Choosing Self-Catering Cottages in the UK
Holiday cottages provide cooking facilities and sleeping facilities. This type of accommodation is ideal for stays of a week or more. However, with the huge surge of interest in short breaks, more holiday cottage owners are renting out their properties to meet this demand particularly in off-peak periods.
West Country:We think of the West Country as Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset, although Wiltshire can justifiably claim to be Westcountry too. The north Cornish coast is wild and rugged whilst its south coast is gentle and the climate temperate. In North Devon large beaches like Croyde and Slapton Sands vie for the attention of surfers. In the south and east of Devon lie the charming resorts of Sidmouth, Exmouth and Torquay. Dorset has hilly Lyme Regis and Wiltshire is famous for its white horses carved into the chalk downs.
The South Coast:Always popular, due in part to its proximity and easy access to London, the south of England has bustling resorts like Bournemouth where you will find everything for the family. Inland lie picturesque villages with homely pubs and quiet walks.
East Coast: The East coast of England has preserved its unspoilt character, landscape, architecture and traditions. The seaside destinations here are known for true entertainment and family fun. Historic cities such as Colchester, Norwich and Cambridge are home to outstanding architecture.
The Lake District:The Lake District in Cumbria in the north of England consists of over 80 glacial lakes, reservoirs and mountain tarns. One of the most popular areas of England, you can find places here where it would seem that time has stood still. Walking, cycling and canoeing are popular outdoor sports in this lovely area of which you will never tire. This area is also associated with 19th century poets such as William Wordsworth who fell for its beauty.
The Peak District in Derbyshire is Britain's first national park where people come to find tranquillity and peace as well as adventure. You can climb, walk, cycle or simply escape to a quiet pub in one of the Peak District's little towns such as Buxton. Quaint and charming, this lovely area remains a firm favourite with people of all ages.
Yorkshire: Yorkshire is big. It reaches into three National Parks: The North York Moors, the Peak District and the Yorkshire Dales. The coastline of Yorkshire is among the most beautiful in Britain and much of it is protected as a heritage coastline. Yorkshire offers a huge variety of things to do. You can wander the streets of the ancient city of York, ride on the Settle to Carlisle railway, cross the Humber on the longest single span suspension bridge in the world or explore the oceans of the world at The Deep, a fantastic new aquarium in Hull.
Scotland: For an unforgettable holiday, Scotland is hard to beat. Scotland has lochs, glens and castles in abundance. This country boasts a huge number of quality and varied visitor attractions. Choose from the hustle and bustle of the exciting city of Edinburgh or a tranquil spot beside a loch where you can fish and enjoy the solitude.
Northern Ireland: With its friendly people and superb coastline, Northern Ireland offers activities and attractions throughout the region. You can follow the high roads through the Mountains of Mourne, cruise on the Fermanagh Lakelands or casually cycle along the Causeway Coast. With the troubles over, Northern Ireland is attracting more and more visitors to its shores each year.
Wales:A beautiful country with breathtaking scenery, North Wales contains the mountain Region of Snowdonia; a haven for walkers and lovers of the great outdoors. Central Wales is hilly, lush and green where you can really escape from the fast pace of everyday life. On the west coast are superb walks along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path whilst further east is the Gower Peninsula, ideal for families with its safe beaches.
What to Consider when Choosing a Self-Catering Holiday Cottage
When choosing a self-catering cottage holiday, the first thing to think about is location. Do you want a remote spot away from it all? Or perhaps you prefer somewhere on the edge of a big town so that you can sightsee, shop and be in close proximity to pubs and restaurants. How many bedrooms will you need? How much time will you spend in the cottage will determine what size rooms you need. You may just use the cottage as somewhere to rest your head at night or you may want to spend time there during the day. Do you need a view? Will the cottage have television in just one room or all rooms? Will you have to bring your own linen, crockery or cutlery or is it supplied? How much parking is there? Is the cottage pet-friendly? You may not want to spend money on kennels for your pets so do take this into consideration. All in all, a self-catering cottage holiday offers something for everyone. Many people take this type of holiday year in, year out.
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