“ I have never before, in my long and eclectic career, been gifted with such an abundance of natural beauty as I experienced filming War Horse on Dartmoor.” Steven Spielberg.

Tips to rent a holiday cottage

Do you want to have a relaxed holiday, with plenty of space around, and enjoy at the same time the intimacy of having a whole house for only for you? Then you should consider renting a holiday home. All across Dartmoor and the surrounding Devon area, you can find many cottages and holiday homes. There are properties with indoor swimming pools, wine cellars, or even with stables available in case you want to do some horse riding!

Take a few minutes before you start looking for your perfect holiday accommodation and read our tips to help you choose the perfect holiday cottage!

Choose your destination

The first thing you should do is deciding where you want to go. If you leave aside the idea of travelling abroad, which often involves applying for a visa, then the best option is of course to go somewhere in the UK. If you choose for this last option, be sure that a visit to Dartmoor is a great option. Our region is famous for its wild, open spaces, and it is the perfect destination to hike, fish, cycle, do some horse riding or simply enjoying its great outdoors.

Book ahead

Booking your holiday accommodation in advance is key. Not only will you avoid the stress of not finding anything suiting to your needs, but you will also get better prices. The more you will wait, the more difficult it will be to find something good and not too expensive.

What are your needs?

Are you visiting the area with kids? Do you want to stay in the countryside, or do you prefer to be based in one of Dartmoor’s enchanting towns? You should take this into account and include these criteria in your search. If you search well, you will find accommodations for all tastes, from child-friendly accommodation to dog or horse friendly cottages!

Read the contract

A rental contract states who is liable in case of damages or extra charges, like cleaning, air conditioning or heating costs, for example. Make sure you understand who has to pay for all these extra expenses.

Prepare well for your trip

If you are going to travel abroad, you should take into account a good deal of paperwork, like applying for a visa. Although in recent years the visa application process has been simplified thanks to the emergence of e-visas like the ESTA or the eTA for Canada , travelling abroad always involves more preparation. Staying in the UK is obviously less complicated, and there are so many hidden gems to discover! Once you have booked your accommodation, you just have to make sure you know how to arrive to your destination (by plane, by train or by car) and of course, that you have packed all you need in order to enjoy your holiday!