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Melissa Corkhill

By Melissa Corkhill

25th May 2015

Looking for the perfect spot for your family summer holidays? Check out some of these beautiful places to stay around the UK. You’ll find something to suit every taste and budget here from yurts in the woods to beautifully restored gypsy caravans, campsites in the heart of the countryside to luxurious converted barns. And to make planning even easier, you can see at a glance what facilities each provides for babies and children from nature trails to baby gear.

Melissa Corkhill

By Melissa Corkhill

25th May 2015

Melissa Corkhill

By Melissa Corkhill

25th May 2015

CORNWALL

Bosinver Farm Cottages
Luxury self catering cottages in Cornwall where children can run free, families can relax together and nature is truly on the doorstep
It’s often the simple pleasures of outdoor adventures which make the most relaxing holidays. Bosinver’s 20 luxurious cottages are set in 30 acres of wildflower meadows and woodland, in a peaceful valley near St. Austell and the Eden Project. It makes the ideal base to explore the whole of Cornwall, but with so much to do here, guests often don’t want to leave! For magical family memories try the animal feeding sessions and egg-collecting with Farmer Dave or take a pony ride. Have fun on the zip wire and tennis courts or in the play barn and indoor solar heated swimming pool. Kids love the Wild Kids outdoor play sessions where they can build dens and toast marshmallows around a campfire. Parents can relax too – the individual, detached cottages are beautifully furnished and it’s just a short walk to the village shop and pub. The jewel in their crown, carbon neutral eco-cottage Lowen even has its own hot tub!
FACILITIES FOR FAMILIES
Heated indoor pool, play barn, games room, tennis courts, zip wire, nature trails, outdoor play, pony rides
GREEN CREDENTIALS Cornwall Tourism Awards, Sustainable Tourism Gold, GTBS Gold, renewable technologies, commitment to local suppliers
ADDRESS Trelowth, St Austell, PL26 7DT
WEB bosinver.co.uk TEL 01726 72128
EMAIL [email protected]
PRICES FROM Weekly £420 Short Stay £244

Retallack Resort & Spa
Five star luxury resort and spa, located in the beautiful Cornish countryside
Retallack is a five star luxury resort and spa, close to beautiful beaches and historic harbours. They offer a range of accommodation from simple and modern suites to boutique luxury lodges with plunge pools, hot tubs, wood burners, state of the art kitchens, cosy living rooms and sumptuous sofas as well as fantastic outdoor living areas. On-site you’ll find The Green Room, run by MasterChef winner, James Nathan, serving inspired, state of the art cuisine. They are also home to the FlowRider, a simulated wave machine. Regardless of experience and skill levels, the thrill of surfing a wave can be experienced by parents, teenagers and children alike.
FACILITIES FOR FAMILIES
Nature trails, duck pond, farm shop, pool, outdoor play, adventure club during holidays, kayaking, tennis courts
GREEN CREDENTIALS Gold Green Tourism, Fuel sourced onsite, 30 acre SSSI, Local produce hampers and locally sourced food in The Green Room.
ADDRESS Winnards Perch, Nr Padstow, TR9 6DE
WEB retallackresort.co.uk TEL 01637 882500
EMAIL [email protected] SLEEPS 1 to 12
PRICES FROM Weekly £499 Short Stay £219

DEVON

Smallicombe Farm
Offers families a slice of everything that makes Devon great. Run by three generations on 70 acres in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Stay on a working farm specialising in rare breeds. There are pigs, cows, sheep and chickens. Owners encourage those who would like to come and get involved and it proves a great learning opportunity for children of any age. Choose between the Gold Award winning en-suite Bed and Breakfast or the array of 4 star Gold self-catering cottages, all in close proximity to the children’s play areas. Wake up to award winning breakfasts, made with on-farm produce. A short drive from the Jurassic coast, the local area offers fossil hunting excursions, picturesque fishing villages, and beautiful sandy or pebble beaches.
FACILITIES FOR FAMILIES
Farm trail, ancient woodland, playhouse, swings and slide ,toddler play area, sunken trampoline, climbing wall, toy box, BBQ area, home cooked meals
GREEN CREDENTIALS Solar panels, LED lighting, Biomass heating and water, own meat and eggs for sale
ADDRESS Northleigh, Colyton, Devon EX24 6BU
WEB smallicombe.com TEL 01404 831310
EMAIL [email protected] SLEEPS 2 to 6 (22 total )
PRICES FROM Weekly £275 Short Stay £195

HAMPSHIRE

Riverside Cottage
A self catering home set in idyllic surroundings in beautiful Hampshire
Riverside Cottage is just an hour from London with easy access to the coast and south. There are four double bedrooms so the cottage can comfortably sleep 8, but if you need more room, there’s also a ground floor study bedroom. There are three shower/bathrooms and a downstairs toilet. The house was once three farmer cottages and has been restored into one beautiful family home with exposed beams, fireplaces and stone floors while also having two modern conservatories. It is roomy enough for a family gathering but also makes a lovely cosy hideaway. The cottage looks out onto private manicured gardens and lavender field. The kitchen offers an Aga, modern cooker & combi microwave —or the owners can put guests in touch with their chef to cook at home or to deliver meals fresh or frozen. There is a children’s climbing frame area and outdoor swimming pool, plus peaceful garden terrace. This corner of the world is rich in scenic walks, village pubs and cultural visits to Winchester and surrounding areas.
FACILITIES FOR FAMILIES
Big garden with pool and play area, lots of great walks, space to run around. City of Winchester close by with culture, shopping, cinemas and theatre
GREEN CREDENTIALS 5 star Quality in Tourism, Hot Brand Cool Places, Good Web Guide
ADDRESS Bransbury, Nr Barton Stacey, Winchester, Hampshire SO21 3QJ
WEB riversidelifestyle.co.uk TEL 07973 215 407
EMAIL [email protected] SLEEPS 1 to 8 PRICES FROM Weekly £2200 Short Stay (2 nights) £1100

SUFFOLK
Alde Garden
Laid back holidays in quirky, rustic eco accommodation within a compact, friendly wildlife garden right in the heart of the Suffolk countryside.
Alde Garden offers a range of unusual accommodation all set within a peaceful 1-acre wildlife garden for a relaxing break with a difference! The garden accommodation includes yurts, a tipi & lots of other quirky options tucked away amongst trees and hedges. The garden, which is also home to many ducks and chickens, boasts a range of facilities including a pizza oven, jungle shower & camp fire. Adjacent to this is Badger Cottage – a 4 star holiday cottage which sleeps 4 in two separate galleried bedrooms. This converted 200 yr-old stable features a woodburner and a deep roll-top bath plus use of the facilities in the campsite during camping season too. Also on site is The Sweffling White Horse – a “strange and unusual pub” (The Guardian) with no bar, serving mostly local produce. The pretty market town of Framlingham, with its wonderful castle plus lots of independent shops and eateries, is only 3 miles away. Coastal resorts of Aldeburgh & Southwold are also nearby, and the area boasts a vast array of activities to suit all ages.
FACILITIES FOR FAMILIES
Family-friendly facilities on site (camping season only) lots of family activities nearby SLEEPS 1 to 6
GREEN CREDENTIALS Many environmental awards, Solar hot water, Low impact facilities in campsite, compost loo, eco pub on site
ADDRESS Low Road, Sweffling, Suffolk IP17 2BB
WEB aldegarden.co.uk holiday-cottage-suffolk.com
TEL 01728 664178 EMAIL [email protected]
PRICES FROM Weekly £74 (small tent pitch)

PEMBROKESHIRE/WALES

Clydey Cottages Pembrokeshire
A cluster of ten award winning, self-catering cottages in North Pembrokeshire
Set in 20 acres of grounds there’s plenty of space to run around and play in an exciting and safe environment. There are landscaped grounds, woodland walks, outdoor play areas, indoor soft play and play room for toddlers and younger children and older children will love the trampoline, wendy house and games room. There is farm animal feeding where children can fully interact and collect eggs from the chickens and help feed the sheep, pig, goats, donkeys, rabbits, guinea pigs and Shetland ponies. Cottages have super king beds, log burning stoves, wooden beams and all the facilities of modern day living – flat screen TV’s, DVD’s, Wifi, iPod docking stations etc. On-site leisure facilities include indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, games room and indoor and outdoor hot-tubs. Spa therapies are also available in the dedicated treatment room and for some adult ‘me-time’ there is a bookable Children’s Club/Creche.
FACILITIES FOR FAMILIES
Daily interactive animal feeding routine, bottle feeding lambs, games room, soft play room, indoor pool, spa treatments, Children’s Club/Creche
GREEN CREDENTIALS Welcome Tray with local produce, on-site shop selling local produce, hamper delivery from local farm shop, spring water supply
ADDRESS Penrallt, Lancych, Boncath,
Pembrokeshire SA37 OLW
WEB clydeycottages.co.uk TEL 01239 698619
EMAIL [email protected] SLEEPS 2 to 8
PRICES FROM Weekly £400 Short Stay £300

ANGUS & EAST LOTHIAN
Newton Farmhouse Holidays
A country retreat situated in Angus in the North East of Scotland ideal for families exploring the Angus Glens
Newton Farmhouse is perfectly located for families wanting to explore the Angus Glens and Glamis Castle. This central location is also well positioned for visiting Edinburgh, Fife, Perthshire & Aberdeen. The Nicoll family offer an escape to an authentic, peaceful, working farm to relax, where you can see and feel nature all around. Meet the friendly animals including alpacas, goats, ducks, cows, sheep and a micropig called Lucy. The farmhouse B&B offers 4 star ensuite ground floor family accommodation and a “Taste of Angus” Scottish breakfast using their own fresh and local produce. The three bedroom cottage has a wood burning stove for cosy nights and a contained garden so children will be safe. This is pet friendly accommodation. Find them on twitter at newtonfarmhols *FACILITIES FOR FAMILIES* Play equipment, toys and childrens books, friendly animals including alpacas, goats, hens & ducks. *GREEN CREDENTIALS* Gold Green Tourism Awards, electricity provided by Solar PV SC cottage has Scottish welcome basket *ADDRESS* Inverarity, Forfar, Angus DD8 2JU *WEB* "thenewton.co.uk":http://www.thenewton.co.uk TEL 01307 820229 *EMAIL* BandBthenewton.co.uk SLEEPS 1 to 6 + baby
PRICES FROM Weekly £480 Short Stay £35pppn

NATIONWIDE HOLIDAYS
Saddle Skedaddle Family Cycling Holidays
Skedaddle Family Cycling Holidays are available as both guided and self guided options
Whether your little ones were experiencing life on a bike before they could walk or you are looking for relaxing safe rides with incentives and activities to spur you on, we have something for everyone. All ages are welcome and from tots riding on the back of your bike to teenagers looking for a challenge, the sense of fun, adventure, and great cycling are all integral to our family holidays. In the UK we’ve trips in the Lake District, Derbyshire and Northumberland including Hadrian’s Cycleway. European options include France, Holland, Italy and Spain. If you are looking to head further afield then we’ve options in Morocco and Latin America.
FACILITIES FOR FAMILIES Bike hire for kids and adults on all holidays, try a trailer or tag-along.
GREEN CREDENTIALS There’s nothing greener than cycling! All accommodation used meets Skedaddle’s green credentials with local produce used where ever possible. ADDRESS The Cycle Hub, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE6 1BU
WEB skedaddle.co.uk/family TEL 0191 2651110
EMAIL [email protected]
PRICES FROM Weekly £500 Short Stay £170

Organic Holidays
There’s a wide selection of gorgeous places to choose from on Organic Holidays’ website
Around two thirds of the places offer meals, usually breakfast, and lunches and evening meals are often available too. Meals are prepared using local organic produce when possible. On average this will be at least 50% organic, but many places offer a higher percentage – up to 100%. Quite a few grow their own produce, some use wild or natural foods, most will aim to use fresh local produce rather than imported. The self catering options are on organic farms or smallholdings. Here you’ll find information about the availability of organic food – for example whether you can buy the farm’s own organic produce, have an organic veg box delivered, or find organic produce in the local area.
WEB organicholidays.com TEL 01943 870791
EMAIL [email protected]

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