6 things missing from your self-catering property

We’ve stayed in lots of different types of self-catering holiday cottages all over the UK but mostly in the Scottish Highlands and Islands. It has been rare to find a rental property that has everything we wanted so I thought it would be useful to share with you the things that we find useful. The […]

We’ve stayed in lots of different types of self-catering holiday cottages all over the UK but mostly in the Scottish Highlands and Islands. It has been rare to find a rental property that has everything we wanted so I thought it would be useful to share with you the things that we find useful. The great thing is that if you’re missing any of these items from your self-catering holiday property inventory they are all fairly inexpensive to buy.

Things missing from self-catering holiday property inventory

 

Pint glasses

We’ve stayed in holiday cottages which are so much better equipped than our own home with glasses for red wine, white wine, champagne but nothing big enough for us to carefully pour a 500ml bottle of locally-brewed real ale into. So pint glasses are always one of the things we look for when we arrive at a holiday property. I know the growing number of real ale and craft beer drinkers will thank you. If you’re thinking why can’t we just pour into a smaller glass twice, it’s because many bottles need to be carefully poured in one go leaving the sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

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Whisky glasses

I’m not suggesting that you buy some cut-glass whisky glasses or those specially designed specifically for enjoying your favourite malt (although feel free to do so!) but just some tumblers will do.

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In case you were thinking this post is just about drinking alcohol, here’s some inventory items for food too. Like most people on holiday, we like to eat and drink.

Pizza cutter

When we’re on holiday, we tend to not want to spend too much time cooking as when we’re in the house we’d much rather sit and gaze at the view (normally with a pint of beer in hand). Pizza is one of our regular holiday meals as it’s so quick and easy so a pizza cutter is always a cheap and welcome addition to the kitchen.

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Butter dish

Just because a butter dish is the best thing to store butter in. And butter tastes so much better than margarine.

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Wok

Again back on the theme of not doing much cooking, a wok is such a versatile cooking tool and great for quickly knocking up a stir-fry or a curry.

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Sharp knives

It’s no good having lots of different knives if they aren’t sharp so make sure you regularly sharpen them or provide a knife sharpener so guests can do it themselves.

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Your thoughts…

Was there anything on the list that you don’t offer? What things do you think you give to your guests, which other self-catering holiday lets don’t think to provide?

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2 comments

  1. Sarah Briggs

    Are butter dishes making a comeback? They used to be standard inventory for tents and mobile homes when I worked for Eurocamp back in the 80s and 90s but they were removed as they were very rarely used.

    A good flask and filter cone remain ever popular for a cup of proper coffee (especially with European guests) and it’s always good to see a family size teapot when the home accommodates larger groups.

    1. admin

      Thanks, Sarah, for the comment. Butter dishes have definitely made a comeback in our kitchen! Butter seems to have regained popularity in recent years so it will be interesting to hear how other butter fans store theirs.

      Thanks for the must-have items to add to include in a self-catering holiday property.

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