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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Luxury meets peaceful isolation at the wonderful Glenuaig Lodge, a dog friendly, large and truly remote four bedroom self catering cottage sleeping 8 guests set in the heart of the Glencarron Estate near Strathcarron. The Lodge enjoys beautiful views and is accessible by 4-wheel drive vehicles.
Situated on the outskirts of Exmoor, and only a short drive from the North Devon coastline is Ford Hill, a luxury 3 bedroom cottage with a beautiful garden. Elegantly decorated throughout, Ford Hill is a hop, skip and a jump from many of the area's best attractions, including Woolacombe beach.
The pet-friendly Dairy Cottage at Wheel Farm Holiday Cottages in Combe Martin manages to combine genuine rustic charm with modern facilities, swimming pool and tennis court, to provide the perfect self-catering holiday.
Fairways East sleeps 8 in four en-suite bedrooms. The large, luxury house is set within the lovely Devon countryside within the grounds of Highbullen Country Estate. Guests have access to the 9 hole golf course, 7 all weather tennis courts, an indoor swimming pool, a hot tub, gym and a sauna.
Ty Cerrig, with incredible rustic décor sleeping five, is built from an ancient barn in Llanbedr. This magnificent coast and countryside getaway near Harlech in Snowdonia offers homely modern features along with easy access to breathtaking natural scenery and many outdoor activities. Pets welcome.
Situated amidst stunning New Forest National Park woodlands and set along a small lake off the River Avon, Riverside Chronicles on the outskirts of the town of Fordingbridge, Hampshire, is a nature lover’s paradise, a pet-friendly cottage with cosy wood-burner, two comfy bedrooms, and glamping pod.
Floor to ceiling windows captures the stunning views of the countryside of North Wales and Snowdonia at Cae Mawr, a thoroughly modern coastal cottage in Dinas Dinlle. The pet-friendly cottage promises contemporary décor and furnishings, plus a hot tub, open fire and proximity to sandy beaches.
The Sycamores is a 2 bedroom Dorset holiday cottage situated on our stunning farm overlooking the West Dorset Coast and Chesil Beach. 5 miles to the West of Weymouth, the Sycamores offers the perfect countryside holiday accommodation for families or friends throughout the year. Pets welcome.
Green Knowe Cottage is surrounded by lush green countryside and sits on the edge of Exmoor National Park. The modern rural cottage in Knowstone, Devon, welcomes pets and offers a spacious garden, modern design and furnishings, tiled floors, a log burner and a vaulted conservatory dining room.
Formally a grain store now a stunning 5 star Gold Award 3 bedroom barn conversion sleeping 6 in 3 bedrooms, large spacious living areas and a private courtyard garden. Close to Beverley in delightful East Yorkshire, convenient for the Yorkshire coast and York.
Set in the historic Grade I listed building at Royal William Yard, this contemporary one bedroom apartment sleeps four guests and has wonderful waterside views. Enjoy eating out at the many great restaurants that line the streets of the Barbican, or simply cosy up and relax in this stylish home.
Beach Cottage is a large and family-friendly holiday cottage in Rhyl that sleeps 12 guests in 5 bedrooms. It is also a pet-friendly, luxury holiday home with a pool table, Sky TV, and many other facilities to ensure a happy holiday for families of large groups of friends on the North Wales Coast.
Castle Mill is an impressive, pet friendly conversion of a North Yorkshire stone mill offering self-catering holidays in an elevated position amidst beautiful countryside, on the outskirts of the pretty village of Ravensworth, near the historic market towns of Richmond and Barnard Castle.
Mineshop Holiday Cottages are located in the heart of the stunning Mineshop Valley, a short walk through the fields and woodland to the beach at Crackington Haven near Bude in North Cornwall. Set in a secluded and tranquil spot, its the perfect getaway for families, couples and dog owners.
Beautiful riverside frontage and a south-facing garden await guests at Riverbank Cottage, a charming cottage in the picturesque village of Horning on the Norfolk Broads. Fish (in season) from the private deck or just relax and enjoy the views along the river.
10 Brunel Quays overlooks the River Fowey in the centre of the ancient stannary town of Lostwithiel, Cornwall, a pet-friendly apartment with comfy leather seating, well-appointed kitchen, two ground-floor bedrooms with Jack-and-Jill bathroom, and en-suite twin on the mezzanine level.
Compton House is a gorgeously-appointed grand rural cottage at the foot of the Mendip Hills. The cottage enjoys wonderful views of Compton Bishop and the Somerset countryside and offers guests a swimming pool, tennis court, games room, open fires and an interior possessing charm and true elegance.
For a stunning retreat that pulls out all the stops, The Station House is a large North Yorkshire holiday home full of charm. The Grade II listed Victorian property is ideal for large family groups, offering exquisite accommodation from which to explore the North York Moors and the Whitby coast.
The Schoolhouse Brewhouse is a fabulous hot tub holiday cottage with a tennis court and beautiful gardens sleeps 4 in the quaint Shropshire village of Bishop’s Castle. Ideally positioned for cycling, horse-riding and walking in the South Shropshire Hills, Offa’s Dyke and the Welsh Marches.
Heather Croft is a delightfully restored three-bedroom seaside cottage with an open and airy ambience plus a balcony with sweeping views of the ocean. The red-brick cottage overlooks Robin Hood’s Bay on the North Yorkshire Coast and sleeps seven people with family-friendly amenities.
A refurbished traditional cottage on Cornwall's west coast. Set in the iconic harbour village of Porthleven, the area has become famous for storm-watching enthusiasts where the ocean has been known to put on a few dramatic displays during the colder seasons.
Ymlch Bach farmhouse, a late 19th century stone built semi-detached holiday cottage on a working farm sleeps 7. It has sympathetically integrated its original character with contemporary style and fittings. The farmhouse in Criccieth is within easy reach of North Wales beaches and Snowdonia.
Garden Barn is a gorgeous rural cottage situated on a farm, which spoils guests with endless rustic charm, an open fire, contemporary comfort, a sun-drenched summerhouse and expansive views to Billingsley and the Shropshire region from its generous garden, where children and pets can run free.
A large immaculate dormer bungalow on the North Yorkshire coast in Scarborough, Pet friendly Seacrest Lodge is just an easy walk to the beach. It sleeps 20 in 8 bedrooms with rural and sea views and is nicely located for seaside, walking, cycling and golfing holidays for big families or groups.
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.