holidays with on-site activities

When you’re on holiday with the family, it can sometimes feel like a lot of effort heading out for the day – packing the car, getting everyone’s clothing and food ready, making sure the last toilet trip has been completed..! So at Parent Friendly Stays we’re a big fan of cottages and hotels with child friendly activities on site, saving mum and dad a lot of effort and opening up the possibility of a fun family day out right from your doorstep. Check our our selection below.

The Milkshed, Devon

The Milkshed is a single self-catering cottage in Devon which sleeps four (plus a cot) and offers a perfect family getaway all year around. The Milkshed has plenty for the children including lots of outdoor space, chicken feeding, play area, tennis courts and a beach nearby. For the grownups there is babysitting service available,

Tredethick Farm Cottages, Cornwall

Tredethick Farm Cottages offers family friendly self catering holidays in south Cornwall. Child friendly entertainment on site includes an indoor swimming pool, play barn, outdoor play areas, animal feeding and pony rides, while for mums and dads there’s a relaxing hot tub garden along with numerous other parent friendly touches. Type: eight self catering

Beacon Hill Farm, Northumberland

Beacon Hill Farm offers quality self catering cottages near Alnwick in Northumberland. Family friendly facilities include a swimming pool, gym, spa, adventure playground, tennis court and games room. Type: 15 self catering cottages Size: each unit sleeps 2-6 Cost: from £1530 per summer week for a family of four Location: Northumberland

Gladwins Farm, Suffolk

Gladwins Farm features nine self catering cottages nestled in the attractive agricultural farmland of Suffolk. Child friendly facilities include an indoor heated swimming pool, a tennis court, play areas and animals to feed; while parents benefit from a sauna, hot tubs, babysitting, fishing and the option of homecooked ready meals. size: nine self catering cottages

The Isles of Glencoe Hotel, Scottish Highlands

The Isles of Glencoe Hotel is a modern family friendly hotel set in spectacular scenery next to Loch Leven in the Scottish Highlands. Child friendly activities include the onsite swimming pool and neighbouring outdoor activity centre, while for parents there’s a family restaurant, sauna, hot tub and gym. size: 59 bedrooms in a range of

Cwmcrwth Farm, West Wales

Cwmcrwth Farm offers family friendly holidays in attractive barn conversions near Llandeilo in west Wales. Traditional farm activities are the order of the day at Cwmcrwth including daily animal feeding and ‘junior farmer’ breaks. size: three self catering cottages sleeping between 4 and 7 people features:        

Darwin Forest Country Park, Peak District

Darwin Forest Country Park is a family friendly holiday park in the beautiful Derbyshire Peak District. Accommodation comprises a range of luxury lodges with on-site facilities including a swimming pool and health and fitness suite, indoor and outdoor play areas, tennis, mini golf and woodland activities. Type: a variety of woodland lodges Size: up to 8

Bosinver Farm Cottages, Cornwall

Bosinver Farm Cottages offers twenty luxury self-catering properties on a 30 acre countryside farm in south Cornwall. Family friendly facilities include indoor and outdoor play areas, an indoor heated swimming pool, tennis courts, farm activities and countryside trails while for parents there’s a sauna, gym, catering options, babysitting and a village pub nearby.

The Valley, Cornwall

The Valley is a unique collection of luxury self-catering holiday cottages set in 13 acres of Cornish gardens and woodlands, only a few miles from Truro and Falmouth. The Valley’s self-contained complex includes indoor and outdoor pools, play areas, tennis and squash courts plus there’s babysitting, a fitness suite and an on-site bar and restaurant.

Harlequin Cottage, North Yorkshire

Harlequin Cottage is a family-sized seaside house located on the Bay Holiday Village in Filey. Sleeping four in two bedrooms, the cottage benefits from access to the fantastic facilities of the Bay resort including its private beach, indoor swimming pools, gym, tennis court and spa. size: a two bedroom cottage sleeping four features:             

Treworgey Cottages, Cornwall

Treworgey Cottages is a complex of fifteen luxury self catering cottages set on a 150 acre farm overlooking the Looe River Valley in Cornwall. Child friendly features include a heated outdoor pool, play areas, animals to feed and horse riding stables. size: 15 self catering cottages each sleeping 2-11 people features:              

Greenwood Grange, Dorset

Greenwood Grange is a luxury complex of self catering properties in Dorset with indoor swimming pool and sauna, games room, outdoor play area with yurt, tennis courts and babysitting service. size: 17 self catering cottages each sleeping 2-12 people features:            

Daisy Chain, Cotswolds

Daisy Chain is a luxury glass-fronted holiday home overlooking the Lower Mill Estate nature reserve in the Cotswolds. Aside from its fantastic views the property provides guests with free access to a luxury spa with three swimming pools; the complex also offers play parks, tennis courts and 550 acres of attractive nature reserve to explore.

Coombe Mill, Cornwall

Coombe Mill is a family friendly farm complex in north Cornwall. There’s plenty of children’s entertainment on site including indoor and outdoor play areas, tractor rides, animal feeding and Coombe Mill’s very own railway, plus 30 acres of secluded grounds to explore. Type: seventeen self catering cottages and lodges Size: from 2-10 people per unit Cost:

Retallack Resort and Spa, Cornwall

Retallack Resort and Spa is a family friendly holiday resort in north Cornwall. The resort has its own luxury spa, restaurant and indoor surf centre and visitors also benefit from a swimming pool, tennis courts, games room and a range of childcare options. size: large resort featuring self catering lodges and cottages sleeping 2-12 features:

The Ickworth Hotel and Apartments, Suffolk

The Ickworth Hotel is a luxury child friendly hotel in Suffolk set in the grounds of an expansive country estate. Children have use of a swimming pool, tennis courts, adventure playground and more, while adults can take advantage of free daily childcare and babysitting to enjoy the hotel’s luxury spa and restaurant. size: 27 bedroom

Bedruthan Hotel, Cornwall

Bedruthan is an award-winning family friendly hotel and spa located above Mawgan Porth Beach in north Cornwall. The hotel offers a range of child-friendly activities including indoor and outdoor swimming pools, kids’ clubs and organised activities, while parents will enjoy a range of childcare options and the on-site luxury spa. size: large hotel with variety

Celtic Haven, Pembrokeshire

Celtic Haven is a self catering resort on the Pembrokeshire coast comprising 30 family friendly cottages. Facilities on site include an indoor leisure complex with swimming pool, sauna and gym, a luxury spa, games room, play area, restaurant and a nine-hole golf course. size: 30 self catering cottages each sleeping 2-12 people features:              

Broomhill Manor, Cornwall

Broomhill Manor is a luxury complex of self catering cottages near Bude in Cornwall. There’s an extensive range of child friendly facilities including indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a games room, tennis courts and horse riding, and for the parents there’s a gym, sauna, jacuzzi and babysitting service. size: 18 self catering cottages each sleeping

North Hayne Farm Cottages, Devon

North Hayne Farm is an attractive and family friendly self catering holiday complex in North Devon featuring seven stone cottages. Child friendly facilities on-site include a games room, play barn and daily farm-based activities like donkey rides and animal feeding; and for the parents there’s a babysitting service and a private hot tub at each

Bluestone National Park Resort, Pembrokeshire

Bluestone is a 500-acre family friendly resort in Pembrokeshire featuring a range of accommodation types and a wide range of activities to keep children of all ages occupied. On site entertainment includes a large indoor adventure centre and water park, and for the grown-ups there’s a luxury spa and various restaurants to choose between. size:

Village Farm and Town Foot Farm, Northumberland

Village Farm and Town Foot Farm are two small complexes of child friendly self catering holiday accommodation in the village of Shilbottle in the Northumberland countryside. The cottages and chalets share a variety of quality facilities including an indoor heated swimming pool, tennis court, games room, spa and gym. size: eight self catering cottages, four

North Bradbury Farm, Devon

North Bradbury Farm’s family friendly self catering accommodation comprises a barn divided into two cottages. There are lots of facilities on site to keep children happy including an outdoor heated swimming pool, outdoor play area, adventure playground and various farm-based fun including pony rides; and there are also a few choice features to help keep

Croft Farm and Celtic Cottages, Pembrokeshire

Croft Farm is a family friendly complex of self-catering cottages set in six acres of the Pembrokeshire countryside. The complex is designed with children in mind with lots of on-site family activities including an indoor heated swimming pool and a large play barn with entertainment for children of all ages. size: ten self-catering cottages each

Sands Resort Hotel, Cornwall

Sands Resort Hotel is a family friendly hotel located between Padstow and Newquay in Cornwall. The hotel offers plenty of child-friendly activities including a swimming pool, crazy golf, an adventure playground, soft play area and more; and for the adults there’s a luxury spa, baby listening service and the option of babysitting. size: large hotel

Glynn Barton Cottages, Cornwall

The Glynn Barton Cottages are a complex of child friendly self-catering cottages set in 13 acres of Cornish countryside. There are eight cottages in a range of different sizes, and lots of on-site family-friendly facilities including an indoor heated swimming pool, tennis court and children’s play area. size: eight self-catering cottages each sleeping 2-6 people

Little White Alice Holiday Cottages, Cornwall

Little White Alice is a family friendly holiday cottage complex situated in 25 acres of the Carnmenellis countryside in Cornwall. Little White Alice is designed with children and families in mind and there’s loads on site to keep the kids occupied including a play area, swimming pool and animals to feed. size: six self-catering cottages

Crieff Hydro Hotel, Perthshire

The Crieff Hydro Hotel is a family friendly leisure complex in Perthshire, Scotland featuring both a hotel and self-catering accommodation. Residents benefit from a huge range of on-site activities including swimming, horse riding, water sports and a cinema and there’s also free childcare at the on-site kids’ club leaving grown-ups with time to relax in