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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Smithy Cottage accommodates up to four guests in two bedrooms and is situated outside Ilfracombe in the glorious North Devon countryside just a handful of miles from the beach at Woolacombe. This North Devon holiday cottage on-site fishing and a children's play area is located at Lower Aylescott.
Blare Cottage at Lower Aylescott Farm stands amidst glorious North Devon countryside a few miles from the fabulous Woolacombe Beach. This pretty two-bedroom holiday home sleeps 4. Guests can roam the grounds, fish the well-stocked lakes while children will enjoy the onsite children's play area.
Memory House is probably the most prestigious house in Woolacombe, enjoying uninterrupted views of Woolacombe beach across to Putsburough. The large ground to ceiling windows across the entire ground floor means you can watch the surfers over breakfast or the sun setting over the sea in the evening
Lower Mill Cottage at Wheel Farm is a 1-bedroom holiday home for couples with communal use of a heated indoor pool and tennis court, near award winning Blue Flag beaches at Woolacombe and Putsborough. The wilds of Exmoor where ponies and red deer roam freely are also only a short drive away.
Ty Mawr is a lovingly maintained large holiday cottage with a hot tub, residing in the gorgeous Gwynedd countryside of Llanuwchllyn in the Pennant Lliw Valley. Guests can walk or bike their way through Celtic castle ruins upon Carndochan, or visit Lake Bala for watersports. Sleeps 8.
Holiday in comfort and style with a stay at The Wain House, a brick-built barn conversion on the owner’s 250-acre working farm just outside the village of Westhope, Shropshire, a pet-friendly cottage that features a private patio with hot tub, as well as access to a games room and gym.
Swan Lodge is a wood-clad rural cottage on Castle Farm near Wedmore, and it provides an ideal place to relax and unwind after exploring the Somerset Levels The cottage boasts a large garden with views of the countryside plus an indulgent hot tub and a thoroughly modern interior.
In the small Cumbria coastal village of Cark in Cartnel, The Old Bank House is a large, characterful holiday cottages nicely located for exploring the southern Lake District and Morecombe Bay. This well-equipped pet friendly holiday home sleeps 11.
Burnside is a charming, coastal Edwardian semi-detached property. This spacious, three-storey North York Moors holiday cottage is child-friendly, sleeps six, and includes two sitting rooms. Robin Hood's Bay is a ten-minute walk away.
Get swallowed up in the beauty of the remote North West Cumbrian countryside at the quieter end of The Lake District with a stay at the secluded Swallow’s Nest, a cosy, family-friendly barn conversion in Catterlen, near Penrith.
Llletty is a Grade II listed, stone farmhouse situated on the Bodnant Estate near Colwyn Bay in Conwy. The rural cottage has been lovingly restored and its grounds include mature gardens, lawned areas and the small Annexe. The pet-friendly property boasts an open fire and gorgeous views.
Ingleside is a large Gloucestershire holiday cottage on the outskirts of the Forest of Dean in the rural hamlet of Adsett. Ingleside sleeps 14 in 6 bedrooms with 4 bathrooms plus ample living space including a sun room and games room. The enclosed garden includes a bike store and BBQ facilities.
This listed 18th-century former toll house makes for a memorable romantic retreat in Somerset. This small yet enchanting Quantock Hills cottage lies on the quiet high street in Nether Stowey, a pretty Somerset coastal village, perfect for walking, riding and exploring unspoilt countryside.
The Mill Manager’s House is an elegant Grade I listed cottage in the Cromford Mills UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cromford. Surrounded by the Peak District & Derbyshire Dales, the stunning rural property boasts wooden floors, an open fire, original windows and shutters, modernity & an ample garden.
Nutwood is a delightful detached cottage perched near Lake Windermere in Lakeside. The pet-friendly cottage is well-positioned for a holiday in Cumbria and the Lake District. It features a spacious furnished deck, lovely grounds, and an interior with modern furnishings, an open fire and ample light.
Converted from a Victorian chapel, Chapel House in Anglesey is a large, purpose-built luxury holiday cottage in a pleasant rural location. It lies about a country mile outside the village of Llanddeusant in the hamlet of Elim on the Island’s west coast. The pet friendly cottage sleeps 12.
A family- and pet-friendly country getaway near Ravensworth in the Yorkshire Dales, this 3-bedroom pet-friendly barn conversion on a working farm sleeps 7, Convenient to local market villages, Larklands balances rustic and new in one stylish rural retreat in North Yorkshire.
Creag-na-Sanais is a detached rural cottage on the owner’s working farm outside the village of Laggan near Newtonmore in the Northern Highlands. It is close to cycling trails and ski fields and offers guests modern accommodation in a cottage boasting sun-drenched living areas and an open fire.
One of five luxurious cottages with Wi-Fi at Littlecourt Cottages, Magnolia sleeps up to 6 people in a charming property only a short distance from the town centre and beaches of Sidmouth on the South Devon coast.
Castle House sits on the grounds of the Museum of Somerset in the county town of Taunton, Somerset, part of a 12th-century castle and offering a distinctive holiday experience, a large child-friendly cottage with four bedrooms over two stories, a modern kitchen, & signature Tudor Room sitting area.
Blaensilltyn Farmhouse in the Ceredigion Countryside is a large detached and pet friendly farmhouse near Newcastle Emlyn. Located on a working farm, this spacious and well-equipped holiday home with a hot tub in West Wales sleeps 12 in 5 bedrooms and lies within easy reach of the coast.
A refurbished traditional seaside cottage on the coast at Marazion. Enjoy stylish decor and open-plan living with marvellous views from the property's elevated private patio; you'll even find an enclosed courtyard garden - the perfect place to sip a morning coffee or to simply relax.
Stay in your very own railway carriage beside the vintage railway tracks near Williton, Somerset. The Railway Carriage is an authentic replica and is fitted out with style and luxury. The pet-friendly cottage promises a unique holiday plus a log burner, eco-friendly design and a 4-star rating.
The Stables, situated amidst the owners’ 130 acres of wooded farmland in the rural village of Fifehead Neville, Dorset, is a dog-friendly countryside cottage offering spectacular views across the Blackmore Vale, a barn conversion lovingly renovated to an exceptionally high standard.
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.