Cheap Cottages

cheap cottagesSick of staying in hotels? Can't say we blame you. After all, who would enjoy staying in those cramped rooms every vacation? The loud neighbors, crowded elevators, long check-in lines, indifferent hotel staff, and recycled air tend to wear on you after a while. Wouldn't it be nice to stay somewhere a little . . . homier? A cottage by the lake, perhaps?

That's where VacationRentals.com comes in. We connect travelers like you with homeowners all around the world in the best vacation spots who are looking to rent out their homes. If you've been scouring the Web trying to find great deals on cheap cottages to spend a holiday in, look no further. You're in the right place.

Cheap Cottages Are Widely Availalbe on Vacation Rentals.com

To find the best cheap cottage for you and your family, start with the map on the homepage. Decide what state you'd like to visit and click on that, and you'll be taken to a menu of the popular areas in that state and how many rentals are available in parentheses. Then you'll see all listings, conveniently placed on a single page, along with pictures, descriptions and rates.

If you want to just see the cottages, there's a simple way to do that. You'll see a menu bar near the top of the screen that allows you to sort the listings by a variety of criteria: deals, bedrooms, baths, sleeps, type, community and rate. Click on Type, and it will alphabetically arrange all the listings by what kind of abode it is. After cabin, chalet, and condo, you should all the listings for cottages.

cheap cottagesOr, if you want to isolate just the cheap cottages, arrange them by Rate. This will place the most expensive vacation homes at the top of the page and the thriftiest at the bottom. This will jumble up the different types of listings—condos mixed with houses and so on—so if you just want to see the cottages, the best thing to do is a browser search. You can do this in most browsers by clicking Ctrl + F and typing in "cottage." This will highlight every instance of the word "cottage" on the page, and you can browse using the up or down arrows to find the cheapest one available.

Location and Amenities Affect Rates

There are some other hints to find the cheapest and best cottage. One way is to search just outside your desired area. It may be lovely to have a cottage right on the water, but those usually aren't the cheapest. Try looking for cottages that aren't on waterfront property. Sometimes they can go for cheaper, if you don't mind a longer walk to get to the beach. It will definitely save you money in the long run.

As well as being flexible about your location, be flexible with your timing. You can get the best deals—both in travel costs and lodging expenses—by booking in the off-season. Everyone and their mother will be looking for a great cottage in June and July. Why not late April, or mid to late August for your stay? True, it's not the most opportune time for the best weather, but it is the best time for saving money.

To go along with booking at the right time, this is one of those rare instances where it pays off to procrastinate. Often, if a renter isn't getting any nibbles on their ad, they'll lower the price as their own deadline approaches. This is where you come in. If you're willing to wait a little while before making definite plans, you can snag a great last minute deal on a cheap cottage.

And there you have it! Simply follow these steps and you'll be relaxing in a cheap cottage in no time.