Self Catering Holidays – Adam`s guide to beating the credit crunch

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Holiday Cottages in the UK

In these uncertain times many British people who usually take an annual holiday abroad are contemplating a holiday on home turf. And why not? The United Kingdom has often been ignored by the British as a viable holiday destination and yet there are so many fantastic places to spend time in. Staying in a hotel, particularly one that has great food, service and views to match can be costly. But there are an incredible number of holiday cottages available to rent for short and longer stays in all parts of the UK, from the Lake District, the Yorkshire Moors, the Norfolk Broads, the Pennines, the Welsh Mountains, Pembrokeshire, the Scottish Lochs, the West Country, Dorset… the list is endless. There`s never been a better way to reduce your carbon footprint and explore these British treasures on your doorstep.

Holiday cottages can be anything from a converted stable or bakery to a rambling old mansion. You can choose to stay on a farm, on the side of a mountain, or open your doors to the sound of waves lapping a few feet away. The trick is to book early, especially if you are planning to spread the cost with a bigger party of people, as the larger properties tend to be booked first. Eating out in the UK can be expensive but there are always good deals to be found if you look hard enough. There are plenty of online directories that will show you to the best of the eateries in the area you are visiting, and inevitably you will find one of the UK`s great gastro pubs somewhere nearby. British people will not need to be reminded that the UK`s weather is entirely unpredictable, so be prepared to explore in your wellies on the rainy days.

If you are taking young children, a holiday cottage is an ideal way of giving the adults evenings together whilst safe in the knowledge that the children are asleep upstairs, hopefully exhausted fomr all that fresh air! Most self catering accommodation in the UK should indicate their suitability for children, especially if there is a pool or very steep stairs for example, and many offer the use of a cot and a high chair to save some space in your boot. As a first step in finding your perfect holiday cottage, why not try