Choosing an 'Independent Cottage'

Search here to find Independently-Owned UK Holiday Cottages on My Favourite Holiday Cottages.

The management and bookings for holiday cottages are either managed directly by a property's owner (known as an Independent Cottage) or through a national, regional or local holiday cottage agency. 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 cottages or all independent cottages or both in a combined lot. Your choice!

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.

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5th-12th May

The Cottage Gillamoor Cottage Listing
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A traditional 2-bedroom moorland village property, with private garden, sleeping 4 guests with room for a cot. Our rural Yorkshire cottage is only 40 minutes from York. The cottage has many traditional features coupled with modern features like wifi, log burner and double glazed windows.

April Cottage is a Grade II listed thatched holiday cottage situated in the medieval town of Colyton in the Axe Valley on the Devon-Dorset border. The seaside resorts of Sidmouth, Beer, Lyme Regis and the Lyme Bay area are a short drive away. Pets welcome.

Weardale Cottage is a delightful luxury self catering cottage where pets are welcome. Situated in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), in the charming rural village of St John's Chapel in Upper Weardale. Sleeps 4.

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14th-21st Apr

Bluebell Cottage Cottage Listing
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With an indoor heated swimming pool and games room, Bluebell Cottage offers large self-catering holiday accommodation for up to 10 guests in an idyllic setting on the North Cornwall coast near Bude. Enjoy walking in our private woodland and meet and help feed our small menagerie of animals.

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12th Mar-4th May

Pond Meadow Cottage Listing
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Pond Meadow for couples and families of up to five, is located in a beautiful rural setting, south of Bude, five miles from Crackington Haven. After a hard day exploring the delights of North Cornwall, there is nothing better than coming back to relax in the gardens or in front of an open fire.

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7th-21st Apr

Plas Drygarn Cottage Cottage Listing
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Situated at the foot of the Preseli Hills in North Pembrokeshire, Plas Drygarn is a charming, dog friendly holiday cottage for up to 6 people, located in a beautiful position that is ideal for family holidays and couples.

A stunning new North Devon beach apartment for 2015 in Westward Ho! Directly overlooking the beach in this family friendly resort, this beautiful seaside holiday apartment has a contemporary interior, high quality spec with balcony and wonderful sea views.

On the banks of the scenic meandering River Wye in the Forest of Dean, River Wye Lodge is a large, accessible holiday cottage sleeping 26 guests. Enjoy days out in the Wye Valley on or off the river, or just relax in a holiday home with a hot tub, games room and children's playground. Pets Welcome

3 bedroomed luxury fishermans cottage, with stunning views over beautiful Sandend beach near Banff on the Moray Firth. Enclosed, elevated terrace with a summer house, ideal for BBQs, dogs and children. WIFI enabled. A real 'home from home' for a 'get away from it all' experience.

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16th Mar-27th Apr

Little Leighs Cottage Listing
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Little Leighs is one of five cottages converted from 18th century farm buildings, which is located in a quiet rural setting, south of Bude near Crackington Haven in North Cornwall. A bedroom on the ground floor makes this ideal for older guests.

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3rd-31st Jan

Derwent House Cottage Listing
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Derwent House in Matlock, Derbyshire is fully equipped to meet the needs of groups of up to 12 people. This large dog-friendly Peak District holiday home with WiFi is Grade II listed and ideal for a special occasion, family gathering or time with friends.

Slatters is a luxury holiday home in the Cotswold countryside near Moreton-on-the-Marsh in Gloucestershire. A cosy Grade II listed cottage for couples with (or without) a child, it’s a perfect place for a romantic holiday in an idyllic rural location.

Charming converted Cornish barn sleeping 6 on quiet working farm in an idyllic coastal setting between Penzance and Land?s End. Fully equipped self-catering. Private Hot Tub on furnished patio. Pets welcome.

£300 off

6th-13th Apr

Barnfield Cottage Cottage Listing
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Barnfield is a luxury North Devon Holiday Cottage with WiFi in the rural foothills of Exmoor and an easy drive to wonderful sandy beaches. This large and child friendly thatched cottage sleeps 8-10 in 4 bedrooms one being a ground floor with en suite. Up to 3 pets are welcome.

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9th-12th Mar

Capel Jerusalem Cottage Listing
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Capel Jerusalem is a stunning, luxury chapel conversion in Snowdonia with underfloor heating, 4 en-suite bedrooms, a sauna, baby grand piano and WiFi. Finished to the highest specification, this spacious rural holiday cottage is perfect for family holidays, celebrations and large groups of friends.

One of five luxurious cottages with Wi-Fi at Littlecourt Cottages, Magnolia sleeps up to 6 people in a charming property only a short distance from the town centre and beaches of Sidmouth on the South Devon coast.

The Chestnuts is a large, Eco-Luxe, 5-Star Gold Cotswold holiday Cottage in Shilton, an unspoilt village near historic Burford in Oxfordshire. Sleeps 10. This award-winning cottage has been beautifully renovated and furnished to create a relaxing and child friendly rural retreat in the Cotswolds.

A comfortable 5 star graded Holiday Cottage situated in a small hamlet near Cardigan, a short drive from a number of blue flag beaches and the Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion Coastal Paths. Sleeping 6 adults in three bedrooms, with two bathrooms it is suitable for the extended family or families sharin...

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20th-27th Jan

Melinda's Cottage Cottage Listing
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Nestling in a wooded North Devon Valley, 3-mins walk to the beach, Melinda’s Cottage, is a family-friendly 2-bedroom Grade-II listed holiday cottage on the coast in Bucks Mills. Melinda’s Cottage lies in a tranquil rural location, ideal for exploring North Devon and North Cornwall. Free WiFi

Mill House, sleeping six, is one of seven spacious holiday cottages at Boswell Farm, set in the secluded Sweetcombe valley near Sidmouth and the beaches on the East Devon coast. Pets welcome.

Ty Gwilym Holiday Cottages are set in the heart of St Davids with three cottages for up to 2, 4 or 6. They are very close to the Cathedral and shops and within ten minutes of both the coastal path and beaches at Whitesand Bay and Caerfai Bay.

Copper Beech Cottage has six bedrooms comfortably sleep 12 guests. This large cottage with Wi-Fi is located in Aberaeron a most desirable seaside destination in the county of Ceredigion on the West Coast of Wales.

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3rd-10th Feb

Courthaye Cottage Cottage Listing
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Courthaye is an East Devon luxury holiday cottage with Wi-Fi in Sidmouth within an easy walk of the beach and set alongside 4 other luxurious cottages which once formed a Regency house for the Duke and Duchess of St.Albans. Grade II listed. Sleeps 4.

Old Coastguard's is a coastal cottage rich with history, nestled in a secluded and tranquil location between Tennyson Down and Headon Warren on the Isle of Wight. Featuring a log-burning sauna, direct access to bridleways and 360-degree breath-taking views. Pets welcome.

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