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About Independent Cottages

Providing a large choice of independently owned self catering accommodation in the UK

Independent Cottages is owned and run by Sarah and Steve Jarvis.

We started holiday letting in 2002; it was a steep learning curve for us as there were very few resources available to help first-time renters who wanted to let their properties independently. At that time Sarah was working in Sales / Customer Service and Steve was an IT Project Manager with a background in Web Development. In 2006 we started looking for a new challenge and, combining our skills with what we had learned from renting our own holiday cottages, it seemed a natural choice to set up Independent Cottages.

We both have an immense amount of passion for the UK and UK tourism and we've developed a deep knowledge of the domestic self catering market as a result. We pride ourselves on providing a competitive and effective advertising resource for UK self catering owners and aim to provide a friendly, professional and personal service.

Sarah & Steve Jarvis Sarah & Steve Jarvis

Operating out of our office in Kent; we promote self catered holiday accommodation throughout the whole of the UK and have five main aims:

  1. To allow owners of self catering accommodation to promote their properties independently.
  2. To provide a simple annual fee-based service, without commission charges or booking fees.
  3. To protect holiday makers against fraudulent listings by ensuring the identity of new owners.
  4. To put the holiday maker in direct contact with the property owner by providing a reliable, easy-to-use website with a large choice of holiday accommodation throughout the United Kingdom.
  5. To provide a facility for promoting late availability / last minute offers to holiday makers who are looking to get away at short notice for a last minute break.

Initially starting on a free-trial basis, we have grown steadily since 2006 and are now proud to promote over 2,250 self catering properties, a collection that is growing all the time. We also provide a wealth of useful information for cottage owners and people thinking of entering the holiday letting market via our Blog; along with plenty of tips and holiday inspiration for holiday makers.

Researching and booking holidays online is now an accepted and commonplace norm and we aim to assist in this process by providing a collection of independently owned holiday accommodation to suit everyone's needs. Whether our visitors are looking for a budget holiday or a couple of nights of luxury, we have a wide range of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets, including child friendly, pet friendly and wheelchair accessible accommodation.

Please note that we are purely an online advertising resource and we do not inspect or visit the properties advertised on our website. However, we do verify that owners are who they say they are in order to protect against fraudulent listings. All enquiries and bookings are made directly through the property owner/manager and any contractual agreement is between the holiday maker and the property owner/manager. Some properties are assessed by the Tourist Board and those that are will show the rating awarded. Please refer to our Terms of Use for full details.

Hopefully you have found this site useful and informative. Should you wish to contact Independent Cottages, please note the following before doing so:

  • Any enquiries regarding a property will need to be directed to the property owner who can answer any questions about the property, availability and / or prices. Contact details for each owner can be found on each property page.
  • As an on-line advertising website, we do not provide hardcopy brochures. All information is provided through the website.

Read what our customers say about us Customer Testimonials.

Contact Us

If you wish to contact Independent Cottages for any reason, we'd love to hear from you:

  1. Holiday Makers: please contact the owner / manager of the property in question for information regarding suitability, availability and pricing. The owner's phone number and online enquiry form can be viewed by clicking the "Enquire / Book" button on each property page. But for any other matters, please feel free to get in touch with us (see below).

  2. Property Owners: Have a question or want to join us? For the fastest response fill out the Enquiry Form below.

  3. Or you can phone us on: +44 (0)1474 816660, or email us at: .

  4. Failing that, you can always write us a letter (or send us a postcard!): Independent Cottages, The Willows, Woodhill, Meopham, Kent, DA13 0DJ.