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No sooner have the long summer holidays finished and it seems that the October half term is round the corner!
Of course, if you’re a little one just starting school for the first time – or perhaps you’ve stepped up to big school, then you might argue that the time has dragged until you get some much earned time off from lessons and away from the classroom!
October half term offers the first chance to catch a break together as a family after the start of the school year and if you’re lucky, one of the last chances to catch some good weather before autumn – and winter – are truly upon us.
How to find the perfect holiday cottage for October half term
Whatever the weather decides to do, we can help you find the perfect holiday cottage for the autumn half term.
Holiday Cottage Compare’s incredibly flexible search functionality allows you to look for cottages in any city, town, area of interest, national park, county or country in the UK! And better still, you can look for any combination of these options at exactly the same time.
If you prefer, we also give you the option to draw your own area on a map in order to search for cottages within your chosen location. So don’t worry if you’re not familiar with an area: you can simply draw whatever shape you like around and see what’s free within it.
Find your next holiday cottage by drive time or distance
If time or distance matter to you, why not enter a location – your own is a good start! – and see what can be found within a 2 hour drive or 100 mile radius. You might be pleasantly surprised what happens when you head out in an unusual direction.
This can be particularly helpful if you plan to visit an area not well known to you. Say, for example, a relative has moved to Lancaster and you want to look for holiday cottages within 20 miles of them – close enough to meet up and far enough away to have your own space.
Or you might be visiting a child at university, where there’s no space for you and the rest of their siblings to stay. Searching for a cottage by drive time or distance from their university location can make everything much simpler – and faster.
A flexible date search for your autumn holiday cottage break
Dates searches can be frustrating unless you know exactly when you want to stay. Which is why we’ve made it as simple as possible to look for cottages at a time to suit you.
So if you know exactly when you want to travel, that’s great. And you can vary it by up to 3 days either side of your selected date.
And if you want to have a more flexible window, we can cater for that too. Allowing you to look at all our properties within a given month – or within several selected months. Whatever suits you best.
Of course, if you couldn’t care less about when you travel (because you maybe want a tower overlooking the beach whatever the time of year) then you can choose ‘I don’t mind when’.
Set a budget for your next holiday cottage to suit you
Finding a cottage within budget can often be a challenge which is why we’ve given you the option to select both a minimum and maximum budget. You don’t need to apply this filter but it can help if your search returns hundreds of properties and you want to see what’s best suited to your budget.
Filter your holiday cottage search results by what matters to you
Having found a huge list of properties in your chosen area, you can now filter them down by selecting exactly the features that matter to you.
Most people start with the number of people you need the cottage to sleep. Then the number of bedrooms. And helpfully, we’ve also given you the ability to search by number of bathrooms too. Nothing worse than a long queue for that one bathroom when you’re on holiday!
You can also select features that are important to you such as a hot tub, games room (great for those grey days) as well as a log burner, piano, wine fridge, home cinema or iPod dock. There are literally hundreds of property features to choose from as well as many property types, including quirky, lighthouse or shepherd’s hut!
Let us do the hard work with our holiday cottage concierge service
We recognise that despite having what we think is the easiest to search holiday cottage site ever, there are still times when you’d rather sit down with a glass of wine in the evening and have someone else do the hard work for you.
So let us help you find your next holiday cottage by completing our simple holiday cottage concierge form. We aim to get back to you within 24 hours, with one web link containing every property we have that matches your requirements.
Alternatively, you can browse our holiday cottages and self catering apartments available for 7 nights in the autumn for the school October half term.
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