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.

466 cottages found. 466 match all criteria.

The Old Post Office is a charming period holiday cottage set is the pretty Somerset village of Puckington, near Ilminster. The cottage has Wi-Fi and sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms. It is nicely situated for exploring the Jurassic coast and Lyme Regis as well as the beaches of East Devon. Pets welcome.

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 1
  • Agency

Overlooking Loch Duich in a unique hillside location in one of the most awe inspiring glens in the Scottish Highlands, Tigh an Aullt is the ideal getaway property for up to 6 people.

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 2
  • Agency

Set within the South wing of Crowcombe Court a beautiful 13th Century mansion house, the two mirroring apartments at Crowcombe Court sleep 5 people in 3 bedrooms. The apartments are within easy access of The Quantock Hills an area of outstanding natural beauty.

  • Sleeps 5
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 1
  • Agency

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Nuide Farmhouse Cottage Listing

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

Located on the Pentire Headland, within walking distance of Fistral Beach, Headland View is a large, luxury Cornish holiday cottage in Newquay with a sun bathing deck and a swim spa/hot tub that sleeps 8 guests in 4 bedrooms., You'd almost be tempted never to leave the cottage.

  • Sleeps 8
  • Bedrooms 4
  • Bathrooms 3
  • Agency

Set amidst stunning Cornish countryside, an easy drive to local beaches, 10 Horizon is a stylishly furnished and fully-equipped homely holiday lodge with a hot tub. Located near Dobwalls in East Cornwall, it sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms and accepts pets.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 2
  • Agency

Castle View is a tastefully furnished, large, family friendly village holiday cottage in Helmsley in the heart of the North York Moors National Park -and also within an easy drive of the coast. This dog friendly cottage sleeps 11 in 4 bedrooms.

  • Sleeps 11
  • Bedrooms 4
  • Bathrooms 3
  • Agency

Located in idyllic South Devon countryside near Salcombe, Lanesend is a beautifully presented and pet friendly 4-Star holiday home with Wi-Fi. The tastefully furnished house lies within walking distance of North Sands Beach and sleeps 7 guests in 4 bedrooms.

  • Sleeps 7
  • Bedrooms 4
  • Bathrooms 2
  • Agency

9 Porth Meor Villas offers self-catering accommodation in an award-winning Newquay Holiday Apartment overlooking Porth Beach and the outdoor heated swimming pool. No.9 sleeps 6 guests in 2 (double and twin) bedrooms (both en suite) 3 minutes-walk from the beach. Available all year round.

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 2
  • Agency

A stylish contemporary 1-bedroom seaside holiday apartment in Bournemouth with sea views just 100m from the water's edge on Alum Chine Beach. This well-equipped apartment is perfect for couples seeking a romantic break by the sea within walking distance of some great restaurants.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Bathrooms 1
  • Agency

Ardnish is nicely presented, light and airy Highland holiday cottage on the picturesque Ardnamurchan Peninsula on the West Coast of Scotland in Inverness-shire. This large and pet friendly property with views across Loch Shiel sleeps 12 in 6 bedrooms.

  • Sleeps 12
  • Bedrooms 6
  • Bathrooms 4
  • Agency

Cedar Lodge is a totally luxurious 2-bedroom Somerset holiday lodge in Cheddar. It lies on the fringes of the Mendip Hills in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This 5-star lodge in a quiet rural setting is baby friendly, ideal for parents with very young children.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 2
  • Agency

Browside is a pet friendly Lake District holiday cottage with stunning fell views down to Coniston Water welcomes large families or groups of friends. Sleeping 14, this large warm and cosy house located in a walker?s paradise includes a hot tub for relaxing after a day in the fells.

  • Sleeps 14
  • Bedrooms 6
  • Bathrooms 6
  • Agency

Shells Cottage is a large holiday cottage with a hot tub just outside Washford on the West Somerset Coast near Minehead and Exmoor. It is an idyllic rural retreat for extended families of groups of friends. This thatched and comfortably furnished cottage welcomes pets.

  • Sleeps 12
  • Bedrooms 6
  • Bathrooms 2
  • Agency

With glorious views looking down onto Coniston Water, Underwood is a beautifully presented single-story Lake District holiday cottage with private hot tub for families of friends wishing to spend time in this Cumbrian Walkers paradise. Sleeps 6. Pets welcome.

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 3
  • Agency

Waterfall is a traditional 2-bedroom stone cottage with terrace leading to an outdoor heated swimming pool. Set near the South Devon town of Ivybridge, Waterfall Cottage lies within 26 acres of woodland and lakes. It is perfectly located for days on South Devon Beaches and exploring Dartmoor.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 1
  • Agency

Set on the edge of Herefordshire's River Arrow, this large riverside holiday cottage stands in a scenic location in the village of Eardisland. This dog friendly cottage is ideal for a family or friends who would like to spend time walking in or exploring this rural corner of Herefordshire.

  • Sleeps 8
  • Bedrooms 4
  • Bathrooms 4
  • Agency

Standing in a very desirable area of Bournemouth - away from the noise, but just 100m from Alum Chine Beach, 20a Studland Dene is a well-equipped 1 bedroom Bournemouth holiday apartment with conscierge and access to an onsite spa.

  • Sleeps 2
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Bathrooms 1
  • Agency

A beautiful country house, Oughtershaw Hall is located in glorious rural surroundings, perfect for waterside picnics in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. This large (sleeps 16 in 8 bedrooms) luxury holiday home with an indoor heated swimming pool, dates back to Medieval times but is thoroughly up to

  • Sleeps 16
  • Bedrooms 8
  • Bathrooms 7
  • Agency

The Farm House Barn in Golden Valley near Abbey Dore in Herefordshire, is a large oak-beamed farmhouse – a perfect rural retreat for a large family or groups of friends within easy reach of walks along Offas Dyke and The Brecon Beacons.

  • Sleeps 12
  • Bedrooms 6
  • Bathrooms 4
  • Agency

Trencrom is a large Cornish luxury seaside holiday villa overlooking Carbis Pay in St. Ives. Facilities include a sauna, games room with cinema and indoor dip pool. Trenrcom in Carbis Bay sleeps 11 in 6 bedrooms and lies in a spectacular elevated position above the clean white sandy beach.

  • Sleeps 11
  • Bedrooms 6
  • Bathrooms 7
  • Agency

Telford House is a large, luxury holiday cottage with gorgeous estuary views overlooking the Menai Straits near Bangor in North Wales. This pet friendly house sleeps 14 in 7 bedrooms. Relax amidst its large landscaped gardens, work out in the gym and enjoy days on beaches or walking in Snowdonia.

  • Sleeps 14
  • Bedrooms 7
  • Bathrooms 3
  • Agency

Bryn Cemllyn is a large rural holiday cottage in Gwynedd that sleeps 12. Located in the Coed-y-Brenin Forest near Dolgellau, it lies inland from the coast at Barmouth and just south of the Snowdonia National Park - a fabulous location for holidays in the Great Outdoors. Pets Welcome.

  • Sleeps 12
  • Bedrooms 5
  • Bathrooms 4
  • Agency

Cormorant View is a contemporary 4-bedroom town house offering self-catering holidays in Weymouth, a popular Dorset seaside resort. The house offers scenic views over the River Wey and Radipole Lake ? a great place for wildlife spotting and within walking distance of Weymouth?s wide sandy beach, qu...

  • Sleeps 7
  • Bedrooms 4
  • Bathrooms 2
  • Agency
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