t have the same sort of quality guarantees that you have when you use an agency.  Agencies are very fussy what properties they take on to their books and insist on minimum standards of fixtures and fittings etc.  Many homes rented from the owners are delightful, but it will be more a case of hoping for the best.

If you are looking for holiday cottages to rent in very popular areas such as Cornwall, you need to book very early.  It’s so easy to fall in love with a particular property and start day-dreaming about being there on holiday.  It can be very disappointing when you find it’s not available for your holiday dates.

Remember most holiday cottages were once someone’s home.  Unless they are in a holiday park or holiday complex, they probably won’t have been purpose-built for holiday makers.  So they may have little quirks such as steep twisty staircases, narrow passages or the bathroom on the ground floor.  This should be part of the fun!

Bear in mind that the British weather is not always predictable.  Make sure before you book that the cottage offers plenty to do when it’s wet.  Most cottages let through agencies will have satellite TV, DVD players etc. and many have games rooms or pool/snooker tables.  Alternatively find out if there are nearby sources of entertainment such as cinemas, bowling alleys or amusement arcades.

When booking, check carefully what is included in the price.  If the cottage is let through an agency, the brochure should state clearly what is included and what is not – i.e. hot water, electricity, gas, bed linen etc.  If you are renting direct from the owner it’s a good idea to get it in writing.  Some seem to charge all sorts of things as “extra” which others include as standard. 

If you plan to take your dog or other pet, DO check carefully whether pets are allowed.  Many holiday cottages for rent do allow dogs, but others do not as they feel allowing dogs puts non-dog owners off.  Also if you are a smoker or have a smoker in your party, do check smoking policy.  Some holiday cottages are for non-smokers only.

To those who have been renting holiday cottages for years, these points may seem obvious.  But in fact they  are all things that many people don’t realise.  And they can make the difference between holiday enjoyment and holiday misery!


Golf Cottage – Earlsferry, Elie Scotland

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Golf Cottage is a charming detached Victorian cottage providing spacious, bright accommodation for eight people on two levels. The property is tucked away and sits within its own private fully-bound walled gardens which, in the summer time, get the sun all day. The East Neuk of Fife in Scotland enjoys a micro climate and therefore is one of Scotland’s driest locations. Elie which has been described as one of Scotland’s “best kept secrets” is only 10 miles from St Andrews and an hour from Edinburgh.

Golf Cottage is conveniently located for golf courses, two of which are just next to the property. Several famous links golf courses are close by, and the championship course at St Andrews is only 10 miles away. Many other activities – including horse-riding, cycling, climbing, abseiling, sailing, windsurfing, water-skiing and diving – are also available in the local area.

The cottage is also perfectly situated for a seaside holiday, being only a two minute walk to the lovely stretch of the golden sandy Elie Beach, and a 4 minute walk to the award-winning blue flag beach by the harbour. There are numerous pubs and restaurants to suit all budgets in the local area, and the 19th Hole, a family friendly pub with delicious home-made food, is just next door. Local shops, including a baker, delicatessan, pharmacy and gift shops, are within walking distance, the area is ideal for walking and cycling or just relaxing in this secluded location.

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