The British summer calls for a weekend away with the little ones. Whether you want to keep it close to home to embrace our spell of great weather or you’re planning on splashing out and treating everyone to an extravagant long weekend away somewhere in sunny Europe, the Summer Holidays is a great time to enjoy a short break. If you’re in need of some weekend break inspiration, take a look at our 17 top ideas for weekends away with the kids. All of these featured stays include family-friendly facilities and attractions that are suitable for children and toddlers.
1.Beach Break in Cornwall
Kids love the beach! From running around barefoot and splashing in the sea to building beautiful sandcastles or collecting sea shells, a break at the beach offers endless fun for all ages. Even when the weather isn’t performing as we’d like (we’re in Britain after all), the beach is still such a great place to spend the weekend and beaches don’t get more beautiful than the impressive Blue Flag shoreline of Cornwall. Our Ocean Views luxury apartment overlooks the stunning port of Newquay and you’ll be located close to Tolcarne Beach and the iconic Fistral Beach.
2.Lakeside Lodge in the Cotswolds
The Cotswolds is one of the most beautiful regions in the UK and families are always surprised at just how much you can do here. The Cotswold Waterpark is a network of stunning lakes and activities range from rowing boats and motor boats, fishing, swimming, paddle boarding, kayaking to wakeboarding. But don’t worry if your kids are too young to appreciate the fantastic lake water sports as there are endless nature trails, beaches and unbelievable nature spotting so everyone will have an unforgettable time in the Cotswolds. Plus our child-friendly Caterina Lake Lodge offers the most spectacular views with plenty of room for the whole family.
3.Chateau Break in the Loire Valley
Spend a weekend living in a castle and book your whole family into the Chateau de Charge in France. If your little ones have ever played ‘Kings and Queens’ or ever pretended to be a Prince or Princess, this castle accommodation will have them mesmerised. Feed their imaginations in this impressive Chateau, nestled into the lush green hills of the Loire Valley and take a little time off for yourself as you go wine tasting in the nearby wine making regions. Home to numerous castles dotted around the region, you’ll be able to enjoy a fun chateaux tour and with such a spellbinding setting, it would only be fair to make this weekend a long weekend…
4.Weekend in Dublin
Dublin offers a little bit of everything for families travelling with children. From pubs and shops for mum and dad to sights and museums for the kids, there’s plenty to suit all ages. So if you’re looking for the ultimate city break with family-friendly accommodation, come stay in our featured Decoy Cottages located just 30 minutes away from the city centre. This cottage features an adult’s gym, a kids play room, a barbeque area plus a children’s playground with giant swing, sand pit and puzzle board. If you don’t want to venture into Dublin, you’ll also find a swimming pool, cinema and park in nearby Navan.
5.Farm Stay in Wales
There are fewer things quite as exciting as farm stay weekends for young kids – because children love to play with animals! If you’re travelling with little ones who need to be entertained, a farm stay could make the perfect weekend break for everyone and we particularly love Foxglove Cottage located near the Pembrokeshire Coast. This cottage site has been voted “The Best Place to Stay in Wales” almost every year since 2010 and it offers 20 acres of beautiful grounds, a complimentary children’s crèche and fun farm activities such as feeding the animals with resident Farmer Malcom.
6.Luxury Villa in Umbria
If you’re longing to jet off for a long weekend to somewhere hot, beautiful and exotic, why not spend a few nights in this beautiful 5 star Villa Pian di Cascina just outside Valfabbrica in Umbria’s Perugia Province? Arrive in the peak of summer and the villa will be surrounded by stunning sunflower fields and the flowers, plants and trees will be in full bloom. There’s a large pool, a kids play area and gas barbeques provided for guests.
7.Weekend in Whitby
What could be more fun than hanging out by the seaside, playing on the slot machines of Whitby Pier, eating award winning fishing chips, building sandcastles, and walking the steps of Whitby Abbey? There’s so much to do in Whitby and whether you spend your whole weekend on the beach splashing in the sea or just exploring the local area, your little ones will love it. With great places to eat and drink and plenty of shops and boutiques, there’s something for mum and dad too! Our featured Whitby homestay at Sneaton Hall is a home away from home and can spaciously sleeps mum, dad plus baby – so new parents can spend some quality time together. The area also features a large indoor play centre which serves food (including baby food) located just 1 mile away from the accommodation.
8.Safari Tent in the Isle of Wight
For something completely different, go off the beaten path and take the whole family to the amazing Isle of Wight, situated just off England’s south coast near Portsmouth. These fun and quirky Safari Tents at Tapnell Farm offer the most spectacular panoramic views of the beautiful countryside and are located just 10 minutes’ drive from the amazing coast. The farm itself offers fun things to do for kids including a play barn, egg collecting and animal feeding plus the tents have been lavishly decorated so you’ll have all the creature comforts you could wish for.
9.Weekend in the English Riviera
Forget the Cote D’azur…..we have our very own Riviera here in the UK. The coastline of Torquay has long been cites as the English Riviera and with soft sandy beaches, bright blue waters and some of the quaintest towns and villages dotted along the seafront, it’s easy to see why. Just down the road in Dartmouth is the spectacular Glasshouse at Barrington House, a unique self-catering architect-designed, self-contained annexe that has a large living area and enclosed garden space.
10. Converted Farmhouse Stay
If you’re looking for something cool, contemporary and stylish, a converted farmhouse such as this dramatically sleek guest annexe, Westbrook Court could be the perfect place to spend a weekend with loved ones. With its old world 17th Century exterior and its black timber cladding and modern interiors, this is an arty retreat made just for mum, dad and baby. There’s a grand king-sized four-poster bed plus travel cot, highchair, baby bath, baby monitor, potty, stairgates, socket covers, and plastic crockery are also provided. Located just 5 minutes from Hay on Wye, you’ll find plenty of places to eat, drink and shop, plus a number of walking trails close by.
11.Traditional Barn Weekend
Is there anything more exciting than bunking up in a barn? Your kids will love this idea…..stay in a traditional barn like the beautiful Nelson Barn located in Kaber in the region of Cumbria. With an incredible rural setting, this barn is the perfect base for families looking to reconnect with the great outdoors. Some nearby attractions include the market town of Kirkby Stephen, the Yorkshire Dales National Park as well as some of the pretty towns of the Lake District area.
12. Stay in a Casa con Piscina in Mallorca
The island of Mallorca is a popular destination in Spain and is ideal for a long weekend with the family. But if you’re looking for a bit more privacy than a large hotel, book a stylish casa con piscina (villa with pool) such as this incredible Ca Na Miracles family sized accommodation located near the Puig de Maria in the quiet coastal town of Pollenca. With your own private pool area, spectacular views and ample space for the kids, you’ll feel right at home. The only problem? You’ll be wishing you had more than just a weekend on this beautiful Spanish island…
13.Visit the Lake District
Kids just love spending their time on the water and there are fewer places more spectacular than the beautiful Lake Windermere in Cumbria. It’s England’s largest lake and the surrounding towns and villages offer the whole family some superb days out with shopping and tea rooms, waterfall walks and nature trails, pubs and restaurants and various attractions that are suitable for children. The quaint and beautiful Pudding Cottage has been designed for families and it’s nestled into the rural plains of Ecclerigg near Ambleside and Troutbeck. The cottage includes complimentary membership to a local health club, indoor and outdoor play areas, child/infant facilities, and has also been named “Cumbria Cottage of the Year” 3 years running.
14.Stoke Park Club Family Escape
Stoke Park Club in Stoke Poges in Buckinghamshire is the ideal getaway for families. This private sporting and leisure estate is utterly luxurious and offers an award-winning spa, indoor pool, a crèche with outdoor playground area plus 350 acres of historic parkland to explore, all hosted inside a fabulous mansion building too with exclusive family-sized rooms. There are also two Michelin restaurants nearby (The Fat Duck and Waterside Inn) so mum and dad can treat themselves whilst leaving the little ones in safe care of the on-site babysitting service.
15.Golfing and Seaside Break in St. Andrews
St. Andrews is known to many as the “Home of Golf” and this prestigious sport has been a part of the Scottish sporting landscape since the 15th Century – so there really is no better place for a round of golf than scenic St. Andrews. There are a number of prestigious clubs (both public and private) with world renowned courses in the nearby area including St. Andrews Links, Carnoustie Golf Course and Kingsbarns Golf Course. For the rest of the family who don’t play golf, there are beautiful beaches and some great sights in the nearby area such as St. Andrews Castle, Craigtoun Country Park, St. Andrews Cathedral or the Fife Coastal Path which is suitable for all ages and walking abilities. Stay at our featured property, Scribbles Apartment and you’ll be located just a short stroll away from the pretty harbour area as well as West Sands Beach and East Sands Beach.
16.Cottage in Somerset
Somerset is great for families who love spending their time outdoors or for families who enjoy cultural activities and sightseeing as it’s located just over an hour from the city of Bath. Plus it’s at close reach to historical sites such as Stonehenge and Avebury Stone Circle, and there are plenty of fantastic nature trails for those who want to explore further. Longlands Cottage is particularly great if you need somewhere to relax; it features a gorgeous indoor swimming pool which is suitable for kids and it has been equipped with infant/toddler facilities including a cot, high chair, plastic crockery and children’s toys.
17.Boating in the Norfolk Broads
Have you ever wanted to try your hand at boating? Perhaps you want to spend a night on a canal barge? The Norfolk Broads waterways are the best place to try boating with the family and Kingfisher Cottages is ideally located just north of the Broads so you can spend a few days exploring the area. Day boat hire is available for families who don’t want to commit to a whole weekend on the canal and boat tours are also available for those who don’t want the responsibility of steering their own vessel. For those who don’t want to venture too far from Kingfisher, the nearest pub is just a mile away in Skeyton village and it has a great beer garden with a fantastic children’s play area. The pretty market town of Aylsham is also just 3 miles away so there are plenty of options for family days out.