Hawthorn Farm Self Catering Holiday Cottages



Tel: 01304 290029

What do we need to pack?

If you've not been on a self-catering holiday before, you may be wondering what to pack, as it's a bit different to staying in a hotel or a B&B. The (fun) challenge is to find a balance between having to purchase essentials locally that you could have brought from home, and packing so much stuff that you have to dig yourselves out of the car when you get there!

Owing to the extraordinary circumstances and challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, we've had to adapt and make a few changes to the way we do things, but we still aim to provide a holiday home from home as far as possible.


All the cottages at Hawthorn Farm have the following:

•  Fully equipped kitchen (electric oven/hob, microwave oven, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, coffee machine, crockery, cutlery, pans etc.)
•  Mattress and pillow protectors
•  Egyptian Cotton bed linen (fresh linen provided after every 7 days if requested)
•  Bathing/hand towels
•  Bath mat

Welcome pack

To get you started, we'll make sure there's a small supply of the following (you'll probably need to bring/buy more if you're staying for longer than 4 days):

•  Anti-viral hand sanitiser
•  Toilet rolls
•  Dishwasher tablets/rinse aid/dishwasher salt
•  Surface cleaner, toilet cleaner, air freshener
•  Bin liners/bio-degradable bags for food waste
•  Hand wash
•  An "ecoegg" (alternative to washing machine detergent) in the laundry room
•  Pet treats, and pet essentials to borrow if you're bringing your feathered or furry friends to Foxglove Cottage or Primrose Cottage.

Things you'll need to bring with you

•  Tea towels
•  Oven gloves
•  Washing up gloves
•  Bedding and towels, if you prefer not to use ours

You'll be most welcome to place an online order with one of the supermarkets for delivery on the day of your arrival. Please try to arrange the delivery for at least one hour after you aim to arrive, so you'll be sure to be here when it arrives. 

The nearest grocery shop is in Ash, just 1.5 miles from Hawthorn Farm, and there are lots of farm shops and supermarkets within a short drive, however, you might prefer to bring the following from home:

•  Kitchen roll/cling film
•  Washing-up sponge/cloths
•  Extra toilet rolls
•  Your favourite tea/coffee; sugar, milk
•  Coffee pods for the coffee machine (Nespresso in Pear Tree, Lavazza in all the other cottages)
•  Condiments - salt/pepper, tomato sauce, mustard, vinegar, salad dressing
•  Cooking oil, stock cubes, herbs and spices
•  Extra bin bags and biodegradable bags for food waste

For the children, if needed:

•  Sheets for the travel cot
•  Children's cutlery and plates
•  Potty/toilet booster
•  Travel blackout blinds
•  Waterproof sheet/mattress protector
•  Spare bedding
•  Travel games for the car journey and a few favourite toys, books and DVDs for when you arrive
•  Buckets and spades (much cheaper than to buy again at the beach!)

what to pack for a self-catering holidayPet packing for our dog-friendly cottages:

•  Dog food/treats
•  Poo bags
•  Food/water bowl
•  Dog bed/bedding
•  Dog towels
•  Throws for covering the sofas/arm chairs if you can't be certain they'll stay in their own!

Everything else for the list:

•  Beach towels
•  Clothes (be prepared for all eventualities!)
•  Toiletries
•  Medicines/First aid kit (there are basic first aid kits in each cottage, but we ask that you replace anything you use)

What if we're travelling by plane and have limited space in our suitcases?

Please let us know if this is the case, as we can either supply or arrange supply of whatever you'll need. We'll let you know in advance if there will be any extra charges involved.