Family-friendly holiday rentals in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales

family friendly self-catering holidays in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales
Searching for a family-friendly holiday rental in the UK? Find a great choice of child-friendly self-catering accommodation on Country Cottages Online, from cottages to country houses to family lodge holidays.

Find Family-Friendly Holiday Cottages:

Baby-friendly cottages

Child-friendly cottages with an enclosed garden

Cottages with play parks or play areas

Family cottages with a games room

When it comes to self-catering holidays with the kids, parents will want to find somewhere special which has the sort of facilities that will make your break fun and stress-free.


Pet-Friendly and Family-Friendly Cottages

Family with dog

For many families, the pet pooch is a beloved family member and must be taken on the family holiday.  Find cottage rentals where your hound will be as welcome as you and the kids:

Dog-friendly family-friendly cottages



Family Holidays with Leisure Facilities

Family holiday home with pool

Whether you want to rent a family holiday home with a pool or a hot tub, find child-friendly holiday lets with leisure facilities for you and the kids to enjoy using during your stay.

Family Cottages with Leisure Facilities



Family Self-Catering Holidays with Entertainment Features

Family movie room

For families that love to be entertained, renting a holiday house with features to keep you entertained could be the ideal choice for both you and the kids.  From rentals with Sky TV to properties with a games room, a computer console or a movie room, find the right holiday house to keep your brood happy and entertained.

Family cottage rentals with entertainment facilities


Cottages for Toddlers and Older Children

Family cottages near a zoo for a day out

Whatever type of family holiday you are planning, and whether you want to take a break in England, southern and northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales, Country Cottages Online features a great selection of holiday rentals with facilities for families with young children. The average medium sized family sized cottage has 3 bedrooms and sleeps about 6. We have a good selection of cottages that sleep 6 and have a cot, family self-catering accommodation for 8, also self-catering cottages with a sand pit , holiday cottages with a trampoline , bouncy castle or  cottages with toys to amuse the children and save you having to bring your own.

Every family has notable special occasions, perhaps a twenty first birthday party or engament party that they would like to invite the extended family to. We have a selection of large cottages and houses to rent that sleep 16 or more. All welcome children and certain ones are also pet-friendly.

Family seaside cottages geared to children

Family friendly seaside cottages in England - with our lengthy coastline and enormous number of seaside towns we are spoilt for choice. Bear in mind that children prefer not to travel for too long.


Family cottages with a big garden for the kids to play in during a holiday

Kids playing in garden

Give the children plenty of space to play on holiday by renting a family-friendly holiday house with a big garden. Children have lots of energy and this type of holiday accommodation allows children to be themselves and run around with abandon. Read about the different options that may please your family and make you summer break an memorable success.

Family-cottages with a large garden


Quick Search for child and baby friendly cottages

The  Cottage Search Assistant allows you to enter your family's self catering requirements and find a holiday cottage that matches your needs. Going on holiday with babies entails taking an enormous amount of baby equipment such as pushchairs, bottle warmers, a supply of nappies and so on. A stay in a baby friendly cottage with a bottle warmer, cots and highchairs can save an awful lot of packing.


Family holidays in pine lodges and log cabins

Renting a pine lodge or a log cabin for a family break has really take off in recent years. Warm and hard wearing, pine clad lodges and cabins are ideal for the rough and tumble that accompanies children. Take a look at pine lodge holidays for family breaks in England also  pine lodges with 2 bedrooms that sleep four, or cottages for 4 - a popular family holiday requirement.

Family cottages in various settings in the UK and Ireland

Whether you're looking to rent a lodge, a cabin, a country cottage or a country house for a break with the kids, see our full selection of holiday homes for families by country:

Family Cottages in England

Family Cottages in Wales

Family Holiday Homes in Scotland

Family Holiday Homes in Ireland


Although many parents with kids head for the seaside for their main summer holiday, other head for the hills or forests to enjoy alternative pursuits. Consider family breaks in the following settings:

Cottage holidays in the mountains - scale the heights for fabulous views

Forest holidays in cottages and pine lodges with cycling and aerial adventures

Family farm cottages where children can help feed chickens

Family cottage to rent in a town - for people who prefer to be surrounded by hustle and bustle

Exmoor cottage holidays suited to children


Dogs welcome family-friendly holidays

Dogs welcome family self-catering cottage holidays

Many families have a dog or two and it's always a dilemma come holiday time whether to take the dog with you or to place it in kennels. Self-catering accommodation often solves the problem because you can book a pet-friendly cottage and if you can cope with kids and dogs in the car, tke the dog on holiday with you. The West Country and Devon are popular summer family holiday destinations with a large number of pet friendly cottage holidays in Devon to choose from.

Travelling with children  is so much easier if your self-catering cottage is equipped with a cot, high chair, changing mat, stairgate and other essential baby equipment.  A family friendly holiday where children are welcomed can make all the difference to your stay.  A playground with swings or sand pit is also rather useful to keep children entertained whilst you relax and put your feet up. there are certain holiday cottage parks or complexes that specialise in family holidays and will have incorporated nature trails, pet corners, and outdoor play equipment to keep children amused. See a selection of cottages with play parks nearby.

Families look for specific factors when choosing a cottage holiday. Self-catering cottages are ideal because they provide plenty of space and often enclosed safe gardens where children can play. Entertainment for the children needs to be balanced with safety. A cottage with a swimming pool is always a boon during a holiday. Cottages on a holiday park with communal facilites may be a better option that a private pool that a child can easily access. Take a look at the pages below to choose a destination for family self catering holidays.


Farm holidays in cottages and apartments for families with young children.

Farm holidays are another popular choice for family holidays with primary school age children. There is frequently the opportunity to get involved with life on the farm, feed the animals , follow nature trails, muck out ponies and so on. Most children enjoy this type of involvement and are intrested in farms and animals. 

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