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The Rise of the Self-Catering Holiday in the UK

By on July 17, 2014 in Industry News and Views

The option of renting a holiday home has been around for many many years.  When we look back at history we hear of stories of the rich and famous renting a beautiful house for a month or two set amidst some of the most stunning scenery away from the hustle and bustle of the main cities and towns.  Take Beatrix Potter, for example, with her family holidays spent in the Lake District and Perthshire.

Over the years it has of course evolved to become more affordable with accommodation of all styles and sizes to suit the different requirements of the growing demand.

It’s not that long ago, however when holiday homes were typically furnished with Granny’s cast-offs, patterned carpets, coloured bathroom suites and were generally poorly equipped.  On top of this, owners would only accept weekly bookings which needed to run Saturday to Saturday.  If you wanted a short break that was fine but you’d have to pay for the full week (Saturday to Saturday)!

Many of us will remember family holidays when we were younger in a cottage or lodge, where parents could relax knowing the kids were safe and enjoying themselves yet at the same time not in the way of other guests.  But self-catering is no longer just for families, nor are they full of cast-offs and awkward decoration.

The recession of recent years brought an influx of properties into the self-catering holiday rental space.  People that weren’t able to sell their houses decided to try and get some return on them.  This in turn brought about a lot of competition and that competition raised the standards.  Visitors equally started booking later and later (last minute breaks) and became more ‘cost focused’.  Owners realised that if they wanted to receive a reasonable number of bookings throughout the year for their properties, then they would have to listen and be more flexible as to entry days and lengths of stay.

Today you will typically find self-catering holiday cottages & apartments available to rent for 3 nights +.  Standards are excellent too, with many properties offering better accommodation than your own home … like your own private boutique hotel!  You might even find some with real luxuries such as hot tub, sauna, cinema room or games room.

Prices are normally quoted for the whole unit (property) for the duration which at first can sound expensive, but divide it by the number or guests and number of nights and you’ll find a surprising low price, normally below that of a B&B or Hotel, yet with loads more space and flexibility.

So for your next holiday why not consider something different, there’s lots of choice throughout the UK.

About Us:

TS Properties is a family business specialising in self-catering holiday rental accommodation across Scotland and Ireland.    We currently have around 100 properties to choose from of varying size, style and price.  So whether you want a touch of luxury and comfort with a stunning sea view and hot tub, or a city pad with views on to Edinburgh Castle, we can help.

We are always looking to add more quality properties to our website, so if you or any of your friends / family have a rental property please let us know and we will be happy to provide further information on our services.




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