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  • Writer's pictureHelen Laing

Reasons to choose self-catering for your next UK holiday

Updated: Jun 30, 2023

Planning your holiday can be hard work. One of the toughest decisions to make will be deciding between a hotel stay or a self-catering break. We’ve been a huge boom in ‘staycations’ over the past few years and self-catering has played a huge part in this. Here are some of our top reasons why to pick self-catering over a hotel for your next holiday.


You don’t have to worry about waking up late and missing breakfast or missing the hotel dinner times. Nothing is stopping you from waking up at 10 am, enjoying a late breakfast and relaxing in your self-catering apartment without the worry of someone coming to change the sheets. Being able to enjoy your holiday at your own speed will make it infinitely more enjoyable for those who love to lounge.

Food Choices

Eat what you want, when you want. Fancy a midnight snack? You’ll have your own kitchen to prepare it in! Want to cook your favourite homemade meal? You can do it all with a self-catering apartment. If you have certain dietary requirements you can be 100% sure what you’re cooking will be safe too, no having to worry about letting the kitchen staff know beforehand! If you do plan on cooking for yourself, you can always plan ahead and arrange a food delivery for when you’ve checked into your self-catering apartment. Here in Woolacombe, you can arrange deliveries from all the big supermarket names, plus services such as HelloFresh or Gusto to make everything even easier.

Even if you don’t plan on cooking for yourself, it’s still great to have that extra space to spread out.

Dog Friendly

Not only is there extra room for you to enjoy when opting for self-catering, but there’s more room for your four-legged friends too! More often than not, self-catering accommodation is completely dog friendly. With plenty of space for your dog’s favourite bed, toys and everything else you might need, self-catering is the far better option when searching for a dog-friendly break! Plus, you won’t need to worry about taking your dog through a hotel lobby every time it needs to go outside!


There’s nothing like having your own private bedrooms, living room, dining room, kitchen and outside space whilst on holiday is there? Self-catering apartments have all of this. No queuing for breakfast, no dining in a room full of other guests, you’re free to enjoy your time in comfortable & private accommodation with only your friends and family for company.

Many self-catering apartments (including us!) also have self-check-in too, meaning you can have a completely contact free holiday – perfect for privacy. Plus, if you’re holidaying with friends & family, there’s no need to worry about who has the keys – simply leave them in the secure key box!

Home Away From Home

These benefits over a hotel stay make self-catering apartments feel like a home away from home. Being able to holiday your own way with your own private space makes self-catering a fantastic choice, especially for those families looking to enjoy home comforts whilst exploring somewhere new!

If you love freedom, independence and being able to make your own choices on where to go, what time to go there and ultimately who you spend your time with - then self-catering holidays are just right for you!

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