Choosing great self catering holidays

When it’s time for another great holiday, are you going to stay in a hotel, or book some self catering accommodation? We all know that hotels can be great, but also that self catering places offer independence, cooking facilities, and often lots more space than a hotel room. Self catering places are also great for families and can be dog-friendly, too. With all this in mind, our guide to self catering rentals looks at some of the best destinations in the UK, around Europe and even South Africa. So whether you want a break in the countryside, on the coast or in the city, we’ve got you covered.

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Experience complete independence with self catering accommodation

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Self catering accommodation offers you the ultimate in holiday freedom, with no more concerns about hotel curfews or restaurant schedules.

Enjoy the freedom of a Scotland self catering holiday

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Scotland's a magical place to go on a self catering holiday.

Hit the lakes and fells with a Lake District self catering break

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The Lake District is the UK’s most popular national park, and there's no better way to experience it than from your very own self catering holiday rental.

Make the most of your break with self catering holiday apartments

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Self catering holiday apartments offer fantastic flexibility and usually add a heap of extra space over a hotel room, too. So whether you're looking for a short break or a longer stay, a self catering holiday rental makes a great base, and the UK and Europe are chock full of apartments. Take a look at our suggestions for top spots like the Scottish Highlands and the Lake District, Majorca and Malta, and hip cities like Berlin and Barcelona.

Experience complete independence with self catering accommodation

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Self catering accommodation offers you the ultimate in holiday freedom, with no more concerns about hotel curfews or restaurant schedules. As well as also getting extra space, it can also be a shortcut to big savings, especially if you can manage to find a last-minute booking. Our guide covers a whole host of great self catering destinations, from South Africa to Blackpool, via the Mediterranean and Paris.

Luxury self catering UK holidays are the best way to get away from it all

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If you want a bit of decadence, the UK's got plenty of luxury self catering holiday homes where you can live the good life. And with plenty of last-minute deals available, that five-star luxury retreat of your dreams might not cost as much as you think. Our guide covers top UK destinations such as the Scottish Highlands, the Lake District, Devon and Cornwall, and Wales and the Yorkshire Coast.

Hit the lakes and fells with a Lake District self catering break

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The Lake District is the UK’s most popular national park, and there's no better way to experience it than from your very own self catering holiday rental. Getting a place with all mod cons gives you all the independence you’ll need to enjoy the lakes and fells with complete freedom. Take a look at our ideas for stays in Keswick, Ambleside and Windermere, among others.

Discover the secret of Northumberland self catering holidays

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Northumberland's one of those places you'll never want to leave. The sandy beaches and ancient castles are awe-inspiring, and that's before we get onto landmarks such as Hadrian's Wall. A self catering holiday rental makes the ideal base for your Northumberland adventure and we’ve suggested some top spots, such as Alnwick, Bamburgh and Lindisfarne, plus Northumberland National Park and Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Enjoy the freedom of a Scotland self catering holiday

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Scotland's a magical place to go on a self catering holiday. Whether you're looking for a fortnight in a dog-friendly cabin in the Highlands, or a short break in a stylish flat in a city, nothing compares to the freedom and space you get with a self catering pad. Our guide looks at city rentals in Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as countryside spots such as Orkney and Loch Lomond.

Go your own way with our guide to self catering holidays in Spain

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From beaches and islands to sophisticated cities, Spain has been a favourite holiday destination among British travellers for decades. Add in a rich culture, great food and a colourful history and you can’t go wrong with a self catering break here. Our guide takes a look at some top destinations, such as the Canary Islands and Majorca, the Costa Blanca beaches, and the chic cities of Barcelona, San Sebastian and Granada.

Enjoy the wonders of Wales with a self catering break

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A land of big landscapes and dramatic coasts, Wales is a handsome country offering pretty villages, bustling market towns, vibrant cities and historic castles. From the Gower Peninsula to the soaring mountains of Snowdonia, Wales has a lot to offer travellers on self catering holidays. We take a look at towns such as Tenby, islands like Anglesey, and big open spaces such as the Brecon Beacons, plus much more.