SPONSORED: Reasons why self-catering should be on your autumn to-do list

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IT was the holiday of choice for families back in the 1990s, but today self-catering accommodation is experiencing a boom in the tourism industry.

Recently, there has been a continuous rise, year-on-year, in the number of families and couples opting for this flexible way of holidaying – are you one of them?

Last year, in Scotland, the self-catering sector experienced a six per cent growth as occupancy rates rose from 78.97% in September 2016 to 84.89% in September 2017, according to a VisitScotland report on self-catering accommodation in Scotland.

That’s because the self-catering industry has made many changes that have helped attract a new generation of holidaymakers.

Jude Turnbull, manager of The Harbour House Hotel and Anglesea Self-Catering Apartments (pictured below) in Portpatrick explains the reasons why self-catering holidays are on the rise…



Because self-catering offers a home-from-home environment, it is very popular with families with young children. At Harbour House apartments, we have family rooms, so there are two separate bedrooms. We also have a fitted kitchen, fridge, cooker and access to a large, enclosed garden at the rear.


Self-catering gives visitors the flexibility to come and go as they please. As well as enjoying quality time with loved ones in a self-contained apartment, residents who stay with us have the option to come in to the main hotel on their doorstep and enjoy breakfast (which is usually £8 per person, but we can do them a special deal). We can also provide evening meals for them, and they can take it through to their apartment. Families and couple are not restricted in any way if they go self-catering and can keep to their own schedule based on what they want to see and do.


We also pride ourselves in being a pet-friendly hotel, and residents choosing to stay in our self-catering apartments can also bring their dogs. As well as having a back door leading out into the enclosed garden, they also have the option to leave the dog in the apartment for a short while, which they probably could not do in a hotel, so it’s better for them too.


It is also good value for money. At Harbour House it is around £600 for a fully-equipped apartment that sleeps four people for a week-long stay. While prices are quoted on a weekly basis, we are happy to tailor a shorter stay for guests wishing to spend a long weekend in Portpatrick (although there is a two-night minimum stay). We also have a great new food menu in the hotel which offers great quality and value for money.

At Anglesea self-catering apartments, which are perfectly-placed on the coast in Portpatrick just a short walk away from the harbour itself, there are some fantastic self-catering deals this autumn and winter (which are also valid in Harbour House Hotel).

AUTUMN BREAKS: £50 per person, per night on a bed and breakfast basis
NEW YEAR BREAKS: £85 per person, per night on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis (minimum stay 2 nights)

*Please note: The Harbour House Hotel and Anglesea self-catering apartments are closed on Christmas Day.