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.

324 cottages found. 324 match all criteria.

Dating back to the 17th Century, Higher Mullacott Farmhouse near Ilfracombe is a beautiful large 5 bed holiday property which has been tastefully renovated for style and comfort ; all set in a beautiful countryside position with sea views on the North Devon coast.

Swallows is a delightful 4-Star Visit Britain rated apartment near Chagford with Wi-Fi. It sleeps 2, part of a Grade II listed Georgian farmhouse. Quiet, secluded rural location, in Dartmoor foothills between Chagford and Spreyton in Devon. Ideal location to explore Devon, Dartmoor and both coasts. ...

Devon Beach Court is a light and airy modern seaside apartment with WiFi in Woolacombe, North Devon. Offering comfort and style throughout, it sleeps 4 people in 2 bedrooms.

3 pet friendly cottages near Ashbourne grouped around patio garden. Sleeps 16-18. Separate large dining space for social gatherings. Suitable for disabled guests. Working farm. Pub walking distance. Good location for Derbyshire Peak District and Alton Towers. Short breaks.

Rose Cottage is a luxuriously furnished and equipped 4-bedroom coastal cottage in a rural location on the North Devon coast near Barnstaple. Guests enjoy use of a heated indoor pool and many more leisure facilities. Sleeps 7. Pets welcome.

One of the most beautiful three storey town houses in the ultra-exclusive gated community of Port Pendennis Marina in Falmouth. This stunning waterside house has everything to offer up to 6 lucky guests looking for a peaceful, luxurious place to stay.

An idyllic quiet haven, large pet friendly Merrifield House near Ashburton in Devon is a former Georgian Rectory sleeping 10 guests in 5 bedrooms. Get away from it all in tis luxury cottage whilst enjoying easy access to Dartmoor National Park and the wonderful sandy beaches of the South Hams.

A beautiful converted barn in the heart of the Pembrokeshire countryside sleeping six. Hot tub included.Free range animals grazing nearby and stunning views - ideal for couples, or families.

Beech Cottage our 'upside down house' is perfect for couples through to families of up to five, looking for peace and tranquillity, being set in large grounds surrounded by open countryside. A great touring base, south of Bude near Crackington Haven. Pets welcome.

Byron's Retreat is a wonderful 2 bedroom apartment furnished to a high standard in an unrivalled position looking out over Port Pendennis Marina with the most amazing views across the harbour and onwards out to sea.

10% off

9th-12th Jan

The High Barn Cottage Listing
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Lovely large 6 bedroom barn conversion set on our farmstead in 19 acres of grass and woodland two miles from the historic town of Beverley. Free wifi - arrive any day. SEE OUR VIRTUAL TOUR ON OUR WEBSITE. AWARD WINNING COTTAGES. Pets welcome.

£200 off

30th Dec-3rd Jan

Aylsham Windmill Cottage Listing
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Once a working flour mill for over 100 years, Aylsham Windmill now offers luxurious family-friendly self-catering holidays (with Wi-Fi) for 2-6 guests in Aylsham, a picturesque rural market town in Norfolk midway between Norwich and the coast at Cromer.

Huge Cornish house on the banks of the River sleeping up to 10 in 5 bedrooms with 4 bathrooms. Facilities include Media room, Wi-Fi and parking. One well behaved dog is welcome. The beach and watersports centre is just a minutes walk away

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.

The Roundhouse at Trenannick Cottages, which sleeps two guests, is set in a quiet rural area five miles from the coast at Crackington Haven and 10 miles south of Bude. Surrounded by open countryside with distant views of Dartmoor, the cottage and gardens are a great place to chill out and relax.

The Green House near Falmouth is a traditional Cornish fisherman's cottage sleeping 6, refurbished to an exceptional 5 star standard. We set out to create something special, a real luxury, dog friendly home from home with everything you could wish for to make your holiday very special.

Luxury 2 bedroom detached cottage with log fire on the Isle of Skye, with uninterrupted sea views and set in 6 acres of croft land.

Butterdon a beautifuly decorated stone cottage located in the Teign Valley on Dartmoor - sleeps 5. Butterdon is one of 3 self catering cottages at Clifford Barton which all have private fenced gardens, pet friendly, great for kids, 2 acre lake, 50 acre private nature reserve and Games Barn.

£130 off

5th-12th Jan

Duck Street Cottage Cottage Listing
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Duck Street Cottage provides luxury accommodation for 2. It is perfectly located in the heart of Symondsbury village. Ideal for couples or friends looking for a cosy cottage in West Dorset. Pets welcome.

Whitelady House near Tavistock in West Devon is an imposing Grade II listed country house set in its own stunning grounds within Dartmoor National Park. It sleeps 12 guests in 6 bedrooms, with 4 bathrooms. This dog friendly house is lies at the heart of a rural walkers paradise next door to the Nati...

30% off

16th-18th Feb

Hidden Valley Country House Cottage Listing
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Hidden Valley is a beautiful, large family house with heated outdoor pool in a secluded rural location near the village of Box, between Bath and Chippenham. Sleeping 16 guests, the house is set in 8 acres. Recently fully refurbished, it offers a luxury, pet friendly holiday home.

Cocketts is a rural holiday cottage set in the beautiful Suffolk countryside just north of Stowmarket, sleeping 6 (+3) guests in beautifully furnished bedrooms. This pet friendly Suffolk cottage breathes history, exudes comfort and is child-friendly, with attic playroom and gorgeous 1-acre garden.

A charming terraced Shropshire holiday cottage in Alberbury with original oak beams and trusses, and wood burner in the open plan living area. It sleeps 6 in 3 delightful bedrooms all en-suite. Add in the private patio with hot tub, and this is a perfect country cottage for a family holiday!

The Brambles is a single bedroom cottage ideal for couples or lone travelers set in stunning farmland which overlooks the Dorset Coast and the Chesil Beach. Fantastic walks straight from the door of the cottage. Situated between the seaside town of Weymouth and Abbotsbury, famous for its swans.

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