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The holiday accommodation photographed above & detailed below are the most recommended that we have to offer you. These are based on independent recommendations by other mums and dads who have already been there and experienced them. Hopefully, by following these recommendations you, too can have the best family holiday you have ever had! If you would like to look at a slightly shorter list, then please click on the links below for the best holidays in the Uk only or France only.

Accommodation options in the table below include self catering cottages, holiday lodges or log cabins, family friendly holiday parks, french gites (holiday cottages) and villas in Cyprus. In terms of the reviews left, I am very careful to ensure I only post genuine ones so that you can be assured they are honest. For example, I require a valid email address for all reviewers & I ensure those people have stayed at the accommodation by validating it with the owner. If I receive a poor review, I launch a full investigation, speaking both to the reviewer & the owner - if I think the review is malicious, I do not post it as it can destroy someone's livelihood. If I receive several poor reviews for the same property, I remove it from the website as I only want to offer you the best holiday accommodation available.
holidays in pembrokeshire Clydey Holiday Cottages, Pembrokeshire, west Wales - a cluster of 10 luxury holiday cottages with absolutely superb family facilities, located just 20 mins from the beach. Set within 10 acres, onsite there is an indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, gym, outdoor hot tub, games room, indoor soft play, daily animal feeding & supervised kids club. 75 reviews, 4.9 out of 5.
south west france gites La Grange du Moulin, Poitou Charentes, SW France - 6 child friendly gites with 2-4 bedrooms which are ideal for families with toddlers and young children due to the safe, enclosed garden for them to play in and make new friends. Shared heated swimming pool & heated toddler pool (30 degrees), playground, creche and babysitting service. 43 reviews, 4.9 out of 5.
family holidays in france La Garenne, Poitou Charentes, SW France - six charming 2-3 bedroom holiday gites set within an enclosed courtyard setting amongst the sunflowers in a small hamlet of the sunniest region in France. Super family friendly with a heated swimming pool, kids club, babysitting, catering service and certainly everything you would need for you to have the best ever family holiday. 42 reviews, 4.8 out of 5.
holiday cottage in northumberland Northumberland Cottage, near Alnwick, NE England - luxury 3 bed accommodation sleeping up to 6 surrounded by stunning scenery and located just 10 miles from Alnwick and on a National Cycle Route - perfect for families and those who want to take their dog on holiday with them. This is where I would stay if we were going to Northumberland (website editor). 26 reviews, 5 out of 5
vendee holiday cottage La Boulinerie, Vendee, near west coast of France - 5 self catering gites sleeping from 2-10 people each set within a stunning rural location in the popular south Vendee, yet within just 30 mins of the sandy beaches of the Atlantic & 35 mins from La Rochelle airport. On this family friendly site is a heated outdoor pool, play barn & a kids club allowing parents some quality time together whilst the kids spend time playing with their mates. What could be better? 26 reviews, 4.8 out of 5
cornwall holiday with kids Bosinver Farm Cottages, Trelowth, Cornwall, SW England - multiple award winning luxury holiday cottages in Cornwall. Perfect for families with daily animal feeding, tractor rides plus an indoor heated swimming pool, games room, tennis court, fishing, weekly pony rides & adventure playground. Walk to the nearest pub that welcomes kids & serves food or enjoy our homemade meals onsite. 21 reviews, 4.9 out of 5.
family holidays in wales Bluestone Wales, Pembrokeshire, west Wales - luxury holiday village with both lodge & cottage accommodation to sleep 2-14 peopel each plus numerous onsite acitivites. The huge leisure pool is a great hit with the kids, as is the indoor adventure centre & high ropes course. Its also near the beach. Ideal all year round holiday destination for short family breaks or longer holidays. In my opinion its a bit like a more luxurious, cheaper version of Center Parcs. 20 reviews, 5 out of 5.
gwalia falls beach holiday in wales Gwalia Falls, Tresaith Beach, Cardigan Bay, west Wales coast - breathtaking location to watch the dolphins in the bay from the cliff top or the beach. A quiet seaside resort with 2-3 bed accommodation in lodges, apartments or luxury mobile homes. Walk to the restaurant & pub serving food & explore Cardigan Bay from the Ceredigion coastal path. Superb for a relaxing beach holiday in Wales. 18 reviews, 4.9 out of 5.
holiday near cognac Logis La Cabane, nr Cognac, SW France - 3 gites each sleeping 5 + cot with shared swimming pool in an excellent location just 10 mins drive to historic Cognac offering you a perfect base to explore this beautiful region or just relax in tranquil surroundings. Set in the grounds of a wonderful old farmhouse, dating back in parts to the 17th century. 16 reviews, 4.9 out of 5.
family hotel scotland Crieff Hydro Hotel & Cottages, Perthshire, Scotland - superb family friendly hotel in Scotland with free daily childcare & over 60 onsite activities including pony rides, swimming, archery, quad biking, mountain biking etc. Accommodation is either in luxury family bedrooms or good value self catering cottages. BEST PRICE GUARANTEED so you won't find cheaper! 14 reviews, 4.8 out of 5.
farm holiday cottage Dukes Farm's, Brecon Beacons, Herefordshire, W England - 3 luxury, converted barns sleeping 2-8 people each overlooking stunning scenery across the farm & the Brecon Beacons. Herefordshire is England's most rural county yet it is known for its many festivals throughout the year. Ideal holiday for short breaks or relaxing for longer as a small family or large family gathering. 13 reviews, 5 out of 5.
st ives holiday Mariner's Belle, St Ives, Cornwall, SW England - 3 bedroom accommodation sleeping up to 6 in the heart of St Ives, can you have a better location? St Ives has been described as the "jewel of West Cornwall" & you can easily explore its cobbled streets, stunning beaches, local galleries including The Tate & award winning restaurants from this lovely holiday home. 13 reviews, 4.9 out of 5.
beach holiday in france Bel Air Gites, near Royan, Charentes-Maritime, SW France - has 2 cottages sleeping 6-10 and 3 gites sleeping 2-6 set around a typical Charentaise farmhouse. Onsite is a shared heated swimming pool, volleyball, badminton, basketball, trampoline, bikes & helmets, climbing frame, trampoline, swings & an indoor play barn. Located close to the sandy beaches on the Atlantic coast. 12 reviews, 5 out of 5.
scotland holiday lodge Piperdam Lodges, near Dundee, eastern Scotland - 1-6 bedroom self catering holiday lodges on a 500 acre site with numerous activities for all ages. Onsite there is an indoor heated swimming pool, spa, gym, 18 hole golf course next to the loch, quad biking, 4x4 safari, archery to name just a few things. The luxury accommodation is well equipped, many have private hot tubs & saunas. In addition there is disabled accessible lodges too. 12 reviews, 4.7 out of 5.
family holidays in devon Otter Falls Cottages, Honiton, south Devon, SW England - a collection of cottages & lodges with shared indoor pool, tennis court, onsite fishing, games room, putting course & small shop. Located in Devon's Otter Valley from where you can enjoy the rugged countryside. Pet friendly holiday accommodation. 10 reviews, 4.7 out of 5.
brittany coast holiday cottage Le Rhun Holiday Cottages, Crozon Peninsula, south Brittany Coast, NW France - 4 holiday cottages with shared, heated pool on the Crozon Peninsula offering an excellent base to enjoy the beaches & coast of NW France. The cottages are located a mere 3km from the popular local beach resort of Telgruc-sur-Mer on the Southern Coast of Brittany. 9 reviews, 5 out of 5.
holiday with the kids in france Les Vallaies, Charente Maritime, South West France - a group of 5 family friendly gites with shared, heated pool. There is a large garden with swings, slide & a sand pit, games room, indoor & outdoor children's toys, trampoline with safety net & a shared jacuzzi hot tub. Babysitting is also available on request. A superb base to explore the Charente Martime region. 9 reviews, 4.7 out of 5.
top holiday lodges in scotland Lochgoilhead Holiday Lodges, Argyll, western Scotland - stunning lochside location for these beautiful lodges, many with private hot tubs & great value caravans. Numerous family friendly onsite activities including quad biking, fishing, cycling, indoor pool & soft play. Superb choice for a relaxing break in a remote yet fantastic location. 9 reviews, 4.6 out of 5.
brittany holiday park La Grande Metairie Holiday Park, Carnac, southern Brittany, North West France - located close to the famous beach resort of Carnac & their "stonehenge" stones, this superb holiday park boasts a great pool complex including waterslides, lazy river, outdoor & indoor pools & jacuzzi hot tub. Plus there is a small farm so the kids can enjoy the animals and a kids club in the summer season. 9 reviews, 4.6 out of 5.
family holiday park in northern france Chateau de Drancourt holiday park, Abbeville, northern France - small, family friendly park with accommodation in mobile homes or luxury camping. Swimming pool complex with retractable roof, tennis court, gym, restaurant, shop, kids club & entertainment onsite. Cycle hire is also available to explore the stunning local countryside or cycle to beautiful St Valery. Close to Calais so great stopover. 9 reviews, 4.5 out of 5.
scotland holiday cottage Tigh Na Mara, Fortrose, Moray Firth, Scotland- 4 bedroom holiday home to sleep up to 6 people with stunning views across the Moray Firth from where you can look out for the famous dolphins! Located right on the edge of the sea in the charming seaside town of Fortrose on the Black Isle. Close to Loch Ness, Cairngorm National Park, & all the facilities of Inverness. 8 reviews, 4.8 out of 5.
top holiday park on west coast of wales Penrhos Park near Aberystywyth on the west Wales coast - gorgeous smaller holiday park in a stunning setting with luxury holiday lodge & caravan style accommodation. Superb golf facilities with its own 18 hole golf course, 9 hole course & driving range. Also private hot tubs with the lodges, indoor heated swimming pool, small gym, sauna & onsite restaurant. Perfect base to watch the birds of prey too & less than 2 miles to the beach. 9 reviews, 4.6 out of 5.
pyrenees holiday Saint Lary Apartments, Pyrenees, SW France - three, 2 bed apartments that can sleep up to 6 each set within the resort of Saint Lary - a short distance from the ski slopes in the winter & offering a huge choice of adventure sports in the summer. 7 reviews, 4.7 out of 5.
holiday with sea views scotland Island View, Dunure, near Ayr, west coast of Scotland - stunning 4 ensuite bedroom luxury beach house with stunning sea views across the Clyde & just 1 mile from the picturesque fishing village of Dunure with a pub serving food. A home cinema room & private hot tub makes these an extra special destination for a short break in Scotland all year round. 7 reviews, 4.4 out of 5.
wales farm holiday cottages Croft Farm & Celtic Cottages, Cardigan, Pembrokeshire, Wales - 8 cottages of 2-4 bedrooms rated 4* & 5* with indoor heated swimming pool. Super family friendly - daily animal feeding, indoor play barn, adventure playground & for parents who don't want to self cater, daily fresh cooked bread and meal deliveries to your door. Poppit Sands blue flag beach is 5 mins away. 6 reviews, 5 out of 5.
top holiday cottage in mid wales Lane Cottage, near Llandrindod Wells, Powys, mid Wales - luxury 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom holiday cottage in a stunning countryside setting yet just 1.5 miles away from the nearest shop & pub serving food. Pet friendly and perfect for large group holidays or short breaks - for holidaymakers who want to get away from it all! One bedroom has an en suite wet room so may be suitable for guests with limited mobility. This cottage is a real treat not to be missed. 6 reviews, 4.8 out of 5.
la cidrerie holiday cottages La Cidrerie Holiday Cottages, near Granville, Normandy, North West France - 3 holiday cottages in traditional Normandy stone with stunning interiors designed for your comfort on holiday all year round. 2 or 3 bedrooms, just 8km from the nearest sandy beach & pet friendly accommodation. A perfect base to explore this famous region in France. 6 reviews, 4.8 out of 5.
eastern france cottage Chene Gite, Loraine, Eastern France - 2 bed self catering cottage set within the heart of the countryside, surrounded by horses. 30 mins to skiing in winter or watersports in the summer. 6 reviews, 4.3 out of 5
gwynfryn holiday cottages north wales Gwynfryn Farm holiday cottages, Pwllheli, north Wales coast - set on a working dairy farm yet just 1.25 miles from the coast this small complex of 11 holiday cottages is super family friendly. Indoor heated pool, shared hot tub, tennis court, indoor soft play, games room, gym, animal feeding - something to keep the whole family happy including the dog as they are pet friendly too. Ideal base to explore the wonderful Llyn Peninsula. 5 reviews, 4.5 out of 5.
derbyshire holiday Darwin Forest Lodges, near Matlock, Derbyshire Peak District, UK - a woodland holiday village with great family friendly facilities including indoor pool, indoor play barn, tennis courts, adventure playground & bar/restaurant onsite. Accommodation is in cosy, yet luxurious (and fun) log cabins. A real treat for the family all year round - my family goes there in October & we love it! 4 reviews, 5 out of 5
luxury scotland holiday cottages Muirhall Holiday Cottages, Auchengray, Lanarkshire, Central Scotland- 4 luxury self catering holiday cottages, 5* rated by Visit Scotland & in the perfect central location for a base to explore both Edinburgh & Glasgow, not to mention everywhere in between! 200 year old farm outbuildings have been sensitively converted to provide you with luxury short breaks & holidays with real character, not to mention a lovely warm Scottish welcome. 4 reviews, 5 out of 5.
luxury costal holiday in devon Granville Point, Ilfracombe, Devon, SW England - luxury 2 bedroom apartment with 2 bathrooms and stunning sea views from no less than 3 balconies. Top class accommodation within walking distance of all amenities in an enviable position in this popular coastal town in Devon. 4 reviews, 4.5 out of 5
la petellerie holiday cottages La Petellerie Holiday Cottages, nr St Lo, Normandy, North West France - 4 holiday cottages converted from 17th century stone farmhouse & barns yet with all mod cons for your comfort on holiday. Covered, outdoor swimming pool for the exclusive use of our guests, games room & outdoor play area makes this an ideal location for your next family holiday in France. Just half an hour to the nearest sandy beaches & historical sites that makes Normandy world famous for holidaymakers. Nearest restaurant 2km. 4 reviews, 4.5 out of 5.
dorset holiday lodge Pinewood Holiday Lodges, Lyme Regis, Dorset, SW England - luxury 2-4 bedroom lodges, some with private hot tubs with shared indoor & outdoor swimming pool. In a stunning location not far from the south coast and you can also nip over the border to Devon for a family day out. Perfect. 3 reviews, 5 out of 5.
bude holiday cottage Bude Holiday Cottages, Cornwall, SW England - a 2 & 3 bedroom luxury holiday cottage sharing an indoor heated pool, sauna, hot tub & adventure playground on a working dairy farm near the seaside resort of Bude - one of the UK's best beach & surfing destinations. Close to the Eden Project or the Lundy Island Nature Reserve for a family day trip. 3 reviews, 5 out of 5.
derbyshire holiday cottage Hall Farm Cottages, Derbyshire Peak District, UK - 3 delightful stone built cottages (sleeps 3-5) with views down the Manifold Valley towards Thor Cave. Located just 20 mins to Alton Towers, Leek, Ashbourne, 30 mins Matlock (Gulliver's Kingdom), 40 mins to Stoke's Waterworld. Also an indoor play barn which is superb to keep your kids occupied whatever the weather! 3 reviews, 4.7 out of 5.
pembrokeshire holiday cottage Fron Fawr Holiday Cottages, Penrallt, Pembrokeshire, west Wales - five 4* & 5* rated pet friendly holiday cottages set within stunning countryside with private enclosed gardens, 48 acres of grounds to explore, shared hot tub & play area. Guests may also use the leisure facilities at Clydey. The sandy beach is just 5 miles from these cottages. 3 reviews, 4.3 out of 5.
norfolk coast holiday cottage Pilgrims Holiday Cottages, Bacton, Norfolk Coast, East of England - four 2-3 bedroom cottages situated literally on the Norfolk Coast - you can walk to the sandy beach! Onsite is an indoor heated swimming pool, indoor play barn & playground for the kids, set within a secure garden so you can let them loose to roam free! 2 reviews, 5 out of 5.
brittany lake holiday Brittany Lake Holidays, Morbihan, NW France - excellent value 2 bed cottage sleeping up to 5 just 500 metres from the Lac de Guerledan with its beaches, safe swimming and a wide variety of water-sports,including water skiing. Also just 400m from a cycle path which runs from the Brest canal to the small town of Mur du Bretagne & the nearest restaurants is just 1 km walk away along the edge of the lake. 2 reviews, 5 out of 5.
family holidays in cornwall Tredethick Farm, Cornwall, SW England - 9 luxury cottages set within stunning scenery with superb family friendly facilities and accommodation including indoor heated pool, indoor & outdoor play areas, hot tubs, daily animal feeding & regular horse riding all included within the price. 2 reviews, rated 4.5 out of 5.
family activity holiday in scotland Spey Valley Country Club, near Aviemore, Cairngorms, Scottish Highlands - in a stunning setting with superb Highland views surrounded by a Championship golf course. With indoor pool, squash, badminton, restaurant onsite what more could you need on your holiday in the Cairngorms? Accommodation is in apartments & villas sleeping up to 8 people. 2 reviews, 4.5 out of 5.
wheelchair friendly holidays in devon Venn Farm Cottages, near Ivybridge, south Hams, west Devon, UK - a group of converted farm buildings that are both pet & wheelchair friendly (category 2 disabled access). Perfect location for a relaxing holiday with onsite fishing. within easy reach of the Dartmoor National Park, just perfect if you like to take your pets with you on holiday. 2 reviews, 3.5 out of 5.
french alps holiday Sainte Foy Chalet Hotel, French Alps- a small boutique-hotel offering half board holidays with 8 family rooms & outdoor hot tub. Private bar & kids games room. Perfect location with easy access to the resorts of Sainte Foy, Tignes & Val d'Isere. Superb skiing in the winter, stunning scenery & adrenaline sports in the summer. 1 review, 5 out of 5 (from website editor, I loved it!).
large group holidays pembrokeshire Croft House, Pembrokeshire Coast, west Wales - a luxury 6 bed self catering cottage that is ideal for large group holidays with its own private hot tub. A former farmhouse that is now available for weekly bookings or short breaks all year round. Located just 4 miles from Cardigan bay & many, undiscovered sandy beaches. Also access to shared indoor heated swimming pool, daily animal feeding on the farm & indoor & outdoor play areas. 1 review, 5 out of 5.