Our favourite partner when it comes to cottages, villas, farmhouses and other self-catering properties – a great alternative to hotels for family holidays and breaks – cottages.com has more than 20 years' experience helping parents find the perfect setting in the UK and around Europe. When you’re stuck somewhere for two weeks and the weather doesn’t play fair you want to make sure you’re not all climbing up the walls. Opening the door to your holiday cottage discovering all is not quite what it promised can lead to heartache and disappointment from one and all. cottages.com pride themselves on a huge database of self-catering properties (nearly 20,000), ensuring that you find the perfect place to suit your family’s needs.
Scroll down to see our hand-picked recommendations, including cottages listed by area or by facilities (swimming pools, games rooms, or facilities for babies and toddlers, for instance).
With cottages.com you can have the confidence to set off from home knowing that you won’t be driven mad staring at a paisley carpet under a single faltering light bulb for the duration of your stay (unless that’s what you want of course!). Travelling with teenagers can be tricky at the best of times; attention spans can be short and fickle and you’ll want to make sure that all whims are catered for. Teens tend to need their own space and things to do, so whether it’s a grown-up space with a pool table or table tennis, or somewhere with WiFi so they can stay in touch with their friends in an endless round of Facebook and Twitter postings, you can be certain you’ll find the perfect place.
At the other end of the spectrum, toddlers and babies can be tricky customers too. Knowing that you’re headed for a child-friendly place with a safe outdoor environment, a plentiful supply of toys and games and all the necessary paraphernalia in place means parents of young children can relax. All the cots, highchairs and stair gates will be waiting for you, meaning there’s more room in the boot for your stuff.
Whether you’re craving a cottage in Cornwall or sun in the South of France finding it couldn’t be easier. We all get swamped in the quagmire of the Internet but with cottage.com’s clever categorisation, (teens, toddlers, half-term breaks, etc), you can ensure tempter tantrums are kept to a minimum and everyone can enjoy the ultimate holiday.