Self Catering Guesthouse
In simple terms, self-catering accommodation refers to a property that provides the necessary facilities for guests to cater for (ie cook) themselves. It can be a vacation home, townhouse, apartment, mansion or something more unusual like a tree house, yacht or even a boat. It could also be described as a holiday apartment or self-catering holiday accommodation.Whatever the size and type of property, self-catering accommodation means buying all your groceries and preparing your own meals. This gives guests the flexibility to set their own vacation schedule, meal times, menu and vacation budget. However, there is much more to a self-catering holiday home than just the kitchen.
Self Catering Guest Houses was once seen as a budget vacation option, where you might find mismatched crockery and dated, worn decor in a property that was only used a few weeks of the year, but things have changed a lot over the years. Today most independent holiday home-owners strive to provide a true 'home away from home' where you will find all the facilities you would expect from home and often more. While the budget and size of self-catering accommodation can vary significantly, there are a few things you can expect no matter where you stay.
What you can expect to have at a self-catering guest house:
- The kitchen and living room is the most social hub of the home, every self-catering accommodation should have a kitchen, where you can usually prepare anything from a simple breakfast to a full Christmas dinner.
- Bedrooms and beds are normally ready for your arrival with clean linen. Most owners also provide towels, but some don't, so check when booking. Keep in mind this is not a hotel. So if you are staying a week or less it is unlikely that your bed linen and towels will be changed.
- Bathrooms, in Most cottages there are large bathrooms or showers to accommodate the required number of guests. However, while some have en-suite bathrooms, there are others that do not. Likewise, some self-catering apartments have showers but no baths or vice versa.
- Outdoor Space and Parking, The amount of outdoor space really varies from property to property. City apartments or self-catering holiday homes in the middle of busy cities may not have a garden or parking space. Outside of these busy urban areas, however, many properties are likely to offer a garden, patio or balcony with furniture such as a table, chairs and sun loungers.
- Traditionally, self-catering holiday home owners did not provide household items such as hand soap, liquid detergent, dishwashing tablets and toilet paper rolls. These days, however, it's rare to find self-catering accommodation that doesn't have at least enough basics to get you through the first night or two.
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