Renting a holiday cottage is a nice relaxing way to take a holiday, as long as you do it right. Of course many holiday cottages are out of the budget of a lot of people, and this site also has plenty of other options. But for many it’s a good choice. Where this option really comes into its own is if you have a large family or group of friends, as you rent per property, rather than per person. So while renting a tiny cottage for two may work out quite expensive, renting a large cottage for 10 usually works out as an extremely affordable way of taking a nice holiday.
Holiday cottages are usually privately owned, and most are high-spec. You can choose from all kinds including seaside chalets to country retreats, and everything in-between. All the following sites have filters for dog-friendliness, wheelchair-suitability and other options like outdoor gardens, ground floor access, swimming pools and how far from the nearest beach etc. Most have little welcome packs with local produce and offer options like high-chairs, fresh towels etc. You can then just chill out when you get there, and sometimes not leave ‘home’ very far, choosing to just relax in the garden and with country walks, and sit with a good book or old film on TV, in the evening. Check each site for cancellation details. A few have Wi-Fi but unless you need it for work, not having it should not be a deal-breaker.
- Cornwall Hideaways
- Cotswolds Hideaways
- Dorset Hideaways
- Norfolk Hideaways
- Rural Retreats
- Suffolk Hideaways
Rent Out Your Holiday Cottage
If you own an old cottage, it’s a good way to make some nice income, although it won’t be passive. You’ll need to upgrade the property to make sure it fits the high standards of these companies, and you’ll obviously need to think about legal safety requirements like boilers and fire extinguishers.
You’ll also need to get your paperwork in order if you are earning income (which can be quite high for popular properties) and also give the sites some commission. Unless you live nearby, you’ll also have to employ a reputable housekeeper, to keep the property in good condition. But if you are willing to do all this, its a way to earn income.