The British love self-catering holidays. Lots of people do it, from couples, families to large groups of people in clubs and societies.
Essentially it is accommodation only holidays; people rent a cottage, pine lodge, bunk house, chalet, mansion, castle or whatever else they are attracted to and can afford. It is then up to them to arrange and prepare their own meals.
There are several reasons why this form of accommodation is so popular with the British and the main one has to be cost. Cooking in a holiday home means avoiding the high cost of eateries and this is very important for groups of walkers, bird watchers or cyclists who like to get away several times a year to pursue their hobby and keeping costs low allows them to afford that.
Beds in self-catering accommodation are made up as they would be in hotels or B&Bs, people simply need to arrive, unpack and sort out their food and drink.
Nowadays, in the age of supermarket deliveries and online shopping, an oder can be delivered staright to the accommodation without any hassle. Some people prefer to arrive and shop, other to bring food with them.
Pet-friendly holiday lets
The next largest group of people who always stay in self-catering holiday accommodation are dog owners. For them, accommodation that allows their dogs to stay with them is a big weight off their minds. They can then relax and enjoy their holiday with the dog or dogs.
Another group of people who really appreciate self-catering are those who may be allergic to food and have to avoid certain foods, such as coeliacs. Vegetarians may also prefer sorting out their own meals because they can be sure of avoiding animal products.
Self-catering cottages of all types and sizes can be found through Britain and Ireland. There is a range from simple and clean up to 5 star luxurious, really something to suit every budget and style.