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Welcome to the MyCottageHoliday news page where you can find the latest news, press coverage and information.

My Cottage Holiday Looks to a Bright Future

My Cottage Holiday has now been taken over by a new team and looks forward to a brighter and more assertive future. My Cottage Holiday Ltd has now taken over the ownership and management of the web site with the aim of developing the site and progressing it for the benefit of all holiday makers looking to research and read reviews for holiday cottages in the UK and Ireland.

My Cottage Holiday offers free listings for independent holiday cottage owners and also allows holiday makers to create their own listings if the cottage that they have visited is not listed. All reviews are verified by the admin team to ensure that they are genuine, offer a reasonable perspective and would be useful in some way for other people wanting to book a holiday home. Reviews are removed if they are used for the purpose of claiming refunds from cottage owners, this site is not a mechanism for blackmail!

Having said that, we have no problem in posting reviews that highlight issues with cottages, in fact we welcome them and also welcome cottage owners responses! It is often said that the people of the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland don't complain, we just don't go back! Providing reviews is actually helpful to cottage owners, because it helps cottage owners to rectify any problems and provide a better quality of service. Reviews are helpful to all and we are more than happy to publish useful reviews, good, bad or indifferent.

Help Us To Help You

If you have visited a holiday cottage recently, please place a review, you must have something to say that will help other guests. If the local pub is great, the driveway a bit tricky or the broadband rubbish, just write a small review because the whole point of the site is to help other people!

If you are a property owner, make sure that you link to your review page on My Cottage Holiday from your own web site, that helps your guests read reviews here. Consider a featured property listing, it isn't expensive and it helps to pay for the costs of running this site. We are here to help you and if you have any comments, suggestions of questions, please contact us, we need feedback as well!

My Cottage Holiday Future Developments

We have already made significant strides in progressing the site and there is plenty more to come. Whilst the site is now mobile friendly, it needs a new design and this is in progress. Improved functionality for cottage owners to allow them to list attributes for a cottage and prices are all in the pipe line with an improved management area on its way. The site structure has already been improved with over 2000 location pages added. There is plenty more to come though, from a new design to improved filtering, we look forward to providing a new and modern site that helps all!

Dept of Culture Encourages MyCottageHoliday

25th Feb 2011: Following the announcement of John Penrose's, the Minister for Tourism, initiative to "encourage any customer websites that improve the quality of information which visitors can use to choose the right holiday for them, so they make informed choices", we were pleased to receive this letter from his department:

Dear Mr Brown

Thank you for yesterday's email about customer review websites which has been passed to me for reply. These sites should be self regulated rather than influenced by government. People will vote with their feet. Those that offer good quality advice will prosper and those that don't won't. In developing a Tourism Strategy, we are considering the need for a better balance between star-rating schemes and customer feedback websites, so customers can make a better and more informed choice.

It appears that your initiative is exactly what is required and may I wish you all the best.

Peter Littlefair
Department for Culture, Media and Sport


Press Coverage

The Telegraph 17 January 2012
Holiday cottages - investments that can pay for themselves
If you are thinking of buying a countryside property for yourself in which to spend your UK break, you can consider letting it out as a holiday cottage when you are not there. This means that your investment is also a great way to boost your income.

Excellence Awards 2012 1 December 2011
The Best Holiday Cottages in the UK
The MyCottageHoliday Excellence Awards 2012 will be based on reviews added to the site between December 1st 2011 and November 30th 2012 inclusive. The awards seek to recognise excellence in the provision of self-catering holiday accommodation in the UK.

The Guardian 4 November 2011
The Guardian green travel list 2011
Several self-catering cottages in the UK figure among the recommendations for sustainable travel experiences around the world. Among hundreds of nominations a panel of eco experts selected a shortlist they felt best demonstrated innovations in technology, ways of running a business, design and style.

The Standard 2 March 2011
ASSC Members Win Excellence Awards
ASSC (Association of Scottish Self Caterers) members are winners at the MyCottageHoliday Excellence Awards. MyCottageHoliday is an important alternative to TripAdvisor for self-catering in the UK. Their Excellence Awards seek to recognize excellence in the provision of self-catering holiday accommodation throughout the UK.

Top ASSC Winning Members were:
Cottage of The Year 2010: Fearnach Bay House, Oban
Best Rural Property: Hendersyde Farm Cottages, Kelso
Regional winner for Scotland: Fearnach Bay House, Oban

North Devon Journal 25 November 2010
North Devon Journal: 25 November 2010
Top tourism award for Doomsday farmhouse. Regional Winner of the South West England MyCottageHoliday Excellence Awards gets some nice coverage in the West Country press.

The Travel Intelligence Blog 8 December 2009
Travel Review Sites: the Good... And the Not so Good
This one comes a bit out of left field and, strictly speaking, it's not solely a user-generated content site either. But as a source of holiday cottage reviews it's absolutely first-rate. A great selection of holiday cottage rentals for the UK and Ireland with all the necessary information, provided by users, clearly laid out. Verdict: a handy place to head for holiday cottages.

Mintel Self Catering Research 30 October 2009
Cottage Holiday Research Starts With Reviews
Half of all adults now research their holidays online and holidaymakers are now looking to each other for advice and information about self-catering accommodation. According to the leisure research company Mintel, holidaymakers are becoming more inclined to rely on reviews from the other people rather than from official sites. In the 'Holidays on the Internet' report, they report that "There is massive interest in consumer generated content and reviews. This is having an impact on the holiday market as holidaymakers are becoming more inclined to rely on reviews from the general public - anti-experts - than look for official sites or professional reviews".

Visit Britain Press Release 14 May 2009
Help fellow travellers find the best self-catering breaks
Visitors are being encouraged to review their experiences in self-catering accommodation as they head off on a British break this bank holiday weekend. Read more about the new partnership between national tourism agency, VisitBritain , and independent holiday cottage review website, MyCottageHoliday.co.uk in the full press release.

Premier Cottages Newsletter 4 February 2009
Cottage Review Website Launched
A new UK independent holiday cottage review website that encourages holiday-makers to post reviews about self-catering properties, MyCottageHoliday.co.uk is not a cottage booking website, but owners can choose to list their own property for no charge and can also respond to online reviews. For more information go to www.MyCottageHoliday.co.uk.

Guardian 31 January 2009
Compare cottages
Ever booked a holiday cottage and found that "old-fashioned charm" really meant "no central heating" or that the "short walk from the beach" took all morning? So with more of us expected to holiday in the UK, news of a review site dedicated solely to self-catering properties is welcome indeed. At the moment the number of reviews is small but that should change as more users discover the site which promises "Everything you wanted to write in the guest book, but were too polite to say!"

The Association of Scotland's Self-Caterers 26 January 2009
MyCottageHoliday - Tripadvisor for cottages!
This new review website aims to become the definitive review site exclusively for self-catering holidays in the UK. You are encouraged to post reviews of your self-catering holiday experiences on this site!

Please Add a Review

You may have come to MyCottageHoliday to read reviews about holiday cottages. If you are here looking for reviews now, you evidently think they might be helpful. At this very moment someone could be looking for reviews about cottages where you have stayed so why not add a review yourself? Reviews needn't be long but if there are useful bits of information you can pass on to other UK cottage holidaymakers then please add a review to the site.

Cottages Without Reviews

This will make it even easier for you to leave a review ... we allow cottage owners to add their own cottages even if there have been no reviews of their property. We believe that if an owner want to add a cottage and encourage their visitors to leave a review, that's a good sign. And a plus for reviewers, all the basic details of the cottage will already be on the site!

Also, if owners supply information about their homes, that might help you choose the right cottage for you and your party. Plus, we want owners to respond to reviews - we're sure you'd want to know if the owner has addressed issues raised in a review. So we welcome owners who wish to add their cottages to the site.

Press & Marketing Enquiries

For further information and a copies of our most recent press releases please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.

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IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER - PLEASE READ - All reviews are posted by third parties. As such they do not represent the views of My Cottage Holiday Limited nor should they be taken as a recommendation by My Cottage Holiday Limited of any property. ALL reviews are the opinions of other users and may not be accurate. They do not represent the views of MyCottageHoliday or its employees. We accept no responsibility for the accuracy of the information provided on the site. The reviews and property descriptions are provided by members of the public to help you choose a holiday cottage but you should personally check ALL details with the property owner or their agent before making a booking.

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