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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

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

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

57.160469, -2.319308

Proctor's Cottage is a deceptively rustic name for this spacious, modern holiday home. Created from a converted barn with thick granite walls and stylish touches throughout, the four-bedroom holiday home is in Skene, less than half an hour's drive from Aberdeen and close to Royal Deeside. It's within easy reach of dozens of superb golf courses and even boasts its own putting green with four holes, driving cages and chipping areas. Spend your days salmon fishing on the Dee, enjoying some of the best links in Britain, and visiting castles and historic houses. The Highland holiday home's layout with four bedrooms and four bathrooms makes it ideal for families or friends.  

Weekly price:
£2310 all year
Short breaks from £400 per night

8  |   4  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.174808, -4.211560

Ocean View Penthouse is a superb beachfront property in Woolacombe. Sleeping four people in two bedrooms with two bathrooms, it has fantastic views up and down the coast of North Devon and a layout that is ideal for couples, families or friends. You are steps from the beach and a short walk from cafes, bars and shops. Walk along the South West Coast Path to Barricane Bay, Grunta Bay or Mortehoe, or spend your days surfing and sunning yourself beside the water. There is a wide choice of attractions to suit all ages, from theme parks to gardens, to make this an excellent year-round holiday destination. 

Weekly guide price:
£2060 to £3090

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

52.192365, -1.706203

Shakespeare would have passed Three Gables as he walked along what is now High Street in Stratford-Upon-Avon. If he saw it today, he would be amazed at how luxurious the Grade II listed property is inside, with seven self-catering apartments refurbished to a high standard with original features that include beams, fireplaces and oak panelling. The apartments are in the heart of this historic town, within a short stroll of favourite attractions like Shakespeare's Birthplace and the River Avon, as well as restaurants, pubs and cafes. The apartments each sleep either two or four guests and are ideal for couples, families or friends.

Weekly guide price:
£895 to £1795
Short breaks from £237 per night

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

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

52.934447, -4.556827

Fall in love with the Llyn Peninsula. Coastal Retreat is a modern holiday apartment in a sought after complex just 250 metres from Porthdinllaen beach and within strolling distance of the village shop, cafe and pub. It sleeps five people in two bedrooms and suits couples, families and extended families. There is lots to do in all seasons, from paddle boarding and swimming to walking, mountain biking and stargazing. You'll leave Coastal Retreat feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. 

Weekly guide price:
£400 to £1000
Short breaks from £150 per night

5  |   2  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

50.817511, -1.231871

With its oak framed open-plan layout, huge deck, landscaped gardens and stylish furnishing, The Cabin almost feels like you're in the Caribbean rather than the beautiful Hill Head on the Solent. The welcoming holiday home has a studio layout with loads of natural light and plenty of space for two people, or four if you use the sofa bed. It's only a few minutes stroll from the beach, village shop, cafe, and waterfront pub, and close to Gosport, Portsmouth, Southampton and the New Forest. 

Weekly guide price:
£744 to £1211
Short breaks from £103 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 5 (off peak) | 5 (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

50.791158, -1.120604

Holiday on the historic Hampshire coast in this gorgeous townhouse. Rampart View is next to Portsmouth Harbour, with fantastic views over the town's ancient defences. It has two parking spaces so leave the car and walk to shops, restaurants, and attractions. The ferry to Gunwharf Quays takes four minutes, so you can be shopping for a designer bargain and admiring the magnificent Mary Rose before you know it. Rampart View sleeps six people in three bedrooms and is beautifully furnished in a mid-century style that suits the property's age. 

Weekly guide price:
£891 to £1369
Short breaks from £140 per night

6  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 5 (off peak) | 5 (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

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.