Self-catering homes and apartments are some of the best places to stay when you’re travelling. If you’ve never been on a self-catering holiday before here are some things you should consider before booking your Summer holiday!
Self-catering holidays work for a range of different people, with different holiday requirements. It’s easy to find a location and property type that suits you, there’s lots of choice out there. Choice is the name of the self-catering holiday game these days, it’s never been easier to find the right self-catering accommodation for your holiday.
Reasons to Try Self-Catering
Some people would simply say, “location”. However, there are other reasons to consider this option, comfort, cooking and cost.
Unlike a hotel room, a house or apartment of your own feels much more like a home from home. You can unpack, settle in and enjoy having more space to call your own (for a week or two!). It’s also often a chance to have some outdoor space – such a balcony, so you can eat, drink and relax in your own little piece of paradise.
It’s the perfect accommodation choice if you love to cook. We know that eating out is exciting and takes all the hassle out of food prep and the dreaded washing up, but there’s lots of fun to be had by shopping at local markets and trying out some locally sourced ingredients when you’re on holiday. Having access to your own kitchen lets you experiment with food and even whip up some much loved home comforts if needed. It’s also the perfect space to prepare some packed lunches and picnics.
A budget-friendly way to travel. Sharing a house, or apartment with friends or family can be a lot cheaper than booking out a bunch of hotel rooms. Plus, having the space to stay in and relax or eat together can make things as simple as breakfast much more affordable.
Things You Need to Know
If there’s one piece of critical information you need to know before you book your first stay, it’s that not every single self-catered property is the same. Some will be equipped with very basic supplies, others can come with everything you might expect to find in your own home.
There is a slight unpredictability when it comes to what you’ll find in your self-catering accommodation, but don’t let this put you off. There are two really important questions you should find out the answers to before you book or arrive.
- What linens will be provided?
Bed linen and towels are commonplace, but it’s always good to check. There are some quirky venues out there which do ask you to bring your own towels. It’s also worth remembering that if you want to head out to the beach or pool during your stay you’ll need to bring your own beach towels anyway.
- Do I need to clean before I leave?
Most properties won’t require you to clean. In fact, most will just ask for a small fee in order to perform a cleaning service at the end of your stay. It’s best to avoid any unwelcome surprises, so find out before you go, and always leave the place neat and tidy no matter what.
Packing: Self-Catering Essentials
If you have enough room to pack some essential supplies in order to supplement those in your self-catered accommodation you should. It’ll save being stuck in an unfamiliar supermarket trying to negotiate through the aisles.
- Washing up liquid
- Dish cloth
- Tea towel or dish towel
- Couple of bin bags
- Loo rolls
- Hand soap
- Multipurpose cleaning cloth
Miscellaneous (But Useful)
- Shopping bags
- Travel adaptors
- Extra chargers