UK holidays are enjoying a boost this summer, as restrictions on domestic travel in the UK ease, amidst ongoing uncertainty for holidays abroad.
Self-contained accommodation is already open in England and Wales, with Scotland following suit from Monday (April 26), and unsurprisingly firms have seen surges in bookings for holiday cottages.
Of course on a self-catered stay there are still some chores to be done (mainly when it comes to cooking your own meals), but there are plenty of easy ways you can make life a little easier for yourself – and in some cases, even add a touch of unexpected luxury to your staycation.
In fact, the team at Perfect Stays have shared some of their top tips for getting the most out of a self-catered holiday – check out their handy advice below…
1. Read the house’s manual
These usually lay out the rules and regulations for the property – but in most cases, owners will also share heaps of advice on the house and area where you’re staying. We’re talking everything from mastering the shower controls, to recommendations on some of the best local pubs, restaurants and attractions you may want to visit.
2. Plan your arrival meals
After a long drive, most of us just want to sit down, have some food and relax – but this can be tricky when you arrive somewhere unfamiliar.
Before you leave, research local takeaways or do some meal prep so you have something ready when you arrive. It will save any arguments or stress, and you can start your trip off on the right foot.
3. Know where the shops are before you go
The fun part of a holiday is exploring, but before you leave for your trip make sure you familiarise yourself with a rough idea of where the nearby supermarkets and shops will be, in case you need to top up provisions.
Often self-contained stays are situated in the country or near a beach, so for these remote areas knowing where you can find supplies prior to arrival is all the more important.
4. Spills and breakages
These happen – so try not to punish yourself too much. The best thing you can do is let the local property contact know ASAP. (Cleaning with the wrong products could make the problem worse).
As for breaking things, again, accidents can happen.
Well-equipped homes will often offer plastic glasses but consider taking some of your own for peace of mind. Try to avoid coloured drinks in carpeted or light-coloured areas. Try to stick to eating at the table – laps and sofas can often tempt fate.
Finding this balance is key – don’t police yourself, but if you’re accident-prone try and prevent them where possible.
5. Embrace the extras
Some services may feel like a luxury – but you’re on holiday after all!
Many self-catered locations will recommend concierge services or additional features whether that be a mobile masseuse, at-home cookery classes or luxury hot tub hire. (They usually come at an extra charge).
You could even look into hiring a private chef for a night off from cooking!
Embrace the opportunities around you as much as you can. It’s unlikely that you’ll have time for the same splurges when you’re back to reality, so avoid leaving with any regrets.
6. Prep for the weather
The British weather can be very volatile – so try to adjust your packing as you go.
Although summer often comes with gloriously sunny days, we don’t always have the same guarantee as some hotter countries, so pack some extra layers just in case.
Keep checking the weather in the lead up to your trip and have enough backups in case the weather takes a turn – zoos, indoor trampoline parks and local museums are great for occupying your little ones.
Have you got any top tips for a stress-free holiday? Let us know in the comments below.