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We are two Moms, with three children and a husband each. We combine a hectic and mainly fun family life with an increasingly busy business one. Like all parents we're learning all the time and trying to keep up! We know that searching for family holidays can be a real time-consuming pain. That's why we're here…

Holidays by their very nature should provide respite from the norm.  At least that's why we look to go elsewhere otherwise why bother? When searching for somewhere to go back in 2008 to celebrate Helen's anniversary it proved really difficult finding, researching and checking places out.  Some places we found looked great for an indulgent weekend treat with grownups but those cream, glass and immaculate places with kids make my heart miss a beat (think chocolate fingers, ketchup, banged heads and the like), some looked like they ought to have been demolished in the sixties.  In the end a friend highly recommended a place - they are now on our website.

We were inspired and so having had our first business meeting at the kitchen table (happy memories) we set to, polled all of our friends and began pulling together a list of places to stay, to suit whatever we fancied doing - or our friends - or our family.   Away with the Kids was launched in Jan 2009 with the simple aim of highlighting fab places to stay that will make all the family welcome, regardless of accommodation type, amenities or facilities – a smile from an owner is always a good start, a spotlessly clean place is a pre-requisite - it gets better from there.  You'll find places to be completely relaxed and indulged, places that are cheap and cheerful, places suited to 3 filthy kids who have a ball in a mud bath - all just lovely, all guaranteed child, ergo parent, friendly!

We are working hard to tell of all the lovely places that we now represent; we are always looking for new places for you to stay; we are very happy for you to tell us where we are missing.  Meanwhile though do get Away with the Kids - they grow up so fast!


Joanne Elliott Away with the Kids

Having floated about and back-packed not really knowing what to be when I grew up I found myself passionate about our environment and studied accordingly. Having had kids nothing was as important anymore and so I became a stay at home Mum and talked a weird language for a while. Deciding three kids was enough it was time to find out if I could do something as an independent adult again and after a lightbulb moment I bought the url 'Away with the Kids' and started the website with H - life's good!


Helen Barker Away with the Kids

After mulling over the prospects of being a trapeze artist or a helicopter pilot, I finally decided at age 10¾ that I wanted to be a fashion designer. My career path finally led me to be a ladies-wear buyer in the mail order industry, prior to being a mum. Since my three lovely kids came along, my main priority is nurturing them - although a strong passion still exists for spending money on clothes. Like any business AwtK's has, and will always be, a rollercoaster of a journey. I feel privileged to be part of it.

The Team

Milo the super dog - friend of Dave our technical guru and a big pain in the backside when barking at 3 a.m. (that's Milo NOT Dave). He's very, very cute!


We have two charities that are particularly important to us:

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Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation exists to find the cure for type 1 diabetes and its complications, and is the world's largest charitable funder of type 1 diabetes research.  JDRF raises money to drive world-class research to prevent, treat and cure type 1 diabetes and its serious and debilitating complications.

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The Prostate Cancer Charity

The Prostate Cancer Charity is the UK’s leading charity working with people affected by prostate cancer. We fund research, provide support and information, and we campaign to improve the lives of men with prostate cancer.

For those of you looking for a break in #Cornwall - child friendly guaranteed, whichever your type of accommodation…


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