Renting the right home on holiday can be very challenging, particularly when a large number of holiday makers is involved. Besides, it can get somewhat confusing to define the real difference between a bungalow, house and cottage.

Choose your rental carefully

It’s true that they are similar when it comes to holiday accommodations, but each one has its own characteristics, and what suits one family may not do it for another. It’s important to fully understand the differences before seeking out a rental for a holiday, since the majority of owners charge a penalty fee if a client commits to a specific date and then backs out in case he or she discovers the dwelling was not as suitable as he or she first thought. Holiday rentals appear in advertisements, online or in travel agencies and cottages are more and more on demand nowadays. So learn about what makes a cottage a great accommodation in order to get the best rental for a family vacation to the sea or countryside.

Rent a cottage

Cottages have dotted the English countryside for hundreds of years, and untold generations lived within their walls until the lure of the city and centralized plumbing drew them away. Modern cottages in the UK have all the comforts of a modern home, including electricity and indoor plumbing though there may still be a few exceptions in very rural areas. What sets a cottage apart from the houses used today is its size. Traditional cottages were known to only be one room dwellings. Modern cottages available for travellers on vacation typically have one main room, a kitchen area and then one or two bedrooms.

Traditional cottage

The traditional English cottage has a high thatched roof. In some cases, a careful buyer can find one of these thatched roof cottages to rent for a romantic getaway. However, in many cases the roof has been replaced by a less expensive material that is not so time-consuming to repair. This high roof provides a large attic space which was often used as a sleeping area above the main living space. Many cottages offer this attic area as a second or third bedroom and market the cottage as a ‘two-story cottage’. Keep in mind that the upper story is typically smaller than those found in modern homes. The roof is very low in some places, the walls are sloped, and the stairs narrow. Depending on the individual, this does not always make for ideal sleeping quarters.