Holidays in England

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Self-catering accommodation in the Cotswolds

 

The big advantage of a self-catering holiday compared with a hotel or Bed and Breakfast is that you rent a complete house or apartment with all the space and comfort of home where you can cook, do your laundry and behave much as you would at home.

For any families with children or groups of people on a budget, self-catering is a great blessing because you can buy drinks and the food you require to use as and when you want, at your convenience, without having to pay or go out for each time you would like a tea or coffee or the children want juice. It is a cost-effective and comfortable form of accommodation.

The only downside is that you will have to make your own bed and tidy up after yourself.

  • Holiday cottages are usually rented on a weekly basis, the rent stated being for the cottage or apartment for a week and not per person. Short breaks are generally available during the winter months.
  • The most expensive time to rent a holiday cottage is during England's school holidays when the demand is at its highest. This includes the periods:

    Christmas until the 6th January
    February half-term week around the 18th of February
    Easter - 2 weeks
    Last week of May half-term holiday
    mid-July to the beginning of September
    last week of October

    Prices are much lower outside these dates.

  • Cottage bookings may be with private individuals or agencies who look after a large number of holiday cottages. Sometimes a group of cottages is sited in large grounds or gardens with shared use of a swimming pool, childrens’ playground, tennis court and other facilities.
  • A potentially refundable damage deposit is also taken at the time of booking which acts as a guarantee of good behaviour and could be used if guests damage the property. This would be refunded after your departure.
  • Agencies may also charge a booking fee in addition to the rent.
  • Some holiday cottages accept pets. Do check this before booking if anyone in your family is allergic to pet hair. A charge is usually levied for each dog.
  • You are expected to leave the accommodation in a clean and tidy condition.
  • You will be expected to complete a booking form with your contact details and agreement with the terms and conditions of renting the holiday cottage. This acts as a contract between you and the accommodation provider.
  • Full payment for self-catering accommodation is expected in advance, perhaps 2 months before arrival. This will vary from one holiday cottage to another. A deposit normally confirms the booking and can be anything from about £100 to 50% of the full amount.

Food and drink in England

If you're buying food at the supermarket for a self-catering holiday, you will find that most supermarkets stock a wide range of foods. There will inevitably be those that you cannot buy back home and the bakery products and meats are likely to be quite different.

food and drink in the Cotswolds