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)
7 days Low Season range: £450 for 4-6 people, £950 for 8-10 people. High Season range: £1660 for 4-6 people to £2650 for 8-10 people
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.
Cottage sleeping 2: £280-£445; Cottage sleeping 6 £385-£675
£30-£36 per night for bed and breakfast; £86 per night for b&b and horse riding; Horse b&b is from £60 per night.
£1070 peak week, £975 high season week, £835 mid season week, £690 low season week. £595 3 night short break, £645 4 nights
From £225, based on 2 people staying for three nights
£945 - £1,365 per week, £495 - £675 for 3 night weekend break, £600 - £840 4 night mid-week break.
B&B: £35 pppn. Self-catering: from £300 per week.
£70 per night based on 2 sharing
Superior King is £130, King Room is £120, Double/Twin is £100, Single is £50. Longer stay deals available
£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)
£50 for single occupancy mid-week low season per room - £160 for double occupancy in four poster at weekends
Double / Twin rooms £95.00 per night, Family Room (2 adults & 2 Children) £120.00 per night
From £60 a night B&B; 4 bedded bunkroom £50 per night, 2 bedded bunkroom £29 per night; camping £6.50 per night
Weekend €239, week €399 all year round
€149 for best room available to €300 for a 2 bedroom 1000sq ft Suite. Hostel rooms are €40 per night - including the best breakfast in Ireland. (Love and attention comes free)
Pods from €234. Refuge from €47 Euros pp for double, €20 pp for dorm
Ty Fferm Hen August based on 2 sharing- 7 days £29ea per night. Peacock Cottage August 7 days / 6 people £14ea per night.
From £42 including full Welsh cooked breakfast. Full board with home cooked meals available.
£130-£185 per room
Weekly prices Barley Store £235-£370 Corn View £336-£528 Rye Barn £382-£600
From £223 for 2 nights in low season to £814 for 7 nights in high season
Standard King £95- Ballard Suite £299
Low Season from €140 per room per night. High Season from €190 per room per night. Both rates bed & breakfast.
: Cottages for 4, prices £440-£1845, cottages for 12 £1180-£3800 and everything in between.
£ 1450 for one week high season in smallest cottage which sleeps 4
£4750 per week high season, 2 nights 70%, 3 nights 75%, 4 nights 80% of weekly rate
w/end 3 nights or mid-week 4 nights £350 to £450. Per week £400 to £600
Double room £75.00 Kingsize Room £80.00
£64-£86. Saturday to Saturday only in July and August. Off-season £30-£50 a night, three-night minimum stay.
The Granite Barn (sleeps 6) £1170- £450. weekends available out of season. The Old Farm Cottage (sleeps 4) £842- £322. Weekends also available.
Weekly rates - High (July and August) 950 euros. Standard (rest of the year) 820 euros
From £75 per night, based on 2 people sharing
2 night break for 2 adults Room only from: comfort twin/ double £181, superior double £198, comfort sea view £234, superior sea view £251
From £200 for a three night mid week break to £550 for a full week in high season
Prices vary, please enquire. 7 days: Swallow's Rest: £260–£680; Dove Cottage: £230–£560. Short 3/4 day stays available.
The price range is £250-£455. Short breaks 2-4 nights £173-£256 depending on season.
From £38 per night
Weekends from £405, Midweek from £465, Week from £635
Double £65, Twin £65, Single £35. Self Catering Apartment 2 people Low Season £263. per week, High £375. Peak £413.
Weekly prices from £413 - £816 and Short breaks from £302 - £581
£1200 for a 2 night weekend, £1,850 for a weeks booking
Hotel Bedrooms from £99 - 2 Bedroom Lodges from £159 - 3 Bedroom Ldoges from £179 - All prices are per night
Self catering: £200 - £850 per week [small party discounts]. B&B £32.50 pppn [two sharing]
b&b: 85€ double bedroom with shared bathroom - 100€ double bedroom with private bathroom, Farmhouses from 1200€ p/w to 2600€ p/w
From £459, based on up to 6 people sharing for a week
Latest reviewed accommodation
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.
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.
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.
Attention to detail is what makes Rebecca and Donald’s family-friendly 19th century, single-storey holiday cottage, Easthorpe Lodge, so special. Many little things a family with children could need are provided, from baby wipes to cotton buds and books. With its well-equipped kitchen, cooks enjoy it too. Interiors mix pale walls and carpets with antique and contemporary furniture while the neat walled garden is all country cottage charm. Just three miles from Malton, this quiet spot is easy to reach by train and bike. There’s a secure garage for bikes and maps with cycle routes. Sleeps 4+1. From £305 per week.
Peewit Caravan Park
A peaceful campsite situated just 900 yards from Felixstowe’s Edwardian seafront. Set in 13 acres of landscaped parkland, the family owned site welcomes tourers and campers, and has all the mod cons you can expect including electric hook-ups for caravans, free hot showers and a launderette. There’s plenty of on site entertainment too including a children’s’ play park, petanque area and bowls green, whilst just a short walk away is the promenade with all its traditional seaside amusements and a busy dock point where you watch ships from all over the world pass through.
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.
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.
It's hard to believe that Hen Glyn was once considered derelict. Having been restored using largely sustainable materials, this Grade II listed cottage now effortlessly combines the modern and the traditional, with original 18th century wooden beams and panelling decorating the otherwise contemporary interiors. Sleeping up to 4, this is also easily one of the best accommodations in the region for walkers; the farm has some 230 acres to explore, while countless way-marked routes start right on the doorstep. In the evenings, rest your weary legs in Hen Glyn's heated outdoor hot tub and gaze out over the surrounding hillside.
Boswell Farm Cottages
Seven beautiful stone cottages surround a courtyard, each with their own private enclosed garden. Although the buildings date from the 18th and 19th centuries, today’s visitor will find lots of frills, literally. You can choose between a former dairy, just for two, or a house where cider was pressed, which sleeps up to nine. There’s a tennis court, a babbling brook, a pond full of wildlife and acres of fields. As well as a gold award for its green tourism efforts, the farm welcomes well-behaved dogs. Sidmouth is just a two-mile walk away. From £395 for a two-night break.
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.
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.
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.
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
Terrington Holiday Cottages
Sixty acres of lavender grow on the outskirts of Terrington. With the soporific scent wafting on the breeze, you should sleep well in these three well-maintained holiday cottages right in the centre of the village. The cottages, in stone buildings with red tiled roofs, sleep from two to five. Nearby, there’s a fine Norman church, more pretty stone cottages, surrounding hills for walks, a friendly pub and a village stores-cum-art gallery and café. There are occasional film screenings, cabaret shows and lectures in the village hall. Before long you may feel like a local. From £246 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.
This family run B&B with 3 bedrooms at Old Farm is based in the farmhouse which dates back to the 15th Century. A working farm, the family breed sheep, cattle and their very own Glamrock pigs (half Gloucestershire Old Spot, quarter Hampshire and quarter Duroc) as well as producing cereals to sell and hay and silage to feed to the stock over the winter months. The Farm Shop sells home reared meats and free range eggs. They also run a small campsite in one of the fields next to the farm which can host 5 caravans and 5 tents at any one time. B&B from £50, camping from £10 a night
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.
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.
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.
A 17th century Manor House overlooking the River Ribble, with five fully equipped campsites, each with their own unique landscaping. Waddow is within easy reach of some beautiful trails within the Lancashire countryside, the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales, and makes a great base for groups who want to get active in the great outdoors. Abseiling, archery, canoeing, climbing are just some of the activities that can be arranged, and there is also catered and self-catered indoor accommodation available in the main hall.
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.
If you’re looking for somewhere a little different to host your conference, workshop or family gathering, then Fernhill Farm might be just the place. The cowsheds on this 160-acre working farm in the Mendips have been converted into an alternative, relaxed venue, with accommodation for up to 55 people in eco-camping barns and Ramshackle Arcs. Super green & earnest, groups from 10-200 catered for. (underfloor heating throughout!). Andrew and Jen are committed to developing the farm into a self-sustaining unit, having installed a self-computerised log boiler, water harvesting, and wetland eco-treatment system which purifies all dirty water without the use of chemicals, which in turn has created new habitats for wildlife species. Camping £7 pppn; self-catering £24 pppn; B&B £30 pppn.
Nearest train station is Bristol Temple Meads
From there take the Bristol Airport shuttle bus service to Bristol Airport and we are 7 miles from there by taxi
Nearest coach station is Bristol Bus Station
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.
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.
These 4* self-catering cottages sleep 2-8 and are newly converted from traditional Lancashire stone farm buildings and surrounded by 200 acres of beautiful farmland. The cottages sleep from four to eight people, with large open plan kitchen and dining areas, a private patio area and all are centrally heated by an eco-friendly wood pellet boiler. They also have access to a large communal games room with lots of indoor games to keep the kids entertained on a rainy day. The Gardner family who run this farm have won awards for their conservation efforts, and it’s a wonderful area for bird watching and wildlife spotting with its wide open skies and far-reaching views.
Sat right on Aldeburgh’s shingle beachfront, the four star Brudenell Hotel offers 44 stylish bedrooms with panoramic views of the sea, or the tranquil River Ade and surrounding countryside. They have a variety of accommodation to suit varying guests’ needs, from romantic deluxe suites to spacious family rooms and also specifically adapted accommodation for guests with disabilities. Enjoy a freshly brewed coffee on the fabulous hotel terrace overlooking the sea, or linger over the lunch menu which features delicious local fish and seafood dishes delivered fresh each morning. Then head off to explore the art galleries and shops of Aldeburgh, or try the pretty golf course at Thorpeness, just a five minute drive down the road.
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.
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!
Brook Lodge Farm
Hidden in the historic hamlet of Cowslip Green, Brook Lodge is a peaceful, sheltered site with a strong environmental conscience. Bordered by a stream on one side, it is surrounded by wild flowers and wildlife and a labyrinth of country lanes making it a haven for bird watchers, cyclists and walkers. Their impressive eco efforts include solar-heated hot water for the showers, a strict recycling policy, and an annual tree-planting programme - this lead to them being awarded Gold by the Green Business Scheme Award.
The nearest railway station is Yatton. A list of local taxi firms who can collect you from the station is available at TrainTaxi. The local area is easily accesible by bicycle. Routes 26 and 410 on the National Cycle Network run nearby.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Devon Cliffs Holiday Park
There wasn’t much need for a brainstorm to come up with the name for this holiday park. Devon Cliffs is what it says: on the cliffs, in Devon. If you’re lucky enough to be in one of the caravans near the red sandstone cliffs, you’ll have stunning views of the coast and a short stroll down to a sandy bay. This large holiday park has had a recent £12 million makeover, including a spa, offering a variety of relaxing and invigorating treatments.
Lower Gill Holidays
This collection of holiday cottages nestles in a pretty, wooded glade at the end of a private road, surrounded by open farmland. The cottages (which sleep between four and 12) and the farmhouse (which sleeps up to 12) are all furnished to a high standard and come with their own patio areas which merge into landscaped gardens. Perfect for energetic kids, the site offers a heated indoor swimming pool, games room with table tennis, pool table, snooker table, seven-a-side football field and outdoor tennis court. Or if you want to take things at a more sedate pace, then explore the farm’s very own wildlife walk where you’re sure to spot an abundance of birds, deer and wild flowers.
Parkfoot Holiday Homes
Sat on the banks of the beautiful River Greta, this family owned 23-acre park in North Yorkshire is a peaceful spot for holiday home owners to come and relax. The landscaped grounds allow plenty of room with less than 10 caravans per acre, and kids will love the playground, games room and well stocked library of recycled books, videos, DVDs and jigsaws. The site owners have long been committed to sustainable tourism and recycle extensively on the site as well as encouraging guests to do the same, and this year they are introducing a brand new wildlife garden to encourage pollinating insects.
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.
Church Farm Country Cottages
Formerly old cow byres, these 4* cottages have been tastefully converted leaving vaulted ceilings and the beams exposed: there’s also a large, 4* Gold, converted barn with five bedrooms. Ideal for visiting Bath, Wiltshire and the Cotswolds; the cottages are close to the city but surrounded by an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 8 cootages available from £345 oer week
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
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
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.
There are just three comfortable self-catering properties at this working farm, but they can sleep a total of 32, making it a perfect venue for a large get-together. All three have impressive energy-saving and recycling eco-credentials. The Old Winery, a former apple winery and enormous flint barn, sleeps 20, has two kitchens and a dining table that seats 32. Two other properties, one thatched, sleep six each. Unwind in the gardens or poolside and take in gentle views across the valley or trundle off with a wheelbarrow full of provisions and thoughtfully provided picnic ware. From £375 for three nights to £2,000 for a week for 6.
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.
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.
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
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…
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
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.