How to have a once in a lifetime trip to the UK

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Travelling to the United Kingdom with its centuries of history, thatched cottages and wonderful traditions is something most of us can only afford to do once we’ve retired.

There are so many things you’ll want to see and do in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, particularly if you can trace family roots to the UK, that it can soon become a lengthy trip. When it comes to finding suitable holiday accommodations, renting a cottage and "self-catering," as the British call it, is a fantastic option that will allow you to make the most of everything the UK has to offer.

Making the most of local cuisine

Choosing self-catering accommodations means you can indulge in all the tasty regional delicacies the UK has to offer. From a cream tea in Devon and Cornwall to Fidget Pie in Shropshire and a pint of the black stuff in Ireland, there are endless delicacies to tempt your tastebuds in the UK. You can also stock up on all the basics at a local supermarket before cooking up a storm in your fully equipped kitchen. This is also a great way to save a few pennies during your holiday, leaving you to spend your holiday money on visiting must-see attractions like Buckingham Palace in London or the Eden Project in Cornwall.

Immerse yourself in local culture

Imagine life in a traditional thatched cottage located in a charming country village during your holiday. Living like a local is the best way to get to know the UK and see more or the UK during your holiday. Meeting the owner of the cottage at the start of your holiday is a fantastic opportunity to pick up local recommendations — from the best pubs to the nicest beaches! Staying in a small town or village will also give you the chance to take part in British traditions: join a local May Day celebration, have a go at worm charming or celebrate a traditional Hogmanay in Scotland.

Relax in style

If you’re travelling for longer than a few weeks, chances are you’ll have a lot of luggage! Finding a self-catering cottage will give you much more space than a standard hotel room allowing you to spread out and relax. Time is your own in a holiday cottage without the hassle of set meal times or housekeeping to factor into your day; simply plan your day as you choose. That has to be the definition of any relaxing holiday!