Self-catering holiday cottages for families with toddlers and young children

The requirements of families holidaying with toddlers and young children are very different from adults alone.  Self-catering holidays generally suit because there is more space for children to run around and no need to worry about the noise your children make.

self catering holidays with toddlers and young children

Many cottage owners cater for young children by providing facilities for toddlers including cots, stair gates and high chairs, find:

but it's equally important to find a location that also caters for play areas and entertainment suited to little ones. We have a good selection of holiday cottages and country cottages for a family self catering breaks.

 Children love water, sand, animal parks, rides and soft play centres. The holiday cottages on the following list are all suited to families with youngsters and also list activities suited to children in the area.

Suggestions for toddler friendly self-catering holidays with young children

Self-catering country cottages where your children can help feed the animals


cottages for toddlers and young childrenFarthingwood Barn 3 bedroom holiday cottage is in an idyllic country setting in rural Somerset; go through the gate to find our friendly farm animals, duck pond, free range chickens, and a truly fantastic view.

The spacious barn comfortably sleeps up to 6 and is perfect for families or couples who want that little bit extra. Click on the photograph to view more about this cottage which is ideal for families with toddlers and young children.


This house has everything you need for self-catering with toddlers & babies


Self-catering in Kent in a toddler and baby friendly houseGood quality 5 bedroom holiday chalet which is situated in a pleasant cul-de-sac with its own private garden. With views from the back of the property over the Kent fields, from this tranquil location on a good day you can look out and catch a glimpse of Dover’s white cliffs. This is a fantastic location for those with kids as New Romney station, model railway and café is just a short walk from the house. In fact the trains run past the garden fence to the side which is sure to get your kids intrigued and playfully saying ‘Choo Choo’ on a holiday here.

The enclosed garden has a sunny terraced area, a small area of lawn, and a 'secret garden' under a weeping willow, with a wooden wendy house and a swing. From the garden you have a good view of the trains, railway and engine shed.


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We have tried to make the house feel like a home for our visitors, and provide a selection of books, games, toys, dvds and videos for your enjoyment. Children are welcome, and to help make your packing easier we provide a travel cot (you will need to bring your own bedding for this), high chair with safety straps, stair gates for top and bottom of stairs, potty, changing mat, socket covers, plastic cups, plates and cutlery.

Please click on the photograph of this very child friendly house for more information.

Cornwall is always a big draw for families with young children and toddlers 


swimming pool and facilities for kidsTo entertain your toddler at Court Farm Cottages we have a selection of toys, swings, slides, trikes and sit n’ rides in the enclosed play area at Court Farm. You might like to consider  Court Farm Cottages as all these properties have enclosed gardens.

Each cottage can be made toddler friendly upon request. We can provide cots, high or booster chairs, stair gates, 3 wheeler pushchairs and baby backpacks - leaving you extra space in your car. For your peace of mind we can also provide baby monitors and arrange baby sitters.


Enjoy the Gloucestershire countryside with young kids and toddlers  

Our cottage (The Stable, Whitminster, Gloucestershire) always proves to be
extremely toddler friendly.

self catering holiday cottage suited to families with toddlers and young children

The most relevant features are:

  • safe, grassy enclosed garden, away from road
  • fitted carpets and central heating for toddler 'comfort'
  •  cot, highchair and stair gate
  •  meet our free range hens
  •  6 miles to Stroud Leisure Centre set in 40 acres of parkland with indoor &
    outdoor pools, adventure playground, summer activities
  •  Cattle Country, 8 miles, with animals and adventure playground
  •  Bristol Zoo, 20 miles

The Stable can accommodate up to 5 in 2 bedrooms. It is cosy and comfortable with oil-fired central heating, electricity, linen and towels provided, it is located on a quiet working farm (producing free range eggs) set well back from a single track no-through country lane.

Please click on the image for details and more information about this self-catering country cottage suited to families with young children.


Beautiful family house for self-catering in the Sussex countryside


country cottage sussexHolme Street House is a picturesque Grade 2 listed Georgian farmhouse, set in 10 acres of land. It has four bedrooms and can sleep eight to ten people - perfect for family groups.

The house is well equipped and beautifully furnished, having been our family home. The house is well stocked with family games and toys, and a large and varied selection of books for our visitors' use. It is peaceful and secluded, with views to the front over its own pastureland, and to the side and rear over delightful gardens.

The tended gardens are a particular feature of the property, and extend to over 2 acres. They contain lawns, several different sitting areas, herb and vegetable gardens, orchard, Wendyhouse, and outdoor heated swimming pool (May - Sept approx) and changing room area. The pool is in its own separate walled area which can be closed off for safety. The field, sometimes grazed by sheep, can be walked in and leads to a small lake. The village of Pulborough is a 15 minute walk along the lane or through the field, and has excellent local shops. There are also 2 supermarkets within a 5 minute drive.

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Elegant sitting room (there is an additional family room) Swimming Pool in extensive gardens

The house is spacious and comfortable, with many original features. The large entrance hall and kitchen/breakfast room have original York stone flooring. The farmhouse-style kitchen is very well equipped, with AGA, electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, sitting area with rocking chair, CD/radio and breakfast table. The sitting room is tranquil, with an open fire (logs provided), baby grand piano, CD/tape/radio and french door to garden.

The dining room is a beautiful beamed room with seating for 12 around the large oak dining table.

The family room is light and airy with wood floor, comfortable chairs, TV/video/DVD player, sturdy full sized football table, woodburning stove (logs provided) and double sofa bed. It also has french doors to the patio area, which contains a table and seating, and catches the setting sun beautifully. Downstairs there is also a walk in larder, and a cloakroom.

Please note: due to age, the stone floors are somewhat uneven, and the washing machine is in the cellar down stone steps, which are reached through a door in the hallway. Upstairs, there are four good sized bedrooms, all with lovely views over the gardens - all very comfortably furnished. Two of the rooms have double beds, one with ensuite bathroom with WC, basin, bidet and bath with shower over. There are lovely views across the field from the bath! The other double room has a wash basin. The two twin rooms both have zip and link twin beds, which can be zipped together to make 6 foot doubles. One of these rooms also has a wash basin. There is a further bathroom with bath with power shower over, WC and basin.

There is a travel cot available free of charge, and a full sized cot available for a further £20. All the rooms are big enough to take a cot and/or travel cot.

Phone click on an image for larger interior views and details.


Self catering holidays in Suffolk for families with toddlers

There are some preally pretty country cottages in Suffolk that welcome toddlers and small children with open arms. Some have playgrounds set up for children from babies upwards, Wendy Houses and soft play areas.

Nearby we have Colchester Zoo and the famous 'Go Bananas' children's indoor play centre, which caters for both Under 5s in the Children's Village and then a special area for 5-11s. Colchester Castle offers interactive learning for young children.  Activities on offer may include face painting, trying on costume, chain mail etc. visit Madison Heights in Maldon for an enormous soft-play centre both indoor and out during the summer holidays - perfect for your self-catering holiday.  Sessions last 2 hours

There is also an enormous indoor and outdoor (during the summer) soft play centre for young children at Madison Heights in Maldon (about 40 minutes drive away).  Each play session last for 2 hours. There is also ten pin bowling, snooker tables, and a cafe within the same complex.

Beaches are within easy driving distance.

Click on the image for more information about self catering with young children in Suffolk.


Poldue Farm in Cornwall with its own menagerie - perfect for young children

Poldue Farm is set down a 700ft private drive in the middle of Bodmin Moor. The 13th Century farmhouse is set up with children in mind with a highchair and cot availably and we can also make up a small bed in the master bedroom for those that are out of a cot but not quite big enough to be alone in their room yet. 

In the twin room there is a good variety of childrens' books to help them off to the 'land of nod'. In the living room is a well stocked toy cupboard with colouring books and a mixture of board games. There is also a selection of videos and if that's not enough there is the full Sky package with Disney films and more! The best bit has to be outside though as at the bottom of the 90ft flat enclosed lawn is not only a chicken coop but also a 12ft trampoline ( adults allowed!!) which has a large safety enclosure so they can bounce around without bouncing off !!! 

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Wooden Play House with toys for children at Poldue Farm in Cornwall Star the pony for children to feed and cuddle

At the other end of the garden is a wooden play house full of toys for children to enjoy. We pride ourselves on being a very relaxed environment and a haven for children to be children, and enjoy all that the countryside has to offer from fresh air to cuddles with our 40 inch high pony 'Star'. 

' Star loves cuddles almost as much as carrots ! '

Click on one of the photographs for availability and bookings and for interior images of the cottage and more information.


Cottages on a working farm where toddlers and older children can meet the animals

 rural retreat in SomersetSecluded 3 bedroom country cottage in an idyllic setting, on an award-winning Organic working 500 acre Exmoor farm.

The cottage sleeps up to 6, has many original features also log burner and C.H. for a cosy time.

Let your children discover the ducks, geese and many other animals. Enjoy their delight at face to face encounters. Go for country walks or pop into Minehead for the beach just a short drive away.

This detached cottage is set alone on wooded hillside, overlooking the fields, just up the lane 100 yards from the farmhouse where we can accommodate extra members of your group on a B&B arrangement. Organic farm shop for the best of West Country organic farm produce. Enjoy a traditional English breakfast with the best pork sausages, eggs and bacon.

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Please click on the cottage photo for more information about this lovely farmstay cottage self-catering holiday in the West Country.

Pine lodges near the sea in Suffolk - peace and quiet and plenty of room for children

stay in a timber lodge for a peaceful Christmas and New Year

For a holiday in the peace and quiet of the countryside, take a look at  Warren Lodges on the edge of the Minsmere Marshes in Suffolk.  These timber lodges are equipped to ensure a comfortable stay at any time of year.  Each lodge can accommodate 4 people comfortably.

There is plenty of space for children to run around and make as much noise as they like.  Beaches are just a short distance away. This is a good location to introduce children to nature, fly kites, sail boats and all the traditional family activities.

Marsh harriers, barn owls kestrels and sparrow hawks hunt regularly over the surrounding land, skylarks and nightingales can be heard in the season, and many rare and interesting birds can be seen at the nearby RSPB Minsmere reserve. Rabbits share the hollow, and deer can sometimes be seen at dawn and dusk. 

Theberton village has a historic thatched church, with round tower, and two thatched cottages among its varied houses.  

Take a look at Warren lodges now.    Click on the image shown to view  more information.


Deerhurst Cottages in the Cotswolds - child and toddler friendly facilities


cottages with facilities for disabledThere are two family-friendly cottages at Deerhurst Cottages. Situated in the tranquil village of Deerhurst in Gloucestershire on a 230 acre organic dairy farm, this is a peaceful location which is bound to appeal to families. On site there is Swanlands Cottage which sleeps up to 4 plus cot and Hazelgrove Cottage which sleeps up to 2 plus cot. Each holiday cottage features a garden area and patio ideal for relaxing outdoors.

Guests are greeted with a welcome tray on arrival and cottages are equipped with Digital TV, games, an Ipod docking station with CD player, a DVD player and WiFi internet access for keeping families entertained.

From this holiday cottage it’s possible to visit the Forest of Dean, Cotswolds and the stunning Malvern Hills.

We are able to provide a travel cot, highchair, changing mat, sterilizer and baby bath for people with young children or toddlers.

Please  click on cottage photograph for more information and interior tours.

Award-winning self-catering cottages in Wales with soft-play centre for children


self-catering cottages with soft play for childrenGwynfryn Farm Cottages in North Wales offers a soft play centre for young children, an indoor swimming pool, farm animals to stroke and pet and many other amusements for families with young children.

Click on the photograph on the left to find out more about these award winning cottages in Wales.  

Pinelodge holidays set in woodland with cycle paths, indoor swimming pool

self-catering toddlers young children at DarwinLuxurious pine lodges to sleep up to 8. Each has a verandah with garden furniture and is fully equipped to the highest standards. All kitchens have a conventional cooker, microwave, refrigerator, and some have a freezer and dishwasher. Satellite TV and DVD players are provided.

All linen and towels are provided and included in the price.

A surcharge is levied for pets.

Each lodge is in a tranquil setting yet close to the site amenities such as the Evolution Health and Fitness leisure centre, including a indoor swimming pool, gymnasium, spa, sauna, steam room, beauty therapy treatments, coffe shop; children's playground and Forester's Inn. Lots to do with toddlers and young children.

Please phone 01629 732 42801629 732 428 or email for a colour brochure. 




4 star rated family friendly stone-built cottages at North Lee in North Devon 


north devon farm holiday cottagesA small selection of 4 star rated stone-built cottages with exposed beams and country charm in South Molton, north Devon.

This small group of 5 comfortable cottages come in varying sizes from 1 bedroom to a spacious four bedroom suiting families with just a baby up to the larger family with perhaps grandparents in tow.

There are beautiful views down the valley of glorious Devon farmland. Children would enjoy watching our black and white Fresian dairy cows and seeing the crops we grow to feed the cows.

The north Devon coast with sandy bays, beaches and coves is a short drive away for family days at the seaside. Visit the seaside resort of Woolacombe with its safe blue flag beaches, or tour the north Devon coast to discover many other wonderful sandy beaches. We also have a well equipped play area to keep children safely amused around the cottages.


playground at these comfortable 4 star cottages in South Molton north Devon
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Safe play area for children
Days out at the seaside in north Devon

This being Devon, lovely tea shops await to spoil you with cream teas and ice cream. There are numerous tourist attractions to take the children to, absolutely gorgeous countryside to enjoy for walks and rambles. This area abounds in wildlife; enjoy encounters with pheasants, deer, fox, buzzards and hares.

with self-catering, you can either cook for yourself or eat out. We also offer optional freshly cooked Farmhouse Meals for those days when you just want to relax and do absolutely nothing.

Lots of place to visit in north Devon including the Quince Honey Farm which is good for children, RHS Garden Rosemoor, various National Trust houses and beautiful gardens to explore, Exmoor Falconry and Animal farm, riding lessons available on Exmoor ... plus much more

Click on one of the cottage photographs for more information about these country cottages in South Molton, north Devon.


Willowfield Lake Cottages in Devon for families with children

holiday cottages for childrenWillowfield Lake Cottages at Saunton Sands Farm in Devon could be perfect for a family holiday. This cottage complex boasts excellent shared facilities which have been designed with children in mind.

With a fantastic tranquil location next to Braunton Burrows Nature Reserve and very close to the wonderful golden sands at Croyde and Saunton, with a holiday here you can keep the kids entertained with plenty of facilities on site, plus enjoy biking and horse riding in the nearby countryside as well as fun packed days out on the stunning North Devon coastline.

You can also be assured of a safe setting for children as Willowfield Lake Cottages are located within 12 acres of secure gardens. There are 12 cottages to choose from and on site you will find a play area for younger children with swings, slides and climbing areas as well as an area for older kids with an adventure fort and large trampoline.  There is also plenty of space for children to enjoy ball games.  

Also excellent for keeping all of the family entertained is the games room with coin operated pool table and table football and full size table tennis. Add to this an indoor heated swimming pool and hot tub and it’s easy to see that this development has plenty to offer people of all ages.

There is even a fishing lake on site with carp, roach and tench.

Click on the photograph of play facilities at these comfortable holiday cottages for families to view more information.



If you have a young holiday and are looking for a cottage with facilities for families with young children, you may wish to take a look at  self-catering holidays for families page which lists cottages with high chairs, cots, stair gates, baby sitting service etc.

If you add the cottages you like to a Shortlist as you browse, you will be able to send one email that is sent to all on your shortlist. Remember to include your phone number.

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