Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Self Catering Holiday Cottages–Cost-Effective yet Ideal way to enjoy your holidays!

Whether you are a couple or a family or a large group of family and friends, self catering holiday cottages are meant for all of you. These holiday cottages set in picturesque locations give the traveller a home away from home feeling. And the best part is that they offer all these at a lower cost than the hotels.

To cite an example, I stayed at two such self catering holiday cottages along with my large group of friends during my recent trip to Sri Lanka. One of them was set amidst the central highlands of Sri Lanka and was surrounded by tea estates, while the other cottage was facing a beautiful lake that was set close to the Southern coastline of Sri Lanka. In terms of facilities, they were on par with hotels. In fact, they offered more space in terms of a kitchen, dining hall, lounge and so many other things like a large garden, multiple hiking trails, etc. We absolutely loved the self catering concept as it allowed us to explore our culinary skills, save money that would have been otherwise spent at a restaurant and call our own shots in terms of food. Though, both these cottages came with a in-house cook and caretaker, we hardly used their services as our group had its fair share of cooks.

I know that this is a personal choice, but sometimes, such self catering cottages, allow the tourist to save so much money that would have been spent otherwise on hotels and restaurants. It is not that we have to save this money, but we can definitely spend it elsewhere on things and places that appeal to us. Additionally, these cottages act as an extension of your home, but set in pretty locales. And, in most cases, such cottages allow the group to stay together and thus make optimum use of the holiday time.

I believe such self catering holiday cottages are popular even in the United Kingdom. For those interested in the Lake District National Park, Keswick cottages and Ambleside cottages are great options. These old market towns offer great character and culture apart from great greenery and vistas. The annual beer and film festivals are also a huge rage here. And for those interested in Wales, these Welsh cottages offer great variety. The traveller can choose cottages from the beautiful Isle of Anglesey to the mighty peaks of Snowdonia and to the Pembrokeshire National Park and the Gower Peninsula.

Note: Please use your own discretion before booking any of these cottages. The author is not responsible for your decision.

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