Why You Should Choose Self Catering Accommodation

30 March 2021

With everything that has gone on in the last year, it’s safe to say that a holiday break away cannot come soon enough. Well, from the 12th of April, you can take a holiday in England in self-contained accommodation. This is sooner than you could go to a hotel, which is why there has never been a better time to book self-catering accommodation for a holiday.

But that’s not the only reason. Self-catering holiday cottages have a number of unique benefits that you just don’t get when you stay in a hotel or B&B. Here are all the reasons why you should choose self-catering accommodation.

LilymereHome from Home

When you travel away with your family, it’s easy for people to get homesick, especially little ones. When you book self-catering accommodation, you get your very own self-contained space away from other holidaymakers that you can truly make your own.

You can bring home amenities with you that you just wouldn’t have space for in a hotel room. Your kids can bring those home comforts like special blankets and toys so they can feel right at home in their accommodation. It’s your own space, and you never need to worry about sharing a bathroom or kitchen with strangers, just like at home.

Freedom to Come and Go

In your self-contained accommodation, you have so much more freedom than in a hotel or B&B. Sometimes they can have rigid opening and closing times, where you must return to your accommodation before a certain time. But when you have your own space, you are free to come and go as your please so you can fully enjoy your break away.

You also won’t be beholden to any hotel or B&B mealtimes, so you can choose a time to eat breakfast that suits you. Whether you want to lie in and have a late breakfast or get up even earlier than a hotel would serve breakfast, it’s up to you! You are free to do anything you want and set your holiday at your own pace.

The Barn @ CastertonMore Space

In your accommodation, you will have so much more space than a hotel room. They are ideal for travelling with the whole family, but you don’t need to spend every moment with them stuck in each other’s personal space. Our cottages have living and dining spaces and individual rooms so that you can get away for a bit of privacy.

So whether you want a quiet spot to read a book or plenty of table space to play board games with the whole family, your self-contained cottage will have enough space to suit everyone.

Cater to Your Family

If you have children with allergies or specific dietary requirements, travelling can be a nightmare. Not every hotel or B&B will be able to cater for all, but you don't need to worry when you have our own private space.

You have complete control over all your meals, so there’s no need to stress about cross-contamination or eating something with an ingredient you don’t expect. Of course, part of the fun of holidays is going out to eat, so you can still do this during your trip but with the reassurance that you can make your own meals if needed.

The Barn @ CastertonFlexibility

Whatever it is you want to do on your trip, self-catered accommodation can make it happen. Our cottages come equipped with everything you need to enjoy your holiday, including things that you would never find in your hotel room, like a dishwasher and washer and dryer.

Enjoy irregular mealtimes thanks to your own kitchen space and participate in activities where you may get a bit muddy, like mountain biking, because you can always throw your things in the wash as soon as you get back to your cottage. For a film night, pop some popcorn in the microwave or bake some cookies in the oven; it’s totally up to you! There are no limits to your holiday when you have your own self-catered accommodation.


Your self-catered accommodation can often work out much cheaper than a hotel or all-inclusive stay, especially when travelling as a family. When you stay in hotels, only breakfast is usually included, and you end up eating out for both lunch and tea every single day you’re away.

With self-catered accommodation, you can slash your holiday's food costs by preparing your own meals, making your trip very cost-effective. You can also take advantage of the washing facilities to clean clothes, rather than paying the expensive costs of hotel dry cleaning. When you factor in all the costs of eating out and additional extras in hotels and B&Bs, you’ll be surprised just how much you could save with a self-catered cottage break.

The StablesPet-Friendly

The beloved pooch is just as much a part of the family as you are, so why would you leave them behind? At Mill House Cottages, we have a range of dog-friendly luxury cottages available, so your family and your canine friend can spend some quality time together.

Our pet-friendly cottages are surrounded by scenic walks along footpaths in the countryside, and some include enclosed gardens with ample room for them to play. So there’s no need to find a pet sitter when you go on holiday; you can bring your dog along with you to enjoy your family holiday to the fullest.

The Barn@CastertonAt Mill House Cottages, we are looking forward to welcoming you back. If you’re looking for luxury holiday cottages in the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, Scotland or a self catering holiday cottages in France, feel free to browse our cottages on our site or contact us for more information.

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