Agency Cottages

Agency Cottages are holiday cottages where the owner has contacted an independent business to manage their property. You the contract with the business when booking the cottage. Some holiday cottage agencies just look after marketing and bookings, while others go the whole hog, covering all cleaning, housekeeping and maintenance chores. They tend to work on a commission basis where the owner pays them a percentage of the rental fee.

Benefits of booking through an agency

  • In the event of a dispute with an owner about their property, agencies provide a degree of independent arbitration if trying to negotiate a refund (that’s not to say that owners won’t be considerate in this respect).
  • It is generally possible to book a cottage online via an agency negating the need for phone calls or awaiting responses to enquiries.
  • It is rare to find an agency that doesn’t offer the facility to pay using your debit or credit card
  • Agencies have bigger marketing budgets and you’re more likely to find their websites on Page One of Google –whereas an independent owner does not have the budget or the knowledge to do this.
  • There is less fraud risk involved in booking a holiday property through an agency. Their websites are harder to clone and it is easier to check them out online to ensure they are bona fide.
  • If the cottage is already booked, agencies are generally able to offer you comparable alternatives in the same location – saving you from having to start your search all over again.
  • Some agencies will offer their own in-house travel insurance facilities to ensure you get your money back in the event of having to cancel your holiday due to unforeseen circumstances.

Disadvantages in booking through an agency

  • Agencies tend not to know as much about a cottage as an owner and may not be able to answer all your questions about a property.
  • Some, but not all agencies may charge you an additional booking fee.
  • Agencies invest lots of money in advertising their properties and getting their website on Page One. The cost and the commission money they pay the owners, is reflected in the price.

509 cottages found. 509 match all criteria.

Nuide Farmhouse is a charming, large and pet friendly 5-bedroom farmhouse in rural surroundings that sleeps 10. Set in its own rambling grounds the house is ideal for exploring the Cairngorms and has access to fishing on The Spey. Horse riding can be arranged locally in Newtonmore.

  • Sleeps 10
  • Bedrooms 5
  • Bathrooms 4
  • Agency

This stunning large dog friendly 5-bedroom house with Wi-Fi, large gardens and woodland near the seaside resort of Westward Ho! in North Devon dates back to the 12th Century in parts. It is full of charm and style, with every care taken to ensure it's guests have the most relaxing holiday imaginable...

  • Sleeps 10
  • Bedrooms 5
  • Bathrooms 3
  • Agency

Hayloft at Wheel Farm is a holiday cottage for couples situated just a short drive from the North Devon coast and the rolling hills of Exmoor, Wheel Farm is perfectly placed to offer guests rural self-catering holidays with a swimming pool. Hayloft cottage has been converted from the original old ba...

  • Sleeps 2
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Bathrooms 1
  • Agency

Dating back to the 17th Century, Higher Mullacott Farmhouse near Ilfracombe is a beautiful large 5 bed holiday property which has been tastefully renovated for style and comfort ; all set in a beautiful countryside position with sea views on the North Devon coast.

  • Sleeps 10
  • Bedrooms 5
  • Bathrooms 3
  • Agency

With commanding roof top views over Dartmouth down to the River Dart Estuary, the 4-star Gold Award Cotterbury is an impressively furnished South Devon Holiday Apartment, ideal for a group of friends or a family, with private terraces, parking spaces, communal use of a swimming pool and gardens.

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 2
  • Agency

Deep in the heart of Dartmouth and near the beach at Blackpool Sands lies 4 The Pottery Cottage, a beautifully converted from an old warehouse a short walk from Dartmouth Castle and the South West Coast Path. This spacious open plan property has 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms sleeping 6. Rental includes...

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 3
  • Agency

Grade II-listed Middleton Hall is a large, magical 17th Century country mansion nestling in its own grounds in the Northumberland countryside. The Hall sleeps 24 guests in splendid rural surroundings - perfect for country house weekend breaks and holidays for large families or groups of friends.

  • Sleeps 24
  • Bedrooms 10
  • Bathrooms 10
  • Agency

Located in an idyllic rural location just above Sandsend Beach in Whitby, Home Farm is a family and pet friendly holiday cottage with use of an indoor heated pool and luxury spa (and even a separate dog spa) on the Raithwaite Estate. Sleeps 5.

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 2
  • Agency

Standing within its own grounds in a secluded rural location near the Forest of Bowland, Somerwood is a large, beautifully furnished House in Ribchester. Facilities such as a cinema room, billiard room, tennis court and hot tub, justifiably put it in the luxury holiday cottage category. Sleeps 16.

  • Sleeps 16
  • Bedrooms 8
  • Bathrooms 6
  • Agency
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