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For more than 30 years, cottages.com has been providing fantastic, self-catering holiday cottages in the UK, France, Ireland and Italy. With over 18,000 holiday cottages to choose from, there is something to suit every family. As lockdown restrictions begin to ease, there's never been a better time to book a family getaway.
We scoured the Mumsnet forums to find the best UK holiday locations for families. Here are Mumsnetters' go-to holiday spots
"The Northumberland coast wins for us every time. If you stay in Seahouses you have all the traditional seaside stuff on the doorstep – but we tend to go for a holiday cottage in one of the pretty villages dotted around."
2. Isle of Wight
"It's never too busy, has some lovely things to do and see, and great places to eat. Steephill Cove is one of my favourite places in the whole world."
3. North Norfolk
"For a traditional, family seaside holiday, you can't beat Wells-next-the-Sea. It's a bit posh, a bit tacky – in all the right proportions! The beach itself is great for kids; large, sandy with colourful beach huts and a big island of sand dunes."
"You can't beat Yorkshire. There's Filey for a more traditional, sedate seaside experience, then there's Scarborough – still traditional (think donkey rides) but a bit more lively with lots of arcades along the seafront."
5. Scottish Highlands, Aviemore
"Don't forget that there is a beach there – it's not unusual to be swimming in the loch in blazing sunshine while overlooked by snow-capped mountains!"
“Probably my favourite part of the country – there's so much space on all of the beaches, and so many to choose from."
"We went to Weymouth last year which has a real old-fashioned seaside holiday feel. There are even donkey rides on the beach. Lots to see and do in the area – my son is constantly asking to go back."
"Bude in Cornwall gets our vote. Fabulous wild beaches – or more tame ones if you prefer. Much emptier than other parts of the Cornish coast, and only just over the Devon border so not too far to drive."
"We had a great holiday here when our kids were small – we stayed at a caravan park right on the beach, and not far from lots of attractions. We went back last year to Ilfracombe which had lots to do and see, plus wonderful beaches nearby."
10. Lake District
"I love the Lake District, and so do my children. We're going on our first foreign holiday in more than 10 years this year, but it was very much booked on the condition that we can manage a week in the Lakes too."
Luxury self-catering cottages to suit every family
So whether you choose a short break of just a couple of nights, or stay for a week – or even longer – a self-catering cottage can feel like a home away from home. For example, there are properties offering top facilities like hot tubs, games rooms and indoor pools. Some cottages also accept pets so you can bring four-legged family members along for the adventure.
There are plenty of options to choose from on cottages.com, but here are a few suggestions to get you started:
- Baby and toddler friendly cottages – book here
- Hot tub cottages – book here
- Heritage cottages – book here
- Pet friendly cottages – book here
Read next: Top 10 UK family holiday destinations
Are cottages.com accepting new bookings?
Yes, you'll be able to book a holiday home through cottages.com for spring 2021 and beyond. To give you added reassurance before you book, cottages.com has put the following new measures in place:
Full refunds if your holiday is cancelled
If your holiday is cancelled they will refund you the full amount you have paid for your booking.
Considerations for extra cleaning and safer check-ins
Cottage owners have been provided with extra information on enhanced cleaning measures which they may follow for their properties to provide a safer environment for guests as well as guidance on the importance of social distancing during check-in and throughout your stay.
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