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Self catering breaks

Rent a holiday cottage, apartment, chalet, log cabin or house.

 

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Self catering holiday lettings

self catering holiday lettings

There is an enormous number of self catering holiday lets worldwide which range from small one bedroom cottages and apartments through to grand castles and mansions. Many of these are private holiday homes that people rent out to help pay their overheads.

These holiday lets may be rented through holiday rental portals, advertised in newspapers and magazines or just a postcard in a shop window.

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Prices and the quality of accommodation vary greatly. Many countries have introduced tourist board rating schemes and grade the properties registered with them so that potential guests can have some confidence in the standard they are paying for.

There is also a large number of properties not registered with any tourist board scheme in Britain where membership is not compulsory. Greek holiday rental owners, on the other hand, have to be registered in a tourist grading scheme by law.

The best way to assess the cottages, houses, log cabins and other self-catering accommodation is to compare details and photographs because it is far from a standard process and each individual cottage owner can set their own charges. The weekly rate is not always an indication of quality.

The cost of renting a self catering cottage, house, apartment or log cabin can be minimised by taking breaks in low season, outside school holidays or booking short breaks mid week when demand is lower.

Reducing the cost of holiday lettings

 

Sharing a larger property with friends can also sometimes work out much cheaper than renting individual cottages but do make sure that you can all live together happily for a week, or the duration of your holiday, or the result may be an unhappy experience for all.

Peal prices are during school holidays. Book ouside school holidays for cheaper rates. Short breaks mid week can also offer slightly better value for money.

Another big factor in rental rates is location. Holiday cottages in Ireland can be cheaper than else where.

How booking self catering accommodation works

 

Standard practice when renting holiday cottages is to initially pay a deposit to reserve the accommodation, then pay the balance about 6 to 8 weeks prior to arrival. The full amount would need to be paid for last minute bookings.

A refundable damage deposit is also often requested. It's purpose is to encourage guest to treat the property with respect. This should be refunded in full after departure when the property owner is satisfied that the property has been left in a good condition.

It pays to read the terms and conditions associated with the letting because these vary a great deal. Do spend a little time checking cancellation terms and procedures.

Ordinary travel insurance mat not cover you for any losses if you have to cancel your holiday for any reason. It is possible to obtain insurance to cover your self catering holiday just in case things fall through for any reason.

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