Family friendly (children aged 5-15)
Welcome to Greentraveller's section on Family Friendly accommodation, for children and teenagers aged 5-15.
All of the places we feature have satisfied us that the owners are genuinely doing their bit to reduce their impact on the environment, see: How to tell if a hotel is green
The efforts of the owners of the places featured on greentraveller go much further than simply asking guests to put towels out for washing; many owners have invested in long-term energy saving technologies or developed their own ingenious methods for saving energy and water and dealing with waste in an environmentally friendly way.
Featured Family friendly (children aged 5-15)
More Family friendly (children aged 5-15)
doubles with en-suite wetroom £80, double with en-suite bathroom £75
High Season - £500 p/w Low Season - £350 p/w Short Breaks - from £80 per night
Prices start from from £335 (1st May-30th September 2013), from £285 (October 2013 & April 2014), from £235 (1st Nov 2013 - 31st March 2014), based on two people sharing a Classic room, other room rates are avaialable on request.
£270-£570 per week. Out of main holiday season short breaks from £150
Prices from £69 to £119.
£1200 for a 2 night weekend, £1,850 for a weeks booking
£70 per night based on 2 sharing
High season - 1 week sleeping up to 13 £1350, but much lower outside of school holidays. Couples have option of renting only one end. Weeks at low season begin at £445.
B&B: £35 pppn. Self-catering: from £300 per week.
£50 for single occupancy mid-week low season per room - £160 for double occupancy in four poster at weekends
£120 per room for 2 nights or more, £130 per room for one night stays. £440 per night for House Party of 4 rooms (min 2 nights).
Rooms from €66.
£150 per room for single night, £145 per night for stays 2-6 nights, £140 per night for stays 7 nights or more. (Single occupancy £110/£105/£100)
Farmhouse sleeps 14: Weekly from £836 - £1958. Barn sleeps 10: Weekly from £752 - £1746, Weekends & Short breaks calculated at 80% of weekly price
£450-£950 per week, depending on season. Short breaks available. Reduced prices for small parties (i.e. a couple using only one bedroom)
From £38 per night
From 700€ per week including 3 vegetarian meals a day, morning and afternoon yoga classes, and a massage or acupuncture treatment.
£130-£185 per room
£480 - £615 for 4 nights, £790 - £1025 for 7 nights B&B; £700 - £1650 7 nights self-catering, special breaks also available
Weekend €239, week €399 all year round
£40 to £48
£64-£86. Saturday to Saturday only in July and August. Off-season £30-£50 a night, three-night minimum stay.
Weekly prices from £413 - £816 and Short breaks from £302 - £581
The Doubles & Twins are... £215 - £285, and the Suites & Cottage are £375 - £450. B/B full breakfast & VAT per room per night.
£ 1450 for one week high season in smallest cottage which sleeps 4
Weekend £275, Midweek £295, Week £525 based on 2 sharing. Extra guests £25 per stay
Weekly rates - High (July and August) 950 euros. Standard (rest of the year) 820 euros
High season: £1600 pw. Low season: £1150pw, Mid week Mon to Fri £650, Fri to Mon £650
£ 92 - £ 175 per room per night, inclusive of full Welsh breakfast
Bunk in shared room £12 adult, £8 under 16. Bunk room for 2 £40, for 4 £40, for 6 £60. Entire bunkhouse £140. Summer camping from £5 pp for own tent pitch, to £34 for 3 person yurt incl. bedding.
From £34pppn. High season 7 nights both Cottage and Barn (sleeping up to 22) £7500. Barn (sleeping 10) £4950. Cottage (sleeping 12) £5940. No weekends in high season.
B&B £60 per room per night, single occupancy £35, £55 for stays of 3 nights or more; self-catering per night ranges from £45 Nov-Feb, £50 Mar-Oct except July and August £60 (2010 prices)
£66 per room per night
From £12.50 per night for tents to £195 for static caravan hire in low season
£98 (village field) £110 (private site) per night. Prices based on 2 people for a 7-night stay in peak season. Short breaks are available.
From £60 a night B&B; 4 bedded bunkroom £50 per night, 2 bedded bunkroom £29 per night; camping £6.50 per night
The Granite Barn (sleeps 6) £1170- £450. weekends available out of season. The Old Farm Cottage (sleeps 4) £842- £322. Weekends also available.
From £40 per person, per night (based on a minimum of 2 nights in B&B). From £60 per night self-catering
From £335-£2935 per week.
room overlooking the village €115
Double room from 60 to 75 euros per night
Classic Room €218 Superior room €244 incl. breafast
Old Fisherman's Cottage £620 per week (Sleeps 2), Shore Cottage £720 per week (Sleeps 4), Beach Cottage £900 per week (Sleeps 6)
Between €280 and €380 Per week. Or stay a minimum of 3 nights between €120 €160.
From £320 Low Season to £495 high season 7 day duration starting Saturdays. Short breaks available Low season
Latest reviewed accommodation
Brynawel Guest House
Delightful bedrooms at this B&B are in keeping with the Georgian surrounds: some have cast-iron fireplaces, brass bedsteads and tie-backed curtains; the downstairs room has lovely wooden panelling and shutters. A short stroll away down a leafy lane is Glyn and Corina's own restaurant, Glan yr Afon, where breakfast and dinner are served.
Cleveley Mere Boutique Lodges
These five state-of-the-art retreats are all set on the edge of a vast lake within a glorious 34 acre nature reserve. You could choose to stay in the UK’s first ‘Huf House’ holiday let, as featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs, which sleeps up to six people and comes with its own private boat. Or perhaps the Lakeside Tree House might tempt you, with its sunset deck, rope bridge and private harbour. Whichever lodge you choose, you’ll be supplied with everything you need to enjoy the great outdoors, like free bikes, binoculars, wellies, and that all important picnic stuffed with delicious local produce.
Stinchcombe Hill House
This stunning Edwardian mansion is nestled on the edge of Stinchcombe Hill Golf Course and the Cotswold Way. The owners, Graham and Jane, are lovingly restoring the house to its former glory. Their quirky bed and breakfast offers sausages for breakfast made from pigs fattened on their land plus chicken and ducks eggs from their own poultry. All the preserves are home made along with elderflower cordial and organic soaps. The rain water collected off the Cotwold Stone roof tiles services the bathrooms. Afternoon tea with home made cake is taken either in the reception hall in front of a log fire when it's parky or during the summer, in the garden. The owners also have dogs, pygmy goats, horses and their pet pigs (Bobby is supposed to be a "micro pig" but he forgot to read the manual). The views across the River Severn and beyond will take your breath away. Graham and Jane like to give all their guests a warm welcome and hope they will leave as friends. 5 rooms available from £60 per night
Tucked away in the old orchard just a hop from the River Tamar (heaven for twitchers), the delightful dog-friendly pine chalets – all named after old Cornish apple varieties, of course – have airy open plan living and cheerful interiors, offering the perfect family escape. Each chalet has a sundeck, parasol and chairs in fenced gardens. The two white stone cottages – Bramley and Orchard – have beams, log-burners and a cosy cottage feel. Let your little ones run riot in the heathland and woods, and there are activities aplenty – horse riding, cycling, surfing.
The closest railway station is Looe. It is perhaps easiest to book a taxi from the station using TrainTaxi. Looe is also near Route 2 on the Natioknal Cycle Network.
Clifton Farm Cottage
This old stone cottage was once a milking parlour and the sunny courtyard was where cows would wait to be milked. In 2006 it was converted into a two-bedroom self-catering cottage on this family-run working farm. A welcome pack of farm eggs, homemade bread, butter and cake awaits you. After afternoon tea, fire up the barbecue and enjoy views of the Yorkshire Wolds; break out the paint box and imagine you’re David Hockney. The cottage, with modern pine furniture and velour settees, has all the mod-cons you would expect, including a washing machine. From
Owned by the same family since 1880, The Gables is a three storey, Victorian family house, tastefully refurbished to offer self-catering accommodation for up to 14 people. There are seven double or twin bedrooms, dining room with an open fire and large kitchen/living room area equipped with games, music system and large TV/DVD, making it ideal for families or groups of friends. Set in its own large, fenced-in garden with a BBQ and lovely views across the marshes to the river and sea, it’s also only a few minutes' walk from the beach, shops and restaurants of Aldeburgh and close to the pretty villages of Southwold, Thorpeness and Saxmundham.
Malkin Tower Farm Holiday Cottages
These two luxury self catering holiday cottages and ‘Piggery’ have been converted from the former Malkin Tower Farm, set in stunning countryside within the Forest of Bowland AONB. Owners Andrew and Rachel Turner have tried to retain as much of its character as possible, preserving the original doorways and windows, along with the original oak beams and window seats. Demdyke Cottage sleeps up to four, and Device Cottage sleeps two plus a cot if required, whilst the one bed ‘Piggery’ is ideal as an extra bedroom for those who want to get away for a few days on their own. The couple’s eco efforts have won them a Gold GTBS Award, and they actively encourage guests to lighten their carbon footprint by recycling and enjoying non-car based activities like walking and cycling during their visit.
Riverside Caravan Park
Owned and managed by the Marshall family since the 1960s, this unspoilt campsite is perched on the banks of the River Wenning, within walking distance of the traditional market town of High Bentham. Screened by trees and natural hillsides, there are spacious pitches available for holiday home owners, tourers, caravans and motor homes, as well as two holiday cottages available to rent. All pitches also come with electric and TV hook ups. Locally, there are plenty of walking and cycling trails to explore and a local golf course, whilst on site there is an adventure park for kids and extensive fishing opportunities both by the river and in the well-stocked lake.
Golden Square Camping and Caravanning Park
Fly on a zip wire or play a game of crazy golf, hire a bike or learn how to fly-fish; this camping and caravanning site near the market town of Helmsley is a good choice for families with children of all ages. The site is on three levels, with trees and shrubs screening pitches. There’s a shop selling most essentials as well as homemade bread, cakes and alcohol. As for facilities, heated toilet blocks, showers, launderette and microwave provide home comforts. You can even book a fenced deluxe pitch, with hard-standing and your own lawn with picnic table. Dogs are welcome. From £16.50 per night.
This homely two-bedroom self-catering cottage in the village of Slingsby shares a large garden to the rear, with a lawn that is perfect for kicking a ball around. Slingsby is easy to reach by public transport, being served by regular buses from Malton, where there is a train station. The bus stop is just 200 metres away from the house. The village pub is only two doors away.
If you’ve ever wished for a rose-garlanded thatched cottage with a big garden, this is your dream come true. This 300-year old listed building in a tiny hamlet will soften the heart of hardened urbanites with its country charm. The garden is a scene from Tales of the Riverbank, with its varied wildlife, welcomed with nesting boxes. There are fabulous walks straight from the front door, such as the East Devon Way. There’s a discount for those who arrive by public transport; not too difficult as Sidmouth is just five minutes’ bus ride away. From £276 for a three night break, to £395 per week.
The views from the six self-catering cottages on a 175-acre farm outside the village of Gilling East, will make a city-dweller weep: rolling wooded hills of pasture and, in the foreground, colourful herbaceous borders of the farmhouse gardens (which are occasionally open to the public). The cottages, sleeping from two to six, have been sensitively converted from cart sheds and a granary, and feature original stone arches, exposed stone walls, beams and the red pantiled roofs typical of North Yorkshire, without skipping on any modern comforts. The central heating and plentiful hot water come from a biomass boiler. From £250 per week.
BW Leigh Park Hotel and Vineyard
Leigh Park Country House Hotel & Vineyard, located in the picturesque town of Bradford on Avon, near Bath, is set in five acres of landscaped gardens, overlooking the picturesque Wiltshire Downs including 600 Reichensteiner vines. A classical Georgian country house hotel with charm, character and a subtle elegance it has its own Vine conservatoire Restaurant offering both traditional English and International cuisine using prime local produce together with home grown organic fruit and vegetables from the kitchen garden. The Hotel offers 38 individually designed bedrooms; more traditional style rooms in the main house and sixteen brand new contemporary in the former Coach House. Rooms from £65 per night.
Bell tents at Cliff House Holiday Parks
This fabulous collection of luxury bell tents are a new offering from the five star Cliff House Holiday site, set in a beautiful cliff top location with its own private beach access. The tents themselves are raised up on their own individual decks and come fully equipped with a double bed, two single futons and bedding, a wood-effect fire, lights, a mini fridge and cooking equipment. There are also Eurotents available, eight self-catering options from cottages to log cabins, as well as 120 pitches for campers and tourers. The holiday park is adjacent to the Minsmere Bird Reserve and surrounded by acres of National Trust heath land and woodland, which you can explore on foot or with one of the bikes available for hire at the campsite reception. In the evening, head for the buzzing bar and restaurant, The 12 Lost Churches, named after the twelve churches that once formed part of the historic city Medieval City of Dunwich which later fell into the sea.
King John's Barn
King John's Barn is made up of two individual cottages, sleeping from 2-10 people extending an equally warm welcome to families and pets. It is a haven of peace and tranquility with outstanding views, set on the edge of Langley Farm, a former Royal Hunting Lodge for the Wychwood Forest, now a working stock farm. Prices from £395 per week
Long Chimney Farm
Long Chimney Farm has three spacious cottages, converted from a flint barn and stables. There are wooden floors, flat screen TVs and wood-burning stoves. It’s not a working farm, but the owners keep busy with their measures to encourage local wildlife and are members of the Devon Wildlife Trust. There are far-reaching sea views - the farm is just a two-mile walk from the Jurassic Coast. If fossils and coastal walks can’t tempt you away from the peaceful 20-acres, there’s a small gym, sauna, outdoor heated pool, games room and wi-fi throughout. From £201 for 6 people for two nights; £335 per week.
Fishermen's Retreat is one of four artisan cottages which border the banks of the Midford Brook. Originally built for the Somerset Canal workers in the late 1800s, it is in the secluded location in the tiny hamlet of Tucking Mill in the Midford Valley and makes it the ideal place to relax and unwind, but it is less than 15 minutes' drive from Bath city centre. This high quality self-catering accommodation has been awarded a 4 star rating by Visit England, and has also been recognised with awards for welcoming cyclists and walkers with secure cycle storage and facilities for drying clothes. There are many delightful countryside walks and cycle routes on your doorstep, including Sustrans Route 24 which goes through the newly opened Two Tunnels providing direct access to Bath. If you have a fly fishing rod and a river licence you are welcome to fish in the Midford Brook at the bottom of the garden or go for a Hawk Walk with Jay, the falconer next door. Cottage from £196 per night.
By train Fishermen’s Retreat is located 2.9 miles from Bath Train/BusStation. Taxi fare approx. £12.
BW Mayfield House Hotel
Just minutes off the M4 in the beautiful South Cotswold's - family owned BW Mayfield House Hotel is the perfect spot to relax, unwind and explore... Highgrove, Westonbirt Arboretum, Royal Tetbury & Ancient Malmesbury are all on your doorstep - it's a classic location, with White Horses to our south, Cotswold Water park to the east, west to the Escarpments and North Cotswold villages a plenty. We offer 28 en suite rooms including Standard, Courtyard & Greenside view (overlooking our cream tea gardens. Yum!) Ground floor, Family, Disabled & really Dog Friendly accommodation abounds with awards for Cyclists, Walkers and Families, we have many many returning regulars every year! Our award winning restaurant serves beautifully cooked, locally sourced fare, served with a smile by local folk - with fine wines from our cellar and a comfortable lounge & bar. On the local bus route or cycles available for hire if leaving the car and exploring the "Quiet lanes" is more your style - there's so much to enjoy in England's oldest back-garden, Rooms from £79 B&B
Tudor Caravan Park
Tudor Caravan Park prides itself on being one of the best located caravan & campsites in Gloucestershire. A quiet country caravan site right alongside the Gloucester-Sharpness canal, an easy 5 minute walk from the world famous Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Centre at Slimbridge. More pertinently, there is an adult only area, and a shower block now open in the Meadow features large showers cubicles, private washing cubicles, combined shower, basin & WC cubicles, baby-changing, full disabled facilities including shower room, indoor washing-up area, & laundry. All this has underfloor heating for the delicate. Voted Cotswolds Caravan Park Of The Year 2014 and awarded a Gold gong - so well done them! From £8 a night
Bucklegrove Caravan and Camping Park | Featured on Greentraveller
Bucklegrove started out life as a tearooms in the 1940s. These days, tables and chairs have made way for beautifully-manicured camping pitches with mature trees and shrubs, but you can still grab drinks and snacks from the family-friendly bar onsite. If your idea of camping is a little less orderly, there’s a summer camping meadow – no pitches, no electric hook ups, just turn up and grab a spot – plenty of space and stunning views across the Cheddar valley.
Take the train to Weston-super-Mare Railway Station, and then the 126 bus directly to Bucklegrove Caravan Park. Also nearby are Routes 3 and 26 on the National Cycle Network.
Home Farm Cottages
In the attractive village of Slingsby in the Howardian Hills these two pretty stone cottages with red pantiles have been sensitively converted from old farm buildings. They are both on the ground floor and are accessible for wheelchairs. One, The Stables, sleeping five to six, has a new conservatory and both have some outdoor space. It is easy to reach here by public transport: there are trains to Malton from where there are hourly buses for the 25-minute journey (last one 1800).
Broadway Manor Cottages
Four award winning Cotswold holiday cottages and an apartment, run by Ross and Debbie Williamson of Broadway Manor Cottages, are located in the grounds of a Cotswold manor house, which dates back to the 16th century in the picturesque village of Broadway in the Cotswolds AONB. Located on The Cotswold Way National Trail at West End, the cottages are just a few minutes’ walk from the centre of the village with its independent restaurants, traditional pubs, art and antique galleries and boutique shops. The cottages have a 4 star VisitBritain grading, GTBS Gold award and were awarded Gold in the 2015 and 2014 Cotswolds Tourism Awards for Sustainable Tourism. Walkers Welcome and Cyclists Welcome accreditation.
Andrewshayes Caravan Park
Just seven miles from the Jurassic coast, this campsite, sheltered by large trees, is a great place to pitch up. There are grass or astro-turf pitches with or without electrical hook-up. With views across rolling fields, a bar and take-away, a pool, games and TV room to keep the children amused, there’s all you need.
Gospenheale Farm has been in the same family since 1925 – guests can join in a free guided tour of the farm and learn about the farm’s history. Enter into a big open plan living area with exposed oak A-frames, a big family kitchen and French doors onto a large garden. Upstairs, bedrooms have Cornish slate floors and big oak beds, and stylish bathrooms. Care and thought have been poured into every aspect of this restoration, and the emphasis is on local, from the local materials used throughout to the artwork by local artists on the walls. Lose yourself in the myriad country lanes, wander the patchwork of fields and hedgerows surrounding the property or curl up in front of the wood-burner. From £450 per week.
Take the 510 bus from Exeter St Davids to Launceston, the village in which the cottage is located. Launceston is also on Route 327 on the National Cycle Network.
There can’t be too many places to stay in this world where you can arrive by steam train; this 250-acre farm has it’s own stop on the Talyllyn Narrow Gauge Railway! Hendy Farm is a family-run sheep and cattle farm on the edge of the Dyfi Biosphere and guests are free to roam the farmland and meet the animals. Three comfortable and homely bedrooms are decked out in floral bedspreads and pale yellow walls, and there’s a separate sitting room should guests want to stick their feet up. The seaside town of Tywyn is a short walk away and there’s plenty of walking opportunities from the door.
Sproxton Hall Cottages
On the long-distance Ebor Way footpath, in the hamlet of Sproxton, these four 18th century holiday cottages, sleeping four or five, make a good base for walkers. As well as the 76-mile long distance path, there are easy walks to the market town of Helmsley, just three miles away or a two-mile amble to Oswaldkirk. When you’re not hiking across hills, you could be relaxing at the picnic table with pastoral views or even helping out with bottle-feeding the farm’s lambs. Dogs are welcome in two of the cottages. From £240 per week.
Potters Hill Farm
Potters Hill Farm, Burford Bed and Breakfast at the heart of our 770 acre family farm, set in peaceful, mature parkland, supporting diverse bird and wildlife, producing wheat, barley, linseed, beans and oilseed rape with a breeding flock of 400 ewes. Prices from £37.55 pppn
Yew Tree Cottage
This Grade II listed 18th century building in the small village of Westow near Malton is the project of London couple Natasha and Paul. Furnishings are earthy and natural – wood, leather and wool. There are unique artworks and curiosities, such as an old wooden malt shovel hanging on a wall. Wooden floors, leather settees, wood-burning stoves and paintwork in mineral shades are lightened with a very occasional hint of floral fabric; the look lending the house an elemental, no-nonsense, intelligence. Upstairs, the three bedrooms continue the quality and comfort and the monochrome bathroom has a roll-top bath. From £593 per week.
Oakdown Holiday Park
With a David Bellamy gold award for its conservation work, this camping and caravan site is setting a fine example. The Franks family have owned Oakdown for nearly forty years; they have landscaped the Devon meadow into a tree- and shrub-filled site, where there’s not only peace and seclusion for campers and caravanners among the groves, but habitats for wildlife too. There are no regimented rows of pitches here, it’s all organic curves. There are static caravans and chalets to rent, a 9-hole golf course, smart coffee shop and children’s playgrounds. No wonder it’s the AA’s highest rated campsite in East Devon.
Three Ways House Hotel
Here’s a conservation concept with a difference. The Pudding Club was established at Three Ways House Hotel in 1985 with the aim of preserving the great British steamed pudding, then very much off most menus. And it’s been hugely successful. Make a dinner reservation here for a Friday night (and some Saturdays) and you’ll find yourself in a wonderfully wacky Pudding Club meeting. After a light main course the real session begins as seven puddings are paraded in with much noise and ceremony. Guests then vie to eat as many of them as they can – and depart having been awarded a pudding eating certificate. There’s a serious side to the Three Ways House operation, too. The hotel has a gold award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme and among many other measures recycles avidly, promotes local suppliers and encourages wildlife in the grounds. Prices from £88 per night for the 48 bedrooms
Pollaughan Farm, Cornwall
Pollaughan Cottages, a home from home, has been lovingly restored with both children and the environment in mind. The relaxing little farmstead, near sandy beaches, provides guests with round the clock interaction with nature and wildlife. Price:£ 1450 for one week high season in smallest cottage which sleeps 4
The nearest railway station is Truro. From there, take the 550 bus to Trewithian, then turn left. Follow the road and take the first right down a short road where you will find the cottages. Truro also lies on Route 3 and the Cornish Way on the National Cycle Network.
Quernmore Valley Cottages
Tucked away on the old Roman road from Lancaster to the Trough of Bowland is Quernmore Valley. You can choose from a traditional, three bedroom cottage with its own spacious garden area and babbling brook, or a modern, newly built cottage also with three bedrooms and a large decking area that overlooks the stunning local countryside. It’s the perfect base for exploring the area on two wheels, with secure bike storage provided at Lower Clougha Cottage or there’s cycle hire available locally. Information packs and maps have also been thoughtfully provided in each cottage to help you get your bearings when you arrive.
Mossy thatched roofs, wisteria-clad walls, views of rolling countryside and dinky rooms with beams and low ceilings: the six properties of Lea Hill are chocolate box sweet. Whether it’s the upstairs, one-bedroom Kingfisher apartment or two-bedroom Nuthatch, these cottages, each with their own enclosed garden, offer you a taste of remote, bucolic bliss. When you know that about 50% of the electricity comes from renewables - solar PV panels - it’s like gorging on strawberry creams with half the calories. From £230 for 2 for a three-night break, or £300 per week.
Culls Cottage, sits in the unspoilt, quintessential Cotswold village of Southrop, an ideal base to explore all the highlights of The Cotswolds, Oxford, Stratford or Bath. A traditional stone cottage dating from 1670, it has been lovingly restored to preserve the traditional and lavished with contemporary luxuries to bring it bang up to date. Enjoy the stunning ¼ of an acre, private garden with numerous places to sit and relax, is a haven in summer. Three double bedrooms means that Culls can comfortably sleep six and there is a double sofa bed in the lounge, should you need that too. Families are welcome; cots and high chairs are available free of charge, as well as free wifi. The house holds Four Stars and a Gold for excellence in service and quality with Visit England, and is the current holder of the Cotswold Tourism Awards ‘ Self Catering Holiday Provider of 2015’ (together with its sister cottage – The Chestnuts in nearby Shilton). Awarded a Gold with the Green Tourism Business scheme and the Silver Award with the Cotswold Tourism awards 2015. Cottages sleep 8-10 and from £999 per week
Cheddar Camping and Caravanning Club Site
Hidden deep in walking country, this friendly 90-pitch campsite makes a great launch pad for a variety of attractions in the Mendips - Cheddar, Wells and Glastonbury are all close, and you’ve got mile upon mile of walking and cycling routes on your doorstep. Great facilities, easygoing smiley staff and good pubs within walking distance, and the onsite shop sells all sorts, including fresh bread and warm croissants every morning. There’s also a great farm shop a five-minute stroll, selling everything you could possibly want for your sizzling summer barbeque.
The nearest railway station is Yatton, which is 10 miles away. If you wish to organise a taxi from the station to the campsite, a list of local firms is available at TrainTaxi. Route 3 (West Country Way) on the National Cycle Network goes directly through Priddy.
Gwel an Mor
Beach side, self catering Cornish holidays in an amazing clutch of eco lodges and A-frame lodges set in woodland. There is a fabulous spa with indoor pool and treatments on site, a full service restaurant (which delivers take out to your lodge), tennis court and a wildlife sanctuary, badger and bird hide. Mini-golf and (soon) 18 holes of golf. Like a five star hotel, but without the five star price. Delightful staff and passionate conservationists in the wildlife centre.
Train to Redruth station from Paddington and transfer to the local bus (line 46 or 47) to Portreath, Forth Vean
Bedruthan Steps Hotel and Spa, Cornwall, England
Unwind and refresh at this stunning hotel and spa in the natural and peaceful setting of the Cornish Coast. You'll be welcomed by a friendly team, sample home-cooked local food and be pampered in the Ocean Spa. From £246 (non seaview) to £430 (seaview apartments); dinner, bed and breakfast
The nearest railway station is Newquay, from where you can take the 556 bus to Trenance. A short walk will then bring you to the hotel. Alternatively, take a National Express coach to Newquay. If guests require a taxi from the train or bus station, the hotel is happy to help book you one. Bedruthan is also located on the South West Coast Path and Route 32 on the National Cycle Network, making it convenient for both walkers and cyclists. Better yet, if you choose to travel to the hotel in an eco friendly manner, they'll treat you to a bottle of fizz!
Feather Down Camping – Warren Farm
Even those usually averse to sleeping under canvas might be persuaded to bed down for the night at Feather Down Farm. This is camping of a different sort: there’s just the one (huge) tent - no noisy neighbours - which is divided into five 'rooms', with wooden floors, a big family dining table, a cosy log burner and lanterns dotted around. Set high up on a cliffside with sweeping views, you are surrounded by meadows and bleating sheep. There’s an honesty shop with all the essentials and a fire pit outside for marshmallow toasting – it truly is a kids’ paradise. There are bikes to borrow, chickens to adopt for the week (yes, really!), and luxury foodie hampers and veg boxes for your arrival, should you so desire!
This pretty holiday cottage adjoins the owner’s farmhouse on Higher Landskill Farm, a 100-acre working sheep and stock rearing farm with spectacular views which has been owned and run by the Kelsall family for over 100 years. The centrally-heated cottage sleeps up to five people, and has its own enclosed garden complete with garden furniture, barbecue, swings, slide and even a trampoline. It’s a great base for wildlife lovers, as the owners work closely with the RSPB to manage the land and encourage breeding birds, whilst keen walkers and cyclists will find several footpaths and cycle paths leaving right from their doorstep.
Old Station Yard
This family-run caravan and camping site is in a pretty, secluded location within walking distance of Masham. There’s a modern heated toilet and shower block and newly opened café, The Goods Shed, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and uses produce from local businesses.
Pinewood Holiday Park, Yorkshire, England
Pinewood is a small, family run holiday park, located less than 2 miles from Scarborough town centre, yet with beautiful views of the Yorkshire Wolds. The only Wild West themed holiday park in the UK - with Indian tipis, cowboy camping shacks and Western wagons. Camping peak season from £14 per night for 2 people. Themed accommodation in peak season £70 for up to a family of 4
Robin Hood Caravan and Camping Park
Ten minutes’ drive from the A64, this site, in the village of Slingsby, near the Howardian Hills, is well-situated for those driving. There are electric hook up points for tourers and even some for tents. Caravans are available for hire. Duvets and pillows are provided but bring your own bed linen and towels. There’s an outdoor children’s play area, walking maps in reception and plenty of footpaths nearby, indeed plenty to do without using the car. Actually, why not leave it at home and arrive by public transport? There are buses from Malton, where there’s a train station. From £18 per night.
West Leas Farm
The stone barns on West Leas Farm close to Ripon, have been converted into five lovely cottages. Each has its own character, though all offer everything you need for self-catering in comfort (they sleep from two to five people). The villages of Kirkby Malzeard and Galphay are within walking distance and the location’s great for exploring all Nidderdale has to offer.
Webbington Farm Holiday Cottages
Deep in cider-making country are these three converted oak-beamed barns, set around a courtyard on a working cattle farm. Sleeping between 4-6 people, each barn has beautiful well-equipped kitchens, pretty quilts on comfy beds, and leather sofas. The owners are committed to the environment and have planted 10,000 trees on the farm, replanted an apple orchard and have installed a reed bed. Keen anglers will appreciate a spot of private fishing (the farm has its own river frontage on the River Axe) and kids will love getting to know the animals on site.
The nearest railway station is Weston Milton. From there, you can arrange a short journey by cab to the cottages. A list of local taxi firms is available at TrainTaxi. The area is easily accessible by bicycle, with local routes including Routes 33 and 26 on the National Cycle Network.
Higher Gills Farm
These two self-catering holiday apartments, Lower Laithe and Granary, have both been tastefully converted from a 200-year-old stable block on Higher Gills Farm, a working cattle and sheep farm run by the Pilkington family. Each apartment is designed with two bedrooms, an open-plan kitchen and lounge area, and are tastefully decorated with prints and original works by local artists. They also come well stocked with books, local information books and leaflets to help you get your bearings. Located right on the flank of legendary Pendle Hill, you can set out to climb the 577m summit straight from your doorstep.
The Ormond at Tetbury
The Ormond, a traditional Cotswold coaching inn with 15 rooms, has welcomed travellers since the 17th century. Ideally located in the centre of Tetbury, it's a great base from which to relax, eat well, drink well and explore this area of outstanding natural beauty. Prices from £65 per room
On Newquay’s iconic Fistral Beach, here’s a hotel that really does take the stress out of family holidays, a place where kids are catered for and parents are pampered. It’s completely set up for little ones: family rooms have balconies overlooking the children’s play area (which includes a huge wooden pirate ship), there’s a family swimming pool, picnic hampers available – head to the beach without the hassle of finding somewhere for lunch – and plenty of ideas for things to see and do in the area. Of course, it’s just as good if you’re holiday without the kids: spacious rooms are clean and contemporary, the restaurant serves good food and the Pebbles Bar sells Cornish ales to enjoy on the sun terrace. There’s bike hire, too. From £43 for two.
The nearest railway station is Newquay, which is just a five minute cab journey from the hotel. The hotel is happy to arrange a taxi in advance. Route 32 and the Cornish Way on the National Cycle Network also pass by Newquay.
A sister hotel to the nearby Swan, this bustling small hotel with its own wine bar, pub and restaurant offers a warm welcome and fantastic food. The 14 rooms are reached through the charmingly twisted corridors and staircases of this old building, and all are beautifully refurbished whether you go for one of the beamed attic rooms or a spacious family suite. The food and drink served here has won The Crown various awards including Wine Pub of the Year and Suffolk Dining Pub of the Year, and being situated right on Southwold high street it makes a great base for exploring the local area. However with such a relaxing atmosphere and tempting menus on offer, you may find you never actually make it out the front door…
Set in 29 acres of woodland, Helme Pasture is a picturesque country retreat with Scandinavian-style lodges and self-catering cottages. The newly-designed wooden lodges, which blend perfectly into the surrounding woods, sleep from two to eight people, while the well-equipped stone cottages sleep up to four. The location is perfect for checking out the area’s market towns and villages and natural attractions – and then returning to your own home sweet home.