What Is The Best Cottage Insurance?

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Alexandre Desoutter updated on July 6, 2020

Home is where the heart is - but it's also where a lot of your wealth is tied up. Owning a cottage is a big commitment, but even if you rent, you'll have a lot invested in your personal possessions.

So it's worth insuring your cottage and its contents - but where to start?

Insurance can be complicated and full of jargon. So we've simplified it a bit, and tried to put everything you need to know about cottage insurance on a single page.

Do I need building insurance for my cottage?

Buildings insurance covers the structure of your cottage against damage. That damage might be caused by flood, fire, storm, subsidence, vandalism, burst or leaky pipes, or even by accident.

The key to buildings insurance is that it covers anything you can't move. Fitted kitchens, the bathroom suite, and your central heating system are covered - but furniture won't be, for instance. (That's covered by contents insurance, instead, which will also cover your personal possessions.)

If you own a cottage, do you need building insurance?

If you have a mortgage and own a cottage, you'll need building insurance. If you own your cottage outright, it's still worth having - if your cottage was destroyed by fire, you'd be able to rebuild it.

If you rent a cottage, do you need building insurance?

No, you don't need to insure the building. The building belongs to your landlord, who is responsible for any necessary repairs. That includes certain fixtures and fittings - sinks, baths, toilets, plumbing, gas pipes, electrical work, and central heating. Basically, if you can't move it, the landlord's responsible.

Good to know

Most landlords have their own insurance, though there is no legal obligation for them to have a policy in place. So there is not cottage building insurance for tenants. 

Do I need content insurance for my cottage?

Home contents insurance covers the contents of your cottage - that is, anything which is not the building, or fixed to the building. It's one of two components of home insurance - buildings and contents.

So for instance, while your building insurance will cover any damage to your roof, or replastering and painting after a flood, your contents cover would pay out if the water damaged your TV, furniture, or clothes in your cottage.

You'll be covered for a certain value, and there are usually two types of limit;

  • first of all there's an overall cover figure, such as £35,000 for the contents of cottage,
  • and then there's also a limit on the amount you can claim for any single item, which will probably be between £1,000 and £2,500.

Remember that contents includes your washing machine, fridge, and cooker; your carpets and curtains; and all your furniture, pictures, cushions, and rugs. Those would be costly to replace in the event of a fire or flood, though they're probably not as likely to be stolen as your jewellery or your TV.

Watch out!

When you renew your contents insurance, remember whether you've added to your possessions over the course of the year. If you've been restoring or redecorating a cottage it's quite likely you've spent extra money on furniture and decorative items, so take that into account when you're looking for quotes.

Do I need content insurance If I rent my cottage?

There's no law that says you have to get cottage insurance. It's up to you. But if you own things that are worth a fair amount of money, you'll need a renter's insurance for your cottage to cover your own possessions.

Do I need content insurance if I own my cottage?

Same thing as if you rent a cottage, it is better to be covered for the content of your, cottage, although this is not required by law.

Buy to let cottage insurance

If you own a cottage, or multiple cottage, and you rent them out furnished or part-furnished, you should thing taking out content cottage insurance. Of course, this will cover only your possessions, and not your tenant possessions.

What is covered by cottage contents insurance?

If you take out cottage contents insurance, here what you will probably find covered or not:

cottage contents insuranceCovered?
Kitchen equipment, and electricalsYes
Cash Yes
Garden contentYes
Third party LiabilityNot always
Accidental damagesOptional
Home emergency coverOptional
Personal possession Not always
cottage contents insurance

How to make a quote for cottage insurance?

When making a quote for cottage insurance, you will be asked if :

  • Your cottage has it own lockable entrance or if is self contained

You will have also to answer tons of questions about:

  • The localization of your cottage
  • The type of door you have
  • if you have a patio door
  • If there are trees near your cottage

You will also be asked how much you want to insure the content of your cottage.

How much is cottage insurance?

We analyzed datas, and we came out with this average cottage insurance cost for content and building insurance.

Building cottage insurance cost

An average buildings cottage insurance policy costs around £110-120 a year.

However, it depends on a number of factors including the size of your cottage being insured, the location and the type of construction. So you'll need to get a buildings insurance quote to be sure exactly what you'll pay for your own cottage.

Watch out!

Remember, if you rent a cottage, you don't need building insurance, only contents insurance is needed.

Contents cottage insurance cost

According to the Association of British Insurers, the average cottage contents insurance policy costs £139 a year.

That adds up to £11.58 a month, which really isn't a great deal to protect yourself against losing all your stuff.

Of course, you're not average! Depending on your lifestyle and the type of cottage you occupy, you may need to spend more to get the cover you need - or maybe a little less.

What are the best cottage insurance?

You'll find under this table the best contents cottage insurance:

Legal coverHome emergencyAccidental damageCover LevelMontly premium
logo halifax 2NoNoYes£30,000 / contents
£150,000 building
logo admiral 2NoYesYes£30,000 / contents
£150,000 building
logo hastings essentialNoNoYes£30,000 / contents
£150,000 building
logo onecall temporaryYesYesYes£30,000 / contents
£150,000 building
logo ms bank 2NoNoYes£30,000 / contents
£150,000 building
Quotes for cottage insurance / £30 000 contents - £150 000 building insurance

Do I need cottage holiday insurance?

It depends if your cottage is your second home, if it is not your main residence, you should take out a cottage holiday insurance, check out this article to know more about it.

Will I be insure if I leave my cottage unoccupied?

You can leave your cottage unoccupied, but days covered are limited:

Insurance ProviderEmpty cottage insurance / Covered days
logo esure travel30 days
logo admiral 245 days
logo tesco bank pet 160 days
logo halifax 260 days
saga logo60 days
logo lv60 days
logo rias 260 days
logo churchill 260 days
logo ms bank 290 days
sunlife logo90 days
Insurance Unoccupancy in Which You’re Still Covered

If you want to know more, check out this page.

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Alexandre Desoutter

Alexandre Desoutter has been working as editor-in-chief and head of press relations at HelloSafe since June 2020. A graduate of Sciences Po Grenoble, he worked as a journalist for several years in French media, and continues to collaborate as a as a contributor to several publications.

In this sense, his role leads him to carry out steering and support work with all HelloSafe editors and contributors so that the editorial line defined by the company is fully respected. and declined through the texts published daily on our platforms.

As such, Alexandre is responsible for implementing and maintaining the strictest journalistic standards within the HelloSafe editorial staff, in order to guarantee the most accurate, up-to-date information on our platforms. and expert as possible. Alexandre has in particular undertaken for two years now the implementation of a system of systematic double-checking of all the articles published within the HelloSafe ecosystem, able to guarantee the highest quality of information.