With thousands of self-catering cottages located throughout the UK, we can be a little biased when it comes to choosing our favourite type of holiday. We know of several reasons why cottage breaks are better than an overnight stay in a hotel or B&B, especially when it comes to family getaways. If you’re yet to be convinced that a self-catering holiday is the best option for you and your family this year, then keep reading as we list five reasons that are sure to change your mind!
Food and drink
Booking a holiday cottage allows you complete catering freedom as you chose and prepare the food and drink best suited to your family. So, whether you want to sample some of the local delicacies or have special dietary requirements, self-catering properties allow you the flexibility to eat what you want, when you want. For families with fussy eaters or young children, a self-catering holiday let provides all the tools you need to make your little ones the meals they like and that they’re used to, preventing any dinner time tantrums or poorly tummies.
Working to your own schedule
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and for me, it’s also my favourite meal of the day, that’s why I’m often disappointed when I have to choose between a relaxing lie in and a full English! Luckily with a self-catering holiday you set the meal times; so if you want to sleep in until 11am and eat breakfast for elevenses then there’s no one to stop you. Along with flexible eating times, you also have complete control over the entertainment schedule meaning 2pm discos, 6pm party games and an early bedtime for tired children so the adults can wind down with a good movie and bottle of wine.
With properties sleeping up to 32 people, space is not a problem here at Sykes Cottages. Rather than booking a single room, our guests take charge of the whole cottage making use of bedrooms, bathrooms, the living and kitchen area as well as any outside space like gardens and patios. So whether you want a country kitchen with large dining table so the whole family can eat together, or a warren of rooms so the children and adults can have their own space, a self-catering cottage lets you chose the right accommodation to suit your needs.
Self-catering properties can be found all over the UK, from the stunning British countryside to the bustling cities; you can travel hours to reach new destinations or simply venture down the road for a change of scenery. Finding a spot that appeals to you is extremely easy with a range of locations and property types available; explore the UK’s history and award-winning architecture from a stylish city apartment, build sand castles and run through the surf at a coastal cottage or relax in the country with a family BBQ at a log cabin.
When on a self-catering holiday, you can spend as much or as little as you like but for those on a budget it’s the perfect way to have a memorable family holiday without blowing the bank. Shop around for the best deals on food and drink or try visiting a local market; spend your afternoons exploring the local park, woodland or coast before heading back for a night in with films, books and board games; or simply book a cottage with a swimming pool and spend your getaway teaching the children to swim.
There you have it, our top five reasons why self-catering is the best choice for families. If this post has left you longing for a family getaway then make sure to visit our family cottages page for more information on a self-catering holiday with Sykes Cottages.
As a food lover Nicole can often be found in the kitchen, covered in flour and experimenting with new tastes! When not making a mess she loves to explore her Celtic roots by roaming the Scottish countryside or exploring the bays along the Anglesey coast with her husband.