Experience complete independence with self catering accommodation

Whether you're booking a short break or a longer trip, for the ultimate in holiday freedom you'll want to sort yourself out with some self catering accommodation. Cooking for yourself gives you the flexibility to do what you want, when you want – without having to worry about hotel curfews or restaurant schedules. Apart from the extra space that you'll get with a holiday rental, it can also be a shortcut to big savings, especially if you can manage to snag yourself a last-minute self catering break.

There's a self catering holiday rental to suit every preference and budget

There's plenty of cheap self catering accommodation out there, from rustic log cabins and pine-scented self catering lodges to city-centre apartments and cosy cottages. Families and other larger groups are well catered for with bigger properties, and your canine companion needn't worry about getting left behind, since there are loads of dog-friendly self catering rentals available. As for those who like the finer things in life, there are holiday rentals out there for you too, featuring luxury perks that might include hot tubs and even private pools.

Top destinations for self catering holiday rentals

There are so many brilliant destinations for self catering holidays that sometimes it can be tricky to narrow down your options. A rental apartment can make a great base for a city break, but do you pick a UK destination like London or Manchester, or head further afield to Amsterdam or Venice? When it comes to beaches, you've got the same dilemma – Cornish coast or Costa del Sol? As travel becomes more and more accessible, increasingly exotic holiday spots are coming within reach, and you might even want to consider renting a holiday property in somewhere like Cape Town or Durban.

Swimsuits and sun cream at the ready

The combination of sun, sea and sand is a pretty beguiling one, and it gets even better when you combine your beach break with a laid-back self catering holiday rental. Favourite destinations include places like Greece, Portugal and Turkey, and British people have a long-standing love affair with the beaches of Spain. Whether your particular poison is the elegant enclaves of the Costa Brava, the glam resorts of the Costa del Sol, or the buzz of the Balearics, there's a self catering holiday rental out there that'll put you right by the beach of your dreams.

Supreme self catering staycations

Of course, you don't have to venture far from home for the perfect self catering break, and the UK's brimming with fantastic holiday destinations. You might want to book yourself a city break in London or Manchester, or perhaps you'd prefer to head for the wilds of Scotland or the Lake District. These islands do a particularly fine line in classic seaside getaways, from northern favourites like Whitby and Blackpool, all the way down to the gorgeous coastline of Devon and Cornwall. You could even venture offshore by renting a self catering holiday home on Jersey or the Isle of Man.

Pack your phrasebook for a sensational city break

With so many remarkable cities just a short flight away, you can indulge in lots of European breaks. So book yourself some self catering accommodation in a top European city as soon as you can! Right at the top of the list are totally unique places like Amsterdam, Paris and Barcelona, while romantic Italian destinations such as Rome, Venice and Florence are sure to be a big hit with couples. If you're feeling a bit more curious, you might want to take a look at up-and-coming destinations like Bilbao, Budapest and Helsinki.

Why confine yourself to one little continent?

Itching for a more adventurous self catering break? Well, a trip to South Africa might be more affordable than you think. Flights are as reasonable now as they've ever been, and cities like Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban have loads of great self catering accommodation options. If you're wondering where to start, Cape Town regularly places in the top cities in the world for a holiday – you can tour the local wineries, enjoy wildlife and whale-watching tours, or just kick back on the beach and watch the world go by.