Budget self catering holidays and tours, 2014 and 2015

With 86 budget self catering holidays on offer, our selection of fantastic self catering accommodations on a shoestring will help you find the perfect place to stay. From cottages in Cumbria to beach villas in Jamaica, our selection of hand picked budget self catering holidays will help you find the right accommodation for you and your budget.
Carmarthenshire self catering cottage in Wales
A delightful cosy cottage on secluded organic farm, from £275 - £450 per cottage per week (sleeps 4)
Devon self catering cottage, England
Cosy self catering cottage with woodburner in rural Devon., from £200 - £495 per week (sleeps 4)
Self catering cottage in Alpujarras, Spain
Two self catering cottages in beautiful river valley, from €250 - €300 per cottage per week (sleeps 2-6)
Snowdonia self catering accommodation, Wales
Cottage on Lake Padarn with wonderful views of Snowdonia, from £325 - £425 per cottage per week (sleeps 5)
Holiday cottage in Alicante
Cottage in rural Costa Blanca, sunshine and panoramic views, from £230 - £340 per accommodation per week
Dordogne self catering accommodation
A unique 'eco-friendly' experience, from €450 - €850 per week (sleeps 2)
Figueiro Dos Vinhos accommodation in Central Portugal
Rural Retreat, Pool, Permaculture, Forest Location, from €15 - €30 per cottage per night
South downs Way self catering cottage, England
Self Catering cottages close to the South Downs Way, from £350 - £450 per cottage per week (sleeps 2-4)
Accra accommodation, culture & volunteering in Ghana
Vegan Apts for culture & volunteering in Accra, Ghana, from US $35 - US $60 per apartment per night
Surrey Hills self catering cabin, England
Timber lodge in the Surrey Hills, from £300 - £375 per cottage per week (sleeps 2)
La Palma apartment in the Canary Islands
Apartament in la Palma Canary Islands,Spain Nature and sun, from €38 - €42 per room per night
Berkshire self catering cottage, sleeps 2, England
Rural retreat, original servants' cottage in Streatley, from £350 per cottage per week (sleeps 2)
Andalucia self catering apartments, Spain
Self-catering holiday apartments near Seron, from £180 per accommodation per week
Lake View Estate hotel in Nairobi, Kenya
Simple elegance, style, convenience, affordability, from US $30 - US $35 per accommodation per night
Nimes self catering gite in the South of France
Pretty gite surrounded by magnificent countryside to gorge, from €300 - €400 per week (sleeps 4)
Cumbria self catering cottage, England
Self catering cottage in Cumbria's unspoilt borderlands, from £275 - £625 per cottage per week (sleeps 4)
Kalkan village accommodation, Turkey
Romantic cottage in Turkish village with sea views, from £350 - £450 per week (sleeps 2-4)
Pinoso self catering accommodation in Alicante, Spain
Lovely cave house on edge of town with open views, from £245 - £485 per accommodation per week
Wye Valley self catering accommodation in Herefordshire, UK
Modern accommodation in beautiful historic village location, from £275 - £450 per accommodation per week
Aude valley cottage in the French Pyrenees foothills
Cosy cottage in a village on the edge of the Pyrenees, from €250 - €400 per cottage per week (sleeps 2-4)
Herefordshire self catering accommodation
Rural Herefordshire holiday retreat with lovely views, from £295 - £645 per cottage per week (sleeps 2-6)
Azores holiday cottage, Portugal
Cute little house with fabulous views, close to beach, from €400 - €450 per accommodation per week
Colmenar self catering studio in Andalucia, Spain
Beautiful vegetarian self catering studio in Andalucia, from £35 - £45 per accommodation per night
Marsa Alam budget guest house, Egypt
Just feel home., from EGP360 - EGP400 per room per night (sleeps 2)
St Vincent retreat accommodation & hiking center
A laid-back retreat. Enjoy. Relax. Embrace nature., from US $25 per accommodation per night (sleeps 2-4)
Central Portugal tipi camping holiday
Off the grid experience in Central Portugal, from €35 - €40 per accommodation per night
Chilterns hostel accommodation in Jordans, England
Budget accommodation for your rural retreat, from £18 per person per night
Montseny farmhouse accommodation in Catalonia, Spain
Catalan farmhouse apartment in Montseny for country lovers, from €50 per accommodation per night
Kent Downs budget group accommodation, England
Group self catering in converted Georgian stables, from £14.50 per person per night
La Gomera self catering apartments, Canary Islands
Quiet apartments with seaview, near the beach, from €23 - €40 per apartment per night (sleeps 2)

124 reviews for Budget self catering holidays4 star overall rating

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Snowdonia self catering accommodation, Wales
...had a truly transformational effect on our twin boys. A stunningly beautiful location and very comfortable cottage...our best ever family holiday. (more)Philip Burston
The most memorable part of the holiday was the absolutely stunning view from the cottage, watching the mountains changing as mist drifted over them and then the light and shadows constantly changed as the mountains were revealed and highlighted. (more)Gabrielle Lorenz
Memorable: view from cottage. Exciting: Visit to Zipworld...We had very good weather and thoroughly enjoyed our holiday (more)Alex Nash
From £325 - £425 per cottage per week (sleeps 5)
Carmarthenshire self catering cottage in Wales
We had a great time - relaxing, some beautiful experiences (beaches, hills, islands and all the above animals). We were in bed every night by 9.30pm - tired but blissfully comfortable after a day spent exploring. (more)Jayne Obeng
Perfect!....The best thing about the holiday was having no internet connection & very little mobile coverage. It made it a total break away & allowed us to appreciate everything about the location of cottage & the amazing surrounding area. It was a complete break away which is what a holiday should be. (more)Kirstin Robertson
From £275 - £450 per cottage per week (sleeps 4)
Devon self catering cottage, England
Very good. Great for families and for getting away from it all. It was all lovely and relaxing. Borrowing the bikes and cycling around the countryside was great fun! (more)bronwen burgess
The most memorable part of the holiday was relaxing in a peaceful setting with buckets of very fresh air...Very good. (more)Bob Simmonds
Excellent....The peaceful comfortable cottage and surrounding green and fertile countryside, with a good variety of walks and small market towns nearby. Our first holiday with the dog who soon felt very much at home. (more)Bob Simmonds
From £200 - £495 per week (sleeps 4)
Self catering cottage in Alpujarras, Spain
Excellent....Relaxing on the amazing patio of the property in the evening sun, listening to incredible bird song and enjoying the beautiful valley (more)Vicky Hildreth
Wonderful. We had a lovely time and came away feeling relaxed and stress-free. It was also nice to meet the hosts and their family, who live nearby, and chat to them about their way of life. (more)Elfie Burgess
We had a great time and would recommend it to families....Swimming in the river pools, visiting the Alhambra, picking figs and almonds straight from the tree, watching the sunset on the terrace, keeping track of the geckos, getting our water from the spring: many wonderful memories. (more)Julia Hutchinson
From €250 - €300 per cottage per week (sleeps 2-6)
Kalkan village accommodation, Turkey
Deborah is a fine host with a wonderful cottage set in a beautiful location abounding with lovely, friendly animals. A perfect getaway and base to explore this stunning part of Lycia. (more)JOHN COLGAN
The most memorable part of the holiday was seeing the cottage for the first time as it was so much nicer than we had even hoped for! (more)Portia Dunmore
The most memorable part was the accommodation's location. It was great to be up in a little village, very peaceful, away from the pre-season warm up mode of Kalkan and surrounded by locals. (more)Amy Hill
From £350 - £450 per week (sleeps 2-4)
Dordogne self catering accommodation
Excellent, a unique place to spend a week or so, totally relaxing, lovely people. (more)Rupert Green
Most memorable was the peace and tranquility, staying somewhere off grid. Different, enjoyable, relaxing, peaceful and fun. (more)Maria Masselis
The whole holiday was a relaxed and stress free experience beginning with travelling from the UK by train to the lovely surroundings and cosy cabin... It was a wonderful relaxed holiday, lovely setting, very friendly and helpful owners. (more)Birgitte Bruun
From €450 - €850 per week (sleeps 2)
Azores holiday cottage, Portugal
Memorable parts? The old volcano. Tips? Local benefits? Not really, nothing was environmentally friendly about the place and it was owned and managed by expats. Overall rating? Really relaxing and enjoyable. (more)Billie Murdoch
From €400 - €450 per accommodation per week
Nimes self catering gite in the South of France
The most memorable part was kayaking under the Pont du Gard and visiting Sainte-Marie de la Mer but also eating outside, relaxing with wine and olives and meeting new people. (more)Heather Muchamore
Stunning, unspoilt countryside all around, and surprisingly few tourists for the time of year, (August). A truly eco-relaxed holiday, which we can thoroughly recommend. (more)Joanna Blake
My wife and I really needed a holiday where we could relax absolutely. This holiday provided it because we were left alone, put under no pressure, but always made to feel welcome by our hosts. (more)John Stevenson
From €300 - €400 per week (sleeps 4)
Montseny farmhouse accommodation in Catalonia, Spain
Memorable parts? All of it! Firstly, I was tired after finishing work and when I crossed into Spain my mobile didn't work cutting me off from potential calls to the owners who live 4km away from the village up a dirt track for the most part. Imagine my happiness when I drove straight to their masia and was immediately welcomed by Jordan who showed me around- not only my flat but her house too. I met the animals(dogs,sheep, donkeys and chickens)and I settled into my accommodation (wood-burning... (more)Pippa Swan
From €50 per accommodation per night
Wasini Island accommodation, Kenya
Memorable parts? the food at Blue Monkey on Wasini Island was the best on our East Africa tour in Kenya. Tips? make sure you bring some flip flops for walking at low tide. Be prepared to relax and enjoy Blue Money's remarkable and friendly hospitality. Local benefits? Absolutely. Overall rating? It was a very relaxing stay and we were taken care of like guests just showed up for a short stay. REVIEW- BLUE MONKEY If you’ve already been to Nairobi, Mombasa or even... (more)Nancy Spada
From KSh1100 - KSh2100 per accommodation per night
Marari beach accommodation in Kerala, India
Memorable parts? Everyday was memorable and brought something new and different. To name but a few; the early morning fish market, yoga and the incredible beach! Tips? Sit back, enjoy Jency's food and relax. Do yoga and soak up the rays on the beautiful beach (just 5 minutes walk away) Local benefits? We regularly used local services, tuc tuc, massage and yoga guru. Overall rating? Absolutely brilliant, we couldn't have asked for better hosts. (more)Gabriella Grey
From €30 - €50 per accommodation per night (sleeps 2-4)
Yurt accommodation in Andalucia, Spain
This is the best holiday I have had in a long time, we were totally relaxed within hours of arriving and we will definitely be looking to book another holiday there as soon as booking for next year opens. (more)Emma Latham
Superb, just what we needed - only complaint was that we weren't staying for longer! (more)Fran Mayne
The most memorable part of the holiday was being right in the heart of the mountains. Waking up in the beautiful yurt with the sun rising, no car's, no people, just the sounds of the birds and crickets, paradise! (more)Michelle Alborough
From £40 - £60 per room per night (sleeps 2)
Figueiro Dos Vinhos accommodation in Central Portugal
The most memorable and exciting parts were the beautiful countryside, the delightful cottage and our welcoming hosts. (more)Lizzie Kevan
It's just wonderful. Thanks to you Pat for your arrangement of our visiting your cottage, which is so sweet as your smile. Thanks to Rick for your help and advice which are so warm as your hospitality. (more)Gary Ko
Waking up to the view over the valley from the cottage, swimming in the sea in Porto, visiting the towns of Coimbra and Lisboa, trying out all of the coffee shops, the beautiful countryside, spending days reading in the sun...Absolutely brilliant - want to be back! (more)Clare Sikorski
From €15 - €30 per cottage per night
La Gomera self catering apartments, Canary Islands
Memorable parts? Local boat trips spotting a Brydes whale, a sea turtle, and three different dolphin species doing their stuff in the Atlantic. Valle Gran Rey on La Gomera is a lovely warm laid back getaway with fine black sands, sheer cliffs, steep mountains, pretty villages and national park forest at the top. Tips? Make sure you check directions before setting off on walks off the coast, or in National Park, as it can be a bit far between signposts and a little confusing! Try... (more)Debra Evelyn
From €23 - €40 per apartment per night (sleeps 2)
Herefordshire self catering accommodation
The Hermitage is a wonderful location for a holiday, the accommodation is extremely comfortable and there are lots of little touches that make it special. It is the kind of place you can visit at any time of year. (more)Bridget Ashley
We would like to go back in the summer and make use of increased daylight. The children loved it. They could romp in the woods safely - as the crow flies they were very close to the house, yet they felt as though they were in the wilds. (more)Alyson Telfer
The accommodation was superb with great views and lovely countryside right on your doorstep to explore. (more)Kirstin Goodwin
From £295 - £645 per cottage per week (sleeps 2-6)
Versailles campsite accommodation near Paris, France
The most memorable part of the holiday was visiting the Palace and gardens of Versailles. The camp site staff were extremely friendly and helpful and the facilities were clean. (more)Marie James
Most memorable were the looks on the children's faces as they realised were staying in a log cabin! Also the sense of achievement, climbing the Eiffel Tower. (more)Andrea Hayes
From €62 - €165 per accommodation per night (sleeps 2)
Turkey self catering accommodation
The whole atmosphere of the accommodation is amazing. You are up on a high plateau, away from the noise and bustle, in a wonderful microcosm. Anthea and Bob are extremely helpful - very knowledgeable about the area and they go out of their way to make your stay enjoyable. (more)Sophie Witter
The farm is one of the most peaceful, beautiful and relaxing places we have ever been to. Anthea and Bob are very friendly, informative and helpful hosts. (more)Mike Cushman
The owners are wonderful hosts, the cottages and surrounds are gorgeous, and it is an extremely attractive and hospitable part of the world. (more)Zoe Bell
From £250 - £380 per week
Alpujarras self catering accommodation, Andalucia, Spain
Memorable parts? Walking in the beautiful gorges of Alpujarras. Especially the half hour climb up the zig-zag paths! Tips? It seems a long way from anywhere when you look at it on the map, but it is a beautiful region and well-worth going. Hire a car. You won't get far without one. Stay at Cortijo Opazo; it is very peaceful, well-thought out and comfortable. Local benefits? Yes. Local shops and eateries recommended by the hosts (and they know them). Water conservation... (more)Phil Wainwright
From €345 - €375 per cottage per week (sleeps 2)
Berkshire self catering cottage, sleeps 2, England
Memorable parts? Perfect location for a self catering break. Well stocked farm shop less than 10 mins drive away and a well equipped kitchen to cook in with chickens and guinea fowl watching your every move. Tips? Do not forget to pack your walking boots and leave all your troubles at home. Local benefits? Yes, recycling facilities on site and many local vendors within walking distance. Overall rating? My partner and I would highly recommend a stay at the Annex. The... (more)Cath Hollyhead
From £350 per cottage per week (sleeps 2)
Self catering apartment in Alpujarras, Spain
The most memorable part was the peace and quiet of an off-the-beaten-track white village. Getting there on the mountain roads and getting lost on a walk! Sitting in the cloud on a balmy evening on the roof terrace. Bliss! (more)Penny Earle
Most memorable was the fact that donkeys are still used in Spain to carry heavy loads!...Fantastic! Delia is very welcoming, friendly and helpful and the house is beautiful. (more)Rebecca Riordan
From €165 per week
Catalonia budget self catering cottage, Spain
Memorable parts? Great location and superb friendly welcome. Tips? You must have a car. Recommended to hire from the airport - just do NOT use Firefly Car Rentals. Totally incompetent car rental company. Gold Car Hire seems to be recommended. Local benefits? Owners are very considerate to the environment and encourage others to be so, too without this being intrusive. Overall rating? Excellent. A very relaxing experience. Excellent hosts - dogs and cat to make friends... (more)Richard Workman
From €280 - €420 per cottage per week (sleeps 2-4)

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really
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