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Booking a holiday should be as simple and straight forward as possible.  After all, most people want to book a holiday to escape from the day-to-day stresses of life and routine to enjoy some quality time ‘away from it all.’

This guide is meant to give you a few pointers to remember when choosing your self-catering cottage holiday.

  1. Location – first of all decide what sort of place you’d like to spend your holiday in, and what you want to achieve by going away. If you want a peaceful rural retreat, make sure you don’t go for a bustling town location and research the area before booking.  Similarly, if easy walking distance to local pubs and restaurants is important, then maybe a more central town or village location will work better for you.  Also worth considering parking arrangements at a property – can you park directly outside the door or is there only on-road parking or nearby public parking which might be an additional cost to your holiday.  It’s also worth considering if there is easy walking access if you’re better on the flat.  Traditional cottages look great but often have steep and narrow stairs so might be more difficult.
  2. Price – the price of a holiday cottage reflects the property’s size, quality and location. If you absolutely have to have a direct sea view or be a minute from the beach then you can expect the price to reflect this.  Houses with pools, hot tubs and unusual and luxury facilities will cost more than those without them, so make sure you have a clear understanding of exactly what you can’t live without during your holiday.  If you plan on being out of the property for most of the day exploring, then maybe a side-sea view could be a happy compromise and save you money on your holiday.
  3. Quality – look for a VisitEngand Quality Accredited Agency marque – this way you can be sure of  a quality professional service from the agency itself.  We offer guests quality assured accommodation which is carefully chose and inspected anually by us under our own VIP Cottages programme of assessments.
  4. Travel – it’s worth tapping into an agency’s local knowledge to find out what the options are for travel during your stay. Any credible agency will be able to help with their in-depth local knowledge to tell you if a property is close to bus routes, cycle paths, walking routes and help with organising your transport if required.
  5. Pets – putting your four legged friend into kennels can be costly and also means you can’t share your ‘quality time’ with your furry companion. Look for pet friendly properties which welcome well behaved pets.  Pets should be as welcome as human guests so look for the range of services on offer such as pet welcome gifts, dog sitting services, and information on pet-friendly pubs, restaurants and places to go.
  6. Making your money go further – Ultimately, choose a property which is comfortable and affordable. Consider taking a Monday-Friday booking which gives great value and feels like you’ve been away for a week.  Consider travelling outside peak times such as Easter, School Holidays and Christmas, as breaks either side of peak weeks can be more cost effective.

Go to www.vipcottages.com for a great selection of carefully chosen quality accommodation on the Isle of Wight

  • VisitEngland  Quality Accredited Agency
  • First class personal service
  • Discounted ferry bookings add value to your stay
  • Guest experience packages
  • Simple, easy to use website