Late availability and last minute self-catering holidays
Late-Availability-Cottages.com showcases holiday properties that have vacant weeks due to last minute cancellations or weeks that have been unfilled for a variety of reasons. The property owners are keen to fill the properties and are offering a unique price - which is cheaper than advertised anywhere else - available only when enquiring and booking through this site. Unlike hotels and guest houses that often, because of their location, have an ample supply of either passing trade or waiting lists available to fill vacant rooms, smaller, privately-owned self-catering property owners will often find themselves with an unexpected, or for that matter, unwanted gap in their rental diaries.
Hotels will inevitably nearly always preserve their standard 'rack' rate - the price paid by the customer if they walked into the hotel off the street and asked for a room - accommodation charge, irrespective of whether they have cancellations or late availability available.
For this reason, owners of self-catering accommodation on this site are willing to offer guests late available or last minute accommodation at a reduced rate, rather than allow the property to sit vacant.
The great advantage with self-catering accommodation is that the choice of both property type and location is so varied. While there may be just one hotel in each particular location, you will more than likely find a varying range of self-catering accommodation types on offer in the same location.
On the one hand, you might be able to choose a traditional stone lodge on the outskirts of a one-pub village deep in the countryside, or perhaps seaside holiday cottages with spectacular coastal views or even a contemporary apartment on the edge of a busy market town. You may even be part of a group, happy with taking several luxurious holiday static caravans next to one another or even large country houses or converted farmyard barns.
The choice will be yours for the taking.
A self catering break allows your time to be your own, no one will want to chase you out of your room to make it up and you can pick and choose exactly how to fit mealtimes in - whether you prepare them yourself (which is always good fun when you can source unusual local ingredients) or perhaps you may prefer to visit the local inn, pub or restaurant.
And you can always have a late morning in bed without the worry of missing the usually inclusive - and paid-for - breakfast provided by serviced accommodation.
It is fair to say that often during the high season, like with any accommodation, it might be difficult to find late availability or a last minute deal. However, those you do find for self-catering properties during high season, where cancellations occur, will see owners particularly keen to fill their rental gaps. There is every chance - and the self-catering industry is known for this - you will indeed obtain a far better and more flexible deal than compared with a hotel.
Also, if you are a dog owner, with the possible exception of apartments, you will find that many self-catering owners are quite happy, as long as you act responsibly, for you to bring along the four-legged member of the family as well, which means a further saving on kennel fees. These pet-friendly holiday homes can be found throughout the UK. And if you are on an active last-minute or late-availability break, your golf clubs, water skis or bicycles needn't stay unsafely in, or attached to, the car!