News, Information and Ideas for Managing or Booking UK Holiday Cottages
'The Cottage' is a monthly newsletter published free of charge to help anyone interested in planning a self-catering holiday with advice on planning and booking different types of property to news on cottages offering discounts. To receive a copy, click the Newsletter button at the bottom of the page.
Contents vary but will include the following:
* Tips on getting it right when finding and booking a particular type of holiday cottage - such as one with 'the right kind of pool' pool, or what to expect to be included in the rental price.
* Inspiring articles on our 'favourite holiday cottages' for holidays on a theme or particular location such as holiday cottages for walkers, best luxury beach holiday cottages in Cornwall.
* When to discuss (and when not to discuss discounts) and some great deals available at the time of writing.
Visit Bucks Mills - An Unspoilt Village on the North Devon Coast
Monday 14th Oct 2019
There's more to the Cotwolds that its 2-3 'honeypot' villages. Discover some lesser-known, but equally rewarding places to visit during an autumn weekend break or longer in the Oxfordshire en
Discover a choice of things to do, see, explore when staying in a Peak District holiday Cottage - as recommended by locals!
Fill the long days and nights between the summer and Christmas holidays with a weekend break in a large holiday cottage with friends.
Top tips to help you find and book the perfect dog-friendly holiday cottage for you, your family and your pets - all under one roof.
Planning a three-night weekend break in Cornwall? here's how you could fill the time in Crackington Haven on the North Cornwall Coast
You've found your favourite holiday cottage - so how do you book it? Read this guide to what's involved to make booking a cottage easy.
A leisurely drive across Exmoor on a sunny day is nothing but an absolute pleasure!
Where to go, what to do and where to stay for holidays with the family or friends in North Devon
The Peak District is a paradise for cyclists of all kinds, from families with small children to serious off-roaders. Here are three good reasons to choose the Derbyshire Peak District for an
Discover the delights of a holiday in the West Somerset coastal village of Dunster and nearby Minehead - and a superb holiday cottage in which to stay.
Eco-Friendly holidays? Ten Top Tips for finding and booking a true green cottage holiday in the UK.
An out of season self-catering holiday can offer just as much fun-filled with activity as in the summer. Here are six ideas for a winter weekend break in the Peak District.
Here's why even the best-designed holiday cottage websites and painstakingly prepared adverts will wither away unless they are regularly updated.
Top tips on ways to make your guests feel overwhelmingly welcome when they arrive at your holiday cottage.
More than just a cup of tea and a biscuit: Here are six top suggestions for the contents of a welcome pack to greet guests on arrival in your holiday cottage.
Six top UK eco-cottages for those preferring to combine holidays that are kind to the environment with a touch of luxury.
A selection of West Country holiday cottages in which to stay when planning a winter walking weekend or short break in the South West of England.
The Wye Valley on the England-Wales borders offers some lovely country cottages for long summer holidays or out of season short breaks. View six of our favourite cottages for a Wye Valley hol
View these eight luxury holiday homes in the UK from the Cairngorms to Cornwall where dogs are as welcome as their owners.
5 suggestions on how to furnish a holiday cottage to attract guests and withstand the wear and tear that comes with them.
A very handy guide for holiday property managers' which makes it much easier to understand and use social media to market holiday cottages.
Useful advice on easy to manage ways that will increase the number of repeat bookings for your holiday cottage.
Read about ways to attract more bookings for your holiday cottage during the 'hard to fill' weeks and weekends, especially those between the end of October and the arrival of Easter.
Decide what solution you would adopt in this scenario when deciding whether to retain or refund a security deposit - and see how others voted too.
One of the major barriers that holiday property owners face in the battle for bookings is that too many people don't believe the quality of a property matches that of hotels. Find out why and
Autumn as experienced by Henry Longworth Longfellow.
A selection of our favourite large holiday cottages in all the Yorkshire counties: North, South, East and West.
8 large holiday cottages ready to be booked for a Christmas or New Year self-catering holiday with all the family (and friends).
A hand-picked selection of luxurious coastal cottages in Cornwall in all seasons, from beach cottages for couples to large country houses for families and groups of friends.
9 free things to do on holiday in the Peak District and 9 charming holiday cottages in which to stay while you are doing everything else on holiday for free.
Some of our favourite luxury holiday cottages for couples from Cornwall to the Cairngorms.
Untouched adverts lose their effectiveness. Seven top tips to help you make your holiday cottage advert attract more bookings on My Favourite Holiday Cottages
Eight lovely UK holiday cottages with private hot tubs to book for an utterly relaxing self-catering holiday.
Accidents will happen! Some helpful do's and don'ts about actions and responsibilities should a guest be injured in your holiday cottages.
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
8 unmissable top tips from 'Stay Here; the Netflix TV series about holiday cottages.
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.
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.
A selection of choice cottages to impress anyone seeking a large, luxury holiday cottage in Devon for a long holiday or weekend break.
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 latest news and advice for owners of UK HOliday Cottages: August 2018
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 handy tips that will make your holiday cottage more appealing to guests planning self-catering holidays during the low season.
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
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.
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!
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.
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
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
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
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!
Planning to add online booking to your holiday cottage website? Rentals.com list their top favourite 40 online booking software for vacation rentals containing a goodly number of UK-based com
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
Award-winning Cotswold Eco-chic cottages owner, Chris Burton extols the pleasures and virtues of self-catering holidays in environmentally friendly cottages.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
News of Google Chrome's plans to block websites that don't have SSL Certification
News of forthcoming changes to Homeaway charging policies
The Chestnuts and Culls Cottages in the Cotswolds are good examples of what to expect from a UK holiday property on an Eco-Chic Cottage Holiday.
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
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'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
Five atmospheric Peak District pubs and nearby holiday cottages that are all pet-friendly.
Book a weekend break to sample these Food Festivals and nearby Holiday Cottages from Cornwall to North Yorkshire.
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
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
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
Eight impressive holiday cottages created from redundant barns and chapels - all available to book
Read the My Favourite Holiday Cottages list of our 10 all-time favourite Cornish pubs to visit when on a self-catering holiday in Cornwall.
Can't holiday yourself because you have guests at your holiday cottage? These top-10 tips will give you confidence to take a break!
Fancy a funny, fascinating and fantastic fringe theatre weekend break at the Barnstaple TheatreFest this June
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.
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.
Blog article from accountants Simpkins Edwards explaining the implications of the 2015 budget for holiday property owners.
Book a weekend self catering holiday in the UK and discover one of Britain
January 2016 Newsletter - Advice and information for cottage owners from My Favourite Holiday Cottages
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.
The perfect gift this Christmas: UK Attraction Passes in the UK from the National Trust and Scottish Heritage to West End Theatre Passports.
The My Favourite Holiday Cottages November 2015 Newsletter with top tips and advice for UK holiday cottage owners.
Seasonal UK events and places to visit for Christmas 2015 and holiday cottages to book for the festivities.
UK holiday cottages for winter weekend breaks close to the best public bonfire night festivities and spectacular fireworks displays.
How to spend your Halloween
Our new address: The My Favourite Holiday Cottages team has moved to separate offices in Barnstaple, North Devon.
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!
This beautifully converted and cosy barn near Taunton sleeps 6 and is perfectly located for a Somerset Winter Carnival Self Catering Holiday in November
You think you need an overwhelming choice of holiday properties to find your perfect British holiday home? Think again! Here
Book one of these North Devon holiday cottages and win a family ticket to the Milky Way Adventure Park near Clovelly.
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
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 cosy UK holiday cottage for the family or multiple families and friends is a memorable way to celebrate Christmas or New Year.
Detals of 8 great British beach cafes from Cornwall to Scotland appealing to those looking to find a suitable holiday cottage close by.
Finding clean and comfortable accommodation at a UK Festival is made easier when using the Festival Cottages function on My Favourite Holiday Cottages.
Scammer warning. Please ignore calls from James from My Favourite 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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Luxury holiday cottages in North Devon with availability for Christmas and New Year from cottages for couples to large houses for family celebrations.
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
Enter the My Favourite Holiday Cottages Christmas 2013 card photo competition. Win Christmas hampers or free subscriptions.
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
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
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 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
Reviews are helpful, but can you trust them? Here are some tips to help you separate genuine reviews from the deliberately misleading.
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 and beautiful beaches in Devon and Cornwall for those seeking to avoid the crowds together with recommended holiday cottages close by.
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.
11 Tips to help you to find and book a UK holiday cottage, safely, securely, and at the best possible price.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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 -
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
A selection of big holiday cottages from around the UK featured on My Favourite Holiday Cottages.
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
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
Six Farm Cottages from around the UK for an ideal holiday on a working farm in the countryside for friends and families.
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
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
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
Guest Post Article from Kendal Cottages owner, Paul Johnson, about the beauty of the Lake District throughout the year.
**Can We Make a Good Website Better?** Of course! Read on...
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
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.
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
Emmetts Grange is a grand, newly launched Exmoor Manor House with studio providing perfect holiday rental accommodation for Christmas and New Year.
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
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
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
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:
Sea Ilfracombe: A re-enactment of Napoleon Bonaparte's 'Invasion of North Devon'
We've teamed up Energy Performance Services to offer all subscribers in north Devon and north Cornwall a special discounted rate.
With petrol topping £1.40 per litre (2012) in some places, suggestions for a car-free holiday can be very welcome.
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.
Marwood Hill Garden displays stunning Camellias, Magnolias and Rhododendron. Also hosted are National Collections of Japanese Iris, Astilbe, and Tulbaghia.
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!
Its full steam ahead for Britain’s heritage railways this year and here are some great cottages for holidays close to UK heritage railways.
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!
Find rural holiday homes for late spring walking holidays close to delightful bluebell woods - Swathes of blue carpet the woods at Arlington, North Devon.
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.
Cottages closely connected to the Royal Wedding. Visit Osborne House, Afton Thatch and ChurnCottage.
Press reports indicate that London hotels are cashing in on the Royal wedding with high rates, so why not try a holiday cottage instead?
Vast sandy beaches, wild moorland, riverside and countryside walks make Devon a Gret Location for holidays with your dog.
Clichéd as it may be, Valentines Day does give couples an excuse to escape the humdrum
Are you a property owner living near the beach, country or a tourist city? Rent to visitors over the peak summer season!