Best Family Friendly Accommodation in the UK 2018

Best Family Friendly Accommodation in the UK 2018

One of the things I have loved after being an expat for four years, has been enjoying all the UK has to offer. It is really a perfect place to travel with families from the beautiful beaches of Cornwall to the hills of the Peak District it really has everything a family could need for a perfect family holiday. Some of my favorite family travel and parenting bloggers have told us their favorite and most family friendly places to stay in the UK to help you plan your perfect 2018 UK holiday! So whether you are looking for the best UK hotels for toddlers, the best family holiday resorts UK or if you are looking for a luxury escape with kids or a cheap getaway in the UK with kids then we have the answer for you. 

Cornwall

Bedruthan Steps Hotel by Life Unexpected

Bedruthan Steps Hotel is the most family friendly hotel in Cornwall. They not only make sure that your kids have a great time, by providing a whole array of activities including; kids clubs, indoor cinema room, indoor soft play areas and outdoor parks. But, they also make sure that adults get some rejuvenation time too. For every day of your stay you’ll be spoilt with a couple of hours of ‘you time’ as the hotel offers ‘free kids clubs’ for every day of your stay. With two onsite spas (an indoor and outdoor spa) and ‘adult only’ restaurants and lounge areas, you can truly make the most of some rare alone time as parents. The family friendly suites at Bedruthan are perfect for both small and large families. They even provide buggies, baby carriers and other baby essentials so you don’t have to pack so much. If that’s not all there are indoor and outdoor pools, a family friendly restaurant and the best part? The hotel boasts sweeping views across one of the most beautiful seaside locations in Cornwall and it’s only a few steps from the beach.

Fowey Hall Hotel by Kids and Compass

Our favourite family hotel in the UK sits perched on top of a hill rising above the tiny fishing town of Fowey, Cornwall.  The views over the estuary and out to sea are beautiful.  Fowey Hall Hotel is the place that inspired Toad Hall in Wind in the Willows, and there are several toads dotted throughout this welcoming hotel for kids to find.
In the hotel there’s a playroom for kids as well as a lovely kids’ club where you can drop the children off before heading to the spa. Outside there’s some play equipment in the pretty gardens.  Little ones will love feeding the resident chickens and collecting eggs every morning.
Children also have a dedicated dinner sitting, with plenty of choice for fussy eaters.  Parents can either eat with their children or have their dinner later.  A listening service is provided by reception, or you can hire a babysitter.
The staff are very helpful and great with kids, and Fowey Hall Hotel is perfectly placed to explore the surrounding area.

Retallak Resort and Spa, a luxury family spa hotel by Wanderlust and Wetwipes

We spent a week in the AMAZING Retallack Resort and Spa a couple of years ago. Retallack has found the perfect balance between an Airbnb or Villa style holiday with a hotel. You have your own self catering accommodation but with a (DELICIOUS) restaurant and cafe on site as well as a spa and several water sports activities, swimming, tennis and golf to choose from. We had the most amazing week – the kids had a blast just hanging out, going for walks and going to nearby attractions like Dairyland. The houses are MASSIVE, really comfortable and so welcoming. It literally felt like home away from home (right down to the Tesco delivery that arrived at the same time we did). I didn’t in my wildest dreams think we would have SUCH an amazing time as we did. I’ve subsequently recommended Retallack to several friends who have all reported similar successes. If we didn’t live out of the UK I think we would go back every year! Retallak Resort and Spa has to be the winner in the category luxury family spa hotels!

Derbyshire

Darwin Forest Country Park by Wandermust Family

Darwin Forest

Darwin Forest Country Park is without doubt our favorite place to stay in the UK. Alongside a myriad of family attractions in the nearby area such as the beautiful Chatsworth House and outstanding Hardwick Hall, Darwin Forest is in itself a destination. There is a brilliant swimming pool, a soft play area for little ones and jungle gym for older children. Beside these fabulous indoor activities the site has lots of outdoor activities too swell as fabulous walks. The lodges themselves are perfectly equipped for families and for parents there is a beautiful deck with a hot tub perfect for those inevitable nights in with the kids. This has to be the winner in the best family holiday resorts UK category!

Bluebird Cottage, Parwich, Peak District by Travelynn Family

Bluebird cottage
My favourite place in all of the UK has to be the Peak District and we visit regularly as a family. In fact I’ve been exploring the Peak’s green rolling hills and quaint dry-stone villages since I was a toddler myself! Our favourite place to stay as a family is on a little farm, 2 miles north of Parwich. With a large double bedroom and smaller twin bedroom, the beautiful barn conversion named Bluebird Cottage comfortably sleeps a family of four. This is a home from home, so you have a lounge with TV and a fully equipped kitchen (including dining table, dishwasher and microwave). There’s a large grassy garden behind the cottage and our boys love feeding the donkeys. There are also goats and horses on the farm, and if you visit in Spring you’ll see lambs being born and perhaps get to hold one! It’s a great location with beautiful walks on your doorstep, a short drive to attractions such as The Heights of Abraham, The Tramway Museum in Crich and Blaze Farm, and the local village down the road has a fab playground opposite the pub. There is also Dover Barn next door to Bluebird Cottage, which also sleeps four. This has to be the winner in the child friendly cottages uk category!

Kent

Crabtree Farm Cottages, Hastingleigh, Kent by MammaPrada

We’ve been returning to Crabtree Farm Cottages for a few years now. Our daughter learnt to walk here and so it has a bit of special place in our heart.

The farm is very close to Ashford in Kent which is easy to get to but also completely immersed in the countryside.

The cottages are two converted barns, very pretty, with lots of outdoor space and a beautiful garden. The owners have taken great care to make sure that everything you need is catered for.

They provide high-chairs, there are stair gates everywhere. Plenty of children’s books and DVDs.

Outside there is a swing setup in a gorgeous old tree. Plus an enclosed section of field which is just for children to play any games they wish; football, tennis, just free space to run around. There’s also a plastic ride on tractor/digger that my children thought was amazing. You can literally all go in close the gate and take balls and any games you wish, picnic blankets and you have a lovely area of grass where no one can easily harm themselves!

There are lots of nice walks close to the property. You are a few minutes from the historic village of Wye which has lovely family friendly pubs. Leeds Castle which has the most incredible play area, maze and fort is a short drive.

If you want a taste of the country life with all the comforts of home this really is a wonderful place.

Lincolnshire

Tattershall Lakes by Kiddie Holidays

Tattershall Lakes  is a country park in Lincolnshire, owned by Away Resorts . Set in over 300 acres, this lakeside park is ideal for
families who’ll love the beach, splash park, indoor swimming pool, playground and jam packed activity and entertainment schedule. There is a range of accommodation options at Tattershall Lakes including caravans, lodges, glamping and camping, and the new luxury TriBeCa caravan. This appeals to families who are looking for somewhere stylish and luxurious to stay on holiday, with bags of extra space and trendy touches.

There is loads to do at Tattershall Lakes for families. Children can play in the small sandy beach area with sunbeds and shallow water, and younger children will love playing in the splash park overlooking the lakes with its squirting fountains, cascades, jets and spouts. Kids will adore playing on the pretend Spitfire in the Tattershall Lakes playground overlooking the lake.

You can also hire a pedalo for a boat ride around the lake – the perfect thing to do on a summer’s day and it only costs £5.

There is a cycle trail around the park which is fun way to explore the whole park. Cars are allowed inside the park, so it isn’t traffic
free, but Lincolnshire is very flat so cycling is an easy to way to get around

There is an indoor swimming pool onsite which is open at various times during the day.

One of the best things about Tattershall Lakes though is the range of activities for children. These can be pre booked and include things like Sand and Slies, making Lava Lamps, Nature Rangers, Pottery Painting, Pirate Play and Superhero Academy.

North Yorkshire

Boggle Hole Youth Hostel by Cultural Wednesday 

Pirates, hobgoblins and a private beach, Boggle Hole has it all.  Tucked at the bottom of deep ravine at the end of a road that leads only to Boggle Hole Youth Hostel.  The remoteness is what made the place attractive to pirates is what makes Boggle Hole the perfect multi-generational holiday destination.  Board games and dressing up for the children, a pleasant bar for the grown ups and the perfect beach combing beach for everyone.  We stayed visited with my 80 year old mother and 13 year old twins; all of us want to go back soon.

West Yorkshire

Stephenson House in Calderdale by North East Family Fun

With 5 bedrooms and bathrooms, there is plenty of space for families to spread out or come together in the many family rooms. We recommend this accommodation for families as it’s a real home from home with a pool table, toy box filled with toys and jigsaws, a chest of board games, a reading corner and plenty of technology including decent WiFi and Netflix pre-installed onto the TVs. Families are welcomed with a homemade cake and the large kitchen is packed with family recipe books. There is the added benefit of a utility and boot room and Stephenson House is well located for child-friendly attractions such as Eureka Children’s Museum and lots of family-friendly walks.

Scotland

Dalhousie Castle and Spa, Edinburgh, Scotland by Boy Eats World 

Dalhousie Castle

Scotland’s oldest inhabited castle, Dalhousie Castle, around 20 minutes’ drive south of Edinburgh, was once the stronghold of the fierce chieftains of Clan Ramsay. On our visit, the most rambunctious residents are my kids, who are more than happy to lend their names to the 700-year old castle’s list of notable guests, which includes Mary, Queen of Scots, Queen Victoria, Sir Walter Scott and Oliver Cromwell.

They are just a few of the famous names who’ve lent their names to Dalhousie’s 29 bedrooms. Another is Lady Catherine, who is one of the castle’s reputed resident ghosts. Happily, we don’t bump into her or any of her spooky friends in our sumptuous four-poster themed room.

But is an allegedly haunted ancient castle packed with antiques really the spot to stay with kids? Well, when it rocks as much of a Hogwartsian vibe as this one, the answer is a definitive yes.

Over dinner in the castle’s original barrel-vaulted dungeon, my son is as much in awe of the suits of armor and swords displayed on its stone walls as he is by the incredible food, though I keep looking over my shoulder for Lady Catherine and her pals. We explore the rolling green gardens and river and try our hands at archery. We peruse the book-lined library, sneak around the creaky hallways and staircases and play chess in the drawing room.

But by far the biggest hit with the kids is the castle’s incredible falconry. Their 45-minute training lesson in falconry sees them getting up close and personal with Bandit the Boobook and Bob the Barn Owl, and is an absolute highlight of our holiday.

Innerleithen Tweedside Hotel By Meldrums on the Move

innerleithen tweedside hotel innerleithen

Our favourite family friendly hotel in the United Kingdom is actually in Scotland. It has always been extremely welcoming when we have visited and the owner goes out of her way to make you as comfortable as possible. Don’t want something on the menu? Not to worry, they are nice enough to whip up whatever you want if they have the ingredients. The hotel has great, free, wifi so the kids can stay connected (and amused.) The owner will help organise activities nearby and has connections in some of the excursions in the area so can create personalised packages with great prices. There are lots of great activities for the family nearby too.

Wales

Bluestone by BattleMum

Bluestone in my opinion has the UK’s most family friendly accommodation. With lodges and accommodation to suit families of any size, they think of everything. There are stair gates at both the top and bottom, the kitchens have everything a family needs for a great family holiday and the overall facilities in the park are outstanding. Every time we’ve stayed with a baby they’ve put a travel cot and high chair in the lodge too. Beds are comfy and in some rooms can be singles or doubles. Their lodges are really comfortable and family friendly.
Bluestone
What is the most family friendly place you have ever stayed in? What made it so great?
Looking for more UK inspiration then why not check out Wanderlust and Wetwipes reasons to love the UK
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59 Comments

  1. January 3, 2018 / 8:43 am

    What a fantastic list! I will definitely be referring back to this on our next trip back to the UK. Nothing better that a family walk in the countryside and coming back to a cosy home-away-from-home.
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    • January 3, 2018 / 3:32 pm

      I hope you find somewhere good! Where you thinking of heading

  2. January 3, 2018 / 2:48 pm

    Our favourites are Four Seasons in Hampshire, Calcot Manor in Cotswolds, Coworth Park at Ascot and Kilminorth Cottages in Cornwall. Wrote about each on our blog and happy to be part of your future UK round ups and contribute on any of them! Happy 2018, lots of love, light and travels!

    • January 3, 2018 / 3:31 pm

      Four Seasons Hampshire is literally top of my UK Bucket list! It looks like perfection itself! Calcot Manor and Coworth are also on out list. It sounds like we have similar tastes so will look at the Cornwall cottages! We would love to feature you in our net round up 🙂

  3. January 3, 2018 / 2:58 pm

    Thank you for sharing! We really loved this little gem in the Kent countryside.

  4. January 3, 2018 / 5:49 pm

    You chose really beautiful hotels! I think I liked the Bluebird Cottage in Parwich the most.

  5. January 3, 2018 / 10:54 pm

    I love the sound of these places. Will check them out some more. Plan to do a few country trips this year.

    • January 4, 2018 / 11:38 pm

      I’m jealous you are going to Darwin Forest. I’d rerun tomorrow

  6. Anosa
    January 4, 2018 / 10:29 pm

    I love Scotland! It is so beautiful! I really want to visit Derbyshire properly and Cornwall as I have only drove by.

    When I was younger we used to stay in Edinburgh and the hotel was amazing, and the scenery was breath taking.

    • January 4, 2018 / 11:39 pm

      I’ve not done Scotland or Cornwall either and they are def on my list

  7. January 5, 2018 / 8:33 pm

    Some really good ideas here, I agree with loads and some I haven’t heard of too.

  8. January 5, 2018 / 9:07 pm

    I am bookmarking this page!! We always go on family holidays in the UK and one of our biggest requirements is for it to be family friendly. I really want to try out so many of these amazing places. Thank you so much for featuring my post about Bedruthan. We absolutely adore that hotel and cannot recommend it enough. We’ve also been to Bluestone and it’s amazing! So outdoorsy and so much to do for kids. xx

  9. January 7, 2018 / 4:34 pm

    What a great list of places! I second Bluestone , it is perfect for families and so family friendly xx
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  10. January 8, 2018 / 9:45 pm

    Some of my all time favourites in here. SO many people talk about how fab Retallack is – can’t believe we haven’t made it down there yet.

    • January 9, 2018 / 12:42 pm

      Wow that is certainly saying something. It almost convinced me too

  11. January 9, 2018 / 9:11 pm

    Some really fantastic suggestions here. You know if they’ve been picked out as the best by travel bloggers they’re a good bet! Thanks for putting this together!

    • January 10, 2018 / 12:42 am

      Exactly! I always trust the recommendations to other parents

  12. January 11, 2018 / 4:03 pm

    I thought I recognised Bluestone from the thumbnail, we stayed their last year and had an amazing time, it was the same lodge as BattleMum too! Great suggestions #FarawayFlies x

  13. January 11, 2018 / 5:16 pm

    So many great family friendly recommendations here. Dalhousie Castle is already on our list – we love a castle stay and we’d like to spend more time in Scotland this year. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles
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  14. January 12, 2018 / 12:44 am

    Great roundup! Looking forward to sharing with friends back in the UK
    #farawayfiles

  15. January 12, 2018 / 8:46 pm

    What a fab post there is so much great info on here and a few places I so wan to visit as we plan to stay in the uk a little more this year . Thanks os much for linking up #MondayEscapes x

  16. January 13, 2018 / 3:03 am

    So many fab places! It’s amazing how far the world has come with kid-friendly accommodations..I especially like the sound of the pirate one. Thanks for linking up with #farawayfiles
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  17. January 13, 2018 / 7:14 am

    Oh this is perfect as we are now thinking about our next holiday. For years my family have stayed at lots of different locations in North Yorkshire, I’ll have to keep these bookmarked so we can make a decision this year.

  18. January 13, 2018 / 7:25 am

    Great ideas here, would like to visit all of them!

  19. January 13, 2018 / 8:16 am

    This is such a great list. Just sent it to my Mother and Father in Law as we are always looking for somewhere for all the family to meet up with the kids. My husband’s siblings are dotted all around the country, so holidays in the UK are essential for getting together in child-friendly locations. Thanks x

  20. January 13, 2018 / 8:26 am

    What a brilliant list! Will certainly refer back to it later in the year when we head over!

  21. January 13, 2018 / 8:28 am

    I need to save this list, the Lake District is somewhere on our wish list for the Uk. Hopefully one year we will take the drive up.

  22. Donna Ford
    January 13, 2018 / 10:12 pm

    Saved for later! Great list x

  23. January 14, 2018 / 1:10 pm

    So many wonderful options here!!! I’m totally inspired to make a visit to the UK and get out of the main cities!

  24. January 14, 2018 / 7:34 pm

    Oh how we love the U.K. and miss it everyday. One of our favorite places we’ve ever visited was a charming town called Charmouth in the Jurassic Coast, we stayed at a cozy home we rented with good friends. I’ve always wanted to visit Scotland, and DALHOUSIE CASTLE AND SPA in EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND sounds like the perfect place for my family to stay.

  25. January 15, 2018 / 5:39 pm

    These are so helpful for UK travelers. I’ve pinned, tweeted, and stumbled to spread the word!

  26. January 17, 2018 / 2:00 am

    Dalhousie Castle and Spa looks great! We’re hoping to get to Edinburgh soon with our two young kids, so I’ll bookmark this…

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