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Early indications from show that there is a definite trend towards last minute bookings this year. Already May has matched January for the number of holidaymaker enquiries sent to owners, a 52% increase on May 2008.

This trend has gained momentum during June with record numbers visiting the site including in excess of 100,000 searches a week for late deals. July looks set to do the same, if not more, so now is a great time to get your property online and generate bookings for the summer.

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Rent a Holiday Home and Discover the Beauties Of Scotland

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There is probably no country in the world that provides such an extraordinary variety of holiday destinations as Scotland.  If you are thinking of renting a holiday home in Scotland, your main problem will be deciding where to go.

Most people from south of the Border, when they think of Scotland, immediately think of the Highlands.  And of course, that’s where you can encounter some of the most sensational scenery in the world.  If you rent a loch-side cottage in late spring, you can imagine waking up in the morning to the sun glinting on the glorious crimsons, pinks and purples of the rhododendrons against the backdrop of the dark mountains sweeping down to the water, with no sound except the waves rippling on the little beach.  You will think you’re in heaven!

But of course there’s so much more to Scotland than the Highlands.  It’s just so incredibly varied for such a tiny country.  Have you thought of the quaint, pretty fishing villages on the East Coast, each with its own individual charms?  You can stay in a harbourside cottage looking straight out at the fishing boats and the smooth sandy beach.  If you fancy a golfing holiday, you can combine the charms of the East coast with the very special beauties of St Andrews, the “auld grey toon by the sea”.  Many think St Andrews, with its ancient grey university and quaint little streets running down to the gorgeous sandy beach with its rock pools, is one of the loveliest towns in the world.  And that’s without its legendary golf courses, including the renowned Old Course, one of the world’s greatest.  St Andrews and its neighbouring villages provide a wonderful choice of holiday properties of all types, but you still need to get in fast because there is a lot of competition, from golfers and non-golfers alike.

It may be fishing rather than golf that appeals to you, and Scotland is renowned for its fishing, especially salmon, trout and coarse angling.  You can take a holiday cottage close to a river or loch almost anywhere in the country.  Special places include the Tweed in the Borders and several rivers in Perthshire including the Tay, which combine unparalleled richness of fishing with extraordinary beautiful scenery.

In fact, whatever kind of holiday you fancy, you can find it in Scotland.  There is climbing in abundance in Highland, Grampian or Cairngorm – and skiing too at the right time of year.  Or if you are keen on abbeys, castles and ancient stately homes, there is a wonderful choice.  If you find a holiday cottage amidst the unique wild beauty of the Borders, for example near Melrose or Jedburgh, you have no less than four ancient abbeys within a short drive, as well as many enchanting old houses like Traquair House, all steeped in the special magical quality that only belongs to the Border country.

You may have hesitated about holidaying in Scotland because you may be afraid the weather won’t be very good.  Of course Scotland has its share of wet weather and nobody can guarantee what it will be like at any given time!  But many people who have stayed in Scotland will testify that they have had long periods of glorious sunny weather while the rest of the country has been wet and windy!  And the advantage of a holiday cottage, rather than an hotel or a B&B, is that there is always something to do.

If you’re new to Scotland, you have so many delights to discover – perhaps this is the year you will discover them.


A Holiday Home in Glorious Devon

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Why should you rent a holiday cottage in Devon?  If you long for an escape to timeless beauty and tranquillity, there is simply nowhere else to choose.

Your dilemma may rather be, where in Devon to choose for your holiday cottage?  It’s unbelievable how there could be so much richness and variety in such a small corner of the country.

Try North Devon if you would like to escape the crowds.  North Devon is still the county’s undiscovered secret, with its mysterious woodlands and hidden rocky coves.  If you like walking there is an unlimited choice, including the Little Hangman and Great Hangman hills at Combe Martin, Torrington Commons, Watersmeet and many more.  Wherever you go you enjoy a constant vista of rolling hills and beautiful rivers.  You don’t even need a long walk for exercise – visit perfect Clovelly, known as one of the prettiest villages in the world, and you will find the steep cobbled high street down to the quay is a challenge for the keenest walker.  If you really can’t manage it, there is a landrover shuttle between the car park and the quayside.

Devon contains not one but two National Parks – small, but two of the loveliest.  You can travel easily from one to the other, yet either provides more than enough for a complete holiday.  In fact you will find there isn’t enough time to explore all the delights of Exmoor – the steep wooded ravines, awesome waterfalls and rocky headlands.  Dartmoor is famous for its stark windswept Tors.  You can roam freely across miles of wild unspoilt moorland, enjoying the rich wild life and now and again coming across remains of its ancient history.

Devon has one of the best climates in Britain, which means that you don’t need to confine yourself to the height of summer.  You can have a lovely holiday there at any time of year and it’s quite common to find people enjoying the splendid beaches in the middle of winter.  Of course it does rain sometimes, but when it does there are plenty of things to do.  For children there are many all-weather attractions including Cascades, the indoor adventure pool, the Big Sheep or the Milky Way.  Whereas for adults, everywhere you go there are enchanting shops and galleries, markets and small craft outlets.  But of course, if you have taken a holiday cottage rather than staying in a B&B or hotel, you may not even need to go out at all – it’s likely that your cottage will have games, music, TV and DVDs.

And the variety of self-catering holiday cottages in Devon is boundless.  You can choose from complexes of beautifully fitted-out holiday homes with swimming pools, enchanting centuries-old farmhouses, luxury waterside apartments, and elegant townhouses.  You can find tiny thatched cottages with lots of character, or modern bungalows with every possible comfort.  Or perhaps you fancy superbly converted stone barns, hidden away on a small Devon farm and surrounded by glorious gardens and countryside.

So the hardest job you have will be making your choice of holiday properties in Devon.  Once you have made it, you can relax and enjoy a perfect holiday.  But don’t delay too long – you may find other people have had the same idea!


Magical Cornwall For Your Holiday Home

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Cornwall is magical.  There are plenty of beautiful areas in the UK, but none that has this exact enchanted quality.  You sense it the moment you cross the River Tamar and immediately know you are in another country where anything could happen.

So where better to rent your holiday cottage?  There is no answer to this.  The question you have to ask is, “Where in Cornwall do I rent my holiday cottage?”

If you’re a stranger to Cornwall, perhaps you have only heard about Rick Stein’s fish restaurant, the Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan.  All of these are well worth a visit, but there’s infinitely more to Cornwall than that.  Cornwall is the land of “special” holidays – so what kind of “special” holiday do you want?

If it’s a beach you are looking for, choose a cottage near the north coast of Cornwall and it won’t be just the ordinary bucket-and-spade holiday you find.  This is the land of myth and legend.  Just after crossing the border you come to Tintagel, steeped in the myths of King Arthur.  You can walk along the cliff path to Trebarwith Strand in time for lunch at Port William, one of the most spectacular and dramatic pubs in England, right out on the headland.

Further west you come to Rock which provides an unforgettable stay – you can charter a boat and spend a blissful holiday by, on and in the water.  This is one of the most stunning locations in a stunning county, with golden, white sandy beaches and sensational views across to Padstow.  There are a wealth of holiday cottages here, but you’ll have to pay – and book early as there’s lots of competition, including from the rich and famous!  Continuing westward, you find Bedruthan Steps, with its awesome series of rocks reputed to be the stepping stones of a giant.  And so it continues all the way to the west, past the enchanting St Ives, loved by artists for its perfection, and the mysterious Zennor with its field formations suggesting prehistoric occupation.

If it’s a sailing holiday that attracts you, try Falmouth in the south for some of the best sailing in the country.  The Fal estuary or the creeks of the Helford River with their deep blue water are unmatched anywhere for beauty – and still that special magical quality.  It’s easy to sail further afield – east to Fowey and St Mawes, west to the Isles of Scilly.  Round every headland you encounter delightful surprises, like St Just in Roseland, with its tiny church and its church grounds full of lush semi-tropical vegetation, stretching down to the sea.  The choice of holiday cottages in and around Falmouth is almost unlimited – grand houses in their own grounds, complexes with their own pools, bewitching little whitewashed cottages, charming townhouses on the quaint streets of Falmouth, overlooking the estuary.

It would spoil the magic of Cornwall to describe every little nook and cranny.  But however many times you go back, you still find more special little corners to discover.  This would be a good year to start your journey of discovery.  But book your holiday cottage early – they don’t stay empty for long.


Holiday Cottages Devon – Choosing is the hardest thing

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When you think of Devon you probably picture the quintessential English village, with enchanting cottages, cream teas and glorious scenery.  In actual fact this is exactly what Devon is like, and it’s hard to imagine a better place for a UK cottage holiday. 

If you are thinking of looking at holiday cottages in Devon, you may find you are overwhelmed by the choices available.  To narrow down your choice, you may need to decide what aspect of beautiful Devon appeals to you most, and what kind of holiday you are looking for.

Perhaps you are interested in a walking holiday.  One of the most spectacular areas in the whole country is Lynton and Lynmouth on the north Devon coast.  Not only does it have the most magnificent coastal views and a wealth of exciting coastal paths and nature trails through awe-inspiring scenery.  It is also adjacent to the glorious Exmoor National Park, which has an incredible variety of walking from strenuous to gentle – including high wild moorland, riverside paths, the Two Moors way and the South West coastal path.  There is a wonderful selection of holiday homes including fisherman’s cottages near secluded coves, charming little village hideaways close to ancient pubs, or former farmhouses with only the Exmoor ponies to disturb you.

If you are thinking of a less energetic holiday amid the picturesque beauty of quaint towns and villages, try looking at holiday cottages in South Devon.  You would enjoy the lovely old towns of Salcombe and Dartmouth with their quaint streets and busy marinas.  You can find gorgeous luxury apartments and town houses there, as well as pretty cottages in the outlying villages.  There are all sorts of water activities from sailing and rowing to a pleasure boat on the River Dart.  And with Dartmouth’s seemingly infinite variety of unique shops and galleries, you will almost welcome a wet day to give you more chance to explore!

You may be searching for holiday cottages in Devon with the idea of a more traditional seaside holiday.  You can hardly fail to find what you want in Torbay, surrounding its gloriously beautiful bay.  You can choose from exotic Torquay with its marinas and palm trees, Brixham with its fishing harbour and tiers of coloured houses and fisherman’s cottages rising up from the water’s edge, Paignton with its beaches and zoo, or Teignmouth high up with its wonderful views over the estuary.  Whatever kind of seaside holiday you like you can find it in Torbay with its wonderful sandy beaches, watersports, and little hidden coves.  You can also find all sorts of holiday accommodation here, including comfortable modern bungalows with all amenities and well-appointed holiday flats, as well as traditional cottages.

Devon really does have everything – no matter what sort of holiday you want, you won’t be disappointed.  What’s more it has one of the best climates in the British Isles. That doesn’t mean it never rains! Of course it does sometimes and that’s what makes it so lush, luxuriant and leafy.  Holiday cottages in Devon provide you with your best chance to enjoy and explore this very special part of England – and somewhere to stay when it rains as well!


Holiday Cottages Cornwall – Where Do You Start?

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If you have already spent a holiday in Cornwall, you may well wonder why anyone would choose anywhere else!  Magical Cornwall seems to have everything you might look for in a holiday destination.

However, you may have decided to go to Cornwall for the first time and be wondering whether to rent a holiday cottage in Cornwall, or stay in a hotel.  There are some lovely hotels in Cornwall.  Sadly, however, the UK hotel industry as a whole still has some way to go in providing value for money and really good service.  Renting holiday cottages in Cornwall can cost you less and free you up from the limitations of staying in a hotel.

So if you are looking at holiday cottages in Cornwall, how do you go about making a choice?  The range and selection is awe-inspiring!  How do you know where to start?

First of all, decide whether you want to go through a lettings agency or rent direct from the owner.  The latter may be cheaper but you don’t get the quality checks that you get from an agency, so you take more of a chance. 

Consider what you are looking for in a Cornish holiday.  Are you specially attracted by the enchanting creeks like the Helford River?  the beautiful little sandy, rocky coves all round the coast?  the superb beaches and surfing facilities in places like Newquay and Perranporth? or the steep coastal villages like Port Isaac with phenomenal views?  Of course, in Cornwall, especially in the west, distances are short, so you can get anywhere in less than an hour.

What kind of accommodation are you interested in?  Holiday rental in Cornwall is big business, and at the top end of the market you can find houses and apartments with five-star amenities including private beach access, swimming pools, jacuzzis, hot tubs etc.  But if your tastes or your budget are more modest, it’s not a problem – there is a range of cottages and flats to suit every taste.  If you want to keep costs down, properties not directly by the sea are cheaper – remember you can still get to the sea pretty quickly from anywhere.  If you can possibly avoid the peak season, do try to do so as prices in Cornwall get quite inflated at peak holiday times.

Holiday cottages in Cornwall get snapped up very fast, so do book early. For a summer holiday booking you should start looking in January at the latest.  Remember that many people go back to the same cottage year after year and book their next holiday at the time of the previous one.  So really, the earlier the better.  You are very unlikely to get discounts for last-minute booking!  You will simply find you have a very limited choice.

Nowadays most people take a car to a holiday letting, but some people still prefer to use public transport.  Some holiday cottages in Cornwall are pretty remote and a car is essential.  If you are not taking a car, you must check proximity to shops, pubs, restaurants and transport links. 

There is such an incredible variety of holiday cottages in Cornwall that whatever your tastes and preferences, you can find one to suit you.  Just be careful not to get swept away with the beauty of a particular property without giving thought to  what kind of holiday you want, and what your family requirements are.  Choose carefully, and you can be sure of a truly magical holiday.


Holiday Homes To Rent – How Do You Know Which To Choose?

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Finding holiday homes to rent in UK makes a lot of sense just now.  There are fewer and fewer reasons to go abroad.  Tour operators and airlines are struggling or even collapsing – everyone’s worst nightmare is to be stranded in a foreign country because their holiday company has folded.  And, of course, most people have less money to spare and want to make the most of their holiday budget.

So staying in the UK makes perfect sense – and finding holiday homes to rent makes even more.  Unfortunately, the UK hotel industry in general doesn’t match up to its overseas competitors for either accommodation or service.  If you are a family, the restrictions on your movements in an hotel can be quite irksome.  A holiday home gives you perfect freedom to do, and eat, whatever you like whenever you like.

In fact, the only problem with finding holiday homes to rent is knowing how to choose!   The choice is absolutely stunning, whichever part of the country you look in.  Your only hope is to try to narrow it down a bit, by thinking carefully what sort of holiday you are looking for.

Holidays with children.   Holiday homes to rent are either suitable for children, or they are not.  If you are taking a family you must check very carefully whether a property is child-friendly.  Location is all-important.  Most children want to be near a beach.  But even if the property is near a beach, you must check that the beach is a safe bathing area and has lifeguard cover during the time you want to be there.  Check also that there are plenty of pubs, restaurants and cafes nearby that specifically state that children are welcome – unless you want to spend half your holiday preparing meals.

Holidays with teenagers.  Your offspring may have reached the stage where you have to cajole or bribe them to come on a family holiday.  So you need to make sure you choose a location that isn’t in the back of beyond, and where there is access to the kind of entertainment they like – whether it’s bowling, water-sports, amusement arcades, cinemas or whatever.  Many coastal towns have charming holiday homes to rent in areas that are attractive and reasonably quiet, yet with easy access to the town’s amenities.  Of course, you need to make sure it’s a pleasant holiday for the adults too – after all, if you play your cards right you may not see much of the young ones!

Energetic holidays.  Your idea of a perfect holiday may be to set off with a rucksack and sandwiches every morning, and arrive back exhausted just in time for a shower and an evening meal.  If so, you would be better not to look for a beach property, unless it’s close to several miles of cliff paths.  There are lots of truly gorgeous holiday homes to rent in places like the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales or the Derbyshire Peak District, where your walk or climb starts right outside your door.  But do check that there are some good eating places within reasonably easy reach, as you may not feel like cooking dinner when you get back.

Non-energetic holidays.  You may be a bit older or have someone in the party with limited mobility.  Or you may just feel like relaxing and taking it easy after a hard time at work.   You may find the ideal kind of holiday home in a forest park with beautiful woodland trails starting outside your door.  Many of these holiday park homes are purpose-built and superbly appointed, so there is very little work involved.  Or you may fancy a riverside or canalside holiday cottage, where you can just gaze at the water or potter along the towpath to the riverside pub.  There are plenty of holiday homes to rent amid peaceful and tranquil surroundings in areas like Norfolk, Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Once you’ve identified what sort of holiday you want, it’s much easier to narrow down your search.  You will still find you’re spoilt for choice – but at least you know where to start!


Holiday Lettings – How To Avoid Disappointment

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If you are experienced in booking holiday lettings, you probably won’t need telling what to look out for.  However, as the trend increases for taking holidays in the UK, more and more people are coming into the holiday lettings market for the first time.  If you’re new to the process, it’s probably helpful to have some tips on how to avoid disappointment.

The main thing you need to keep in mind is that you don’t see your holiday let until you actually arrive to start your holiday – probably late at night.  So that’s when you get to find out what it’s actually like.  If there is anything that’s not to your liking, it’s really too late to do anything about it.  The pictures in the brochure or on the Web site are designed to make you fall in love with the property, not to alert you to problems.

So what kind of thing do you need to check in order to avoid disappointment?  Here are a few – old hands can probably supply more!

Parking.  Quite a lot of very pretty cottages in the middle of small country villages don’t actually have any space for car parking.  In many cases you have to park in the village car park some distance away – though you can usually unload your baggage at the door/gate.  If this is important to you, do make sure that the particulars explicitly state that there is parking available – either off-street or right outside.  If this isn’t actually stated, check it out.

Walking distance.  Often a brochure description will state that the beach, pub, shops etc. are “within walking distance.”   However, when you get there, you could find that “walking distance” is a very long way. If you have a toddler with you, or someone with walking difficulties, this could prove a problem and could actually spoil your holiday.   If this vague and meaningless term is used, you are quite within your rights to check with the advertiser what the actual distances are.  Sometimes, unfortunately, the description is designed to be deliberately misleading.

Dogs/children.  If you are going on holiday with dog(s) and/or children, you should check in advance what facilities are actually provided.  You have presumably ascertained that dogs are in fact allowed – the particulars will usually state YES or NO.  And the description will usually – though not always – make it clear whether there are children’s beds, bunk beds, high chairs etc.  But you would still be well advised to check how dog/child-friendly the property actually is.  Is there a garden?  This can make an enormous difference.  Does the door open straight out on to a road?  Is there a washing machine?  Are there eating-places nearby that explicitly welcome children?  Are there games provided for wet weather? And what is the layout of the property?  If you find that the rooms with the child beds are on the second floor, up two steep flights of stairs, while the only bathroom is on the ground floor, this can make things complicated – though the children may consider it fun!

Seclusion.  A property described as “secluded” may be very tempting, especially if you lead a hectic life and want some peace and quiet.  However you may not realise until you get there that it’s literally miles from anywhere, including places to eat.

Descriptions of holiday lettings can be very seductive and once you’ve booked, you spend months looking forward to your break.  It would be such a pity if your enjoyment  was spoilt because you hadn’t checked out the details.  Holiday lettings can provide the most delightful holidays imaginable – just make sure you get the holiday you are looking for.


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!


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