6 Helpful Hints to Hiring a Holiday Cottage

Holiday cottages have become increasingly popular, certainly over the last 12 months after the pandemic.

We’ve been providing accommodation for our guests for over 20 years. So, if you’re tempted but never hired a cottage before, here are 6 helpful hints to consider when booking.

  1. Check whether you can take your family pet with you and if there is a charge (some may be per stay, some may be per pet).
  2. Check what the arrival and departure times are.
  3. Not all holiday cottages provide bed linen and towels, this is a good thing to find out when enquiring (we do, here at Layhead).
  4. Check before you leave home where you collect the key from just in case you arrive later than expected.
  5. Find out about local amenities and opening closing times before you set off.
  6. Find out what’s included in your stay – toilet rolls, tea towels, washing up liquid, electricity (is everything provided to at least get you started?)

Like everything, there are advantages and disadvantages to hiring a holiday cottage. Here are a few to think about.

• It’s your own home from home
• Do what you want, when you want
• Eat in or eat out
• In some holiday cottages you are able to take pets
• Generally, there is no need for accommodation provider staff to enter your cottage throughout your stay
• You don’t have to clean at the end of your holiday

• You have to make your own bed
• There’s no room service

Layhead Farm Cottages is a great place to experience your first self-catering holiday. We have families who return year after year because they just love it. You can find out more about our 8 different properties and availability HERE.

We’d love you to visit us and find out for yourself. Hope to see you soon!

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Time for a Cuppa

What’s not to like about a sit down with friends and/or family with a nice cuppa and a piece of cake? It’s a fantastic way to bring people together. But, how about raising money for a good cause at the same time?

1 – 8 May 2022 is Time for a Cuppa week in aid of Dementia UK. You can host your tea party anywhere you like – home, work or as a community event. It’s a great way to catch up with old friends and make some new ones too.

Want to know more? Click HERE to take you to Dementia UK’s web site with all the details you need to know to get cracking.

Have fun!

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Cherry Blossoms

Although it might be slightly late in the season to write about one of my favourite trees, some are still in bloom around the world. The Cherry Blossom is a sign that spring has arrived at last. Its beautiful flowers bring cheer to everyone’s hearts when they finally arrive, especially after a long cold winter like the one we have just had.

The significance of the cherry blossom tree in Japanese culture goes back hundreds of years. In their country, the cherry blossom represents the fragility and the beauty of life. Cherry blossoms are a symbolic flower of the spring, a time of renewal, and the fleeting nature of life.

We have a couple of stunning blossom trees at Layhead however one of the best places to see Cherry Blossoms in their full bloom is this month on the Stray in Harrogate a short drive away from here. The Stray is a long area of public parkland in the centre of Harrogate. There, dozens of Cherry trees erupt in a blaze of deep fuchsia. If you are staying here at the cottages, Harrogate is a lovely place to drive to for the day. Not only is it worth seeing the blossom trees, you could spoil yourself and book a treatment at the Turkish Baths, originally opened in 1897 and visited on a regular basis by royalty of the time. There are some lovely gifts you can buy in the independent shops around the town and you could have afternoon tea in the world famous Betty’s tearooms.

There is something about Cherry blossoms that give you a feeling of calm and serenity. Enjoy the blooms. They are one of nature’s many gifts for us.

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#5 Super Ways to Celebrate the Spring Equinox

Although the nights will still stay dark for a little while longer, spring actually begins in five days, Sunday 20th March.
Why not gather some friends and family and have a small celebration. Here are 5 ways to celebrate the Spring Equinox.

  • Get Outside & Connect
    Take some time to celebrate the new life that surrounds you in nature. Watch the sunrise and/or sunset, go for a walk in the park, take a bike ride, lay in the grass, or take a hike. As you do so, observe all the new life beginning around you.

  • Plant New Life
    This is a good time of year to start planting your flowers and gardens if you haven’t already. If you live in an area where it is still not possible to plant anything, you can start some plants indoors or get your garden ready for late spring plantings.
    You may enjoy planting spring flowers or planting sunflowers with the kids.

  • Visit A Megalithic Monument
    This may not be possible for many of us but the idea of it sure is fun! Stonehenge is open to visitors on the winter and summer solstices and spring and autumn equinoxes.

  • Prepare A Family Feast
    No spring celebration is really complete without a family meal to go along with it. For the solstice, celebrate with foods that honour the coming of spring — eggs, early spring greens, shoots, sprouts, seasonal local produce, local bread, wine, etc.

  • Stand An Egg On Its End
    Legend has it that it is easier to stand an egg on its end during the spring equinox. I have never tried this, but it sounds like a great party trick to attempt while waiting for your spring solstice family feast!

For more ways to celebrate the Spring Equinox.
How do you celebrate the Spring Equinox? Email me at info@layhead.co.uk

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