Holiday cottage with friends - pay per person or per room

(42 Posts)
mum1979100 Mon 25-Mar-13 12:24:48

group of friends, some in couples, some single. No kids yet.
Single people get to have their own room if only other single is opposite sex.
Cottage is only accommodation- does not give any extras like access to pool.

I'm happy to have pay per person set up as it works out cheap anyway. And for the sake of friendship it's unfair to expect singles to pay more. Plus kitchen, living room, garden are all shared.

Can I ask Is this the general view of you lot?
I'm one of the couples btw.

It depends, if they are similar sized family groups I'm not going to squabble about it

e.g. family one has two adults and two kids, family two has two adults and three kids. I would suggest half each in most cases (the exception being if a family wanted to invite extras and that meant we needed a much more expensive place)

For singles and couples though I would do it per person also couples and a family. E.g. if my BIL and SIL came on holiday with us I'd only expect them to pay a third because we would need two rooms and they would need four.

LovePickles Tue 09-Apr-13 16:54:11

We go as a whole family. We always do it per person, kids go free smile

LovePickles Tue 09-Apr-13 16:55:44

Can't believe I pulled up an old thread. Don't even ask how I managed to get here, I don't even know!! I'm new, don't kill me!!!! Blame the app, my illness, anything but me!!!

YellowTulips Tue 09-Apr-13 17:27:01

Defiantly per person. The way look at it is that I "choose" to share a room with DH rather than evil singletons <joke> demanding a room of their own.

I don't think it's right to expect someone (you presumably like given you are going away with them) to share their bedtime routine with someone else or pay a premium for a perfectly reasonable degree of privacy. If a couple of mates volunteer to share then clearly all to the good, but I don't think it should be an expectation.

TheCatIsUpTheDuff Tue 09-Apr-13 21:05:58

We do it per adult human. The family with the dog pay the dog supplement. It's a group of about 12 adults and an ever-increasing number of babies, and we've been away 3 times now.

We split the meals in advance as well, so each person/couple is responsible for buying and cooking part of a meal.

thermalsinapril Tue 09-Apr-13 21:17:13

Per person

Katz Tue 09-Apr-13 21:19:54

We go away with friends, they have one DC and we have 2 but we split the accommodation 50/50 but then the kids share one room even if there's a spare one?

Katz Tue 09-Apr-13 21:20:38

But meals are per head, although we tend to spilt the bill 50/50 and then we pay the tip in full instead

digerd Tue 09-Apr-13 21:37:26

I don't do sharing or self catering. I need full board and my own space. Also, I don't do traipsing around places and have a 2 hour siesta in the afternoon after scoffing myself to bursting at 1pm.

But those who do, per person is the fairest way.

CloudsAndTrees Tue 09-Apr-13 21:38:54

Per person, unless there are children.

OhTheConfusion Tue 09-Apr-13 22:03:24

Our group of 11 friends do it per person... 4 couples and 3 singles.

We went away with another family last July for a long weekend. When we booked I assumed we would split it 50/50. There were 4 of them and 5 of us (including DD2 who was 10mths and sleeping in a travel cot in our room at no extra cost). The cottage had 2 double bedrooms and 2 twin bedrooms... we had 1 double and 1 twin per family. Yet when it came time to settle the balance 6 weeks before we went the other family felt we should pay £605 and they should pay £485. This really stuck in my throat sad.

edwardsmum11 Wed 10-Apr-13 06:18:07

We are going away with in laws and spliting it in half as it is two couples and a baby, although we will take 2 bedrooms. We'd do in per person.

Tomtomato Wed 15-May-13 20:20:26

I've just spent a week in a villa with friends: 2 couples and 3 singles (no kids). It was great except for 2 things:

1 The couples immediately bagged the 2 best rooms, leaving the singles to negotiate on the other rooms. All of which were ok, but nowhere near as big, or as nice.

2 When we came to split the bill for the villa, one of the couples insisted that it should be per room; we split the food and drink bill per person. I, as one of the singles had assumed that the cost of the villa would be per person. I've stayed in many villas and cottages before and have always paid per person, whether as a couple or single. My fault, I know for assuming instead of finding out up front. I tried to argue that I was thought per person was fairer, and was shouted down with "But it's the same staying in a hotel, of course you pay by room" I gave up and paid per room.

I feel really really aggrieved by this, a week later and I'm still fuming. It's not even the money, it just feels unfair. Am I being unreasonable? I haven't said anything and would like to know what others think.

KevinFoley Thu 16-May-13 10:36:47

Per person because single rooms will be grim boxes and the couples will bag the king size bed, en suite and balcony. Unless kids are involved in which case might need to split it by the number of rooms each family requires. I hate sharing accommodation with other families though.

KevinFoley Thu 16-May-13 10:38:21

tomtomato I bet you don't go on holiday with them again.

ephemeralfairy Thu 16-May-13 10:46:06

Per person!! Single people get financially penalised enough as it is.

Tomtomato Thu 16-May-13 20:21:41

Thanks @KevinFoley & @ephemeralfairy it helps perspective; makes me feels better too.

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