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What makes the ideal English country holiday? A beautiful country holiday cottage is a good place to start and where better to look than in the Cotswolds! We speak to our customers regularly and understand what’s important to them, so we've compiled a list of the top seven features to consider when choosing a holiday cottage.

1. Size

Size matters when it comes to your holiday cottage – and, of course, depends on how many people will be staying there. While couples or small groups may prefer a relatively small and cosy place to stay, for a larger family or group the cottage must be capable of accommodating everyone, with the requisite number of bedrooms and bathrooms, plus ample living space – so big is definitely better! For example, Dovecote Barn, Tetbury.

2. Location

If you’re looking to get away from it all and want to spend time in your tranquil holiday cottage, you might be happy for it to be located away from the hustle and bustle of a popular Cotswold town or village. However, for some, being close to amenities such as shops, restaurants and local attractions is an important consideration (see Backlodge Stables, Stratford), so location is close to the top of their list of priorities.

3. Accessibility

Adequate parking in close proximity to the property is important for many holiday makers – especially when there’s lots of luggage and provisions to unpack from the car. While many holiday cottages have designated parking for at least one vehicle, some don’t have any off-road parking so if that’s important to you, check before you book.

4. Well-equipped kitchen

If you’re planning to self-cater for most of your stay, a well equipped kitchen is a must. Cottages that provide all the relevant utensils and electrical equipment – including dishwashers, microwaves and washing machines – can be high priority for large families or groups with young children especially. And isn’t it nice to find that vegetable peelers, cheese graters and sieves are to hand when you’re making spaghetti bolognaise for the troops?! Hillside Cottage in Swinbrook is a great example.

5. Towels and bed linen provided

From bed linen and towels to smaller items like toilet rolls, most of our visitors expect their holiday cottages to be fully prepared for their stay. For many, the packing of clothes and food is enough to think about, without having to bring piles of bed linen and towels, so having the latter provided is a big plus. Some cottages provide cots and high chairs for babies and toddlers which will reduce the amount of packing families need to do – but be aware that bed linen for cots is not always available.

6. Technology

Some holiday makers love to leave technology behind, particularly when staying in a rural location like the Cotswolds, but increasingly many of us need contact with the outside world no matter what, so the ability to connect to the internet is important. If so, check the particulars of your chosen cottage to be sure that there’s internet access or Wi-Fi before making your booking. Equally, if you want a property with satellite television, a sound system and/or DVD player, check before you book. Check out The Old Milking Barn, Evenlode!

7. Cleanliness

Even if a holiday cottage ticks all of the above boxes, you’re unlikely to be satisfied if it isn’t spotlessly clean. At Manor Cottages, we ensure that all our cottages are presented to the highest standard so you can enjoy your home away from home to the full.

If you would like to speak to our helpful and knowledgeable team about your holiday cottage requirements or you have a holiday property that you would like Manor Cottages to market on your behalf, please get in touch: 01993 824252 or