If you're in need of inspiration, take a look at these 13 ideas for places to go away with the kids. We've included family-friendly cottage complexes with excellent facilities, gorgeous wooden cabins and amazing luxury family hotels.
Plenty of inspiration for your family holiday... which one takes your fancy?
Perched on the shores of Ullswater in the heart of the Lake District, Another Place is the stunning retreat you’re looking for to connect as a family and to the landscape. Wake up in the fells, embrace the outdoors in the National Park, swim in the lake-view indoor swimming pool and try paddleboarding or kayaking on the water. Kids’ Zone is there to take care of your under 12s whenever you need.
Do original slate roofs, exposed stone walls and beamed ceilings sound like the charming and idyllic family farm holiday you’ve always dreamed of? Curious little ones with a soft spot for animals will adore this place where they can help out on the farm and busy themselves in the Play Barn while you cosy up on a squishy sofa with a nice glass of red.
If your brood are a lively lot, they’ll love Sands Resort where they can cut loose in the soft play area or at the on-site kids' club while you enjoy some downtime at the sumptuous Moroccan themed spa. Bliss!
If family holiday to you means a trip abroad then give the culturally and scenically beautiful region of Umbria a go. This rural paradise and its thoughtfully sustainable villas at Pian di Cascina are sure to win your heart and will see you coming back year after year to pick the cherries and watch the fireflies at night. Heavenly.
Just minutes from beautiful Bude, this rural retreat offers little farmers the chance to meet pygmy goats, ponies and adorable kunekune pigs among many others, while mum heads to the on-site spa room. With a heated indoor pool and year-round opening, these delightful cottages and barn conversions are a fantastic option for a Cornish escape whatever the weather.
If you’ve never glamped before, make 2020 your year and Coastal Cabins your testbed. This stunning set of quirky cabins is a warm and ridiculously well-equipped way to explore the wilderness of North Devon with all the comfort of a hot tub, king size bed, bunk beds for the kids and en-suite shower and kitchen to come back to.
Let the spectacular Scottish Highlands draw you into its rolling hills, enchanting woodlands and wildlife while you stay at The Dairy - a high-spec conversion of a 19th Century farmstead on a private estate near Inverness. Children of any age will adore this wholesome holiday where they get to meet hairy Highland cows, drink fresh milk from the farm, spot hares, pheasants and deer right on their doorstep.
So close to the sea you can practically feel the spray from the ocean, Watergate Bay Hotel offers incredible Cornish coastal views and two miles of sandy beach for you to frolic about on with the family. Enjoy child-friendly activities in the Kids’ Zone, delicious food and drink, learning to surf with the Extreme Academy, family-sized suites, and much more.
This pretty-as-a-picture spot couldn’t be more amazing for a countryside getaway en France. Stay in a charming gite nestled into the beautiful banks of the River Blavet and make your everyday a dip in the heated swimming pool followed by a scenic cycle ride around the pretty landscape of southern Brittany.
Kick back with a glass of wine admiring your view of the Pyrénées and wild meadows beyond from Hameau de Montengrand - an intimate set of lovingly restored cottages with their own heated pool in South West France. Spend days meandering the medieval towns and castles nearby or freshwater lake swimming against a stunning backdrop.
This child-friendly coastal hotel overlooks Newquay's legendary Fistral Beach - a surfer's paradise. You’ll be able to take a dip in the indoor pool, let the kids burn off some energy in the playground or sip a coffee while you look out to sea.
Based in the stunning Cotswolds Water Park, Lower Mill Estate is a tranquil haven of nature trails, lakes and eco pools - ideal if you like to combine luxe living with the great outdoors. When the estate’s four pools, watersports, cycle tracks and playgrounds aren’t keeping your tribe entertained, Easter hunts, summer Olympics and Pumpkin Flotilla events certainly will.
If you always dreamed of taking the kids on a sunny holiday then why not make it happen in 2020 and book up these fantastic self-catering gîtes for the summer. There’s so much to keep the kids busy here like the regular Teddy Bears Picnics and excellent play equipment, with fun for the grown ups too in the form of wine tasting evenings and more. The whole family will be making new friends in no time!