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Best UK Family Holidays Rated by Families

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For families with babies and toddlers, the temptation to stay in the UK and avoid the hassle of airports and long journeys is high but, unless you pick carefully, a self-catering holiday can feel like all the hassles of home but with less of the comforts. That is where Baby-Friendly Boltholes is, as Tatler Magazine once said of us, “inspired and indispensable”. We know that bedtimes can be impossible to manage if a family is all crammed into a family-size hotel room, and toddlers can go stir crazy if confined to a ‘cosy cottage’. So we have handpicked cottages, apartments, glamping and even boutique hotels that are truly tailored to families with child-friendly touches, nursery kit and a touch of luxury and style for parents too.

Our ethos is that a family holiday in the UK or aboard should be about relaxation and indulgence, as well as practicality. We make it our mission to only list holiday accommodation that we feel goes the extra mile to ensure families with children of all ages, but especially babies and toddlers, check-out of the cottage, apartment or boutique hotel they booked through us, feeling like they’ve truly had a break. At Baby-Friendly Boltholes, we know that the best UK family holidays for babies, mums, dads and everyone in between has something that appeals to each member of the family, whether it’s a toybox of babies, a games room for tweens or sophisticated coffee machine for parents. Each of our locations is selected for its combination of child-friendly features and parent-friendly luxuries with the aim of offering a dream break.

Whilst we can’t guarantee the weather in the UK, we can vouch for the benefits of familiar food, drink, language and attractions when travelling with change-averse toddlers. Plus our English-speaking property owners and managers are great resources for adding to our own tips and advice on child-friendly eateries, all-weather attractions and generally getting the most from your break. We are extremely proud of the fact that, often, once they’ve experienced one of the accommodations on the Baby-Friendly Boltholes website, parents come back to us year after year, sometimes several times a year, to find them the best family holiday experiences and amazing childhood memories for their kids!

Don’t forget to checkout our 'Best Rated UK Family Holidays' section for our chart of the cottages, apartments and hotels that have received the best ratings and reviews from families with babies and toddlers.

UK Family Breaks

Self-catering holiday rentals can be the perfect way for the whole family to getaway, even if all you can spare is a long-weekend or you’re just looking for a short break, as we have handpicked cottages and apartments that don’t just have space for the family to relax but child-friendly kit too. Beyond cots and highchairs to changing mats, baby baths, toy boxes and bath toys. Even the boutique hotels we feature are selected for family-friendly credentials like nursery kit, play rooms, outdoor playgrounds and two room accommodation so parents can spend evenings relaxing whilst little ones snooze. Some even have baby listening, so a meal in the restaurant or a drink in the bar is a possibility too. Our most popular option are cottage clusters like Clydey Cottages in West Wales, Tredethick in Cornwall or Flear Farm in Devon, where the space and flexibility of cottage accommodation is combines with a wide range child-friendly facilities including swimming pools, indoor play barns, outdoor playgrounds and petting farms. Parents love the fact that the facilities mean there’s no need to rush off in the car everyday just to keep little ones happy and bedtimes are easy after burning off energy in the play areas or pools.

UK family holidays mean you and yours can escape to the coast of Cornwall, an island farm stay, the hills of Yorkshire or the rugged landscapes of northern Wales to spend your weekend cosying up in the winter or exploring quaint towns and the epic outdoors.

The best UK family holidays have something for everyone – and that includes Mum, Dad and the whole parenting team. We know that with such hectic lives, the reason we cherish holidays more than ever before, is that it allows us to reconnect. At Baby Friendly Boltholes, we keep an eye out for family holiday accommodations that have a unique style and an ambiance, perfect for a romantic break with the kids in tow.

It’s hard to find the best UK family holidays when parenting makes you so short on time. When you really need to getaway, our holiday matchmaking service will pair you and your family, up with a fantastic destination and accommodation. All you need to do is pack your bags, load the car seat or get to your closest train station for the much-needed holiday that the little ones look forward to as much as the parents.

Why Are Our Family Holidays The Best In The UK

Baby Friendly Boltholes carefully select and review accommodation all over the UK. We only list hotels, cottages or apartments that have been designed with as keen an eye on child-friendly touches as they do on style and luxury. We know what we’re looking for because Baby Friendly Boltholes was founded by a boutique hotel junkie and mum who was not prepared to give up her luxury travel habit just because she had a tot in tow!

We’ve tried to make it easy to find the UK holiday accommodation best suited to your family with a search bar detailing all the child-friendly facilities and equipment. Our selection of the best UK family holiday destinations allows families to enjoy a small slice of tranquillity, surrounded by luxurious spaces, fantastic services and excellent local amenities.

For more information, drop us a line or chat with us on our Live Chat/ Instant Messenger service today!