What one can expect from a self-catering cottage holiday

self catering holiday cottagesWhen renting a cottage, apartment, farm house or any other type of holiday accommodation for a week or more, one can expect good quality accommodation that is kitted out and fully equipped to live in for the duration of the holiday.

Self-catering means that people rent the property but cater for themselves, they buy and prepare their own food, do their own laundry and essential chores such as dishwashing. Most good quality cottages are equipped with a dishwasher, washing machine and dryer to make everyday tasks less onerous.

One can expect beds to be made up and ready to sleep in and the cottage to be beautifully clean and prepared for your arrival. The more expensive holiday cottages may also welcome you with fresh flowers, fruit, wine or chocolates.

The various facilities with each cottage will vary so do read descriptions carefully before committing to any booking.

Essentially, all self-catering holiday cottages should have:

  • Bed linen, towels and tea towels provided.
  • Enough crockery and cutlery for the stated occupancy.
  • Cooking utensils
  • Be fully furnished
  • Have essential appliances
  • Hot water and heating


After the basic essentials potential holiday-makers should check the fine details because there is considerable variation in provision.

Any good quality holiday cottages would also have:

  • A starter supply of toilet paper
  • Washing up liquid and some cleaning products
  • Some teabags, sugar, biscuits and milk
  • Information booklets and tourist literature


Luxurious 5 star cottages are likely to provide:

  • cotton bathrobes and perhaps spa slippers
  • toiletries


This site has holiday cottages organised according to their facilities, do alos take a look at online cottage brochures to view cottage breaks in different destinations.



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