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HOW TO PREPARE FOR A STAY AT A SELF-CATERING COTTAGE

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Self-catering holiday is a challenge for anyone trying it for first time. A growing concept abroad, a self-catering holiday, like the name suggests comprises of stay in a cottage or a home where-in you get all basic amenities that you would normally expect in a home but have to arrange all other essentials including meals yourself. So why is the concept growing if it sounds cumbersome? One primary reason is affordability and secondly, the experience itself. Self-catering cottages or homes turn out to be a more affordable and inexpensive option versus staying in hotels which can become quite expensive especially in Europe. The other lure is that of “trying out something new”. Travelers are always looking out to try new destinations and experiences and self-catering stays offer both – a combination of a new experience and possibly new destinations that are yet not too touristy. For examples, some cottages offer you a purely farm like experience!

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So, how do you prepare yourself for a self-catering cottage? (I am using the example of the cottage since I just stayed in one and you can read more about it on my blog – stay at Cilhendre Fawr Farm Cottage)

First of all, before you make your reservation, make sure you visit the website and look-up facilities and amenities that will be provided at the cottage. It’s helpful to take a print-out of list of items and keep it handy while doing your packing. In case the website isn’t too clear, it may be a good idea to call up the resort and confirm (recommend this anyway to make sure the information on website is updated)

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LUXURY, SOLITUDE AND WILDERNESS; CILHENDRE FARM COTTAGE

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Strange bedfellows they would make but not really – the travel world is warming up to a relatively new concept that offers you the luxury you want in the midst of wilderness with quality of me time at hand – Luxurious self-catering farm cottages. Farm cottages and luxury, you would ask? Yes, you read that right.

I got one such chance, and my first experience, at a recent stay at a self-catering luxurious farm house cottage in South Wales – the Cilhendre Fawr Farm Cottages.

Picture this – vast green landscape, plush green hills dotted with specks of white cottages, a beautiful little town and a quaint little farm located on top of a hill surrounded by acres of empty green fields. Driving from London (about 5 hours in all), your first memory of arriving at the Farm is driving up a lovely hill road flanked by trees all around. Green, yellow, orange leaves – autumn is the new spring.

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You enter the Farm to see a stony grey building with white windows and no balconies. Wrong place maybe? Or perhaps it’s a barn? A stable? It’s a bit disappointing at first, to be honest, but the building definitely does not give an inkling of what it holds – do not judge a building by its look.

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