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.

329 cottages found 329 match all criteria.

Beautiful stone-built Cornish holiday cottage, sleeping up to 4. Set in the historic Cornish town of Fowey and within walking distance of the beach. Dogs welcome.

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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Threshers Barn at Bakers Mill Cottage Listing
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Situated on a working organic farm within an area of outstanding natural beauty, Threshers Barn is a Grade 2 listed 16th century flint barn, sympathetically restored to provide cosy bright and airy accommodation. Plenty of character maintained with original features such as old beams and windows.

This dog-friendly countryside cottage is located within Douneside's beautifully maintained grounds (all available for guest to use), as are facilities such as the swimming pool, tennis courts, putting green, children’s play park, health club and restaurant.

This attractive, newly refurbished large country cottage with a pool stands at the heart of Clippesby Hall Family Holiday Park near the Norfolk coast. With a cool, contemporary feel and a wonderful sense of space, relax and unwind as soon as you arrive. Pets welcome. Sleeps 8.

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...

Manor Farmhouse comprises of three large buildings and a heated outdoor pool. The farmhouse is a traditional 15th Century thatched timber framed property with 4 bedrooms, the Barn has 3 and Stable Cottage also 3 bedrooms. Pets welcome.

Driftwood is an attractive chalet bungalow situated at Galmpton Holiday Park, a small, private site. The property offers compact yet stylish accommodation with fantastic views of the River Dart from the patio. The site is peaceful and quiet so you can relax and enjoy the fantastic views.

Beautifully maintained 2-bedroom barn conversion amidst glorious Devon countryside sleeping 4 guests with open plan living area and modern and well-equipped kitchen.

Kilton Mill House near Saltburn-by-the-Sea is a large Grade-II listed holiday cottage on the North Yorkshire coast. Located just a few minutes-walk above Skinningrove Beach, this beautifully furnished and pet friendly cottage sleeps 8 + cots in 4 bedrooms. Within easy reach of the North York Moors.

2-bedroom self-catering apartments for smaller families or couples, at the Clippesby Hall family holiday park in Norfolk. They benefit from balcony views over the Old Walled Garden and enjoy use of a communal indoor heated swimming pool.

Looe Island View is a large newly built 5-star luxury detached 4-bed holiday home set in a spectacular hillside location in Downderry, Cornwall. The property has wonderful panoramic sea views all the way to Looe Island and beyond. Pets welcome.

Dalwhinnie is a riverside holiday cottage in an old, fully restored in Abbey in Fort Augustus on Loch Ness. It has a sunny aspect with a patio for summer dining. Guests at Dalwhinnie enjoy access to all the adjacent Highland Club facilities including heated, indoor pool, gym and tennis courts.

Deep in the heart of quiet Devon countryside near Honiton, and a short drive to beaches, The Granary at Stonehays Farm is a beautiful, superbly maintained and spacious barn conversion with 2 bedrooms sleeping 2-5 guests.

With fantastic views from all windows down the valley to the Taw estuary, Byre Cottage is an ideal Devon retreat for a family or 4 adults. Facilities include Wi-Fi, swimming pool, games room and childrens play area. Pets welcome!

This lovely detached stone building was originally a barn and home to a domesticated goshawk. The Mews, named in honour of its former resident, has been thoughtfully renovated to provide delightful, luxury accommodation with hot tub for two people on the idyllic South Devon coast outside Plymouth.

Seaspray is the perfect Dorset get away for walkers, families, beach lovers and star gazers! With extensive sea and coastal views Seaspray offers a taste of life by the beach in the beautiful small village of Eype. Pets welcome.

Luccombe Holiday Cottage is in Somerset & sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms. It is set in the beautiful Avill valley near Dunster & Minehead in The Exmoor National Park. Indoor pool & spa bath, games room, tennis court, trampoline, play centre etc. Families & dogs welcome. Visit England 4-star.

Rose Cottage is a family-friendly farm cottage at Eweleaze Farm just outside Dorchester in Dorset within easy reach of the coast at Weymouth. This beautifully furnished Dorset holiday cottage sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms with private garden and tennis court.

This picturesque thatched and dog-friendly countryside cottage sleeping 5 in 2 bedrooms is set in a remote rural valley in beautiful Devon near Tiverton. White Witches Cottage lies within an easy drive of the North and South Devon coasts as well as Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks.

This quality 2-bedroom self-catering cottage, close to Loch Ness, with its own garden grounds, enjoys a wonderful location overlooking the River Tarff at The Highland Club in Fort Augustus Abbey. Therefore, it is a superb choice for waterside family holidays, or friends getting together.

Tuckers Retreat is a 2-bedroom holiday cottage in a rural spot on the North Devon coast near Barnstaple. It simply oozes quiet traditional charm. Located at Combrew Farm, guests at this pet friendly cottage have access to leisure facilities including an indoor swimming pool and tennis court.

Crofters Cottage is a very special little Devon holiday cottage in the most beautiful spot with no neighbours and lovely views out to sea. It is remote, rustic and fairly basic but if looking for peace, tranquillity and a chance to escape from everyday life, then this is the cottage for you!

Millgate Cottage is a charming end terrace inside the medieval town walls and next door to Conwy Castle, with the added bonus of parking directly outside, allowing doorstep access to the delights of this medieval town, including restaurants and pubs. Pets welcome.

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