Cottage for Rent But Bring Your Own Pillows & Toilet Paper

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Sometimes I despair of getting the message across, particularly in my part of the world.

Traditionally, cottage rental was simply an alternative to camping – with walls and a roof being the difference, and an inside toilet an absolute luxury. Over the past 5 years, it’s been a slow move to the realisation that ‘renters’ should be respected as ‘guests’, and that the expectations of a vacation rental are rising.  I am still called out to inspect vacation cottages that have not seen a vacuum cleaner for years (if ever) where the owner’s overriding perception of vacationers is “It’s just a cottage, what do they expect?”

So, I wasn’t really surprised this morning, on my daily trawl through rental listings and web sites, to find a cottage advertised with the following limitations:


  • Linens, Towels and Pillows
  • Condiments or cooking oils
  • Paper towel, toilet paper or napkins
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Aluminum foil or plastic wrap
  • Garbage bags
  • Hair dryer or iron
  • Coffee

The biggest shame of this is that it’s a brand new cottage with tremendous scope to create an welcoming space.