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Booking a holiday in the UK doesn’t always means that you can guarantee the weather!

So how can you ensure that your holiday cottage break away is as weather proof as possible? And that you don’t have to spend a fortune entertaining everyone off site?

Consider booking a UK holiday cottage where the sun always shines

Not as glib as it sounds! Certain parts of the UK are known to experience significantly higher levels of rainfall than others.

London, for example, is our driest city. And apparently, you are much less likely to need an umbrella in Cambridgeshire, Kent and Essex.

When it comes to sun, West Sussex tops the charts for the most number of hours of sunshine.

And temperature? Well, Kent comes in top again, with Faversham holding the record for the highest ever recorded temperature in the UK, with a toasty 38.5C back in August 2003.

Book a holiday cottage in the UK with a hot tub!

The really wonderful thing about booking a holiday cottage with a hot tub is that it doesn’t matter where in the UK you are located – or what time of year you are travelling.

Rain or shine, Wales or Kent, day or night, hot tubs offer the perfect option for relaxation.

Wonderful for couples looking for a romantic escape and even better for large gatherings of families and friends, there is a clearly a very good reason why holiday cottages with hot tubs top the all time wish list.

Find a holiday cottage with a games room or gym

Games room holiday cottages offer some of the best wet weather alternatives, not least because you don’t have to leave your property in search of entertainment. You can just create your own tournaments and competitions at home!

It is always worth checking each listing of a games room holiday cottage to see exactly what they have on offer.

Some of the best include pool or snooker tables, table tennis tables or air hockey as well as dart boards, board games, PlayStations and much more.

Look out for holiday cottages with fully equipped gyms as well as saunas. Those little extras can make all the difference - whatever the weather.

Book a holiday cottage with a swimming pool

There is a certain amount of irony in recommending that you get soaking wet whilst trying to avoid the rain but families with young children for example, will know all too well the value of a holiday cottage with a swimming pool.

Whether it’s a private pool for your exclusive use or a shared pool for lots of fun with others, an indoor (or outdoor) swimming pool can provide literally hours of entertainment – as well as tired out children who are keen to sleep in the evenings!

Consider a UK holiday cottage with a home cinema

Home cinema holiday cottages can mean anything from properties with a digital projector right through to those with built in, tiered seating and a surround sound cinema experience.

After, what’s better than scheduling your own re-run of Top Gun or Dirty Dancing and eating huge amounts of popcorn, whilst it pours down outside?!

Book a large holiday cottage with plenty of living space

When choosing a holiday cottage, it is most commonly done on the basis of the number of bedrooms it has and number of people it sleeps.

However, it is also worth considering how big the living spaces are, especially if there are four or more people in your party, just so that you don’t feel too cramped or stuck in one room together. Larger holiday cottages, sleeping eight or more people, offer a great solution.

The recent trend for larger, open plan kitchens now means that there are more holiday cottages with spaces for family and friends to sit around the kitchen table or breakfast bar and chat whilst someone cooks.

Which can help groups feel like they are spending quality time together, rather than losing one or two of their party to the kitchen chores.

By the same token, a large lounge with plenty of seating should be a consideration, especially during the winter when holiday cottages with open fires or log burners really come into their own.

Consider what is offer nearby before you travel

Holiday cottages in the middle of nowhere can offer the ideal escape from it all. Literally.

But if there are people in your party who would prefer some local entertainment, it can often be worthwhile mapping what’s on locally before you travel.

Whether it is a summer fete or county show. Or a local cinema, leisure centre or bowling alley, it’s great to have a back-up plan prepared in advance…

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