Central Finland is a favorite destination for anyone who enjoys quiet cottage life, beauty of the Finnish nature and tranquility. There are thousands of cottages to choose from. Cottages located at holiday centres can be easily booked directly on the websites of the centres. By booking this way, you can save some money and get any tourist information you need to plan a pleasant stay. To make the process fast and easy, we have also prepared a checklist with TOP-5 tips on booking a cottage.
TIP #1 When is the best time to book a cottage in Central Finland?
Like in most of the regions in Finland, there are high and low seasons. High seasons for Central Finland are between mid-June until mid-August, weeks around Christmas, end of February-beginning of March and beginning of May.
If you want to choose an affordable option during a high season, you should book a cottage at least 2-3 months in advance. During low seasons, booking a cottage can be done within a month. It is, however, important to check if there are any major events (especially during the weekends) taking place nearby, as during such events accommodation has to booked well in advance.
TIP #2 Prepayment
Once you have agreed with a holiday centre or a cottage owner about the rent, in most of the cases you will have to pay a prepayment, which would guarantee your booking. Advance prepayments are usually around 20% of the total bill. The arrangements can vary from place to place, so you should read carefully through prepayment policies once you decide on booking a cottage. In any case, do not hesitate to ask the staff of holiday centres or cottage owner for help and additional information.
TIP #3 Before the arrival
When booking a cottage, you should remember that bed linen and towels are usually not included in the price of the rent. If you want to have them delivered to your cottage, please inform your contact person about it or remember to choose this option in online booking systems of a holiday centre.
All the descriptions of cottages have a very clear description of how many beds or sleeping places there are in a cottage. In most of the cases, you can have an additional bed delivered to the cottage. Please remember to inform your contact person about that beforehand.
TIP #4 Arriving at your destination
Most of the holiday centres and cottages from independent cottage owners follow the same check-in and check-out schedule as hotels. The usual check-in time is at 16.00. Check-out has to be done by noon.
TIP #5 Cleaning the cottage
A typical rental agreement states that cottages have to be as clean at the time you return the keys as when you checked-in. In most of the cottages, there are specific instruction as to what should be taken into account when cleaning a cottage. Cleaning can be also done by the staff of the holiday centre or a landlord. In this case when booking a cottage, you should tick cleaning as an additional service. Cleaning can cost 40-150 euros depending on the size of the cottage.