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What are Agency Managed Holiday Cottages?

Agency Cottages in the UK 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 is not to say that owners will not be considerate in this respect).
  • It is generally possible to book a cottage on-line via an agency negating the need for phone calls or awaiting responses to enquiries.
  • It is rare to find an agency that does not offer the facility to pay using your debit or credit card
  • Agencies have bigger marketing budgets and you are 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 on-line 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.

451 cottages found 451 match all criteria.

Upper Mill is a holiday cottage for couples with use of an onsite heated swimming pool and a tennis court. Located at Wheel Farm near Ilfracombe, the cottage is within easy reach of the stunning North Devon coast, including the long sandy beaches at Woolacombe Bay. Exmoor is also nearby.

The Garden Cottage is set in stunning Devon countryside near Grest Torrington and sleeps 2 people in a charming one bedroom garden cottage. It is set in beautiful surroundings with lovely views over the garden and the countryside beyond. It has a large comfortable lounge.

Lower Leys Cottage sits close to the Somerset village of Withypool providing cosy accommodation set within the Exmoor National Park. The dog friendly cottage sleeps 4 people in 2 bedrooms. Both the cottages at Leys Farm have been recently completely redecorated and refurbished.

Beautiful 7 bedroom Victorian house situated in the heart of Exmoor National Park and comfortably accommodating up to 14. This tastefully decorated house is wonderfully spacious and is within easy walking distance of Wimbleball Lake where a number of water and land based activities can be enjoyed.

The Kosel is a stylish, spacious seaside retreat in Mawgan Porth. It sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms. This pet friendly lodge is located on The Park, a popular resort with facilities such as a indoor and outdoor swimming pools, sauna and a giant trampoline. The lodge has its own parking, private terrace.

Situated in a rural location near the small North Yorkshire village of Darley in Nidderdale, just 10 miles from Harrogate, Hookstone House is a superb stone-built, large and pet friendly holiday cottage with a hot tub sleeping up to 11 guests within the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Spout Holiday Cottage near Winster in the Peak District is a large holiday cottage with a pool that sleeps 8 in 3 bedrooms. This pet friendly cottage lies in a tranquil, remote location with panoramic rural views. Guests have use of an outdoor pool, spacious gardens and a wood.

Braunton Farmhouse is a 5 bedroom farmhouse, recently refurbished to a very high standard. The North Devon house is perfectly situated on the hill above Braunton and within a few miles of Georgeham, Croyde and amazing, award-winning, beaches at Putsborough and Woolacombe Bay. Pets welcome.

Located in a secluded rural location near Settle, a gateway to the Yorkshire Dales, Mearbeck House in North Yorkshire is a large and pet friendly holiday cottage with a games room. Sleeps 12

Warmington House offers impressive self-catering accommodation for large families or groups of friends in a stylish period period property, a few miles inland from the North Cornwall coast. This large holiday cottage in Camelford sleeps 14 in 6 bedrooms and welcomes pets.

For a family friendly self-catering holiday in the Derbyshire Peak District countryside, the 2-bedroom Clematis Cottage in Baslow will sleep 4 guests in comfort after days out in the great outdoors. With a village shop next door and a pub nearby - what more could you want?

This detached single-storey large holiday cottage with a private hot tub and shared use of a gym lies in open countryside near the village of Llandysul in Ceredigion, West Wales and sleeps eight people in three bedrooms. Up to six pets are welcome.

Enjoy a peaceful, relaxing Lake District holiday in Mill Cottage, a dog friendly home, just a few minutes-walk to Lake Windermere on the 5000 acre Graythwaite country estate. This cosy, well equipped cottage sleeps 4. Shared use of the indoor heated pool and other leisure facilities.

A warm and welcoming detached Lake District Farmhouse, large enough to sleep 10, Home Farmhouse sits amidst rural surroundings close to Lake Windermere on a 5000-acre country estate. Pets are welcome here. Guests have shared use of an indoor heated swimming pool, gym and sauna.

A luxury Cotswold village cottage with superb interior design and furnishings, Yarrow is a thatched, dog-friendly holiday cottage near Chipping Norton sleeping 4. It is an absolute dream holiday home for a romantic escape or a small family self-catering holiday in the Gloucestershire countryside.

Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Chisel Barn is a new conversion designed and fitted to the highest standards.

Grade II-listed Elizabethan House stands just above Chesil Beach on the Jurassic coastline on the Isle of Portland near Weymouth. This imposing 4-bedroom, pet friendly Dorset holiday cottage with sea views, sleeps 7 in recently refurbished, homely surroundings.

In the small Cumbria coastal village of Cark in Cartnel, The Old Bank House is a large, characterful holiday cottages nicely located for exploring the southern Lake District and Morecombe Bay. This well-equipped pet friendly holiday home sleeps 11.

Barn Owl is a traditional Cornish Holiday Cottage with beautiful rural views on the South Coast of Cornwall near Looe within walking distance of the South West Coast Path. Barn Owl sleeps 4 guests in 2 bedrooms - perfect for a family holiday or short break.

Ingleside is a large Gloucestershire holiday cottage on the outskirts of the Forest of Dean in the rural hamlet of Adsett. Ingleside sleeps 14 in 6 bedrooms with 4 bathrooms plus ample living space including a sun room and games room. The enclosed garden includes a bike store and BBQ facilities.

Nestling in the heart of Dolgellau, a rural Welsh mountain village, Wenallt is a large and dog friendly Welsh holiday cottage that sleeps 14. This tastefully furnished house is perfectly located for holidays discovering Snowdonia, the Lleyn Peninsula and lies within easy reach of sandy beaches.

Converted from a Victorian chapel, Chapel House in Anglesey is a large, purpose-built luxury holiday cottage in a pleasant rural location. It lies about a country mile outside the village of Llanddeusant in the hamlet of Elim on the Island’s west coast. The pet friendly cottage sleeps 12.

This quaint St. Ives Fishermens Cottage has been beautifully restored to offer a homely holiday cottage for seaside self-catering holidays within a short walk of the harbour and beaches. This light and airy cottage extends over 4-floors and sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms - perfect for a family holiday.

Blaensilltyn Farmhouse in the Ceredigion Countryside is a large detached and pet friendly farmhouse near Newcastle Emlyn. Located on a working farm, this spacious and well-equipped holiday home with a hot tub in West Wales sleeps 12 in 5 bedrooms and lies within easy reach of the coast.

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