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Packing for an everyday holiday may sound simple enough- clothes, shoes, toiletries, done. But when it comes to a luxury self-catering getaway, the same rules don’t apply. If you’ve gone to the trouble of splashing out on a lavish holiday home, there are certain things you should take a long to make the most of your time spent in the lap of luxury.

You see, luxury holidays differ greatly from the normal run-of-the-mill break. Whilst many getaways offer the chance to live simply and affordably among the local sights and sounds, a luxury cottage holiday encourages you to stay indoors and bask in the plush interiors of your posh pad. Put simply, time spent indoors is time well spent!

So if you want to make the most of your luxury cottage before it’s time to hand over the keys, then have a read of our advice on what to take with you on your luxury holiday.

Fine food and drink

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Whether you opt to buy fresh local produce or bring your favourites from home, ensuring your luxury cottage larder is stocked full of indulgent food and drink will have you feeling and feasting like a king in no time. Think mountains of fresh fruit, lashings of tasty seafood and assorted demijohns brimming with vino. The beauty of a luxury self-catering holiday is that you’ll have the mother of all kitchens to work in and plenty of state of the art appliances to help you cook up something tasty. Alternatively, if you don’t intend to lift a finger during your stay, hire a butler or rent one of our cottages which include the services of a chef, housekeeper or butler– simple!


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Our luxury holiday cottages are purposefully festooned with plush furnishings and extra-comfy interiors to offer a great base for R&R. But with all that lounging about, you’ll need something to help pass the time. Whether you’re a chess whizz, social media boss or budding artist, be sure to pack some of the things you’re passionate about if you plan on doing nothing but relaxing on your cottage getaway. Personally, I’d take a stack of books, don the sun cream and happily plant myself by the pool for hours on end, but the choice is yours!

Don’t forget the swimwear!

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Halfpenny Cottage, Harrowbarrow, Cornwall. Ref. 20763

The British weather may not be reliable enough to warrant swimwear on a regular jaunt, but stay in a luxury cottage and chances are you’ll encounter something to swim or soak in. Many of our luxury holiday homes feature hot tubs, saunas and swimming pools, so make sure you’ve got the right kit with you to avoid an inconvenient trip to the shops.

To find out more about our luxury cottage holidays, click here to visit our luxury cottages page. We feature around five hundred luxury holiday rentals across the UK and Ireland, so choose your favourite today!

If you’re an old hand at the luxury holiday game who thinks they’ve got some top tips for those about to embark on their debut luxury cottage holiday, we’d love to hear which items you can’t live without during your stay. Get in touch on Twitter and Facebook today!

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