‘Staycationing’ and self catering keep holiday prices down.

You may be feeling a tad cash-strapped this year, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay at home in the literal sense! Save on airfares and airport stress by taking a ‘staycation’ and renting a cottage with friends. You don’t have be Gordon Ramsey to whip up a light supper so save on hefty summer restaurant prices by booking self catering accommodation.

Why not log on to Cottages4you, the biggest UK self-catering agent (www.cottages4you.co.uk), which still has plenty of availability, particularly in Scotland, Yorkshire and East Anglia, reports the Daily Mail. The company is offering discounts of up to 20 per cent on some cottages even in the peak August weeks.

You should also check out www.holiday-rentals.co.uk, arguably the best site for direct bookings, and often cheaper than going through an agency. Not only does the website offer more than 7,500 UK rentals but it also gives guests' reviews on a number of properties. The company currently has over 200 rentals available in sunny Cornwall for August, or try a luxury townhouse conversion which sleeps four, 3 minutes walk away from the harbour in Dartmouth (pictured). Prices range from £219-569 per week.

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