Why We Love a Short Break: Reasons to Book a Self-Catering Getaway


Thursday 8th February, 2024

Why We Love a Short Break: Reasons to Book a Self-Catering Getaway

Feeling in need of a break but don’t have time to take a holiday? A short self-catering getaway could be just what you need…

It’s easy to fit in a short break

A weekend away doesn’t get in the way of work or school. Look out for properties that offer weekend retreats and if time is tight, choose somewhere that’s fairly close to home. You don’t have to go far to escape the everyday (the next county can feel like a different world when you’re on your hols!) and you won’t waste valuable time in the car or on the train.

Self-catering short breaks are great value

A two-or three-night getaway can be great value and we often have some superb special offers, especially away from the main season. You also have the advantage of self-catering, which generally works out as cost-effective than dining out every day.

You’ll have a lot more room in a holiday cottage

Hotels may be synonymous with short breaks, but why spend three nights in one room, when you could have so much more space in a holiday cottage? So, if you’re booking a short break, choose somewhere where you can really stretch out and get comfortable, ideally with a garden.

If you like the best of both worlds, look out for self-catering accommodation that has shared access to facilities such as swimming pools, spas, play areas and private estates. Try somewhere like the Bakehouse Studio at Moreton House in Devon.

Testing the water… 

First holiday as a new family? Perhaps there’s a newborn in the household, or you’ve just become pet parents to a new pooch. A short self-catering break in the UK is the best way to try out your first holiday together. We have a wide choice of family and pet-friendly holiday cottages for you to choose from.

It’s easier to escape for a short break

If you want to get away, just the two of you, two or three nights is much easier to organise than a week away (and a lot less work for Grandma!). Many of our romantic holiday cottages offer short breaks: perfect for anniversary celebrations.

Take a look at the incredibly romantic Retreat in Northumberland. Feeling tempted?

Use a short getaway for research

Not sure whether a fortnight in Cornwall or ten days hiking in the Highlands is the best holiday fit for your clan? Book a sneaky weekend away to research an area. If you leave after three days with a favourite restaurant and a list of things you still want to do, then you’re onto a winner.

For a short family holiday that’s close to lots of great destinations, try The Stables in the North York Moors.

Shorter holidays let you try lots of different places

Alternatively, if you like the idea of experiencing lots of different places, multiple short breaks won’t eat into your budget or work holiday allowance. This also lets you pick the best times of year to visit certain places. Try the Cotswolds in the spring, the Norfolk coast in the summer, the New Forest in the autumn and Cornwall if you like a milder winter (Scotland if you don’t).. You can also try some truly unusual styles of properties, like this cosy shepherd’s hut in Devon or this fabulous narrowboat in South Yorkshire.

Lots of short breaks can be good for you

By the time your main summer holiday comes around, you’re probably feeling pretty tired. Keep your energy levels topped up all year with a series of short breaks. We all need to switch off from the pressures of everyday life, and regular breaks can be just the thing we need to help prevent overwhelm or burnout. Just a few days relaxing with family or friends can make the world of difference.

Book your luxury holiday cottage for a well-earned short break

Here at Handpicked Cottages, we have a collection of beautiful cottages that offer short breaks. If you take a look now, you could be in that hot tub in a matter of days…

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