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Luxury Romantic Holiday Cottages For Couples

Some of our favourite luxury holiday cottages for couples from Cornwall to the Cairngorms.

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How To Improve the Appeal of Your Cottage Advert on My Favourite Holiday Cottages

Untouched adverts lose their effectiveness. Seven top tips to help you make your holiday cottage advert attract more bookings on My Favourite Holiday Cottages

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A Selection of Our Favourite Holiday Cottages With a Hot Tub

Eight lovely UK holiday cottages with private hot tubs to book for an utterly relaxing self-catering holiday.

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What To Do If A Guest Is Injured While Staying At Your Holiday Cottage

Accidents will happen! Some helpful do's and don'ts about actions and responsibilities should a guest be injured in your holiday cottages.

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Images: When Big is Beautiful and Best

Don't be content with displaying thumbnail-size images of your holiday cottage on your advert: Discover how to display full-size images to attract more attention to your advert - or ask us to

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* 8 Key Tips from 'Stay Here' the Netflix Vacation Rental Series

8 unmissable top tips from 'Stay Here; the Netflix TV series about holiday cottages.

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How to Convert Your Home to a Holiday Cottage

Guidelines to help you turn your home (or second home) into a holiday cottage for short-term holiday lettings. Includes, often overlooked but important tasks and principles.

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Find UK Holiday Cottages with Indoor Heated Swimming Pools

A holiday cottage with a swimming pool does not have to be for summer. These cottages with indoor heated pools are bookable for swimming holidays all year round.

Large Holiday Cottages with Private Pools for Out of Season Holidays With Family and Friends

Who needs summer to swim? View eight large holiday cottages in the UK, each having a private indoor pool within its range of facilities. Perfect for large family or group holidays, celebratio

The Homefront. News for Holiday Cottage Owners: August 2018

The latest news and advice for owners of UK HOliday Cottages: August 2018

How To Manage Guest Accidents and Injuries in Holiday Cottages

Holiday cottage insurance experts, Schofields Insurance, walk you through the process of responding to an accident and injury incurred by a guest in your holiday cottage

Six of the Best: Top Tips for Increasing Low Season Bookings

Six handy tips that will make your holiday cottage more appealing to guests planning self-catering holidays during the low season.

What To Include in the Perfect Description for Your Holiday Cottage

A useful article on what to include and the way to say it when writing the content for an advert for your holiday cottage. Read it and, update your adverts

Top 5 Marketing Goals for Shoulder Seasons

Five proven tactics to help UK holiday cottage owners attract more bookings during the weeks and weekends outside the summer holidays and either side of winter.

House Rules to Make Holidays Happier for Owners and Their Guests

While we try to keep them to a minimum, some house rules are essential. Browse this template and select those that are relevant to your holiday cottage.


Simply throwing all your advertising budget at s single supplier is only going to cost a lot more in the long run. Diversity is the name of the game. Invest wisely!

Find and Book UK Holiday Cottages in These Geographic Locations

We've been adding new Geographic Location Seach Pages to make it easier for holiday homes listed on My Favourite Holiday Cottages to be found. Here's a list of the latest pages.

Creating a Luxury Holiday Cottage Doesn't Have To Cost The Earth

It's more than just spending a lot of money on branded appliances and furnishings: Top tips on ways to give your holiday cottage a luxury feel without spending a fortune. It's all about simpl

Vacation Rental Domination - A Case Study

This is not about Homeaway or any of the other big directory sites. It's about how one man and a single holiday cottage website, used techniques that generated $150,000 in direct bookings bet

What Will Make Your Holiday Cottage Successful in the Future?

Vanessa de Souza Lage, from Rentals United, offers persuasive insight in a watchable video on what Cottage Owners will need to consider to ensure their holiday cottage continues to enjoy a he

Business Card Design for Holiday Cottages: The Essentials

A handy checklist together with some useful food for thought observations that will help you create the perfect business card for your holiday cottage: One that gets results!

Top 40 Holiday Cottage Booking Software for Holiday Cottages

Planning to add online booking to your holiday cottage website? list their top favourite 40 online booking software for vacation rentals containing a goodly number of UK-based com

Your Holiday Cottage No Longer Needs to be Priceless

From June 2018 holiday cottage owners have the option to include their rental prices within their listings to help potential guests finding their favourite holiday cottage within their budget

Eco Chic Cottages - Where Luxury and Sustainability meet

Award-winning Cotswold Eco-chic cottages owner, Chris Burton extols the pleasures and virtues of self-catering holidays in environmentally friendly cottages.

When Holiday Home Inventory Goes Technical - Here's the Plan You Will Need.

If the thought of installing smart tech in your holiday cottage is a task you may be quietly hoping won't be necessary or you simply do not know where to begin, this Guide to installing smart

Behind Every Great Holiday Cottage Lies A Business Plan. Here's How!

Read this 12-Step Guide from Lodgify to creating a Business Plan for Your Holiday Cottage. Whether you are just starting out or have been managing holiday cottages for years, this article wil

Send Us Your Welcome Pack photos for our 'Welcoming Cottages' Blog

Welcome packs, baskets, trays and hampers - the traditional way to welcome guests to their cottage is through their stomachs. Email us photos of your cottage welcome pack for our blog.

Our Top Ten Favourite Family Festivals in the UK

During the summer, the UK is alive with Festivals. Find out which of the UK's festivals for families make it into our Top Ten and Why.

How To Market Your Holiday Cottage By Thinking of it as a Shop

An innovative - some might say - common sense - approach to marketing a holiday cottage: Imagine you were a shopkeeper and you sold holiday cottages. A good read from Alan Eagan.

6 Surprising Stats to Help Advertise Your Vacation Rental

There's nothing like a bit of concrete evidence to help you manage how and where to advertise your holiday cottage. Read this report from Evolve to learn about 5 key stats to measure the effe

Here Come Homeway Hotels and the Off-Platform Trap

HomeAway is no longer the preserve of advertisements for self-catering holidays now that It has added hotels to its inventory. Also, discover more about Homeaway's plans to apply booking fees

What Holiday Cottage Upgrades Will Your Guests Will Soon Consider to be Essential?

Times change, and with the emergence of Smart Homes and other nifty household technology, here is a list of facilities that holiday home owners may soon be expected to install in their holida

Boost Your Holiday Cottage's Website Rankings & Traffic with Google My Business Reviews

Encourage guests to post their review of your holiday cottage to your property's Google My Business listing should pay dividends in terms of better site rankings and increased traffic.

Is Google Chrome About to Block Your Holiday Cottage Website?

News of Google Chrome's plans to block websites that don't have SSL Certification

HomeAway To Stop Charging Guest Fees And Start Charging Owners

News of forthcoming changes to Homeaway charging policies

Holidays For Walkers: Our Favourite UK Walking Festivals and Holiday Cottages

There's nothing like a few days out in the countryside enjoying a ramble with friends. Read this summary of our favourite UK walking festivals and recommended holiday cottages in which to sta

Our Favourite Small Theme Parks For Days Out With Small Children on Holiday

A list of our favourite little theme parks in the UK for memorable days out for younger children - plus recommended holiday cottages in which to stay for an equally memorable family self-cat

Dorset Holiday Cottages Near Dorset's Best Beaches

Dorset's Jurassic Coast has some delightful beaches within easy reach of some equally delightful Dorset holiday cottages. Discover our favourite beaches and suggested holiday cottages within

Our Favourite Dog-Friendly Pubs and Holiday Cottages in The Peak District

Five atmospheric Peak District pubs and nearby holiday cottages that are all pet-friendly.

Excuses for a Tasty Weekend Break: 6 of Our Favourite UK Food Festivals

Book a weekend break to sample these Food Festivals and nearby Holiday Cottages from Cornwall to North Yorkshire.

Our Favourite Yorkshire Dales Tearooms

When you're in the mood for a Super-Calorie-Fudge-a-Delicious Yorkshire tea and you are too far from the nibbles in your holiday cottage kitchen - here are some of the best tea rooms in the Y

The Holiday Homefront - April 2018

Welcome to the April 2018 edition of The Holiday Homefront, a monthly newsletter packed with valuable news and advice for all holiday property rental owners (and anyone thinking of buying one

North Devon's Best Beaches (and Nearby Holiday Cottages)

A beach isn't just for summer. If you choose a self-catering holiday in North Devon, even if you stay for a fortnight, you could still spend a day on a different beach every day of your holid

Holidays For Holiday Cottage Owners

Can't holiday yourself because you have guests at your holiday cottage? These top-10 tips will give you confidence to take a break!

Weekend Theatre Breaks in North Devon at The Barnstaple Fringe Fest

Fancy a funny, fascinating and fantastic fringe theatre weekend break at the Barnstaple TheatreFest this June

Splash Out On A Holiday Cottage With A Pool

Fancy a swin on holiday? A guide to finding self catering accommodation with a swimming pool: all you need to know including types of pool and their uses.

Enjoy Bracing, Scenic Winter Walks From These Holiday Rentals

6 scenic winter walks to enjoy in England, each with a warm and cosy self catering Cottage to come home to after a day in the fresh air.

Summer Budget - Simpkins Edwards

Blog article from accountants Simpkins Edwards explaining the implications of the 2015 budget for holiday property owners.

Discover a quirkier side to the British character at these 'World Championships

Book a weekend self catering holiday in the UK and discover one of Britain

January 2016 Happy New Year!

January 2016 Newsletter - Advice and information for cottage owners from My Favourite Holiday Cottages

What Makes A Truly Dog Friendly Holiday Cottage?

A list of the dog or pet friendly facilities that guests can expect to find in UK holiday homes that really do make guests with pets feel welcome.

Attraction Passes - The Perfect Present

The perfect gift this Christmas: UK Attraction Passes in the UK from the National Trust and Scottish Heritage to West End Theatre Passports.

November 2015 Newsletter

The My Favourite Holiday Cottages November 2015 Newsletter with top tips and advice for UK holiday cottage owners.

Christmas 2015

Seasonal UK events and places to visit for Christmas 2015 and holiday cottages to book for the festivities.

Bonfire Night 2015

UK holiday cottages for winter weekend breaks close to the best public bonfire night festivities and spectacular fireworks displays.

A Change of Address for My Favourite Holiday Cottages

Our new address: The My Favourite Holiday Cottages team has moved to separate offices in Barnstaple, North Devon.

My Favourite Holiday Cottages September 2015 Newsletter

In the absence of our Newsletters since June, it may seem like we have been taking the summer off at My Favourites Towers – we haven't: it was just a very busy month!

Somerset Winter Carnival Breaks

This beautifully converted and cosy barn near Taunton sleeps 6 and is perfectly located for a Somerset Winter Carnival Self Catering Holiday in November

Find A Perfect Holiday Cottage (Without Losing the Will to Live)

You think you need an overwhelming choice of holiday properties to find your perfect British holiday home? Think again! Here

Family Ticket Discounts for North Devon Holiday Cottage Guests from The Milky Way

Book one of these North Devon holiday cottages and win a family ticket to the Milky Way Adventure Park near Clovelly.

May 2015 Newsletter For Holiday Cottage Owners

May! It’s the time of year when we all look forward to (and perhaps pray for) the arrival of long summer days and warm balmy nights. Of course the weather rarely plays ball, but one of the gr

Easter 2015 Newsletter from My Favourite Holiday Cottages

Welcome to the Easter 2015 Newsletter – and may the sun shine on your holiday cottage over the next fortnight. We’ve had a cracking and wonderfully hectic time here at My Favourite Holiday Co

Booking A Holiday Cottage at Christmas

Booking a cosy UK holiday cottage for the family or multiple families and friends is a memorable way to celebrate Christmas or New Year.

8 Great British Beach Cafes from Cornwall to Scotland

Detals of 8 great British beach cafes from Cornwall to Scotland appealing to those looking to find a suitable holiday cottage close by.

Finding Festival Accommodation To Enjoy A Festival In Style

Finding clean and comfortable accommodation at a UK Festival is made easier when using the Festival Cottages function on My Favourite Holiday Cottages.

Scam Warning for Holiday Cottage Owners: June 2014

A subscriber has e-mailed us to say that they received a telephone call from a man calling himself James, claiming he was working for My Favourite Holiday Cottages. Hs isn't and does not!

10 Top Tips For Finding and Booking Large Holiday Cottages

10 essential tips to help those seeking to find and book large self catering cottage accommodation in the UK for groups of friends or big families.

My Favourite Holiday Cottages Newsletter - May 2014

Greetings! And welcome to the Monthly Newsletter for My Favourite Holiday Cottages (MFHC). As you'll probably have begun to notice, while some fooball managers refer to themselves as 'The Cho

Greetings 'My Favourite Holiday Cottage' People!

By now your cottages should be overflowing with guests enjoying a memorable Easter Holiday. Thus far they can hardly complain about the recent weather and long may it continue.

My Favourite Holiday Cottages Newsletter March 2014

Apologies for the slight delay to this newsletter - business has been delightfully brisk here at My Favourite Towers - and the end of the month arrived well before we were ready for it. Still

February 2014 News & Advice from My Favourite Holiday Cottages

As I write this, the sun is shining, snowdrops and crocuses are in full bloom and daffodils are budding; all the signs of a promising spring in fact. No doubt this will come as a relief to th

January 2014, And A Year Of Promise Awaits

Can it be the end of January already? Wet and soggy it may have been, but it hasn’t stopped the traffic to My Favourite Holiday Cottages quadrupling this month. We’re hoping this is a good si

Welcome to Our December 2013 Holiday Cottages Newsletter

Greetings! On behalf of us all at My Favourite Holiday Cottages, (that’s Rick, Harry, Ed, the two Amanda’s, Jason, Charlie, Andy and Jack), may I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy N

Christmas & New Year Holidays in Devon

Luxury holiday cottages in North Devon with availability for Christmas and New Year from cottages for couples to large houses for family celebrations.

Welcome to the November 2013 Holiday Cottages Newsletter

November. Not the sunniest of months – although as I write this we’re enjoying some crisp, clear morning. Nor is November the most hectic month in terms of bookings and enquiries, bar the odd

The 2013 Christmas Photo Competition

Enter the My Favourite Holiday Cottages Christmas 2013 card photo competition. Win Christmas hampers or free subscriptions.

Welcome to the October 2013 Holiday Cottages Newsletter

As the nights close in, it's nice to imagine families crowding around a screen oohing and aahing in response to what they are viewing. No, they're not watching Strictly, they are surfing the

Welcome to the September Holiday Cottages 2013 Newsletter

Let’s start with the good news. From where we are sitting, it seems next summer cannot come soon enough for holiday cottage devotees - such is the increase in bookings for holiday cottages in

7 Fine Farmers' Markets and Places to Stay

It's harvest festival time all year round in these 7 UK farmers' markets. Plan your visit as part of a short break in 7 self catering holiday cottages.

Welcome to the August 2013 Holiday Cottages Newsletter

Welcome to the August 2013 Newsletter. I think it was George Formby who used to say "Turned out nice again!" and this summer certainly did just that, reversing the dismal wet trends o

Which Holiday Cottage Reviews To Trust

Reviews are helpful, but can you trust them? Here are some tips to help you separate genuine reviews from the deliberately misleading.

Welcome to the July 2013 Holiday Cottages Newsletter

Finally, a summer, a real wall-to-wall-sunshine of a summer. And haven't we noticed the fact - not just because of the weather, but by the increase in the number of visitors as thousa

Six Secret Beaches in North Devon and Cornwall

Six secret and beautiful beaches in Devon and Cornwall for those seeking to avoid the crowds together with recommended holiday cottages close by.

Welcome to the June 2013 Holiday Cottages Newsletter

This month's Holiday Cottages Newsletter contains details of our latest website improvements, important upgrades to your Members area and news of our range of discounts on subscriptions.

Eleven Top Tips for Finding and Booking a Holiday Cottage

Find and book a dream cottage holidays in the UK, safely and securely, and at a better price than the one advertised.

May 2013: Welcome to Your Holiday Cottages Newsletter

The sun has shown itself at last and we at My Favourite Holiday Cottages have decided to celebrate by launching a new, easier to use members area, new payment options and share our 3 lates

Welcome to the April 2013 Holiday Cottages Newsletter

There's just a feeling in the air that winter has finally snuck away and, with a little more warmth and sunshine, spring in the UK is finally is about to explode.

The March 2013 My Favourite Holiday Cottages Newsletter

Good afternoon! It seems that winter just cannot let go this year. The good news is that this spring the weather has behaved remarkably different to the last few years when weeks of s

Welcome to the February 2013 Holiday Cottages Newsletter

The winter still has its grip on the weather at present, but at least the cold dry conditions are much preferred to the endless rain that seems to have been our lot for most of 2013 so far (b

Welcome to the January 2013 Holiday Cottages Newsletter

Hello everyone and a Happy New Year to all of our subscribers - old and new! Judging by the chatter online, 2013 looks like it’s going to be a promising year, especially when compared to the

Welcome to the Christmas 2012 Holiday Cottages Newsletter

Hello everyone! Merry Christmas and welcome to our final newsletter for 2012. I don’t know about you, but it feels like the last 12 months simply have flown by for everyone working on My Favo

Welcome to the November 2012 Holiday Cottages Newsletter

Hello everyone and welcome to this months newsletter. With just a few weeks to go before Christmas (where has the year gone?) we’re busy making final fixes in preparation for the 2013 rush -

Welcome to the October 2012 Holiday Cottages Newsletter

Hello everyone and a big welcome to this month's newsletter. For our new holiday cottage owners who have recently subscribed to us, we’d like you to think of the monthly newsletter as another

Your September 2012 Newsletter from My Favourite Holiday Cottages

We'd like to start by apologising to those of you who didn't receive your copy of the August Holiday Cottages newsletter. Due to an unforeseen technical error some of you missed out, but don'

Large Holiday Cottages

A selection of big holiday cottages from around the UK featured on My Favourite Holiday Cottages.

Welcome to the August 2012 Holiday Cottages Newsletter

Hello everyone and welcome to the August Holiday Cottages Newsletter which this month has a clear social media theme. This month also marks the first our anniversary of the MFHC Newsletter, s

More News from My Favourite Holiday Cottages - June 2012

Hello everyone and welcome to the July 2012 Holiday Cottages Newsletter. With the recent bad weather affecting the tourism industry you probably don’t need us to tell you that gaining those a

UK Farm Cottages

Four Farm Cottages from around the UK for an ideal holiday on a working farm in the countryside for friends and families.

Welcome to the June 2012 Holiday Cottages Newsletter

Hello everyone and welcome to this months newsletter! We’d also like to welcome the new property owners that have signed up to My Favourite Holiday Cottages since our last newsletter which me

The May 2012 Newsletter for My Favourite Holiday Cottages

We hope everyone has a good May Day bank holiday and we'd like to say a big welcome to all the cottages which have recently signed up over the last couple of weeks. We've got some excellent n

Welcome to the April 2012 Holiday Cottages Newsletter

Hello everyone and a belated Happy Easter. We hope it's been a busy time for all owners and their holiday cottages, as we now are looking forward to the summer months ahead. As always we've b

The Perfect Time to Visit the Lake District

Guest Post Article from Kendal Cottages owner, Paul Johnson, about the beauty of the Lake District throughout the year.

The March 2012 My Favourite Holiday Cottages Newsletter

**Can We Make a Good Website Better?** Of course! We've been working hard to continue to improve [My Favourite Holiday Cottages]( We're pleased wi

Welcome to the February 2012 Holiday Cottages Newsletter

2012 has started off very well for our subscribers with plenty of traffic and enquiries coming through the website which have hopefully turned into successful bookings for you all. We’d al

New My Favourite Holiday Cottages Availability Calendar

The launch of our new Availability Calendar on My Favourite Holiday Cottages. Please accept our apologies if you have received this message more than once.

Welcome to the Christmas 2011 Holiday Cottages Newsletter

Christmas is nearly upon us (as if you didn’t know) inspiring us to create "My Favourite Christmas Newsletter" (please don’t groan). Over the last year My Favourite Holiday Cottages has conti

Christmas on Exmoor

Emmetts Grange is a grand, newly launched Exmoor Manor House with studio providing perfect holiday rental accommodation for Christmas and New Year.

Welcome to the November 2011 Holiday Cottages Newsletter

With winter very much on its way, it’s still a busy time here at My Favourite Holiday Cottages. With a whole host of new features planned we’re continuing to make My Favourites even better as

Welcome to the October 2011 Holiday Cottages Newsletter

We’d like to tell you about the latest improvements coming to My Favourite Holiday Cottages as we seek to drive more bookers to your website - and help you get better value from your subscrip

Welcome to the September 2011 newsletter

It’s been a very busy time at the My Favourite offices over the last month so to keep you up to date with all the exciting developments happening here please read on to find out how we’re imp

Welcome to the August 2011 Holiday Cottages Newsletter

To make My Favourite Holiday Cottages even better we are working on a number of improvements to help you get the most out of your listing:

Ilfracombe to be Invaded Again!

Sea Ilfracombe: A re-enactment of Napoleon Bonaparte's 'Invasion of North Devon'

EPC Surveys from

We've teamed up Energy Performance Services to offer all subscribers in north Devon and north Cornwall a special discounted rate.

Car Free UK Holidays

With petrol topping £1.40 per litre (2012) in some places, suggestions for a car-free holiday can be very welcome.

Web Developer Job Description

My Holiday Marketing Ltd is looking for a passionate WEB DESIGNER/DEVELOPER proficient in MYSQL AND ASP with some experience of CSS and PHP desirable.

Garden Delights in April and May

Marwood Hill Garden displays stunning Camellias, Magnolias and Rhododendron. Also hosted are National Collections of Japanese Iris, Astilbe, and Tulbaghia.

Easter Late Availability in Devon

If the weather is iffy at Easter, there is nothing better to amuse the kids than an indoor heated pool.Here's some cottages with avilability left!

Steamin' Holiday Cottages

Its full steam ahead for Britain’s heritage railways this year

Holiday Cottages for Royal Weddings

The Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine (Kate) Middleton in Westminster Abbey has been long awaited and what a great excuse for a party!

UK Holiday Cottages Close to Bluebell Woods

Find rural holiday homes for late spring walking holidays close to delightful bluebell woods - Swathes of blue carpet the woods at Arlington, North Devon.

UK Holiday Cottages with Royal Wedding Associations

You don't have to be in London to share the excitement of the Royal Wedding... here are a choice of classic cottages with Royal associations.

Royal Wedding Holiday Cottage Connections

Cottages closely connected to the Royal Wedding. Visit Osborne House, Afton Thatch and ChurnCottage.

Treat Yourself Like Royalty at These UK Holiday Cottages

Press reports indicate that London hotels are cashing in on the Royal wedding with high rates, so why not try a holiday cottage instead?

Dog Heaven in Devon. My Favourite Holiday Cottages is featured in Devon Life magazine

With its wide sandy beaches, moorlands, fields, countryside and hundreds of walking trails, Devon is a great place for dogs.

Holiday Cottages for Romantic Escapes

Clichéd as it may be, Valentines Day does give couples an excuse to escape the humdrum

Summer Holiday Lettings

Are you a property owner living near the beach, country or a tourist city? Rent to visitors over the peak summer season!

Somewhere Different for New Year: Bideford, Devon

Thousands of revellers throng the quayside in Bideford, Devon as they gather in fancy dress to celebrate the end of the year...