Scroll down to view child and baby-friendly cottages if you seek a family holiday in a UK holiday cottage where young children, infants and babes in arms are welcome and well-catered for. Good child-friendly holiday cottages offer the kind of self-catering holidays where your children grow up remembering how the sun always seemed to shine on holidays when they were young. They will include the type of games or activities that will keep your children happy and occupied while giving you a bit of a break too. These days it is X-Boxes, table football and trampolines for older children as well as many of the traditional board games that still entertain and allow Mum and Dad to join in. For babies, as well as cots and high chairs, facilities can include changing mates and baby alarms.
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Duror is a pretty three-bedroom cottage ideally located at Lower Aylescott near Woolacombe and Ilfracombe in North Devon. Sleeping 2-6, guests have access to onsite fishing and a children's play area. The child friendly cottage is within easy reach of award-winning beaches and Exmoor National Park.
Lake View Cottage lies in a rural location just outside the pretty North Devon village of West Down within the grounds of Lower Aylescott Farm. One of 6 cottages, it shares lovely grounds, a fishing lake and play area. The beaches at Woolacombe are only 5 miles away and Exmoor is a 20 minute drive.
Overlooking Loch Duich in a unique hillside location in one of the most awe inspiring glens in the Scottish Highlands, Tigh an Aullt is the ideal getaway property for up to 6 people.
Instow Beach Cottage is a charming first floor North Devon holiday let overlooks the estuary. The dog-friendly waterside apartment sleeps 5 people in 3 bedrooms. It has a lovely balcony to sit and enjoy uninterrupted views across the beach and estuary to Appledore and lovely sunsets.
Thatch Barn offers groups of up to eight relaxing country cottage holidays situated on the edge the Norfolk Broads near Acle in Norfolk. This large rural cottage that retains many of its original features whilst providing a contemporary feel. Sleeps 8.
Set among the gorgeous countryside of Cheshire, Orchard Cottage is a modern barn conversion near Rainow which offers luxury, seclusion and relaxation. The pet-friendly cottage boasts a delightful garden with wonderful views, plus a games room, an open fire, original features and sun-filled spaces.
Large families looking to holiday off the beaten track can enjoy a stay at Nethercote Byre in the centre of Exmoor, a child-friendly barn conversion near the Somerset villages of Winsford and Exford that features a living room with a wood-burner, playroom with table football & four comfy bedrooms
Grade II listed 18th Century Riverside House near Falmouth is a pet-friendly Cornish holiday cottage offering spectacular sea views. Newly refurbished to provide the ultimate luxury seaside accommodation with 3 double bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Reserved parking & beautiful waterside courtyard.
Glaven Cottage is charming a Grade II listed flint cottage on the banks of the River Glaven in Letheringsett. Situated between the country and coast of Norfolk, the 1870s cottage boasts exposed beams and wood-burning stove, as well as verdant gardens with furnished spaces and rooms with river views.
East Hill Cottage on the outskirts of the rural village of Parracombe, Devon, makes the perfect holiday home in the South West, a child-friendly two-storey cottage featuring plenty of amenities for all ages, including games room, private garden, playroom, climbing frame, and two wood-burner stoves.
The honeypot location of Grassington lies but a pleasant stroll from the grounds of 1 Bridge End, a delightfully restored large holiday cottage in the Yorkshire Dales boasting wooden floors, five bedrooms, riverside views from the pet-friendly garden and guaranteed comfort beside the open fire.
Sat on the borders of the Norfolk village of Litcham, La Petite Maison is a quaint semi-detached annexe tucked away in the East Anglia countryside. Ideal for couples, this ground floor property is a comfortable and romantic getaway, boasting a touch of traditional French style as the name suggests.
Upper End House offers luxury in the Cotswolds. The rural cottage lies in Shipton-under-Wychwood in Oxfordshire and boasts sophistication and charm throughout its spacious interior. Ample gardens capture the sun and open fire warms the interior during winter, and ensure a memorable family holiday.
The Farm House Barn in Golden Valley near Abbey Dore in Herefordshire, is a large oak-beamed farmhouse – a perfect rural retreat for a large family or groups of friends within easy reach of walks along Offas Dyke and The Brecon Beacons.
Greenwich Cottage is stylish, home from home character cottage in the West Dorset village of Chideock on the Jurassic Coast. Sleeps up to 3 and is perfect for a romantic or small family getaways. Walking distance to 3 excellent pubs and the beach at Seatown.
A quiet, charming rural holiday getaway in Llwyngwril on the Gwynedd coast in Snowdonia, Brynteg Cottage is only minutes from the sea. This bright, welcoming, and spacious holiday cottage in North Wales sleeps six guests. A great base for exploring a gorgeous coastal area.
Set on the grounds of a decades-old family farm amidst botanical gardens and medieval architecture, The Cobnut near the village of South Newington, Oxfordshire, is a child-friendly Cotswolds holiday cottage featuring a brick fireplace, exposed beams, and two comfy upstairs bedrooms.
Swanage Driftwood is a modern coastal cottage boasting light and airy spaces and contemporary chic. The pet-friendly cottage in Swanage, Dorset, lies just moments from the beach and offers a sun-filled interior and multiple outdoor entertaining spaces, plus access to bespoke Wellness packages.
Bryn Cemllyn is a large rural holiday cottage in Gwynedd that sleeps 12. Located in the Coed-y-Brenin Forest near Dolgellau, it lies inland from the coast at Barmouth and just south of the Snowdonia National Park - a fabulous location for holidays in the Great Outdoors. Pets Welcome.
A fresh, home-made pie welcomes guests to Tregadjack Farmhouse, a luxurious country cottage near Helston surrounded by gorgeous gardens in Tregathenan. Inglenook fireplaces and exposed beams, antique furnishings and contemporary fittings fill this gorgeous, pet-friendly rural property in Cornwall.
The beautiful valley views add to the romance of Putham Barn, a secluded cottage in Cutcombe, Somerset. With access to the natural wonders of Exmoor, the pet-friendly property is an ideal place to escape with that special person and boasts lovely grounds, modernity, sun-filled spaces and grounds.
Quantock Hide is a boutique rural cottage in Kilve, Somerset, which offers the best of the country and the coast. The luxurious pet-friendly cottage boasts panoramic views to the sea and multiple surprises for pets, plus a hot tub, open fire, lovely gardens, a hammock, modern comforts and seclusion.
Apple Barn is a sophisticated modern coastal cottage sitting just moments from the Devon coast in East Portlemouth. The impressive pet-friendly cottage promises beautiful countryside views as well as contemporary comforts and multiple relaxation areas both inside and outside. Savour the serenity.
Place View is a well-appointed, modern, seaside cottage in Fowey with an open fire and gorgeous estuary views from its terrace. The charming cottage sits atop the hill and is situated in the heart of the lovely Cornish village with its narrow, winding streets and abundance of eateries.
My Favourite Holiday Cottages make it easier for you to find a child friendly cottage where looking after your children in a home-from-home where there will be less chance of hearing those words - I am bored! Choose carefully and you could save yourself a lot of packing! Owners who have invested in creating a holiday home with facilities for children, are also very likely to be experts in knowing all the local child-friendly attractions - from safe sandy beaches to theme parks. It is always worth a phone call or an enquiry to the property owner seeking their recommendation. You will find them happy to help.
If all your children are pre-school age, then you'll find plenty of child friendly cottages at good prices in the early summer before the schools break up - or take advantage of some Indian summer weather on a family holiday in September when the crowds have gone, there's space on the beach and the sun still shines. As well as toys, there are more practical considerations to take into account. Catering for children includes facilities such as plastic crockery, buckets, spades and even fridge magnets. Some owners will evenin inlcude a small pack of pre-stamped postcards to encouage youngsters to write to grandparents and friends about their holiday.