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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Fairways West is a newly renovated luxury house that sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms in Chittlehamholt, North Devon. The house is perfect for large families or groups of friends. The house is set in lovely grounds of a hotel and has access to an 9 hole golf course, indoor swimming pool and leisure complex.
Deer View Cottage is a stunning, 5* luxury cottage with an indoor pool and hot tub set within the grounds of the North Devon Highbullen Country Hotel. The pet-friendly Devon holiday cottage is in a quiet corner of the estate enjoying picturesque rural views. Use spa facilities and golf course.
Braefoot is a North Devon countryside cottage close to beaches at Woolacombe and Ilfracombe. This child-friendly rural retreat at Lower Aylescott Farm is perfectly located for family holidays exploring the North Devon coast.
The Byre at Wheel Farm is an attractive barn conversion offering self-catering accommodation for up to 5 visitors in 3-bedrooms. Onsite facilities include an indoor heated pool, sauna and tennis court all within easy reach of fabulous beaches and the Exmoor National Park.
Your home away from home, Thornlea welcomes families and groups to a homely two-bedroom detached bungalow with a delightful garden, in the market town of Richmond. Vibrant colours and modern amenities feature throughout the pet-free cottage which is ideally situated in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.
Set in a quiet residential area of Oakerthorpe Village, this cosy two-bedroom rural cottage is fully equipped, delightfully furnished, and perfectly located for holidays exploring the Peak District. You’re sure to love this cosy, quaint and modern Derbyshire cottage sleeping 3 in 2 bedrooms.
Willow Cottage sleeps 4, with an open fire and private patio. This beautifully furnished Cornwall holiday cottage is located in the pretty medieval town of Lostwithiel, in the Fowey River Valley, near glorious South Cornwall sandy beaches, Lanhydrock House and Gardens and the local farmers’ market.
Exposed beams and original features abound in Malham, a rural holiday cottage near Settle set within 150 acres of countryside in the Yorkshire Dales. Malham welcomes families and pets to enjoy modern comforts, an on-site restaurant, a games room and heated swimming pool.
Urban chic meets traditional charm at The Shippen, a delightful rural cottage in Membury Devon with wonderful views of an AONB. The pet-friendly cottage offers a generous, sun-lit, open-plan living space as well as a wood burner, double-height bedrooms, beautiful gardens and access to the coast.
Buddleia is a cosy self catering cottage; perfect for guests with up to two dogs. With a large enclosed, safe garden and access through a gate to the meadows and orchard in the higher valley of Dittiscombe Hills, guests can relax and enjoy a secluded and peaceful break in this pretty stone cottage.
The Old School is a gorgeous stone and tiled cottage which once educated the youth of South Perrott in Dorset. The pet-friendly cottage retains its Gothic arched doors, mullion windows and vaulted beamed ceilings, and boasts a Loggia in a beautiful garden, a wood burner and countryside views.
Set amidst the rolling countryside of the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Rosebank Barn on the edge of the charming Gloucestershire village of Ablington is a child-friendly cottage converted from a natural stone barn, boasting underfloor heating, vaulted ceilings, & wood-burning stove.
Perched atop West Pentire headland, Cormorant enjoys uninterrupted ocean views and a short walk to the beach. The pet-friendly cottage in Crantock, Cornwall boasts beautiful gardens, a sun-trap conservatory and open fire, as well as an open-plan design with contemporary elegance and a sea breeze.
Enjoy a rural holiday on a working arable farm in the small village of Mutford, Suffolk, with a stay at Ash Farm Cottage, a beautiful barn conversion turned into a pet-friendly countryside cottage featuring exposed beams, brick panelling, electric fire, and two upstairs bedrooms.
Hikers and outdoor enthusiasts will love the proximity to Snowdonia of this six-bedroom rural cottage. Farmhouse lies in the Conwy village of Pentrefoelas and boasts views of the stunning countryside as well as wheelchair access, endless entertainment options, cosy open fires and a games room.
Perched atop an inspiring scenic hilltop location in North Wales, the Bryn Howell Stables in Llangollen is a superb, 3-bedroom rural retreat in Denbighshire for 2-6 guests. A remote cottage, this dog-friendly vintage holiday property has been beautifully renovated for family holidays.
Enjoy the unspoilt beauty of the hamlet of Benville, Dorset, just as Thomas Hardy described it a century ago, with a stay at Benville Cottage, a historic child-friendly cottage with three bedrooms, large garden with three terraced lawn areas, Inglenook fireplace, and 17th-century stone wall carving.
With views of the Channel, Yenworthy Mill rewards visitors with tradition, walking trails, comfort and style. The pet-friendly cottage sits on a working farm in Exmoor National Park which is just moments from the ocean. The cottage in Countisbury, Devon boasts a wood burner and more treats.
Vaulted beamed ceilings and contemporary comforts greet visitors at 5c Hideways, a coastal cottage just moments from the beaches of Hunstanton. The single-storey cottage promises light and airy open-plan spaces and a sunny courtyard, as well as a sea breeze and access to the coastline of Norfolk.
Whether blanketed in snow or blossoming with wildflowers, the grounds of Cazenovia Hall complement this Grade II listed rural cottage near Greystoke in Cumbria. The pet-friendly cottage promises extensive gardens, wonderful views, an open fire and a masterful blend of modernity and tradition.
Set amongst mature riverside gardens and offering gorgeous countryside views, Bratton Mill Cottage near the medieval village of Bratton Fleming, Devon, is a pet-friendly 17th-century cottage recently redecorated yet retaining much of the character and charm of the original mill.
Carriage House resembles a castle with its four-storey tower and expansive grounds, and a regal stay is assured at a large cottage bursting with character and finished with modern comforts. The four-bedroom, rural holiday cottage in the Borders town of Coldstream welcomes families and friends.
The woodlands of North Wales surround Bothy Cottage, which welcomes families and pets to a truly charming, two-bedroom rural cottage on the Llyn Peninsula boasting exposed beams, stone walls, tennis courts, gorgeous riverside gardens in a peaceful and tranquil location near Criccieth.
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.