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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.

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The Linhay is a charming rural dog friendly one bedroomed annexe set within the heart of the 900-acre Exmoor estate of Emmett's Grange near Simonsbath in Somerset. Sleeps 2.

Warcombe Farmhouse is a large, dog-friendly Devon Long-House with Wi-Fi sleeping 9 in 4 bedrooms. The Farmhouse is set in quiet countryside on the coast near the seaside village of Lee Bay and Woolacombe. Perfect for family summer holidays.

Beautiful, 2-bedroom barn conversion with Wi-Fi located in Braunton sleeping 4, the perfect place for a family getaway on the North Devon coast, being just a 5-minute drive to the beach at Saunton Sands. Onsite, you will find a terrace along with almost an acre of gardens.

Situated in a stunning position on the north west coast of the Scottish Highlands, Loch End is a cosy cottage for two and is set on its own; with exceptional views out to sea.

Belmont House is a large and spacious East Devon holiday cottage in the quaint seaside village of Beer, a 2-minute stroll to the beach. Belmont sleeps 8 in 5 bedrooms (one ground floor), all with en-suite bathrooms and TVs.

Buzzards View is a thoughtfully designed, delightful South Devon holiday cottage near Kingswear with 2-bedrooms sleeping 4. This coastal cottage enjoys character features. It is situated at Kingston Farm in a stunning countryside location with gorgeous rural and sea views.

Tucked away in Trevone, a tiny Cornish village just outside Padstow, The Old Cabbage Patch is a large and spacious holiday cottage within walking distance of a popular family beach. Sleeping 4 in 4 bedrooms (all en-suite) and furnished in a stylish, restful design, where better for large families!

Shepherds Villa is a large, semi-detached Victorian House offering self-catering holidays for large groups of friends or families. It lies in a delightfully rural location within the Lake District village of Coniston, a short walk from Coniston Water, and sleeps 23 in 9 bedrooms (7 en suite).

Sunnycroft is a tastefully furnished, large seaside holiday cottage in Brixham, Torbay. Sleeping 10, this pet friendly holiday cottage with stunning coastal views lies within walking distance of the harbour. Families with infants are particularly catered for.

Quaint Worcestershire Cottage attached to, but independent of, a larger Farmhouse in Button Bridge near Bewdley. Sleeping 4, guests at this well-equipped holiday Cottage have use of large mature gardens and an outdoor swimming pool. Perfect for walking and cycling holidays, all year round.

A large black and white timber-framed house dating back to the 17th-Century, White Hopton House near Bishops Castle in Shropshire offers a high standard of self-catering accommodation for 12 guests in a peaceful rural location. The spacious lawned gardens contain an outdoor pool, hot tub and sauna.

Magnolia Cottage is quite simply, a beautiful ‘chocolate-box’ thatched holiday cottage with gorgeous far-reaching sea views. You will find it in the pretty South Devon seaside village of Strete near Dartmouth. Magnolia Cottage sleeps 4 in 2 spacious bedrooms.

A luxury holiday cottage on Anglesey, Bwthyn Awel is large enough to comfortably accommodate 10 guests in 5 bedrooms. This secluded rural cottage with panoramic sea views over Church Bay is perfect for walking, cycling and beach holidays in North Wales.

Willow Cottage is a freshly renovated large holiday cottage with hot tub in the quaint South Devon village of Kingston, an easy drive to the sea at Newton Ferrers and Bigbury. This country-style, baby-friendly holiday home sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms with a secure and sunny lawned garden.

Singleton Manor is a large Edwardian Manor House with heated indoor swimming pool and hot tub amidst splendid gardens containing a trampoline, lawns, ponds and fountains., offering seaside self-catering accommodation in Torquay. Sleeps 10.

Cariad Cottage is a large and pet friendly Ceredigion Holiday Cottage with a hot tub. Located near Aberaeron in a quiet countryside location, this welcoming rural cottage sleeps 11 in 4 bedrooms, one being wheelchair accessible with a wet room. Cariad has two fun-fishing lakes.

This beautiful old chapel has been lovingly renovated to create a large Brixham holiday cottage within easy reach of the bustling Harbour and the award-winning Breakstone Beach. The Old Chapel welcomes up to 8 guests for seaside holidays in this picturesque fishing community in Torbay.

This large mid-Wales holiday cottage near Lake Bala is located on a peaceful country estate where facilities include use of a heated indoor swimming pool and tennis court. Beater's Cottage sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms and is within easy reach of Lake Bala, Snowdonia and North Wales beaches.

Spinnaker House is a modern, spacious and contemporary holiday home in Cowes on the Isle of Wight. The child-friendly house sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms a few minutes walk from the yacht-filled harbour front in Cowes.

Pet friendly Gamekeepers Manor offers truly grand self-catering accommodation (with a hot tub) for extended families or groups of friends in the village of Southburn Dene, two miles from Chester-le-Street and five miles from historic Durham. The Manor comfortably sleeps 13 in 6 bedrooms.

Located on the coast within the exclusive Sandbanks resort, Harbour Lodge is a luxury 4-bedroom holiday home in Hampshire. Facilities include a cinema room, glass-clad sun terraces and a hot tub. This large, holiday house sleeps 8 within easy reach of lovely beaches and south coast attractions.

Stay in this large family friendly Holiday Cottage in South Wales that sleeps 11. Also a pet friendly cottage, it lies in the peaceful, secluded rural hamlet of Rhodiad y Brenin near St David’s and is set in an enclosed grassy area, full of rural character.

Driftwood House is a large, dog friendly holiday cottage in Newquay within walking distance of Fistral Beach and the Pentire Headland. Driftwood sleeps 8 guests in 4 bedrooms. It's hard to believe that it is a modern house, so beautifully has it been designed by Duchy of Cornwall Architects.

A large and impressively furnished stone barn conversion in Hawkshead, Bull Pen is a pet friendly, Lake District holiday cottage that sleeps 10 on the rural Greythwaite Estate. Guests enjoy access to the Estate heated indoor swimming pool, gym, and children's play area.

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