Mumsnet Best holidays 2014


There's nothing more cheering than planning your annual family hols. If you're pondering a summer break in the UK or Europe, have a squizz at the hotels, cottages, holidays and campsites which won a prestigious Mumsnet Best award in 2014 - our definitive guide to the best family holidays around. 

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UK and Ireland: Hotel | Self-catering || Europe: Hotel | Self-catering | Camping

 

Best family hotel: UK & Ireland

Bedruthan Steps Hotel - Newquay, Cornwall

A spa break with a toddler in tow? You're in luck 

 Bedruthan

"While the children covered the well-equipped kids' club rooms in all manner of glitter and gunge, we had a facial, soaked in the jacuzzi, swam, napped and enjoyed the adult-only 'tranquility' room."

 

Best self-catering: UK & Ireland

Clydey Cottages - Pembrokeshire, Wales

Escape to the country for a 'back-to-nature-yet-not-in-a-tent' break

 

"This is the kind of holiday that childhood memories are made of."

 

North Hayne Farm Cottages - Bishops Nymphton, Devon

Relax from the moment you arrive, with a welcome cream tea and food deliveries unpacked

 

"A great holiday that caters for kids and grown ups. We have had two fabulous holidays here and came back feeling refreshed each time"

 

Stable Cottages - Hadlow, Kent

Sheep, rabbits, a trapeze and a zip wire (not all at once, mind)

 

"Beautiful cottage, cosy and welcoming. Plenty of space for a family of five. Great facilities including dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer."

 

Nettlecombe Farm - Whitwell, Isle of Wight

A rare dog-friendly family farm stay

 

"Accommodation great, everything you need, and very clean and comfortable beds. Farm is amazing: numerous animals, and loads of space for kids to run around."

 

Bosinver Farm Cottages - St Austell, Cornwall

Animal feeding, 'wild' kids' club AND a chance to hunt for the Gruffalo

 

"If you're looking for a child-friendly holiday in this area, just book a cottage - I can't imagine anyone not liking it!"

 

Coombe Mill - Bodmin, Cornwall

Highly praised for its accommodation, facilities, and the Big Draw - feeding the animals

 

"I wasn't sure it would live up to the hype - but it really did."

 

Tredethick Farm - Lostwithiel, Cornwall

Perfect for toddlers and preschoolers, and perfectly located to explore the local area

 

"One of the best places we have been to. You feel completely safe with your children running around and the facilities are terrific."

 

Three Gates Farm Holiday Cottages - Huntsham, Devon

Laundry facilities, pool, resident chickens and WiFi – top notch

 

"A truly wonderful and homely place to spend your holiday. The facilities are superb with the gorgeous swimming pool at the top of the list."

 

Best hotel: Europe

Caserio del Mirador - Jalon, Spain

Let the kids make full use of the on-site toys and let someone else make them dinner - perfect

 

"Animals for the children to feed, a sandpit, swings, trampoline, all the beach stuff you could want - and most of all, fantastic food."

 

Best self-catering: Europe 

La Bigorre - Charente Maritime, France

Cycling in the French countryside, BBQs, and a cheeky glass of red with lunch ... Bliss.

 

"The ideal place if you have small children who need to run around lots in a safe place. The setting is beautiful, the activities are endless."

 

Logis La Cabane - Bréville near Cognac, France

A Mumsnet secret: a 'magical' place to relax and recuperate 

 

"We can't recommend this place highly enough: a fabulous way to live for a week or two."

 

Casa San Gabriel - Perugia, Italy

All the baby equipment you need, plus free WiFi and a weekly pizza night #winning

 

"The owners are amazing and will go out of their way to make your stay perfect. I can't recommend it enough. Best of all, it's a true holiday for mum."

 

Country Kids - Brenas, France

Yoga, spa, and a well-stocked wine cellar for you - pony rides, lake swims, trampolining and bike rides for the kids

 

"It really is what it says on the tin: the perfect outdoors adventure for children and the luxury, pampering haven we had been craving."

 

La Grange du Moulin - Charente Maritime, France

Plenty to keep the DC happy, with top marks for pool and garden safety 

 

"The gites are contained within a safe, gated garden which gives children the opportunity to 'play out' with their new friends while the adults have the chance to read a book or share a glass of wine with the other guests."

 

Domaine de Peyrecaty - Peyrecaty, France

Freshly-baked croissants and more, in a rural family hideaway

 

"It gets five stars from me - not only were the facilities top notch but the standard of cleanliness was exemplary."

 

Toca do Mocho - Estoi Algavre, Portugal

Baby and toddler-friendly villa in the hills, with food deliveries unpacked for your arrival 

 

"Knowing we'd have absolutely everything we needed at our fingertips made the preparation for our seven-month-old baby's first holiday completely stress-free."

 

La Garenne Gites - Charente Maritime, France

A garden full of toys, heated pool, weekly kids' club - and meals prepared if you want them

 

"Relax and enjoy the facilities or venture out and visit nearby beaches, zoos, historic and picturesque villages, towns & islands. A week was simply not long enough!"

 

Best camping: Europe

Duinrell - Wassenaar, The Netherlands

A campsite, water park and theme park all in one - this one has it all

 

"There is something for everyone. The swimming pool was excellent - though some of the flumes are not for the faint hearted!"

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