Independent Cottages or Agency Cottages?

Cottages on My Favourite Holiday Cottages are either independent cottages or agency-managed cottages. If you have a preference between one or the other you can choose which one when doing your search. You can therefore view all agency cottage or all independent cottages or both in a combined lot. Your choice!

The difference between Agency and Independent Cottages explained.

Independent Cottages

Independent holiday cottages are those where a property’s owner is responsible for marketing and managing bookings. If you call, you’ll be speaking to the owner. When you pay, you pay owners’ direct. No booking fees, no commission charges.

See below to understand the benefits of booking through an agency or owner.

Benefits of booking direct with the Owner

  • The price: with no commission fees to pay anyone else and a limited advertising budget, prices can be more competitive.
  • Owners know their holiday cottages better than anyone, so you’re more likely to get swift and accurate answers to your questions than through an agency.
  • Owners have their own property website. They may be harder to find on the Internet (although My Favourite Holiday Cottages provides a connecting link), but they do convey a lot more information than that which can be squeezed into a single advert on an agency site.
  • Owner’s managing their own properties invariably feel an enhanced sense of responsibility for their guest’s well-being, be that the state of cleanliness, maintenance, a freshly mown lawn or decent welcome pack to greet you upon arrival. They don’t want to be embarrassed about anything if or when they meet and greet you.

Disadvantages in booking direct with the Owner

  • Many independent cottages do not provide card payment or online booking facilities, although this is changing.
  • Owners who advertise their cottages on many sites, can be less diligent in updating calendars on every advertisement. That’s why it’s good to look at independent cottages on sites like this one, where a link to the property’s own website with an up to date calendar is included in the listing.
  • Independently owned cottages are more at risk of fraud. If his concerns you, use sites like this one, containing a web-link to the owner’s own website Website owners are much more easily traced making fraudulent or cloned websites unattractive to scammers.

335 cottages found. 335 match all criteria.

11 award-winning luxury self-catering holiday cottages (all with wiFi) in Derbyshire with large indoor heated swimming pool in 2 acres of landscaped grounds. Perfect for groups, families and couples. Just outside Bakewell.

Large Derbyshire self catering accommodation with Wi-Fi in the heart of Dovedale in the Peak District. Valley View sleeps 15 in 6 bedrooms, with 3 bathrooms, Sky Sports and Films in two lounges. Ideal for family group holidays and large groups. Dog and pet friendly.

£100 off

15th-19th Dec

Riverside House Cottage Listing

Riverside House in Derbyshire is a large, detached, self-catering holiday cottage near Buxton, at Litton Mill in the heart of the Peak District National Park. Sleeps up to 12 guests (9 + 3) + cot. Games room. Pets welcome and located near traffic free Monsal Trail for walks & cycling.

The Little Bothy is a cosy, fully equipped, rural Shropshire holiday cottage for couples; a little sanctuary on the Worcestershire, Herefordshire borders near Tenbury Wells and Ludlow. Dogs are welcome and enjoy the run of the large secure garden, a small orchard and plenty of country walks.

Loch View is a delightful detached timber lodge with access to a pool offering self catering holidays near Dunoon in an idyllic position with wonderful views across Holy Loch. Loch View has a double-bedded room with en-suite, a twin-bedded room with further bathroom and can sleep 4 persons with ad...

Large Grade 1 listed Somerset manor house in Sherborne sleeping up to 28 with hot tub and tennis court in idyllic rural village with great pub and National Trust properties within walking distance. Pets wecome.

A spacious open plan Victorian terraced cottage in the heart of the seaside village of Manorbier, 5 miles west of Tenby in south Pembrokeshire. The cottage was completely refurbished in 2009 to a high standard (5 star rating with Tourist board). Pets welcome.

£300 off

16th-20th Oct

Axen Lodge Cottage Listing

Axen Lodge is a large shooting lodge in Dorset sleeping 8, offering self catering accommodation for groups and large families. It's set in a peaceful rural area, only a short walk to Symondsbury. Currently graded at 4-star gold, Axen Lodge has many luxurious facilities to be enjoyed. Pets welcome.

Large, fully equipped self-catering 'upside down' converted granite barn in fabulous farm setting. Sleeps 6 easily but warm and cosy enough for 2. Open fire. Private Hot tub on furnished patio with BBQ and lawn. Located above Lamorna Cove between Penzance and Land's End in Cornwall. Pets welcome.

The Granary is located on a quiet farm in Thorndon, Suffolk. Its beautiful decor and tranquil setting makes it the perfect romantic break away. It has charming oak beam ceilings throughout, a modern kitchen/living space with cosy wood fire & a large bedroom with super king bed & ensuite bathroom.

Milkens Cottage at Endamoor Farm is a luxury Peak District holiday cottage located in glorious rural surroundings near Bakewell. It in Derbyshire that sleeps 4 very comfortably in 2 bedroom. This pet friendly cottage is perfect for walking or cycling holidays on the Tissington and Manifold Trails.

Orchard Cottage self-catering holiday home with a pool in South Molton is a bright contemporary Devon barn conversion in the middle of the beautiful rolling Devon countryside. Pets welcome. Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms.

Owl is a two bedroom apartment on the ground floor beneath Granary. The apartment has two bedrooms, a double and a twin and open plan living area with a fitted kitchen, lounge and dining area.The apartment also has a shared pool, sauna and spa. Pets welcome.

Number 1 The Pier is a 2 bedroom Cornish luxury holiday apartment situated in a brand new development on the Prince of Wales Pier in the heart of Falmouth. This stunning duplex apartment for 2-4 guests enjoys waterside views, a large terrace, WiFi and an allocated parking space.

Part of the iconic landscape of Beadnell Harbour and Bay. The Harbour Cottage truly is one of a kind.

Raikes Cottage at Endamoor Farm near Buxton and Bakewell is a luxury Peak District holiday cottage in a beautiful, secluded rural location on a working farm. This stylish, comfortable Derbyshire barn renovation sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms (both en suite) and welcomes pets.

Romantic Dream Cottage near Westward Ho! beach in North Devon is a 5-star gold holiday cottage, a perfect cottage for couples looking to retreat and relax in complete luxury. With south facing views of the Devon countryside and a private 2-person hot tub you are sure to fall in love. Pets welcome.

Mel House Cottages are a group of 4 large pet friendly cottages set in the centre of the pretty and rural North Yorkshire village of Newton-on-Rawcliffe. Three of the four cottages are rated at various levels of accessibility for disabled use. The cottages share a pool and Spa and sleep from 3 to 19...

£900 off

30th Oct-3rd Nov

Crepe Farm Cottage Cottage Listing

Crepe Farm Cottage is newly renovated to a very high standard. Offering luxurious Dorsetaccommodation for up to seven people. Situated just a stones throw from Crepe Farmhouse, located on the beautiful Symondsbury Estate near Bridport, surrounded by stunning scenery. Pets welcome.

Swiers Farmhouse sleeps 17 guests in the picturesque village of Carsington within the Derbyshire Peak District National Park. The pet friendly Farmhouse offers well-equipped, character holiday accommodation, perfect for a large family get together, reunions for friends and Hen groups.

"What a fantastic place! Easily the best self-catering cottage we have stayed in. Our son?s words upon arrival were 'Can we stay here forever?'- a sentiment that has certainly not wavered through the week." Hugh, Caroline, Ella & Lucy 22.2.1

With pre-school children and infants, Serenity is a self-catering apartment for couples or small family presenting a wonderful opportunity for relaxing seaside holidays in and outside the peak season. It stands on the North Devon Coast at 16th Century Pickwell Manor above the beach at Putsborough.

Large and spacious Victorian house with Wi-Fi in superb Bath centre location in Somerset. Accommodates 10 in 5 bedrooms with 5 bathrooms, Marmaduke House self catering holiday cottage has private parking for 3 cars. Bath's attractions and shops are only a level 8 minute walk away.

Located in a magnificent remote coastal setting on Anglesey at Rhoscolyn with three sandy beaches only 100m away, The Point offers large and extensive self catering accommodation with spectacular ocean views across the Irish Sea. Pets welcome. Sleeps 9.

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