IF YOU HAVE NEVER TRIED SELF CATERING BEFORE IN A SCOTTISH HOLIDAY COTTAGE THEN HERE
IS SOME INFORMATION TO HELP YOU
Self catering means everything is provided for you
In most properties absolutely everything you need is provided except for food. You
can make use of everything from the washing machine, to the video player, micro wave
to deep freeze.
Types of property
The range is huge. You can find farm cottages surrounded by animals, remote chalets
deep in the Highlands, large properties with many bedrooms, small cottages by the
water, holiday properties at the seaside, flats in the large cities, absolutely every
type of property is offered. Just search for the type you are looking for and the
area. Look at several Google pages though. Your ideal property might be on page 5.
Types of guest
Typical guests are professionals and their families looking for an outdoor holiday,
free of restrictions. Sometimes couples, sometimes honeymooners, and occasionally
Linen and Towels
Nearly everyone supplies fresh linen and towels and often to the highest standards.
Sometimes these are charged for separately. Very occasionally guests still bring
Some properties include the heating costs in the price, but others charge it separately
but always at the cost of the units shown on the meter and never allowing for any
Help for visitors
All properties offer information on the local area for guests. Some owners live close
by and can give advice. If owners live away then there is usually a neighbour to
Cleaning the property
All the properties offered for self catering in Scotland are cleaned after each visit.
Owners do ask guests to tidy up at the end of their stay just as a courtesy.
The only national regulations for self catering are for fire prevention. Some properties
are graded by a national organisation.
Smoking and pets
Here the practice varies. Some owners allow smoking inside the property and many
more forbid it. Some owners allow pets, and others do not. Check with your owner
Self catering websites
Most owners offer their own website, with basic information, but some include availability
pages and much information about the area. Most owners also place themselves on self
catering website directories. These list many properties. But take care. Some of
these directories are sales agents and will therefore load the charges to guests
while knowing little about the property. You can tell these because they do not allow
access to the owners directly nor to the owners’ websites.
Prices are the cheapest of all holiday prices, lower in cost than hotels and bed
and breakfast. They may be even cheaper than youth hostel prices while offering vastly
superior standards. Some of the standards are the equivalent of 5 star, and these
owners will show this on their websites.
Prices vary by area, season, facilities and size of property.
The lowest prices are offered in Scotland’s South west and the highest in Edinburgh
and the more popular Scottish Highland areas.
Most properties are open for let through the year. Winter prices are usually less
than half the Summer prices. Prices are highest in the period from mid July to end
Most lets, particularly in the high season, are for a week and are from Saturday
to Saturday. A few let from Friday to Friday. Shorter breaks are usually possible
in the off season. In a few larger holiday complexes, with purpose built chalets
it may be worth trying for short lets. For off season short breaks you should be
lucky everywhere . Single night lets are very rare.
Contacting the owners
It is best to follow the advice given on the owner’s website. Some prefer e-mail
and read it several times a day. Others, if they live on the property prefer telephone
calls because they want to talk to prospective guests first.