How to have a cottage holiday on a budget

Posted on January 31st, 2016

Many of you may currently be thinking about your holiday plans for the coming months; you may be planning a romantic break with your loved one, a family holiday or a get together with a group of friends. Whatever your style of holiday, the cost of getting away can sometimes be an important factor to consider and if you’re looking to book a trip but are on a budget, we have some inspiration on how to keep the costs down while making sure you still get your well deserved break!

Search the Remarkable Holidays Website

First things first – finding your accommodation. Our website has a section devoted to self-catering accommodation under £350. Simply visit this section from the homepage and enter your search criteria to browse cottage listings in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales to suit your budget.

Cook your meals

The beauty of a self-catering holiday is in the name, you not only have the freedom to eat at times which suit you, but you also are able to cook the meals you like without having to pay to eat at hotel / restaurant prices. Of course this doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself; you are on holiday after all! But instead of eating every meal out, visit the local supermarket and buy in groceries for your breakfast and pack up a picnic for your lunch for when you’re out and about. You could eat out at a restaurant for half your holiday and for the other half you could whip up some culinary delights – you may even find some lovely local produce on your travels to try!

Book travel and attractions in advance

If you are planning on travelling to your chosen destination by train, it would be a good idea to book your ticket in advance of your departure date as they may be cheaper; sometimes you will be able to make a huge saving on longer journeys. If there are any activities or attractions you are wanting to visit while on holiday, it may also be worth checking the relevant websites to see whether you can get a better deal by booking online.

Search for printable voucher offers

This is also a good tip for at home as well as on your holiday. Visit websites such as and you will be able to search for restaurants, shops and attractions which may have an offer running, for example 30% off mains at a restaurant chain.

Do free or low cost activities

Having fun on holiday and spending quality time with the family doesn’t have to cost a fortune, in fact there are many things your can do for free. If you and your family are the active types then pack up a picnic and enjoy the great outdoors together; for example, take long walks in the countryside or by the coast, bring your bikes along and go cycling through a woodland trail or if you’re lucky with the weather, simply relax on the beach. If the weather is not on your side or you simply wish to soak up some of the local culture, look into some nearby museums and galleries as many allow free entry or just charge a small donation.

Public footpath sign

Start a holiday fund

Start putting small amounts of money to one side each week until you go away, so by the time you set off you will have saved up a nice amount of  holiday spending money. Putting away £20 a week can really add up – over the course of 12 weeks this would give you £240! This can sometimes easily be done by cutting out takeaways / bottles of wine / coffees for a few months and by saving bit by bit, this means you’re not making a big dent in one months pay cheque.


So search for your ideal self-catering holiday cottage, do your research and start that holiday fund!

Valentine’s Day Inspiration

Posted on January 13th, 2016

It’s almost that time of year again for all you romantics out there! Yes it’s nearly Valentine’s Day, and although many of you may know exactly what you are doing to spoil your special someone, some of you may be seeking a little inspiration for that perfect idea.

Here at Remarkable Holidays, we can’t think of a better way to say “I love you” than to treat your loved one to a romantic break; so instead of buying them the usual flowers and chocolates (or as well as!), why not search our website for the perfect self-catering holiday cottage? Many of the properties listed on the Remarkable Holidays website are perfect for couples and some even feature their own hot tub or log fire for that added touch of romance.

Romantic cottage with hot tub

Having a self-catering break will not only give you the opportunity to whip up some culinary delights but also the freedom to enjoy some lovely meals at a local bar or restaurant. You may even be staying close to a restaurant owned by a celebrity chef!

If February feels a little short notice for you to be going away, you could still book a getaway as a Valentine’s present to take later on in the year. There is a wide variety of cottages on our website and whether you’re wanting to search for a cottage in a secluded location and really get away from it all, take a break to the coast and enjoy long walks on the beach or simply explore a new city, you’re certain to find the perfect escape!

Romantic cottage with log fire

Whether you decide to go away or stay at home, you may still be looking for some inspiration  to make your Valentine’s special, so here are some of our suggestions….

Go out for cocktails – Get dressed up, visit a cocktail bar and treat yourself to some fancy drinks.

Try a new activity – How about ice skating? Visit your local rink and have a good laugh together.

Cook a romantic meal – Turn off the TV and phones, get those candles lit and the music playing!

Visit a spa – Spend some quality relaxing time together and treat yourself to a massage.

Take a long walk – Enjoy taking in the great outdoors in each others company.

Have afternoon tea – A glass of fizz and lots of cake – yummy!

So whatever you decide to do this Valentine’s Day, we hope we have given you some ideas of ways to spend some quality time with your loved one.

Sherlock Filming Locations

Posted on January 4th, 2016

You may be interested to know that a certain Mr Holmes doesn’t spend all of his time at 221b Baker Street and often ventures away from London to solve unexplainable mysteries. If you’d like to follow in the footsteps of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman on your next holiday, you can easily deduce where to stay by reading this article about the stunning filming locations ‘Sherlock’ has been set in.

The award winning BBC drama ‘Sherlock’ first appeared on our TV screens back in July 2010 when Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman brought to life a modern re-telling of the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, as they took on the roles of Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson.

Much of the ‘Sherlock’ episodes have been filmed in London but there are plenty of locations away from London which ‘Sherlock’ fans will recognise.


Hound Tor – The Hounds of Baskerville. Located near Widecombe-in-the-Moor (Dartmoor), Hound Tor is a heavily weathered granite outcrop and was used as the backdrop of a dramatic scene in ‘Sherlock’ episode two of series two ‘The Hounds of Baskerville’.

Hound Tor, Devon

South Wales and Pembrokeshire

The Bush Inn, St. Hilary – The Hounds of Baskerville. Located in St. Hilary (near Cowbridge) in the Vale of Glamorgan, sits the picturesque pub, The Bush Inn. You may recognise it from ‘The Hounds of Baskerville’ although it was named ‘The Cross Keys’ in the episode and was located in the fictional village of Grimpon. Sherlock and Dr Watson enjoyed a few drinks here and even Detective Inspector Lestrade popped in for beverage.

The Bush Inn from Sherlock

Three Bears Cave, near Castell Coch – The Hounds of Baskerville. Known as ‘Dewer’s Hollow’ in the ‘Sherlock’ episode ‘The Hounds of Baskerville’ Three Bears Cave is shown as an eerie place where the episode comes to a dramatic climax. Located near Castell Coch (Tongwynlais), Three Bears Cave is actually an entrance to an iron mine and not the lair of a monstrous hound.

St Athan Airbase – His Last Vow. It looks like we may have seen the last of Sherlock as he boards a one way flight to exile. St Athan Airbase near Llantwit Major was the filming location this famous scene from episode three of series three ‘His Last Vow’.

St Athan Airbase, Wales


Goldney Hall Orangery – The Sign Of Three. Part of the University Of Bristol, the Goldney Hall Orangery played host to the wedding reception of John and Mary Watson in episode two of series three ‘The Sign Of Three’. The most notable scene filmed at this beautiful venue was the heartfelt Best man speech given by Sherlock.

Goldney Hall Orangery, Bristol
St Mary Magdalene Church, Stoke Bishop, Bristol – The Sign Of Three. Built in the 1800s St Mary Magdalene Church was used as the backdrop for John and Mary Watson’s wedding in ‘The Sign Of Three’.

Tyntesfield, near Wraxall – The Abominable Bride. The 2016 New Year’s Day special ‘Sherlock’ was set in the Victorian era as Holmes and Watson investigate a mysterious ghostly bride. The spectacular Gothic backdrop that is Tyntesfield was used as a key filming location for ‘The Abominable Bride’.

Tyntesfield, near Wraxall

So if you want to retrace the footsteps of Sherlock Holmes and his faithful companion Dr Watson, you can make use the Remarkable Holidays Cottage Search Engine to deduce which holiday cottage best suits your needs.

Start your search today for your perfect self-catering break in the UK.