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A self-catering holiday cottage in Cornwall with the family or a group of friends is the perfect way to have some serious fun and totally recharge, whatever the time of year.

When you start planning a holiday with your dogs have a look at these Which Cottage Approved Holiday Properties in Yorkshire that welcome pets.

A selection of Which Cottage approved Holiday Homes and Cottages in England with disabled access and facilities.

A self-catering break through Which Cottage means luxury, freedom and pure enjoyment. It means your home-from-home is your castle (quite literally – we do have some castles available!), you won’t be hassled to vacate your room at some unearthly hour so the part time cleaner can come in at the crack of dawn, and no one will give you the “evil eye” if the music session ran over and you didn’t get back until 2am. Self-catering also allows you to pick and choose not only what you eat, but when you eat it – especially good fun if you’re in an area of the country renowned for great local produce available fresh on a local market day. And if it all gets too much, you can enjoy an undisturbed late morning in bed, knowing that the paid-for inclusive breakfast has not been forfeited. It is fair to say that with so many wonderful properties to choose from, it can be quite a task to reserve the ideal holiday cottage. However, Which-Cottage operate somewhat differently to other sites – you deal directly with the owner – so there’s an immediate answer as to availability, and there are no agency fees to mysteriously inflate the price you thought you were going to pay. And this applies to cottages throughout the UK (England, Scotland and Wales) and Ireland. Which-Cottage ensures all facts and figures are at your fingertips – number of occupants, number of rooms, facilities and included extras (such as Wi-Fi, BBQ etc), disabled access, pet-friendliness, things…

The festive period is one of the busiest for holiday cottage owners, but sometimes a late cancellation can leave your cottage potentially unoccupied over Christmas and New Year. Thankfully, last minute bookings are popular and common among holiday-makers, making it easy for you to secure a new booking. If you’re searching for last minute bookings at the moment, these five tips will help you maximise your chances. Go the extra mile – little extras can really appeal to people looking for a special treat over the festive period. Make the most of your cottage’s unique selling points and consider including something extra special to attract custom. For example, open fires are very popular over Christmas – they fit in with the festive occasion and provide a real ‘home away from home’ comfort. Why not chuck in a bundle of firewood on last minute bookings? Families will love the ‘ye olde’ appeal. Or, if you are renting to couples, include champagne and chocolates on arrival. There are many different ways to go the extra mile. Reduce the price – last minute bookings typically offer discounts on standard rates to entice holiday-makers. Bear in mind that this is standard practice over the festive season so if you’re not prepared to offer a discount, you may find your cottage passed over in favour of cheaper breaks. The discount doesn’t have to substantial but should incentivise the deal. If you really can’t offer a discount, then freebies will help sell your cottage, such as champagne or a fully-stocked fridge….

The Chancellor George Osbourne has confirmed changes to the rules regarding Furnished Holiday Lets (FHL) in his 2011 budget. The announcement confirms proposals previously announced, primarily: From 5 April 2011: Losses made on a holiday let can only be offset against income made on that same holiday let. The previous rules stated that losses could be offset against general income. FHL in both the UK and EEA will qualify (this is current practice but not legislation). Losses made in a qualifying FHL business either in the UK or EEA may only be set against income from the same FHL business. From 5 April 2012: A property must be available to let for no less than 210 days a year. The current minimum requirement is 140 days a year. This will disqualify many summer holiday lets that take a six month let in the winter. The property must be let for 105 days in the year. The current minimum letting period is 70 days. There will be a ‘period of grace’ to allow businesses that don’t continue to meet the ‘actually let’ test for 1 or 2 years to elect to continue to qualify throughout that period, providing that there was genuine intention to meet the condition. It is estimated the changes will affect 65,000 tax payers. The major disadvantage for most owners will be the inability to use losses from the FHL against other income. Those owners who will no longer qualify as a FHL under the new minimum letting periods will lose the generous…

Mark Lavington Cert CII – Director of specialist furnished holiday let insurance brokers Boshers Ltd, explains the importance of liability insurance for holiday home owners. “As a responsible holiday home owner you will always ensure that your holiday home is as safe an environment as possible for your guests and employees to frequent. However, it is often the unforeseen that will cause accidents leading to compensation claims which can be substantial. A slippery path, a loose paving slab, weather beaten garden furniture! – Have you inspected yours lately? A comprehensive Holiday Home Insurance policy, such as that arranged by Boshers will provide cover to indemnify you against your legal liability to pay damages and legal costs arising out of claims for bodily injury, death, disease or illness from a third party such as an employee, (i.e. a cleaner, gardener or key holder) and paying guests in connection with the running of your second home as a furnished holiday let. How much Employers Liability Insurance should you have? If you have a contract of service with anyone who helps you maintain your holiday let business, whether spoken, written or implied and you provide them with work materials and equipment, then you may be regarded as their employer, irrespective of their tax status. It is a legal requirement, that you have in place Employer’s Liability Insurance of at least £5m, in practice many insurers provide cover of £10m. How much Public and Products Liability Insurance should you have? Whilst not a compulsory insurance, we would recommend cover…

An Island Holiday We all have a romantic idea of an island holiday and it really can live up to all your expectations. Obviously Britain is itself an island but also there are many located off the coast and definitely worth a visit if you are looking for an idea for a holiday. Isle of Wight Located just off the South coast of England, this island really has something for everyone with stunning beaches, historic attractions, music festivals and other major national events throughout the year. Perhaps one of the most famous visitor attractions on the island is Osborne House which was the country retreat of Queen Victoria. It really is worth a visit with the chance to visit inside and also to stroll around the beautiful grounds with its walled gardens and hot houses of tropical plants. It’s a great day out for one and all. The island is an ideal base for those looking for a relaxing holiday with beaches galore or for the more adventurous there are endless outdoor activities from sailing (a sport that the Island of Wight is famous for) to gliding to a visit to the big cat sanctuary or a ride on a steam train. Self-catering is a great option on the island, why not take a look at a few holiday cottages on the Isle of Wight. Anglesey The Isle of Anglesey lies off the north west coast of Wales. The island is reached by crossing the bridge over the Menai Strait. This bridge, built in 1826,…

How do you decide where to go? We are incredibly lucky in the UK as there are so many beautiful parts of the country that would surely satisfy all tastes and needs for a holiday. It is very difficult to know where to start but here are five suggestions of top holiday destinations in Britain. The West Country The West Country is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK. This vast area covers Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset. There is so much to offer from the wonderful beaches in Cornwall to the all weather family attractions in Devon. Dorset has its renowned blue flag beaches and Somerset has everything from underground caves to vineyards. The West Country is an ideal destination for everyone of all ages, whatever you’re looking for you’ll find what it takes to make great family holidays and an amazing selection of holiday homes to rent. Nature lovers will appreciate the South West of England which includes the national parks of Dartmoor and Exmoor with 14 areas of outstanding natural beauty and don’t forget the famous Eden Project, a global garden for the 21st Century. Why not take a look at some West Country holiday cottages County Cork, Ireland County Cork is Ireland’s largest county and is a wonderful place for anyone thinking of a self-catering holiday in Ireland. Along the south west corner, the Cork Kerry coastline is stunning, with endless coves and sandy beaches. This area is very popular with golfers as the Irish Open Golf is…

  Going away on holiday is very exciting and normally very busy in the lead up to the holiday. There’s always last minute organisation that can often be quite stressful. To make life easier, here are a few ideas of things to remember in your suitcase.  Before you go  Don’t forget to cancel the milk/paper deliveries as there’s nothing worse than coming back to a pile on your return! You also might want to tell the neighbours you’re away so they can keep an eye on your place and also keep any deliveries that arrive whilst you are away.     1. Electronic equipment  Probably top of most people’s list is a camera and/or camcorder but don’t forget the chargers and any necessary adaptors if you are travelling from abroad.  2. Travel information  Obviously if you are travelling from abroad, don’t forget your passport and tickets and any information on car hire. If you are travelling via ferry to Ireland or one of the Islands off the coast, make sure you have all the relevant booking information. Ensure that you also have the contact details of the owner or manager of the holiday cottage that you have hired and directions of how to get there.  3. Sat Nav  In addition to directions, Sat. Nav. can also mean that any travel to and from the holiday let is stress free and also any day trips to the beach or places of interest.  4. Travel guide  A good old fashioned travel guide is a must if you wish to make the…