Self-catering holidays for families with young children

Country cottages, log cabins and holiday cottages with cots, high chairs, stair gates and facilities for children provided on your family self catering break

When holidaying with your young family, you want to make life as easy as possible and book family friendly self-catering accommodation.  Some cottages specialise in offering breaks for families and may have all important features like cots, high chairs, stairgates and for slightly older children, bunk beds.  Before booking a stay, it’s essential to double check with owners or agencies in order to get assurance that the property fully meets your needs.

Staying somewhere with those special family friendly features can really help take any stress out of your holiday and with the purpose of getting away being to relax, it really is essential.  If you have young toddlers, be sure to verify that the cottage that interests you is safe for young children before booking.  Cottages next to streams or by water may not be a good choice whereas a self-catering cottage with an enclosed garden could be just perfect.  Even with these types of cottages, do check to make sure that the property is fully family friendly as some may have ponds or other features which mean that they are not ideal for those with young children.  

self-catering holidays for families, country cottages

Some country cottages will have large enclosed gardens for the children to run around, swings, slides, swimming pools and so on.  If you have toddlers and very small children you may also like to take a look at the self-catering holiday cottages listed on the toddler-friendly self-catering  page.

Another useful feature to have in a holiday cottage is a conservatory. This doubles as an additional sitting room and provides that extra space for children, sleeping dogs or dozing adults. View country cottages with a conservatory.  Most of the holiday homes featured in this section are luxurious.

To quickly and easily find family self-cateirng accommodation we recommend that you use the links above.  If you are after ideas and inspiration then read on!


Family Friendly Cottage suggestions

Self-catering cottage holidays in the Midlands


Nottinghamshire holiday cottageNottinghamshire is not the county that immediately springs to mind when considering holiday destinations, but anywhere and everywhere is an excellent destination if you want something more than just sitting on a beach. Nottinghamshire offers many home-grown attractions like Sherwood Forest and Robin Hood country, wonderful parks, interesting market towns like Newark with antique shops and open markets, Southwell with the Minster and newly opened National Trust workhouse with a personal and electronic headset  guided tour.  

Because it isn't a common tourist destination, eating out is much cheaper in the Midlands than in many other places.  It's also centrally located for day trips to Alton Towers, Derbyshire and the Dales. 

Check out cottages available for the summer by clicking on the cottage photograph of  Ploughman's Cottage  (sleeps 4), with 2 bedrooms, set in a quiet location within the grounds of a B&B near Mansfield and Clipstone, with a superb cycle network, fishing ponds, golf courses, Sherwood Forest and many other parks nearby.

This self-catering cottage also has the option of a cooked breakfast at the associated B&B every morning should you wish.


Devon cottages with excellent facilities for families

cottages with hot tubThese farm cottages are set on a hillside in a stunning rural setting with wonderful views of the Otter Valley and Blackdown Hills.  This is an area rich in natural beauty and a delightful corner of the West Country close to the Devon/Somerset border.  The cottages are all former farm buildings which are arranged around a courtyard.  With comfortable accommodation and 10 acres of shared grounds, a stay here could be ideal for a family with young children.

There is a great range of cottages here meaning that there should be something to suit various party sizes from romantic couples to large family getaways.  Some of the cottages such as Honeysuckle Cottage even feature their own private hot tub.

Whether you enjoy visiting local museums, National Trust properties or just walking in the beautiful countryside or visiting the seaside, this part of Devon can offer you all of this either locally or just a short trip away.  With a shared hot tub and excellent family friendly facilities such as the games room though you may be perfectly content to just relax at your home from home.  There is also WiFi internet access so you can stay connected if you wish.



Wrea Head Country Cottages - Scarborough, Yorkshire

family friendly : country cottages with a sea view, Scarborough, north east coast of Yorkshire suitable for family holidays : country cottages with a sea view, Scarborough, Yorkshire
4 star country cottages with sea views in Scarborough Heated indoor pool on site

This select development of country cottages is an award winning collection of cottages located on the Yorkshire coast.  With numerous accolades and achievements, these Yorkshire cottages have plenty to recommend them.  Located close to Scarborough, one of Yorkshire’s top seaside resorts and close to the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, this is a fantastic location for a family holiday.  What’s more, a number of the cottages benefit from sea views and there are excellent shared leisure facilities including an indoor heated swimming pool, a Jacuzzi and sauna that guests are free to use during their stay.  There are also fantastic facilities for younger guests with an adventure playground and special Teddy Bear’s Cottage so children should just love holidaying here.

Click on the photographs for more information about self catering holidays in these country cottages.



Family friendly country cottages in East Anglia

family self-catering holidaysKingfisher Lodge in Hoveton, Norwich is set within the gorgeous Norfolk Broads. Many a fun family day out on the water can be had in this watery wonderland. Just 5 minutes’ drive away is Bewilderwood, a wonderful outdoor adventure park where you can enjoy fun times in a naturally beautiful setting. Activities on offer include jungle assault courses, zip wires and boat trips. For more fun family days out, the seaside resorts of Great Yarmouth and Cromer with their many attractions for families with young and older children are just 30 minutes’ drive away.

Hire  a boat for the day for some family fun.

Click on the child friendly house by water for more details.


Self-catering cottages in the Cotswolds - west of London

Small group of adjoining self-catering cottages in the Cotswolds - perfect for families and larger groups

There are lots of divine family-sized cottages and houses dotted throughout the Cotswolds.





 Self-catering holiday cottages in the West Country - south west England

family cottages games roomThis collection of quality cottages are set in a wonderful rural location surrounded by some 70 acres of Cornish farmlands and countryside.  There are 18 cottages in total at Kennacott Court and all are either rated 4 or 5 star so you can be assured of high quality accommodation. 

What’s more, this select development benefits from some fantastic leisure facilities which could be ideal for those with children.  There is a shared indoor swimming pool and sauna.  There is also a soft play area for those aged below 5.  For families and older children there is a snooker room, badminton and tennis courts, a skittle alley, table tennis and even a putting green.  Children may also enjoy discovering the nature walk and adventure trail.

With so much on offer for families, this could be an excellent place to stay.  Rest assured even the adults have been thought about here as some cottages have four poster beds and every cottage has free Wi-fi access.



country cottage near beach in Norfolk : perfect for family holidays

Lavenders is a three bedroomed, well equipped bungalow (sleeps 6) in the unspoiled village of Holme-next-Sea on the North Norfolk Coast in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Very close to an extensive sandy beach and in a quiet location backing on to the golf course, the property and its surroundings provides an ideal opportunity to unwind and relax. Conservatory, patio with garden furniture, barbecue. 

Click on the photograph for details. 



Perfect for the large family group when you want to include the extended family.  16th Century Stonebarrow Manor is the ideal self catering venue in a perfect location for a holiday. A large comfortable well equipped House with 13 bedrooms (11 en-suite 1 House bathroom) in large grounds on the edge of the lovely Dorset village of Charmouth. It's the perfect base for relaxing , or walking or fossiling on the beach on the World heritage Coast, just 5 minutes walk away. The village centre is also five minutes walk and has a range of shops, a GP surgery and a couple of pubs. The larger resort of Lyme Regis is two miles away and there are many interesting Houses & Gardens to visit locally . We are also on the edge of "Hardy" country. There is a huge range of local outdoor activities to keep everyone happy plus our games room with pool , table tennis & darts.

country cottages in Dorset, self-cateringBakehouse Cottage is a pretty stone-built cottage set in the village of Langton Herring in Dorset.  With a high standard of self-catering accommodation throughout, this cottage sleeps up to 8 in 4 bedrooms.  Free broadband is available for those who like to stay connected whilst on holiday.  Conveniently located close to Weymouth and Abbotsbury, this cottage could be a great option for a family holiday in the West Country.

Outside the cottage there is a patio area and garden.  To the rear of the cottage there is a paved patio area and garden which looks out to the nearby fields.  There is garden furniture and a barbeque so you can make the most of those long summer days.  If you prefer to eat out, the local pub is nearby and serves good quality food.  

This cottage is located next door to St Anthony’s Cottage and the two cottages can be booked together where required by larger groups.  Additional charges apply.

Telephone 01458 274 767 for cottage bookings and availability or click on the photograph of Bakehouse Cottage for more details. 

 Woodend Cottage - for versatile family self-catering accommodation

sel-catering in the Lake District, family holidays, dogs welcomeThis charming Lake District cottage offers views of Scafell Pike and could be a great choice for families, particularly those who enjoy walking.  With a remote location, high on Birker Fell and a location in between Eskdale and Ulpha, this cottage could be a great base from which to discover some of the best of the Lake District with your family.

What’s more, if you adore features such as exposed beams and hillside views, this could definitely be the place for you.  

Please visit the owner's website for further details and to obtain local tourist information about this part of the Lake District, places of interest for children etc.



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Self-catering holidays in Scotland

luxury self catering for the whole family

With a fabulous setting next to Loch Melfort, these lochside houses are special places to stay.  Offering 5 star standard accommodation, Melfort Pier and Harbour could be an excellent choice if you are looking for somewhere where you can enjoy an cottage holiday with plenty of activities.  There are lots of opportunities to enjoy sports and activities in Argyll and Bute.  Free boating and fishing are also available at Loch Melfort.  To help make your break easy, family friendly facilities such as cots, stair gates and high chairs can be supplied on request.  It is also possible to arrange babysitting for children and pets locally.  



Lots of attractions in the city of Edinburgh.  More details here.

Hollybush House, for the holiday of a lifetime in Speyside in Scotland

A four bedroom house, perfect for family holidays in Speyside, ScotlandA comfortable and modern 4 bedroom bungalow (sleeps 8-9) on the banks of the River Spey is available for dates during the summer holidays. It's set in a superb location for wonderful holiday full of outdoor activities.  The scenery is spectacular - hills, forests, rivers and not far from fantastic beaches.  Lots to do, great wildlife.  The perfect summer holiday for a family with young children but you will need a car to get around and make the most of this beautiful unspoilt area.   

View website for more details.


Self-catering holidays in Royal Deeside,  Scotland

cottage for families Royal deeside ScotlandStranduff Stone-Built Lodge is a high quality country cottage sleeping from 2 to 6 and is located in unspoilt Royal Deeside in Aberdeenshire.  Set near to the quaint village of Kincardine O'Neil, this property benefits from over half an acre of gardens and grounds and is a fantastic place for a rural retreat break.  On good days you can look out from the gardens and see the heights of Lochnagar whilst enjoying sitting out on the garden furniture or having a barbeque.   

Dating back to the 19th century, this holiday lodge was originally a working croft.  Nowadays, it offers high quality self-catering accommodation with its 4 bedrooms.  This is an excellent location from which you can discover some of the best that Aberdeenshire has to offer.  Whether you enjoy walking, hiking or visiting castles or distilleries, there is plenty to discover in and near Royal Deeside.  

Please click on the photograph to find out more about a stay in this country cottage with views of Lochnagar.

Luxury self-catering in Wales

luxury cottages in south Wales - perfect for family holidays Country cotatges with patios and garden furniture for relaxing holidays for families when not at the beach

These Pembrokshire cottages specialise in luxury standard accommodation and are located close to the sea and to the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path.  A number of the properties are 5 star rated, the top grading available from the Welsh Tourist Board.

If comfort, cleanliness and location are top priorities for you then a stay here could be a great choice.  Most cottages come with enclosed, sheltered gardens and garden furniture.  Some even have games rooms with table tennis or pool.  What’s more, these cottages feature some fantastic family friendly features such as cots, highchairs and stair gates.  Ask the owners for more information, it may even be possible to arrange a babysitting service here.

If you like to keep active on holiday, there are plenty of choices available in Wales.  Activities available at the local outdoor centre include options such as abseiling, climbing, windsurfing and sea canoeing.  Some also like to try their hand at sea fishing and there is a large boat park in Pembrokeshire. 

For advice and information on a stay here, call 01437 720616 or click on a cottage photograph for more images and details.

Gwynfryn Farm Holiday Cottages in north Wales

self-catering holiday cottages for family holidays in north walesThese farm cottages are wonderful barn conversions which all centre around a fantastic leisure complex which offers excellent leisure facilities.  Guests enjoy shared use of an indoor swimming pool, a Jacuzzi and sauna.  There is also a games room which can be great fun for all the family.  With a variety of different cottage sizes, varying from sleeps 2 cottages ideal for romantic breaks to sleeps 8 for large families, there should be something for everyone here.

The location is perfect for walking, cycling and sightseeing. If you wish to play golf, there are 7 golf courses within 20 miles. 

Wonderful clean sandy beaches and coves are just 4 miles away. Snowdonia with spectacular mountain scenery, and the railway to the summit of Snowdon, is 20 miles away. The cottages are dog-friendly and please note that a charge is made for dogs.

Click on cottage photograph for details.

Barlings Barn, for family self-catering in Powys, Wales - sleeps 14 to 16

self-catering in Powys for family holidays

This is truly superb holiday let for any large-ish family. Plenty of space for everyone, excellent entertainment facilities and a lovely setting. What more can you ask for?


  • Heated indoor swimming pool
  • Squash court
  • Sauna
  • Pool table

Ideal for relaxing, short breaks and holidays.

Explore Mid Wales - enjoy rural activities:Fishing (salmon / trout), Golf, Bird Watching (red kite country), Sandy Beaches, Sailing.

Peaceful, secluded location, set in pretty grounds of 18th century cottage in beautiful Mid Wales Hills.

Please click on the photograph to find out more about this wonderful place for a family holiday.

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