Scroll down to view child and baby-friendly cottages if you are seeking 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 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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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.
Situated on a working organic Dorset farm in a peaceful rural location, Threshers Barn near Beaminster is a Grade 2 listed 16th-century flint barn, beautifully restored to provide cosy, bright and airy accommodation with original features such as old beams and windows. Pets welcome.
Aggies is a beautifully furnished rural holiday cottage in Devon sleeping 6 in 3 bedrooms nestled in the hills of the North Devon Coast close to the coast and beaches at Ilfracombe and Woolacombe.
Exmoor Farmhouse is a stunning, large Exmoor house with 7 bedrooms and sleeps 14. It welcomes dogs and has turn-out and stabling for horses. With spectacular views over Exmoor and large gardens to play or relax, Exmoor Farmhouse is a great place to stay with friends and family to explore Exmoor.
The village of Torcross can be found on one of south Devon's prettiest stretches of south coastline and is the perfect setting for anyone looking to relax near the sea. Just metres from Slapton Sands and its clear water, this lovely apartment provides guests with bright and spacious accommodation.
This North Devon coast and countryside cottage in the picturesque coastal village of Westleigh near Instow Beach is a perfect spot to relax with the whole family or just as a couple. Elm Cottage is a delightfully cosy 2-bedroom rural retreat, beautifully presented and very well-equipped.
Holiday in comfort and style in the Lake District with a stay at 2 Beacon High, a coastal cottage nestled in a quiet locale in the traditional south Lakeland village of Lindale, Cumbria, featuring a spacious sitting room, well-equipped kitchen and beautiful enclosed garden.
In open countryside on the edge of Pickering and the York Moors a picturesque group of stone cottages with beamed ceilings, stone fireplaces. Furnished with emphasis on comfort and relaxation. Large gardens with garden house, play and barbecue. See website for Virtual Tour www.keldheadcottages.com
Stone-built Slade Cottage boasts an interior replete with exposed beams, an open fire, a country-style kitchen and the comforts of home, and offers guests and their pet’s expansive gardens, wonderful views and a peaceful rural escape in any season among the hills of Ilam in the Peak District.
The Dale Cottage is a luxury cottage just off the town square in the Northumberland village of Allendale, a pet-friendly cottage that sleeps up to five guests, featuring exposed stone walls, underfloor heating, wood burner and wall-mounted Freeview TV in the sitting room, and rear garden.
A beautifully presented pet and family-friendly cottage set within 26 acres of West Cornwall countryside. Surrounded by flower meadows and excellent walks, it has its own enclosed patio and garden with underfloor heating throughout as well as three en-suite bedrooms.
Once a working corn mill near Kingsbridge, it has been beautifully renovated to create a large, luxury Kingsbridge holiday cottage in a secluded rural location near the South Devon coast. The Cornmill sleeps 12 in 6 bedrooms, perfect for large family holidays or groups of friends. Pets welcome.
Falstaff Cottage is a charming and spacious cottage near Stratford-upon-Avon which promises wonderful countryside views and serenity. The rural cottage features exposed beams and other gorgeous details which blend perfectly with its quaint surroundings. Step into a charming and relaxing space.
Great Calva Cottage at Monkhouse Hill in the Northern Lakes. A 5 star cottage designed for groups of families or friends, with three bedroom suites each with a double, a twin and a bathroom. There is a sauna suite and outside hot tub, access to a luxury hotel spa with swimming pool is also included.
Uninterrupted ocean views await guests at St Anthony’s Cottage, a luxurious coastal cottage just a stroll from the beach in Porlock Weir, Somerset. The pet-friendly cottage boasts contemporary charm and pastel hues, as well as generous grounds, a sun-drenched patio, a wood burner and the sea breeze.
Edmund’s Cottage in the quaint Yorkshire village of Crakehall is one of three holiday homes that combine original features with contemporary comforts, a dog-friendly cottage with garden hot tub, exposed beams, Smart TVs in the lounge and first-floor master, and views of Bedale Beck.
Eden Lodge lies in Bardsea overlooking Morcombe Bay, close to the Cumbrian coastal town of Ulverston in the Lake District. It has a well-equipped kitchen, a games room and hot tub. This large, Edwardian rural holiday home sleeps 25, great for large group holidays and celebrations all year round.
Set in the small rural village of Milton, Cumbria, you’ll find The Byre, a farm cottage perfect for families looking to escape the rigours of their daily lives. This countryside cottage nestled between three North West national parks offers the ideal holiday getaway on a working livestock farm.
Lower Barn at Blagdon Farm sits south of Dorchester, just two miles from Martinstown and Portesham and offers stunning views of Hardy&rsquo;s monument. It is totally secluded and a network of footpaths and bridleways lead to a multitude of walks.
Rosehill is a characterful and child friendly holiday cottage accommodating large groups, sleeping 20 in 8 comfortable bedrooms, all with ensuite bathrooms in a rural hamlet a few miles from Market Drayton in Shropshire.
Enjoy the perfect pet-friendly beach break in this modern, bright, first floor apartment. With two bedrooms and two bathrooms there is plenty of room for all, with the view from the large bay window meaning you get to watch the changing moods of the sea from the comfort of your living room.
Immerse yourself in the charms of village life at Sea View Cottage in Greenodd. Stroll around the tiny village and return to your cosy and immaculate three-storey holiday cottage with modern comforts and inviting décor. Explore beaches, mountains and weekly markets from this child-friendly cottage.
Y Bwthyn is a beautiful, family-friendly Pembrokeshire countryside cottage with a hot tub on a working farm a mile outside Llandissilio. It is a great place to explore the rural scenery on foot, by bike or car, or just to relax on the superb Gower Peninsula beaches.
A traditional stone fireplace and exposed beams gift Ash Lodge country charm, and the rural cottage near Washford treat guests to open fire, a hot tub, lovely grounds, contemporary comforts and a peaceful property with a lot of space for your dog and proximity to the coastline of Somerset.
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.