Self catering or self constructing ?

In a previous post we reported on some holidaymakers shooting and eating the ducks from the pond at their holiday cottage.
Less dramatic but at least as remarkable, we seem to have customers that are willing to invest their own time and money to change their holiday accommodation to their taste.

Not even if you don't like the colour...Customer Services reporting….

“A family was not happy with the colour of the kitchen in their hired cottage and decided to repaint it…”
We don’t know if the cottage owner was too happy about this.

“A woman who hired a cottage to give birth close to her family didn’t like the bathroom and she decided to spent thousands on refurbishing it.”
In this particular case the cottage owner was quite happy afterwards.

We can imagine that a holiday property may not be 100% to your liking but we recommend to discuss with us and the owner first before you consider using your paintbrush or sledge hammer….

‘Old School’ Holidays

Head Back to School in the Summer Holidays !

Maths, physics, literature and geography…This summer return to school in the school holidays, without a blackboard, pencil case or gym kit in sight! We have a selection of beautifully converted schools throughout the UK, perfect for some old school nostalgia with or without the kids.

Whether it’s a renovated boys school or a 19th century school house, a number of the 9,000 holiday cottages to rent through cottages4you throughout the UK are brimming with character, ideal for couples or a large family and their pet pooch!

Choose from one of these fantastic school conversions over the summer holidays with cottages4you.

Old School House Cottage – Hawnby, North Yorkshire Moorsold-school-house-11258
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Sitting in a peaceful picture postcard village, in the Valley of the River Rye, this detached stone school house, complete with Inglenook fireplace, is far from school as we remember it! Enjoy the secluded sun-trapped garden, or take a stroll amongst the beautiful surrounding North Yorkshire Moors National Park. Just 200 yards away is the local pub, and five miles away is the town of Helmsley with inns, castles and Rievaulx Abbey.
Property comprises one double bedroom and one twin bedroom.
Price: £627.50 for seven nights arriving on 23rd August, sleeps four.
Details and booking; click here !

old-school-cottage-23775Old School Cottage – Billingford, Norfolk
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This character cottage, dating back to 1875, boasts many classic features such as beamed and sloping ceilings, with plenty of space for all the family. Ideally located for visiting sandy beaches, the Norfolk Broads and the city of Norwich, this old school cottage is perfect for a British summer break. Village shop just one mile away.
Property comprises one double bedroom, one twin bedroom and one bunk bedroom.
Price: £616.50 staying for seven nights arriving on 23rd August, sleeps six plus one pet.
Details and booking; click here !

The Old Boys School – Carrshield, Nr Hexhamold-boys-school-mnm
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Situated in the heart of the North Pennines and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this converted wing of a former Victorian school is set in a glorious hamlet, brimming with character. The area boasts the lowest light pollution in the UK, boasting incredible starry nights. This grand property is perfect for exploring the surroundings, located on the borders of Cumbria, Northumberland and County Durham.
Property comprises two double bedrooms with beamed ceilings, and one bunk bedded room. There is also a beamed conservatory and large kitchen diner with multi-fuel stove.
Price: £928 staying for seven nights arriving on 23rd August, sleeps six.
Details and booking; click here !

For more information or to book one of these fabulous cottages, check

Beachcombing finds; Bath toys on a journey

In January 1992, a cargo container carrying 29,000 bath toys was washed off a ship from Hong Kong bound for Washington, US. Ten months later, flotillas of plastic ducks, frogs, turtles and beavers began to appear bath duckson beaches in Sitka, Alaska. Many got caught up in the Subpolar Gyre, a current that runs from Sitka across the North Pacific to the far east of Russia and back again – a journey of 6,800 nautical miles. Over the past 16 years, the toys have continued to wash up in Alaska, but some have broken free and pitched up, faded white with exposure, in Hawaii and Maine. In 2003, a plastic frog made it all the way to the west coast of Scotland. Some of the toys are still thought to be in the water – giving oceanographers a unique way of studying the oceans’ currents.

Customer Service… Family scoffs pond ducks

Holiday Cottage Pond Ducks Scoffed

It can be a challenging job ensuring that our customers have the best holiday possible and equally tough delivering a good service to the property owners. Once in a while, however, the odd (to say the least) behaviour of some of our holidaymakers make it even more difficult (or interesting, depending on how you see it).

A while ago we had to apologise to a cottage owner after a family staying at the property had taken the liberty of shooting all the ducks at the cottage pond to scoff them. The cottage owner discovered the sinister deed Continue reading

From the Office… cottages4you bake-off

The chips are down…the talk is over…the cottages4you office ‘Bake Off’ competition is on!

Amazingly, a wide range of great looking cakes found their way into the competition, demonstrating that there are a number of budding Delia Smiths / Gordon Ramseys in our midst.

Some of the comments that the judges had on the entries:

  • Burnie’s biscuits: “The most burnt, most e numbers and the craziest decoration!”
  • Date & Walnut cake – Generally considered “the most professional” and won the ‘Best Cake EVER’ award from Ian G – Quote from Nick “it’s the cake most likely to have been made by your mum!”
  • Sponge cake – best branding and definitely the jammiest Buns – win the ‘booby prize’ and considered succulent!
  • Malteser Brownie cake – Split the judges in consistency – Paul claimed it ‘light’ but all thought it was delicious!
  • No Name, No shame – award for the best ‘floater’
  • Choc cake – considered the best for taste, presentation and quality – but let down by the dull name!
  • Ginger biscuits – win the prize for being closest in colour to Sal’s (my) hair colour – also the judges wanted to know where the rest of the biscuits
  • Ginger cake – delicious and moist!

Jury Final Top 3 ranking (with the favourite getting 3 points)

1) Date & Walnut cake
2) Sponge cake
3) Ginger cake

1) Sponge
2) Chocolate cake
3) Date & Walnut cake

1) Malteser brownie
2) Sponge cake
3) Date & Walnut cake

Therefore the official winner was the sponge cake branded ‘Cake4You‘ by Heather Osborne. Be assured that the jury did not need to eat lunch after their thorough judging work.