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Child Friendly Self Catering Cottages

Here at Independent Cottages, we have a vast choice of holiday homes throughout the UK that not only welcome children but provide plenty of facilities to ensure both you as parents and your little ones have an enjoyable and memorable time away. Everyone has different needs and you are able to search our database of properties to find the one that best suits your whole family's requirements. By using the 'Key Search Criteria' below, you will be able to specify the area of the UK you would like to visit, search by date and also select facilities that are important to you and your family. Possibly you require a cot or want to take the family dog away with you and are looking for dog-friendly accommodation. Whatever your desire, whether you are a large or small family, we have a great selection of holiday homes to suit all budgets. Read more

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50.611229, -3.648096

Sleeping up to twelve guests, this gorgeous farmhouse oozes character and country charm and offers plenty of space for friends and family to enjoy holiday time together. Mentioned in the Doomsday Book, Warmhill Farm has a very long history and sits in a picturesque setting in the Teign Valley on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, just a ten minute walk from Hennock village where there is a pub. A great self-catering base for relaxing, celebrating a special occasion or exploring the many attractions of Devon. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£400 to £1600

10  |   4  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 4 Star

52.176479, -3.635389

Eight delightful stone holiday cottages on a four hundred acre estate in a picturesque wooded valley between the villages of Beulah and Abergwesyn in the heart of Mid Wales. Sleeping one to nine guests or larger groups if booked together, the cottages are ideal for a romantic break, family holiday or reunion of friends. With hot tub, stunning scenery, beautiful walks and an abundance of wildlife, Trallwm Forest Cottages offer all the right ingredients for a relaxing holiday.

Weekly guide price:
£280 to £1070

9  |   5  |   2  |   Yes  |   No

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

51.883830, -5.302125

A lovely 17th Century Grade II listed farmhouse with six bedrooms providing 5 Star holiday accommodation with a wealth of features and very good facilities for family holidays including a games room, beautiful walled garden and beach just a short stroll away. Whether you want to spend your days relaxing on the golden sands, surfing, walking or visiting the areas many attractions, this is an ideal self-catering base. Tourist board rating: 5 Star

Weekly guide price:
£900 to £2500
Short breaks from £225 per night

12  |   6  |   Enquire  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 4 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Sunday | 5 Star

51.212601, -4.071268

Take a relaxing holiday or break by the sea in one of eight pretty holiday cottages that sit in tranquil grounds in a secluded valley just 200 yards from the sea, between Ilfracombe and Combe Martin on the North Devon coast. Plenty of attractions close by including Watermouth Castle adjacent.

Weekly guide price:
£249 to £799

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

54.292970, -0.409342

A choice of one, two and three bedroom luxurious Five Star sea-front holiday apartments in the popular seaside town of Scarborough on Yorkshire's glorious East Coast. Available for short breaks of one night or longer holidays with all the comforts of a hotel and the space of self-catering. Tourist board rating: 5 Star

Weekly price:
Please enquire with owner

2-6  |   2  |   Enquire  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 5 Star

56.339439, -5.159437

Enjoy a luxurious Highland holiday on the shores of Loch Awe. The three-bedroom Premium timber lodges at the Portsonachan Hotel sleep six people with extras that include a covered outdoor hot tub, private sauna, outdoor fireplace and a TV with satellite channels. They are set amongst 100 acres of pristine wilderness with spectacular views, seasonal fishing, hiking, boating and mountain biking. The self-catering holiday homes welcome children and well-behaved pets and suit families or groups of friends. You're only a short stroll from the hotel bar and restaurant for nights you don't want to cook. 

Weekly guide price:
£1925 to £2632
Short breaks from £275 per night

6  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 1 (off peak) | 1 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

52.192205, -1.731435

Combine the convenience and comfort of a hotel with the space and privacy of a self-catering property at Brookside Cottage. Dating from 1635 with plenty of original charm and character, the cottage is part of the reputable Burnside Hotel. It has been carefully updated to offer a high standard of accommodation for up to six people in three bedrooms. Anne Hathaway's Cottage is a short walk away along a pretty woodland path, while Stratford-Upon-Avon is just over a mile from the door. Warwick and the Cotswolds are within easy reach, as are Birmingham, Worcester and Royal Leamington Spa.

Weekly guide price:
£1400 to £1935

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

56.640425, -3.829165

This riverside retreat is perfect for couples but spacious enough for friends and family. The Ferry sits beside the River Tay near Aberfeldy in Perthshire's Big Tree Country, with luxurious touches that include an outdoor wood burning sauna, hot tub, open fire and a log burner. The owners have refurbished the holiday cottage to a very high standard to include oak flooring and high-quality furnishing throughout both floors, including in the two double bedrooms which each have a kingsize sleigh bed. Fishing, golf, walking and mountain biking are all favourite pastimes for locals and visitors, and there are lots of opportunities to do all of these and much more all year round.

Weekly guide price:
£1020 to £1700
Short breaks from £140 per night

4  |   2  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

53.138724, -1.950966

Here's a place with room for everyone! The Grade II listed Mermaid Inn is in a fantastic spot, offering a high-standard of self-catering accommodation in the Peak District for up to 34 people in 13 ensuite bedrooms. It feels remote and rural with no neighbours for a country mile, but Buxton is only a 20 minute drive and Leek is even closer. The house is a former pub and built for hospitality and entertaining, making it ideal for extended family celebrations, hen and stag weekends, and fun team building events.

Weekly guide price:
£5500 to £7700
Short breaks from £1250 per night

34  |   13  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

53.253574, -1.922910

Perfect for family get-togethers, special celebrations, or even team-building events and corporate retreats, Quarnford Lodge is a fantastic self-catering property for groups in the Peak District. There is loads of space with ten bedrooms that can sleep up to 28 people, three separate living rooms and a central dining area with a vaulted ceiling that is ideal for entertaining. The village of Flash and two pubs are within walking distance, with Buxton, Bakewell, Chatsworth House and Alton Towers also within easy reach. The Peak District is beautiful in every season and there are lots of walks and mountain bike trails close by to help guests to explore.

Weekly guide price:
£4000 to £5600
Short breaks from £900 per night

28  |   10  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

52.329293, -2.802969

Nestled in beautiful Shropshire countryside just a few miles from the medieval market town of Ludlow, The Old Granary is a wonderful Grade II listed property that sleeps seven guests in four bedrooms. There is lots to do nearby including walking, cycling, fishing, horse riding and golf. Nearby attractions include Ironbridge Gorge, Powis Castle, Hopton Woods and the Shropshire Discovery Centre. Hereford, Malvern and Worcester are an easy drive away so whether you like walking, shopping, eating or all of the above, it is an ideal holiday destination.

Weekly guide price:
£980 to £1015

7  |   4  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

52.164245, -0.148586

As pretty as its name, Apple Cottage nestles amongst beautiful countryside in South Cambridgeshire and is perfect for couples, friends and families. Offering a warm welcome to dogs (and even horses!) this gorgeous holiday cottage provides the perfect mix of character and modern style and is just fourteen miles from Cambridge City centre. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£800 to £1200

6  |   2  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 4 Star

52.164245, -0.148586

Deep in the heart of the Cambridgeshire countryside, the owners of Fullers Hill Cottages have created a peaceful retreat where guests can relax and enjoy spending time with family and friends. Number 1 Fullers Hill Cottages comfortably sleeps four guests in two bedrooms (plus an extra two on a sofa bed) and is as comfortable for couples as it is for families and friends. The Georgian cottage is on a family-run farm and has been renovated to a very high standard, earning it four stars from Visit England. It is only 15 miles from Cambridge and around an hour from central London, making it possible to escape to the countryside without sacrificing metropolitan delights. The cottage can be booked on its own or together with the estate's other five cottages for family reunions, hen weekends and other celebrations with family and friends. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold

Weekly guide price:
£650 to £1200

4-6  |   2  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 4 Star Gold

52.164245, -0.148586

The largest of all of Fullers Hill's fabulous holiday cottages, The Granary sleeps up to six guests in two en-suite sumptuous bedrooms and has an exceptionally large social living area for a cottage of this size where large groups of up to fourteen can dine around one table. Sitting in a tranquil position amongst the South Cambridgeshire countryside, this stylish holiday retreat is a popular choice for families, friends and large parties (when hired with other cottages) and offers dog friendly self-catering of a high standard with the use of a communal hot tub in the grounds. Only fourteen miles from Cambridge City centre. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold

Weekly guide price:
£650 to £1200

4-6  |   2  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 4 Star Gold

52.164245, -0.148586

Four lovely stylish holiday apartments located amongst the beautiful South Cambridgeshire countryside with an exclusive new hot tub. Very well presented and located, the self-catering apartments are ideal for parties of two to six guests and welcome dogs. Fourteen miles from the City of Cambridge. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold

Weekly guide price:
£650 to £1000

4  |   2  |   Enquire  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 4 Star Gold

52.164245, -0.148586

The Old Dairy is one of the stylish holiday apartments available at Fullers Hill nestling amongst glorious South Cambridgeshire countryside. Perfect for families and friends, sleeping four guests (or six with the use of a sofa bed), the surrounding area offers all the right ingredients to relax and unwind with plenty of space inside and out (including a hot tub in the garden for guest use), fabulous walking, cycling, horse riding and attractions including Cambridge city centre just fourteen miles away. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold

Weekly guide price:
£650 to £1000

4-6  |   2  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 4 Star Gold

52.164245, -0.148586

Offering single level self-catering that is fully wheel-chair accessible, The Stables is perfect for couples having one bedroom, as well as families happy to use the sofa bed. Stylish throughout, The Stables has been beautifully presented to a high standard and sits amongst glorious countryside in South Cambridgeshire. Fabulous local walking, cycling and horse riding and just fourteen miles from Cambridge City centre. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold

Weekly guide price:
£650 to £1000

4  |   1  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 4 Star Gold

52.164245, -0.148586

With its own private hot tub, The Tack Room is one of Fullers Hill's most popular holiday retreats. Like the others it is stylish and modern throughout and offers self-catering of a high standard. Sitting in a rural position amongst the glorious countryside of South Cambridgeshire, guests have the best of both worlds with an abundance of outdoor pursuits to enjoy on the doorstep and Cambridge city centre just fourteen miles away. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold

Weekly guide price:
£650 to £1200

4  |   2  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 4 Star Gold

55.318285, -1.605198

A recently redeveloped barn conversion in a rural location close to the coast, The Old Corn Crush meets your every expectation of a beautiful self-catering holiday cottage. It's in the quiet village of Togston, just under a mile from Amble Harbour and within easy reach of Alnmouth, Bamburgh, Alnwick and spectacular walks along the Northumberland Coast. There is lots to see and do in every season, whether you're a family with younger children wanting a seaside holiday or a group of friends coming to walk and cycle your way from castle to castle. The Old Corn Crush sleeps six people in three bedrooms with accommodation all on one level. 

Weekly guide price:
£939 to £1755
Short breaks from £135 per night

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

55.337074, -1.572142

If you are looking for a family holiday by the sea that combines lazy days on the beach, harbourside dining, local independent shops to browse and stunning coastal walks then look no further. The Old Coastguard Station is located in an enviable position on the water's edge in the charming town of Amble on the Northumberland coast. With four ensuite bedrooms, contemporary open plan living and stunning panoramic sea views, it is easy to feel like you are on holiday here. This gorgeous self-catering property perfectly combines salty days by the sea with a touch of luxury and sophistication. 

Weekly guide price:
£1615 to £3235
Short breaks from £377 per night

8  |   4  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

Book a Child Friendly Cottage

Self-catering provides an excellent accommodation solution for families, with plenty of space and flexibility to take the holiday at a pace that suits you. You can prepare meals at times that fit around your day's activities and personal routines and ensure you eat within your budget, whether you choose the fun of a barbeque on the beach or treat the family to a meal out in a restaurant. From leisurely breakfasts together in your pyjamas' to relaxing in front of the fire with a glass of wine once the little ones are tucked up for the night, self catering provides all the comforts of home in a new and exciting setting.

Many of our holiday homes have large gardens where the children can let off steam and some have provided extra activities for kids such as swings, trampolines and games rooms. You may also want to take a look at our Farm Holidays for a taste of country life.

Tips: Many owners provide cot facilities but may not provide the bedding for the cot as people often prefer to use their babies own bedding, so please clarify at the point of booking. If you have a young child, you may want to establish if outside areas are enclosed and whether there are any unfenced ponds, streams or rivers. Some owners are able to provide additional services and facilities such as stair gates, high chairs or even a babysitting service but these may need to be arranged in advance so speak to the owner at the point of booking.