First thing to stick out of the Rural Retreats booking site is the fact that many of the country cottages are pet friendly in face dog friendly. This is a boon for dog owners as it can be sometimes difficult to find good quality accommodation that you are able to take your much loved pets along, not everyone wants to send them to kennels or a dog sitter if at all possible. It has to be said that there’s plenty of business around for self catering cottages that accept pets. Anyway back to the main content of this review. The ruralretreats.co.uk site is packed with good quality country houses and cottages of both contemporary and traditional styles. The search and booking bar is right ‘in your face’ and is hard to miss which makes searching for accommodation and available dates easy.
Just pop in your prefered location, date, how many guests and how many nights and how many dogs if any and hit the search button. You can check the flexible days check box if you can vary the booking dates by plus or minus 3 days, this may help to secure the prefered cottages. Depending on where you want to be there’s a link to show all the accommodation by the seaside or inland.
The contact telephone number is perched right at the top of the page as well as a offers and promotions tab. There’s also a page for homeowners to let out a property on this site. Each property description includes the number of persons it will accommodate, the number of bedrooms, guest reviews and even entries from the guestbook from the accommodation. Each property can be viewed on its own page with extended pictures and description, available dates can be checked from the link at the bottom of the page. The properties can be booked online or by telephone, the number is shown on the page above the ‘book online’ link.
Voucher codes can be added at the booking cart by adding the code in the box and clicking the ‘add’ button which will redeem the discount against the total charge.
Payment can be made using Maestro, Mastercard and Visa. Unfortunately there’s no Paypal or Google Checkout option but this is often the case with hotel or accommodation bookings. The site comes complete with a SSL certificate for added security during booking and payment.