to be surprised how unfriendly holiday accomodation is towards children?(24 Posts)
We always hired cottages when the DCs were small and it was never a problem finding one. You can be sure that those who don't want small children would be a nightmare to stay in anyway with steps, hazards , antique furniture, no bath etc.
I have never had a problem booking holiday accommodation in the UK when DD was small. Are you looking at the right websites? Or are you looking for accommodation right in the middle of the school holidays where all the child friendly places have already been booked.
Yes there are some places that don't want children as illustrated by piprabbit and they are lovely for adults who want to holiday without other people's children running around.
You don't have to say when the wedding is but could you say what area it is in?
And, no, I don't find the UK child unfriendly at all.
If anything viable is already booked that doesn't make the UK child unfriendly, it just means that you need to be a bit more organised at booking somewhere next time. Because it sounds to me that there are places but they are full.
Doesn't help you now of course but i'm sure the caravan will be great. And if it's cheap then you won't miss the extra taxi money with it bring a bit further away. Hope you have fun.
Look at farms. Lots have B and B or cottages and depending on what is being farmed you sometimes get to see and feed lambs, ducks, cows.
You keep referring to where your family live but you haven't told us where it is?
There is a village near us which is very popular for holidays, especially with older people. There is absolutely nothing for children to do there - but lots of history, antiques and lovely tea shops.
In that sort of situation, 'no children' is a positive selling point to the sort of people you are aiming your business at. An older couple looking for a few days pleasant pottering won't necessarily want to share their B&B breakfasts with possibly boisterous youngsters. They would find the 'no children' thing reassuring. The owners aren't missing out on business - they are targeting a market.
I think you're experiencing an anomaly because I have never had a problem finding holiday cottages that wont take children- dogs, yes, but not children.
Yes, there may be some that are chock full of antiques or have a massive safety issue (wedd choked river at bottom of garden) and I think those owners are quite sensible because those properties arent suitable. However, those are in the minority
I don't know about U, I think you are being niave.
You might be prepared to watch your dd like a hawk, but there's many parents who don't, and also many parents who think their dcs are 'entitled' to 'be creative' or whatever it is they view wrecking the place as. You only have to read threads on here every week, complainning about the way "friends" let their dcs act in other firends homes.
That's before you add in all the parents who would expect a whole raft of specialist equipment to be provided, and the group who threaten legal action at the slightest thing not being perfect.
I really don't blame holiday home owners for restricting their lets to those with older children only.
Oh, and for every family that they lose the business of, they will gain others who don't want to have little children around them when relaxing on holiday.
What about hiring a camper van
I find the uk to be a lot less child friendly than other countries I have been to. We have another wedding abroad so turning it in to a weeks holiday
The places that don't allow children are either beautifully minimal, white spaces, or they have an issue (like a balcony or direct access to water), or they are owned by people so keen to protect their chintzy nightmare that I quite grateful to strike them off my list of possibles.
I've never found it hard to find lovely holiday places, and it is the tiny, tiny minority that exclude young children.
I know with one B&B I used to go to with my children there was an age restriction because they had a pool, I THINK it was because of the insurance.
I would imagine in some smaller places there are safety issues that affect insurance or simply the owner's own peace of mind.
I stayed in a farmhouse B&B with my DC last week, seriously lovely, really welcoming but it would have been a nightmare when they were younger. The loos were on a different floor, the shower on yet another and far too many interesting things for little fingers to be prodding/getting trapped in. My friends with younger children were in the barn accommodation and one set had an absolute 'mare of a time trying to keep their 2 and a bit year old out of stuff while juggling their one year old. The big, soulless corporate with their en-suites etc are far easier for them.
Would they really 'recoil in horror' at the thought of an adult only holiday destination for example?
I thought they existed the world over.
I agree a caravan is probably the way forward but don't worry about them being cheap, that doesn't necessarily mean they'll be awful.
If you find a caravan site, don't forget to look for reviews on the internet.
I don't find the UK child unfriendly
In fact when my kids were small, I never came across anywhere that didn't accept kids under 5yrs old.
It could well be insurance issues though, due to this bloody culture of 'where there's blame, there's a claim'.
I guess they cant be bothered with stair gates and fire guards etc.
I guess there are no premier inns (my DDs favourites) or travel lodges near by.
where is it ? Have you looked at Caravan sites etc (if you are desperate and its warm enough their not too bad)
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