Holiday Cottage News

Shadow Chancellor George Osborne recently pledged to reverse Alistair Darling’s decision to abolish tax breaks for furnished holiday cottages should the Conservatives win the next general election. The decision is part of a major tourist-led package that could be worth over £1.1bn to the South West tourism. In a speech centered on the Tories’ approach to tourism, Mr. Osborne claimed that increasing the number of Britons using holiday cottages from 38 to 50% would provide an extra £6.5bn to the UK economy. Expert tax advice provided to the Shadow Treasury has apparently revealed the Tories can reverse Mr Darling’s plans in a way that is ‘fiscally neutral.’ In April last year, Darling unveiled plans to scrap valuable tax incentives for home owners renting our their properties to tourists. The plans gave owners relief on income tax, capital gains tax, inheritance tax and pension contributions. The law changes on April 1st, yet there has been significant backlash from the holiday cottage community that believes scrapping the plans will turn respectable businesses into amateurs. The Treasury has blamed European law, which prevents tax relief being given to owners of holiday homes in the UK but not to Britons renting properties abroad. The Tories’ decision should be welcome news to holiday cottage owners and Britons interested in taking more ‘staycations’ – if you’d like to find out more take a look at our holiday cottages in Ireland for some delightful inspiration direct from the Emerald Isle!

If you’ve ever used Google Street View, you’ll know it’s a pretty incredible program, allowing you to view streets throughout the UK in 360 glory. The photos are taken using specially designed cars fitted with several cameras, GPS sensors, infrared sensors and a host of other features you’d only expect Google to come out with. You’ve probably got a friend or two who claim they can be seen on Google Street View, and several more who saw the trademark cars nipping around the UK taking photos. Street View is great just to check out your favourite places and explore them from the warmth and comfort of your own home. It’s also perfect if you’re looking around for your next holiday cottage stay and want to check out the local area to ensure it’s perfect for you and your family. For fun, Google hosts an annual ceremony that awards UK streets prizes based on a nationwide poll, with selections chosen from a expert-picked shortlist of 48 locations. The poll was supported by a number of industry players including Lonely Planet, Harden’s Guide and VisitBritain. The most beautiful street in the United Kingdom was named as The Shambles, York (see the picture!). A stunning street filled with ‘ye olde’ architecture and vibrant colours The Shambles is the perfect location for couples looking for a traditional taste of England that they’ll remember for years to come. Another top rated street was Milsom Street in Bath, which won the “Best Fashion Street” category. Food maestros should check out Stockbridge…

Thank you for joining us. Whether you’re a regular cottage renter looking for an exciting area to explore, or you want to book a quality holiday house for the first time, our dedicated holiday cottage blog will help you find everything you need to make the most of your budget. We regularly post: Industry news – Where’s trendy, what’s happening and how to get away from it all!  We’ll keep you up to date with new developments to ensure you know when and where to rent – properties range from rural retreats, seaside beach houses to contemporary city apartments. Advice – Booking a cottage for a family holiday, a romantic getaway, or for a large group of friends? We’ll provide tips and advice on how to get the most out of your stay, whether you are looking for group accommodation or an easy break for two. Helpful hints – We’ll let you know the best holiday cottages to look at based on criteria such as location, party size and activities required. So if you’re a 7 person family wanting a Scottish West Coast experience, we can show you what’s on offer and what’s going on. Feature articles – Golfers, fishermen, sailors, cyclists, beach lovers, walkers, bird watchers, culture vultures – you won’t be disappointed. Special promotions – We liaise directly with cottage owners to bring you the best offers around, including last-minute availability and weekend break prices. Travel – Car rental offers and options for those arriving from abroad. Owners section – If you have…