Holidays give us a chance to escape the demands of daily life and refresh our minds. Children need this just as much as adults, so that’s where these family-friendly (and stress-free) rentals come in! These 8 rentals focus on getting out and playing in the great outdoors, trying new experiences and staying somewhere special to remember forever.
Whether you want to squeeze in a last-minute break or plan ahead for next year, these UK rentals are just what tired minds need…
Set in the heart of a 260-acre organic farm, this beautiful contemporary home is packed full of features families will love. There’s a secure private garden with a trampoline, roundabout, swings, slide, croquet, badminton and clock golf. If the weather isn’t so good, there’s a large undercover games room with air hockey, Connect 4 and table tennis.
Explore the surrounding farmland and you’ll find everything from chickens and cattle to woodland, ponds and picnic tables – not to mention fantastic views of the Quantocks and Blackdown Hills. But the icing on the cake is the exclusive use of the spa with its private heated indoor pool, hot tub and sauna. So whether you’ve got teenagers needing a break after exams or toddlers needing some time to run free, this fantastic home is ideal for relaxing family escapes.
This sprawling 300-year-old farmhouse is perfect for stressed-out kids (and grown-ups!) of any age. Take a dip in the pool, feed the farm animals or let off some steam in the enclosed garden. The facilities for little ones are excellent and will help make your stay as easy as possible; you’ll find everything from cots and highchairs, to buggies and even babysitting! There are also holistic treatments and catering options available on request.
This calming rental sleeps up to 12 so there’s plenty of room for the extended family, too. You’re sure to leave feeling recharged and refreshed.
There’s something about treehouses that stir up a huge sense of awe in children. Holing up in the woodland and staying in a cosy nest next to the birds is every kid’s dream. This gorgeous treehouse sleeps up to six guests, so it’s perfect for families looking for an exciting adventure.
One guest celebrating their 18th birthday said, “I have always wanted to experience staying in a treehouse since I was young and all my dreams came true for a special birthday!”. This is one experience your kids will treasure forever.
If staying in a treehouse wasn’t enough, then how about your very own castle? This stunning 13th-century rental is one of Scotland’s oldest castles and enjoys fantastic views over the Ayrshire countryside.
When your kids aren’t simply swishing around the grand halls, feeling like a prince or princess, you’ll find tons to keep them entertained here. The castle is just 20 minutes from Glasgow with its museums, galleries and restaurants, but you might prefer to stay in the estate where you can go mountain biking, walking through the woodlands, fly-fishing and more.
If anything will make your teens put down the tech, this unique rental will. Spend a week or two on this luxurious six-berth houseboat near Hampton Court on the banks of the Thames. As you’d expect being so close to London, there’s a whole plethora of attractions from theme parks to botanical gardens.
Chessington is around five miles away whilst the world-famous Kew Gardens is just seven miles from the houseboat. If you’d prefer to take things easy, pack a picnic and hop on board a pedalo or a motor boat for a day of messing about on the river.
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Got any Harry Potter fans in the family? These beautifully-crafted yurts located on a garlic farm on the Isle of Wight are reminiscent of the magical tents at the Triwizard Tournament. Kids will love sleeping on the mezzanine decks and stargazing through the roof window at night.
Making friends with other families is part of the fun, as there’s a large communal dining yurt seating up to 24. Children will love spending long sunny days simply playing in the fresh air. There’s also a private tennis court, a games room and football pitch, as well as open access to all the beautiful surrounding farmland.
Do you have a budding paleontologist on your hands? Are your little ones dotty about dinosaurs? If so, this pretty cottage in Osmington is just a ten-minute walk from the world-famous Jurassic Coast. Spend the day fossil hunting on the beach and then head back to admire your treasures in the sunny private garden.
The rental sleeps eight so there’s room for aunties and uncles, too. And as there’s a high chair, cot and stair gates available, it’s ideal for families travelling with little tots in tow. If you don’t feel like cooking, there’s a family-friendly pub just over the road where you can enjoy a meal and a drink in the garden whilst the kids play on the climbing frame. Perfect!
It’s a simple fact of life that kids love dens… and this charming bungalow in Appley near Ryde has one in the back garden! It’s full of toys to keep little ones entertained, and there’s table football and a range of board games for the older kids, too.
When they’re not keeping themselves busy at this cosy two-bedroom rental, the large, soft sandy beach is just a few minutes’ stroll away. Children will love spending the day searching in rock pools, paddling in the sea and tucking into a picnic in the sunshine.
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