Top-rated family holidays 2013

Starting to think about your next holiday? UK and Europe self-catering, hotel, camping and skiing holidays, these are the top-rated destinations in Mumsnet's Travel reviews.

This is just a pick of hundreds of reviews, including activity holidays, holiday villages and family festivals, so browse before you book to see the getaways other parents rate.

Best European hotel 

Caserío del Mirador, Spain

This Spanish hotel comes highly rated as something special for families, where "children aren't tolerated, but really welcomed and fully catered for".

The location is great, set in quiet hills but only 20 minutes from the nearest beach. And there's no shortage of things to do: once you've had a swim in the pool, there's also "goat-feeding, bunny-hugging, swinging on the play-frame, tramping on the trampoline, sandpit-digging, olive-grove wandering or nearby mountain pottering".

Plus, for nights when you don't want to go to a resturant, the hotel offers home-cooked meals. The main terrace, where you can relax with your dinner, gets a big thumbs-up. 


Best UK and Ireland hotel

Bedruthan Steps Hotel, Newquay, Cornwall

Bedruthan Steps Hotel has been recommended as a place where "you can finally really relax and feel welcome with children," being described as "a kid's heaven". It's in a great location near a wonderful beach, with excellent services and fabulous food for parents. 

Children's food also comes highly rated, with kids' teatime being described as "the best". There's also a brilliant evening club for children, so you can relax and enjoy your meal. 


Best UK campsite

Feather Down Farms, across the UK

Mumsnetters say Feather Down Farms have given them "magical memories", and that they make "a great British holiday".

Dotted throughout the British countryside, the campsites offer family holidays "away from the hustle and bustle of TVs and videos". Children have plenty to do and love collecting fresh eggs from the hens.

The slow pace gives you "time to take in the simple outdoor life", but for those who are camping-shy, fear not - tents come with comfy beds, a woodburner, running water and toilets.


Best European campsite

Duinrell, Wassenar, Holland

Duinrell, on the west coast of Holland, includes a theme park and a water park. Mumsnetters recommend it as a "great holiday for kids", with lots to keep them entertained, as well as great cycle routes in the (nice and flat) surrounding area. 

"Plenty to keep teenagers, toddlers and dads happy," said one happy camper.


Best UK self-catering holiday

Bosinver Farm Cottages, St Austell, Cornwall

Bosinver Farm Cottages are a Mumsnet favourite, with something to appeal to everyone. There's heaps to do in the local area, and onsite facilities come highly rated. Children can take "pony rides, feed the animals, run around the fields and woods, follow the Gruffalo trail, do the welly hunt, play in the soft play barn, swim in the lovely pool or play tennis". And if that's not enough, there are lovely, easily accessible beaches nearby.

Cottages are well-equipped, with one Mumsnetter commenting: "It had everything we needed, and if there was something that wasn't, we could ask. Plastic plates, beakers, cutlery, blender, safety gate, cot, box of toys, monitor - what more could you want?"


Best European self-catering holiday

Country Kids, Brenas, France

According to one Mumsnetter, these self-catering apartments set on a country estate in France offer "the holiday you thought you'd never have again post-kids", and its onsite kids' club "doesn't just 'look after' the children, they really care for them". One Mumsnetter says her children loved it so much they didn't want to leave.

As for the facilities, enjoy the "beautifully manicured grounds", as well as a heated pool, gym, tennis courts and trampoline. "At every turn, there's something new for the children to discover and keep them busy."

All apartments feature a good range of mod-cons, including satellite TV, Wi-Fi, DVDs, toys, an iPod docking station - "as well as absolutely everything we needed for the baby".


Best family skiing holiday

Snowfocus, Chatel Portes du Soleil, France

Anyone looking for a family ski holiday should try this "wonderful chalet", where staff will provide you and your children with "fantastic" care. This resort has been described as "a breath of fresh air after big-name package holidays", and highlights you can look forward to include "drinking champagne in the jacuzzi after a hard day's skiing".

There's a strong focus on children, especially for those who are nervous about learning to ski. "My son was given such a gentle and enjoyable introduction to skiing, with wonderful activities back in the chalet for rest times," one Mumsnetter comments. "Now, aged nine, he is skiing all day and leaving some of us adults behind."


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