Self-catering accommodation in Scotland is a popular choice for many tourists and business travelers. These rentals offer the independence of a hotel with the homely feel of a traditional B&B or guesthouse. However, it can be daunting to find an appropriate rental if you don’t know what to look out for in advance!
Here are 8 must-have when booking your next self-catering stay:
1) Wi-Fi: for some, this is more important than even television. When you’re on vacation, it’s frustrating to have limited access to the internet. You might need to catchup with important work details or just to watch your favorite shows.
2) Air Conditioning: a must-have in the summer months. Check that your rental has air conditioning before you book, as some only offer fans.
3) Kitchenette: a kitchenette is great for preparing light meals and can save you money on dining out. Make sure that the appliances you need are included in the rental.
– A refrigerator or cooler to store your groceries
– Cutlery and dishes
– Cooking stovetop/oven (or microwave)
– A sink
– Enough counter space to prepare your food
– Kitchen table and chairs (or at least a counter with seating)
Bonus points if the rental includes a dishwasher!
4) Daily Housekeeping Service: not all rentals offer this service, so be sure to check before booking. It can be a real lifesaver if you’re traveling with children or just want to relax on your vacation without having to worry about tidying up.
Daily housekeeping service is often included in the price of the rental but always verified beforehand.
5) A TV & Cable Package: these days, most people wouldn’t consider a rental without this! However, be sure that the TV package you select is right for you – do you need BBC or Sky One? It’s also useful to have access to local channels.
– Local Broadcasting Channels
– Cable stations (movies and series)
Package options range from Basic to Premium, with each package offering different cable channels.
6) Laundry Facilities: not all rentals have a washing machine, so be sure to check. A laundry room may also include an iron and board for your convenience.
– Washing Machine & Dryer (either coin or card operated)
– Ironing Board & Iron
– Clothesline in the garden if possible!
Don’t forget these essentials for your self-catering accommodation.
7) Safe Parking Space: if you’re driving to your rental, this is a must-have. Sometimes the parking space comes with the accommodation, but always check beforehand!
For those using their transport during their stay at our self-catering apartments in Dublin, we offer secure off-streetcar park spaces which are monitored by CCTV cameras. These spaces can be rented for an additional daily fee.
8) Daily Cleaning Services: some rentals offer a daily cleaning service which is included in the price of the rental. Others may have a cleaning fee that is charged on top of the rental price. Always check before you book!
Some other amenities that are nice to have, but not essential, include:
– A balcony or terrace: great for enjoying the sun or a glass of wine in the evening.
– Extra beds or sofa beds: perfect for larger groups or families. You might need to accommodate an unannounced guest which will be difficult without having extra furniture.
– Onsite bar and restaurant: eliminate the need to leave the property (or cook)
– Garden space: great for children to play in or for BBQs. It can also serve as an outdoor dining space.
– Outdoor furniture (table and chairs): perfect for eating outdoors
– BBQ grill: perfect for cooking up a feast!
Riverside Cottage and Dormie Cottage both have all the essentials as well as amenities. Each of these cottages can accommodate 6 people, have a secluded garden, bathtub, and living room.
The living room has a television with access to Netflix and Sky. The location is ideal because you can access both nature and city life. You can ask for bed rearrangement as per your requirements. To hang your outdoor clothes there is a cloakroom. Sunroom also has space for an extra person. The room has a bathroom while the hot tub is in a secluded garden. The bedroom also contains closets for the storage of clothes. The kitchen has everything you need to prepare a full meal and a dining space for 6 people. You can shop anything from the town to cook whatever you need at your Self catering accommodation Scotland.
Scotland’s weather demands good heating so you should ask the property owner about the type of heat they have. Riverside and Dormie cottages offer wood logs for the fireplace.
Now that you know what to look for, start planning your next self-catering vacation!