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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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
Stables is a large stunning holiday cottage converted from stables in Tawstock near Barnstaple, North Devon. It has a tastefully decorated 6-bedroom interior with loads of space to relax and unwind. Outside there is a large private patio, games room, and shared outdoor play area and tennis court.
Upper Mill is a holiday cottage for couples with use of an onsite heated swimming pool and a tennis court. Located at Wheel Farm near Combe Martin, the cottage is within easy reach of the stunning North Devon coast, including the long sandy beaches at Woolacombe Bay. Exmoor is also nearby.
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.
Expansive views of the Devon countryside stretch before The Hay Loft, a successful conversion in Kentisbeare. The pet-friendly cottage promises fresh country air and spacious grounds as well as a property with an open fire, a games room, two sitting areas, wheelchair access and contemporary style.
Selworthy is a 4-Star Gold West Somerset Holiday Cottage sleeping 11 in 6 bedrooms. This dog-friendly cottage is set on a small country estate in an Exmoor valley near Dunster & Minehead. Facilities include an indoor pool, hot tub, games room, tennis court, trampoline, play centre.
Far Barn is a delightful Grade II listed stone cottage near the lovely market town of Fakenham in Norfolk. The pet-friendly cottage boasts ample grounds and beautiful gardens plus multiple furnished spaces, as well as an interior with exposed beams, sophisticated design features and an open fire.
Buttercups Haybarn is a detached 5-star rural cottage set amidst woodland and green fields in Alkington, Shropshire. The luxurious Georgian cottage blends tradition with urban chic, with shared use of an indoor swimming pool; multi-sports court, an Under 5's play area, plus wonderful rural views.
Located in the quiet hamlet of Treviades, The Farmhouse Cottage is just five miles from Falmouth, in a central yet secluded location. It provides the perfect base for a holiday spent exploring Cornwall, and with four bedrooms and plenty of extras, it works equally well as a relaxing family getaway.
Corner Thatch is a stunning chocolate box cottage in Abbots Morton dating back to the 17th century. The former post office is a Grade II listed property boasting a thatched roof and black and white half-timbered charm, as well as traditional features, delightful gardens and access to Worcestershire.
Stockman’s Cottage is a delightfully sophisticated rural cottage which featured in Country Living Magazine. The pet-friendly cottage near Derham, Norfolk, promises a gorgeous garden and fresh air, plus exposed beams and inglenook fireplace with wood burner, as well as contemporary style & seclus...
Kamba Cottage near Kirremuir in the rural hamlet of East Murthill, offers guests use of a pool and hot tub. is an ideal base for exploring the Angus Glens, golf courses, ski fields and the Highlands.
Silver Birches is a newly-built terrace mews house in an ideal location in Holt, Norfolk, just a few miles from the coast. The sophisticated coastal cottage offers a mature garden with south-facing courtyard and contemporary open-plan design which welcomes in natural light and a light breeze.
Large groups on holiday in the Yoorkshire Dales will find comfortable, charming accommodation at Street Head Farm, a rural holiday cottage near Skipton in North Yorkshire. This five-bedroom countryside cottage seamlessly blends many of its original features with modern amenities. Pets welcome.
Walmsley House is a large family friendly holiday home in the sleepy village of Bempton on the East Yorkshire coast between award winning beaches at Filey and Bridlington. This recently refurbished and charming period property sleeps 12 and welcomes pets.
Trencreek Farmhouse is a superbly-appointed detached Grade II listed farmhouse set on seven acres of woodland near Tregony a short drive from the Cornish coast. The pet-friendly cottage offers beautiful views, a woodburning stove and contemporary fittings drawn together with subtle refinement.
Enjoy countryside living just a short drive from the pretty coastal village of Padstow. Sleeping four guests, this quirky pet-friendly cottage can be found in a rural setting in St Columb and even has its own paddock.
Long Meadow Barn offers bucolic views over Down St. Mary from its spacious gardens as well as light and airy modern rooms inside the converted barn. The generous sitting room features a woodburning stove and the remainder of the rural cottage in Devon has been decorated with care and attention.
The Vean is a large Georgian country house nestled among woodland and boasting refinement and luxury as well as abundant grounds, an open fire and proximity to St Austell. The luxury holiday cottage on Caerhays Estate is ideal for special occasions and is just moments from the coastline of Cornwall.
A waterside holiday cottage just steps from the popular Broadland village of Horning, Norfolk, Swan Dyke Cottage offers a peaceful retreat from which to explore this picturesque region, a two-storey pet-friendly cottage with brick panelling, open fire, and four spacious bedrooms.
Escape to a holiday cottage the whole family will love at William’s Hayloft. Set on a vast property in Alkington, Shropshire, the pet-friendly cottage promises fresh air & facilities such as woodland, indoor swimming pool, multi-sports court & children’s play area, plus a wood-burning stove.
Laxton Fortune is a combination of two sophisticated rural cottages near Colchester, Suffolk. The spacious, contemporary cottages lie in Constable County and offer holidays centred on golf, spa indulgences, swimming, sightseeing or relaxation. Open-plan designs capture the views and fresh air.
4 Star Gold rural holiday cottage with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Set on our farmstead on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds. Close to Beverley and Driffield, within easy reach of York, Hull, the Yorkshire Coast, and Moors. Large garden, secure shed, parking for 3 vehicles, pet and family-friendly.
Located close to Dorset’s Jurassic Coast near Bridport, The Cider Barn is a newly refurbished family-friendly barn conversion in secluded rural surroundings at Hembury Mil in Askerwell. The Cider Barn sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms, appealing to those planning a beach or walking holiday on the Dorset coast.
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.