What Does Self Catering Mean?
Self catering is the term most often used to describe self-contained holiday accommodation which has facilities for guests to prepare their own meals. Self catering cottages are more spacious than Hotel or "B and B" accommodation and provide space for sitting and living as well as a kitchen, in addition to bedrooms and bathroom(s).
It differs from serviced accommodation (hotels, guest houses, inns, bed & breakfasts etc) by offering a self-contained ‘home from home’. You have exclusive access to the accommodation (with your own front door).
It is usual to rent self-catering accommodation for a week (seven nights) minimum . Some cottages have definite changeover days ie from Saturday to Saturday or Friday to Friday. Other cottages can be more flexible on start and end dates but please ask as sometimes we can adjust to suit you. Our cottages can be rented for short breaks out of season or close to the actual date.
Why choose self-catering accommodation?
Self catering holidays offer freedom and fantastic value for money! It is also the ideal way to get to know the Cotswolds at your own pace - to discover its natural beauty, meet friendly local people and generally feel ‘at home’ whilst enjoying independence and the ability to come and go as you please.
Self-catering works well for families, as you don’t have to fit in with restaurant meal times or worry about disturbing other guests. It is also ideal for couples, who want to be left alone to enjoy their holiday together. In fact, self-catering suits just about everybody!
What facilities and equipment will we find in our property?
All of our holiday cottages provide the following:
- Bedlinen and towels
- The cost of electric, oil, gas, logs (first basket of logs only at Sundial) is included in the cost of your stay. Please remember global warming and don't put the heating on maximum and leave all the windows wide open!
- Cooker with oven and grill
- Refrigerator/freezer (freezer could be an ice box – check on the cottages details)
- Selection of cutlery
- China and cooking utensils
- Washing machine (most cottages also have a tumble dryer)
- Dishwasher in most cottages
- Microwave oven
- Colour TV
- Iron and ironing board
- All of our cottages have free wi-fi internet access
Please also read the individual cottage page because most cottages will have many additional facilities to these
By prior arrangement, we can provide:
- Fibre pillows and duvet
- Infant Cot
- Cot linen
- High Chair
What is not provided in self catering accommodation?
- Room service / daily maid service
- Concierge or staffed reception. You are given a telephone number to contact should you have any problems in the cottage. Please be considerate regarding the time of day that you phone. Is it really an emergency or could it wait until the morning?
- Bar or restaurant facilities / mini-bar.
- Transportation or courtesy cars
- Toilet paper. One full roll of toilet paper is provided for each toilet but after that you will need to provide your own.
- Washing powder / dishwasher tablets / washing up liquid
What you need to bring to your cottage
As the name suggests, Self Catering accommodation requires you to bring all of the supplies which you will consume or use during your stay. These include toiletries, food, drink, sanitary supplies, etc.
Recycling your rubbish / rubbish collection
Rubbish is only collected once a fortnight in this area and there is a strict re-cycling regime. If you do not sort your rubbish into the appropriate container it may mean that the rubbish is not collected. Please be considerate – you may be having to put out somebody else’s rubbish but then somebody else will be putting out yours!
All food waste
This should be put either in the small green caddy or in the Cotswold District Council green wheelie bin. This is collected once a week and should be put out by the roadside on a Monday evening, ready for collection on Tuesday morning. DO NOT PUT THE FOOD INTO A PLASTIC BAG (UNLESS IT IS A COMPOSTABLE ONE) AS IT WILL NOT BE COLLECTED
The following items are only collected once a fortnight and should be put out by the roadside on a Monday evening. There is a calendar for collections in the cottage but if you are unsure please either check what other houses around you are doing, or telephone us.
Glass bottles, paper, cans, cardboard
Put in the black box. Cardboard can also be put in the blue sack.
Put pre formed plastic only in the white sack ie milk bottles
Grey wheelie bin / Cotswold District Council beige sacks
Depending on which cottage you are in you will have either a grey wheelie bin or the beige plastic Cotswold District Council rubbish sacks. All other rubbish including plastic should be put loose in the grey wheelie bin (you should not need to put anything in a rubbish bag as there should be no food waste in here or into the beige sack. Please remember that the beige sacks cost £1 each (!) so please be economical with them