What are Self-Catering Holidays? The Benefits and Advantages

What are Self-Catering Holidays? The Benefits and Advantages

August 23, 2023 by

Netherby Hall

When it comes to booking a luxury self-catering break away, finding the right accommodation and the right destination is essential. But with so much choice in the market, finding the perfect getaway for you and your loved ones can be an overwhelming prospect.  

Self-catering cottages and apartments have been steadily gaining in popularity over recent years, especially following the boom in staycations due to the pandemic.

Recent research by Cofton Holidays found that more than 73 per cent of adults in the UK were planning to take a break in the UK over the next 12 months, with one in four UK adults planning to increase their number of UK holidays.

Our guests at Netherby Hall tell us that that they can’t help but leave every day life behind as soon as they drive through our gates – and that getaway-from-it-all feeling only gets better when they discover they have 36-acres of private gardens and grounds to explore and a luxury cosy cottage or apartment to retreat to at the end of the day. 

Here’s our guide to choosing the perfect luxury self-catering accommodation – so you can experience it for yourself.

What are Self-Catering Holidays?

What are Self-Catering Holidays? The Benefits and Advantages

Self-catering cottages and apartments are a home away from home staying in accommodation that is equipped with home comforts including a fully equipped kitchen. During a self-catering holiday, you are responsible for preparing your own meals, rather than relying on restaurants or room service.

Choosing a self-catering holiday gives you the freedom to enjoy a luxury break with the independence to do what you want, cook and eat whatever and whenever you like, and sleep and wake as you please.

What are the Advantages of a Self-Catering Holiday? 

What are Self-Catering Holidays? The Benefits and Advantages

A self-catering apartment or cottage offers so much more than somewhere to just sleep.

It gives you the freedom to enjoy your holiday on your own terms, along with the comfort and familiarity of having a luxury cottage entirely to yourself. You get more space and privacy than a traditional hotel room – and you’re not bound to set meal times or dress codes.

Your luxury getaway provides the perfect base to discover new places, exploring nearby attractions, restaurants and hidden gems.

And if you’re travelling as a family or group, then it can often be more cost-effective than booking multiple hotel rooms – as well as saving money on food by cooking your own meals.

How do I Choose the Right Self-Catering Accommodation for me?

What are Self-Catering Holidays? The Benefits and Advantages

Decide where you want to go and what you want from your self-catering holiday. Are you looking for a rural escape to the country or a busy weekend city break? Work out what is best for you, and find the accommodation to suit your needs. A report compiled by Statista found that 30 per cent of people would choose the countryside or village for their next UK staycation.

Once you’ve decided on your destination, check out the amenities available such as Wi-Fi, parking, laundry facilities, and things to do in the local area. If you have a dog and you’d like to bring them along, then find out if the cottages and apartments are dog-friendly – check our guide to the benefits of dog-friendly self-catering holiday apartments.

Reading reviews from previous guests on Trip Advisor can provide valuable insights into the quality and experience of self-catering apartments and cottages, as well as useful tips and advice on where to visit locally.

Staying at Netherby Hall

What are Self-Catering Holidays? The Benefits and Advantages

We love hearing what our guests have to say about Netherby Hall and the places they have visited during their stay with us. If you’re looking for inspiration for where to visit during your stay, most places provide handy guides to help you do your homework – or you chat to the staff while you’re there who will be happy to help. Our team has compiled 10 things to do during your stay at Netherby Hall which includes incredible days out at nearby Hadrian’s Wall and the Lake District on the must-visit destination list.

Just 15 minutes from the M6 at Carlisle, Netherby Hall is the ultimate getaway-from-it-all destination within easy reach of some of the UK’s most awe-inspiring scenery. 

You’ll find the perfect luxury self-catering accommodation combined with the peace of tranquility of a private country estate – and plenty to explore in the local area.

Book your stay now at Netherby Hall and find out for yourself.

The Netherby Hall team collecting the award for self-catering accommodation of the year at the 2024 Cumbria Tourism Awards

Cumbria Tourism Award 2024 Winner!

Netherby Hall, near Carlisle, was named the winner of its category at the 2024 Cumbria Tourism Awards on Tuesday, July 2.

As winner of the self-catering accommodation category, Netherby Hall will go forward to represent the county at the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence in 2025.