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A family self-catering cottage holiday is perfect for little ones, and here’s why….

Mum, dad and kids enjoying fishing on a family self catering cottage holiday with Sykes Cottages.

Finding baby and toddler-friendly holiday accommodation whether you’re planning a foreign break or a few days closer to home can often be a stressful matter.  But, with just a little bit of planning, you can be looking forward to a stress-free break in the UK with Sykes Cottages.  There are many reasons why self catering when you have little ones in tow is a fantastic option and here are just a few of them…

Plenty of space for your children

Not only is choosing self-catering accommodation usually much better value than a hotel, you’ll have much more space in a self-catering cottage.  Some of our family cottages even have enough bedrooms for each of the children to have their own room which should ensure that everyone, Mum and Dad included, have a restful night’s sleep.  Being able to spread out with lots of toys is the key to a relaxing break and is a godsend if a rainy day forces you to remain inside.  Some of our family cottages even have enclosed gardens with play equipment which is the perfect place for the little ones to let off steam in a safe environment.  Choose a holiday cottage in the gorgeous British countryside and the only neighbours you’ll have to worry about disturbing are cows and sheep!

Stick to your children’s schedule

Choosing a self-catering cottage holiday gives you the ability to keep your children in the same routine as you have them settled in at home.  Or, if you want to be more flexible you can.  For example, letting your kids stay up later while you’re on holiday is a fantastic reward for good behaviour and as you don’t have to stick to hotel meal times, breakfast can be whenever everyone wakes up!  Having a fully-equipped kitchen means you can heat up baby food and sterilise bottles without any hassle; the canteen of Mum and Dad is open all hours!  Staying in the UK also means you can stock up on familiar foods which should reduce the likelihood of hunger-induced temper tantrums!  Once the children are in bed, Mum and Dad can cook up something delicious before relaxing in front of an open fire; it is your holiday too!

Family Self Catering Cottage Holiday = Reduced stress levels

Planning what to pack is just as important for a UK break as a holiday to a far-flung destination.  Check which facilities are provided before you leave and you may be able to reduce your packing list considerably.  Many holiday cottages provide high chairs, cots, stairgates and a selection of toys and games which should make your car journey much more comfortable.  As holiday cottages are located close to some of the UK’s most popular family attractions, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to filling your days not to mention only a short drive away.  Booking a UK break is also great for keeping stress levels to a minimum thanks to the fact that you needn’t worry about arranging passports, changing currency or getting to the airport.  You can simply pack up the car and within a couple of hours be enjoying a break in the beautiful UK.

Is self catering your perfect holiday?

Are you a self catering family? Or do you prefer a hotel.  We’d love to read your thoughts on the benefits of self catering, or come and tell us where you’ve self catered and how it was for you.


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    Hello Michelle,

    Thanks for taking the time to comment. Yes of course, we didn’t cover that, but many places do happily take dogs too. And yes, it’s a sad fact, but when we have a little one with us – sometimes we do have to do some washing when we’re on holiday!

    Where’s your favourite place to take your family?

  27. Michelle Aston says

    I holiday in the uk every year with my extended family and self catering is ideal for us as it meets all our needs, we can bring the dog, I can keep up with my washing which is handy as my 18month old has at least 1 wardrobe change each day and we can all come and go as we please. We have stayed in some not so nice places that look better online than in reality so I always do my research before booking to make sure it’s suitable for everyone in my family from 18 months to 80!

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