Baby Friendly Boltholes Top 10 UK Stays

Baby Friendly Boltholes top 10 UK property

Baby-Friendly Boltholes is full of  child friendly holiday inspiration to suit all budgets.   All of their properties give parents a little luxury whilst being totally practical for the children.  They offer a complete range of family friendly cottages, lodges, tents, villas and hotels offering services like pre-arrival shopping, childcare options, nursery gear, toys and family-friendly meal delivery or restaurants in both the UK and abroad.


Baby Friendly Boltholes have just announced their ‘TOP 10’  UK stays for 2018. These awards were chosen by you the parents so it is great to know they have all been tried and tested properly.  I thought this would be a great place to share them with you as I know that many of you are always looking for a little holiday inspiration! Also don’t forget my discount code for £25 off any stays which are 4 days or more (Excludes school holidays) – Quote BFBPOPITHATWINS.


Fallow Deer – Hampshire & New Forest

Sleep 4+cots in 2 x double bedrooms

Fallow Deer’ is a real life Hansel and Gretel-style cottage for little ones with style and luxury for the parents too. This pretty timber clad cottage is nestled in the heart of the New Forest National Park yet just 20 minutes from the coast, and has the added bonus of 17-acres of private fields and woodlands shared only with the home of the cottage owners and a gaggle of animal friends such as the ever popular rabbits, guniea pig and Shetland pony.

It’s the perfect rural hideaway for a family of four looking to escape to the country in search of rest, relaxation and exploration! Fallow Deer is within walking distance of the local village which has a small shop and adjoining cafe along with a couple of good pubs

Child Friendly:

  • Baby gear provided includes: baby bath, baby bouncer, baby monitor, steriliser, potty, stairgates, bed guards, socket covers, plastic crockery, plastic cutlery & sippy cups.
  • Indoor toys provided include: bath toys, kids books, general toys, U-rated kids DVDs.
  • Up to 2 wooden cots and highchairs can be provided
  • Outdoor toys provided include bucket & spades, trikes, paddling pool, sand pit.

Twin Cottage – Hampshire & New Forest

Sleeps 4-5+cots in a double & a twin bedroom, both with space for a cot or rollaway bed (not both), plus a family bathroom with bath and shower.

Twin Cottage is a very special little cottage for adults and children alike. Little ones will head straight for the conservatory play room, whilst adults will adore the romantic fireplace and log burner, especially on a crisp winters day. Twin cottage is a 10 minute walk to family-friendly good food pub and 20mins to village with tea rooms and grocery shop.

Child Friendly:

  • Outdoor toys including: trikes, scooters, Little Tikes car, ride on, dolls pram, and a sandpit. Buckets, spades and fishing nets are also available.
  • Baby & toddler gear including a wooden cot and a travel cot, a Kuster highchair, stair gates, bed-guard, children’s crockery, cutlery, monitor, nightlight, bumbo seat, booster seat, room thermometer, step, and steriliser
  • Stair gates fitted
  • Toys, bath toys, games, books, DVD’s, toddler table and chairs, drawing gear, play doh, doll’s pushchair & cot, a play tent and a fabulous wooden play kitchen in the playroom off the kitchen
  • Lovely large lawned garden with outdoor play gear and BBQ
  • Up to two cots and highchairs available. More may be possible on request.
  • The cottage has a dedicated playroom stuffed with good quality toys including a wooden kitchen adjacent to the real kitchen

The Cowshed – Dorset

Sleeps 4+ in double bedroom (with optional crib) with ensuite shower room and second bedroom (bunk beds and cot) + family bathroom

This beautiful 2-bedroom barn conversion, in the heart of rural Dorset, may have a past as a home for farm animals, but it’s present incarnation is pure, sophisticated boutique hotel luxury, complete with gorgeous Ren toiletries and sumptuous White Company robes and towels. The garden is small but enclosed with barbeque, outdoor table and chairs,  sunloungers and a sandpit for the kids.

The centre of village within 2 mins walk includes the Museum Inn (a well respected good food pub) and a natural therapies centre (Sarpenela), which offers Reiki, Reflexology and massage.

Child Friendly:

  • Baby Bjorn highchair and extra booster chair, baby bouncer, in bath baby bath, changing mat, steriliser, bumbo, potty, socket covers, plastic crockery, plastic cutlery and sippy cups, hand food blender, baby carrying backpack and double/single Phil and Teds push chair.
  • White company wooden cot, extra travel cot and wooden crib also available on request
  • In the playroom you will find toys, kid’s books, general toys, U-rated kids DVDs all provided
  • Large wooden sand pit, paddling pool, bikes (one with stabilisers) & teepee + village park within a few minute’s walk

You can also see my review of The Cowshed HERE

Remember to use the Baby Friendly Boltholes code BFBPOPITHATWINS when booking to get £25 off any stay which is 4 nights or longer (out of school holidays).


Hyde Paddock – Hampshire & New Forest

Sleep 4+cots in 2 x bedrooms

Hyde Paddock is owned by the same family as Fallow Deer and for this property the owners have included a whole range of thoughtful extras including a pre-arrival shopping service, babysitting and a visiting beautician who can pop into the cottage for a spruce up on request. The Humberts consistently enjoy fantastic feedback for their special blend of friendly hospitality and attention to detail in family-friendly touches.

A comprehensive list of nursery gear and toys is provided plus the added bonus of a private hot tub, so parents can unwind with a soak under the stars, after little ones are tucked up in bed. It is also within walking distance to the local village with a small shop and adjoining cafe along with a couple of good pubs.

Child Friendly:

  • Baby gear provided includes: baby bath, baby bouncer, baby monitor, steriliser, potty, stairgates, bed guards, socket covers, plastic crockery, plastic cutlery & sippy cups.
  • The owners live nearby and welcome guests once a week for a meet and greet with their gaggle of animal friends including a shetland pony, pigmy goats, rabbits and chickens.
  • Indoor toys provided include: bath toys, kid’s books, general toys, U-rated kids DVDs.
  • 2 stairgates are provided
  • Up to 2 wooden cots and highchairs can be provided
  • Outdoor toys provided include bucket & spades, trikes, paddling pool, sand pit.

Spindle Cottage – Hampshire & New Forest

Sleeps 6 + 2 cots in 3 bedrooms (two with space for a cot) comprising a master with superking bed, a second double with king-sized bed/twin singles(convertible) and a 3rd bedroom which can be a double or twin.

Spindle Cottage could easily rival a boutique hotel on home interiors alone!There is high quality and abundant baby gear, brilliant heated playhouse in the large garden and the benefit of two great pubs within a short stroll. Spindle Cottage is a true New Forest gem, combining a stylish home from home experience with a setting in the heart of the New Forest National Park where spot the wild pony or deer can become a daily activity! Even better, its within less than 10 minute’s drive or taxi from the acclaimed restaurants in scenic Brockenhurst and the yachting haven of Lymington , with an experienced babysitter on call, or plenty of space to bring your own in the form of a granny/nanny.

This stylish cottage has a lovely private garden with areas laid to lawn, play area with wooden play fort and slide, BBQ / firepit, picnic table and chairs, relaxed sofa area and large new summer House/playhouse with heating, WiFi and TV. Shed for cycle storage. There’s a family pub with play area is a short stroll away and a second, which is well regarded for its food, a slightly longer walk.

Child Friendly:

  • This baby and toddler-friendly cottage offers a host of nursery gear including: Nuna sena night cot, second travel cot, highchair, booster seat, baby bouncer, play gym, baby bath, bath seat, baby monitor, steriliser, potty, two fitted stairgates, bed guards, nightlight, socket covers, plastic crockery, plastic cutlery & sippy cups.
  • Two cots and two highchairs are available
  • This child-friendly cottage offers a collection of games, bath toys, kid’s books, and U-rated DVDs, all suitable for toddlers and above
  • Outdoor play gear includes: a play fort with slide, ride on tractor, training bike, buckets and spades, paddling pool, sandpit, fishing nets and waterproof picnic rug. There’s also a brilliant heated play house, which little ones will love.

Remember to use the Baby Friendly Boltholes code BFBPOPITHATWINS when booking to get £25 off any stay which is 4 nights or longer (out of school holidays).

Dairy Cottage – Hampshire & New Forest

Sleeps 2+2+1-2cots in a large double bedroom and a children’s twin room.

There are 2 bathrooms.Dairy Cottage is a beautifully designed and furnished 2-bedroom retreat, nestled alongside the owner’s thatched house. It has its own private, large garden and spectacular views from its master bedroom over the nature reserve behind.

If you’re lucky enough to have babies who let you sleep past dawn, there can be few better ways to wake up than by leaving the  shutters open and watching the sunrise over the Ibsely nature reserve through the huge cathedral windows of the master bedroom from the comfort of your super-king bed. Dairy Farm has a large private garden with funky furnishings and a local pub serving decent food within 10 minute’s walk.

Child Friendly:

  • Equipment available on free loan includes: 2xzed beds, a selection of strollers (a Greco, a Quinny, double Maclaren and a single Maclaren ), bouncer chair, bibs, steriliser (with 2xbottles), bottle warmer, magi-mix, fly net cover for cot, feeding pillow, changing mat, 2xbaby baths (upright & regular), baby toiletries (wash, shampoo & oil), potty, bathroom step, Baby monitor and plastic crockery and cutlery.
  • Fixed stair gates top and bottom of stairgates.
  • 2xtravel cots (with linens), 1xStokke wooden high chair, 2 x portable highchairs,
  • Good range of toys provided includes: Play Mat, rubber ducks, Iggle Piggle, Soft toys, books, wooden trains, rocking horse, walker, kids chair, kids DVDs & SKY TV with kids channels.
  • Outdoor toys include a wooden pirate play fort, paddling pool, crab fishing buckets and nets, bucket and spades, two toddler bikes from 3- 7 yr olds and shared use of the trampoline and sandpit

Partridge Lodge, The Granary –Suffolk

Sleeps 4 + 1 infant in two bedrooms, one double bedroom and one bedroom with 2 single beds with a travel cot and high chair.

This newly converted 17th century barn is a wonderful rural retreat for a family of four (plus cots). It boasts an idyllic setting with views over a pretty (safely fenced) lake, which comes complete with a rowing boat* and fishing rights – ideal for introducing older toddlers and siblings to the delights of fishing for tiddlers! Owners Aaran and Sarah Henry have young children themselves and have ensured the Granary is well set up for family life.

For adults there’s lots of outdoor furniture, a BBQ and a rowing boat on one of the two safely double-fenced lakes in the grounds (children should be carefully supervised). The boathouse offers fishing equipment, row boat and bar football. Just a 10 min walk away, you will find a handy village shop and pub with good reputation for food. The owners have an agreement with the local health club which is a short drive away (a few minutes) where guests can use their facilities including a lovely pool at a discounted rate.

Child Friendly:

  • The Granary has a terrace with sand pit and nearby is a stable with trike, car, scooter, slide and table tennis. There is also a communal, fenced beach area for volley ball, football, French boules, swings and picnic seating.
  • There are also adult bicycles, one with child seat.
  • Baby equipment provided includes a cot (please bring bedding), high chair, microwave, blender & steriliser
  • Mini guests are welcome to help out with feeding the chickens and collecting their eggs.
  • A selection of toys and books are provided, plus DVD player and selection of kids films, and Sky TV with kids, sports and film channels.
  • stairgates provided
  • All weather tennis court

Remember to use the Baby Friendly Boltholes code BFBPOPITHATWINS when booking to get £25 off any stay which is 4 nights or longer (out of school holidays).


Camellia Cottage – Isle of Wight

Sleeps 8 – 3 Bedrooms upstairs, King-size sofa bed downstairs

This ivy-covered cottage is a lovely family home from home that has been recently renovated to top notch standards of contemporary style and comfort, whilst still retaining the original character. There is a long list of helpful nursery gear and playthings to keep mini guests happy, both indoors and out, all but guaranteeing a relaxing break for grown-ups!

Camellia Cottage’s pretty and secluded cottage garden really sets it apart. It has been planted to attract the local wildlife so mini guests can enjoy playing spot the birds, badgers and even rare red squirrels.  Niton is half a mile away, with a handful of local shops, including a convenience store, post office and tea room, plus families are very welcome at the 16th century Buddle Inn, just a few minutes’ stroll from the cottage.

Child Friendly:

  • A useful list of nursery gear is provided including two travel cots; two high-chairs; stair gates; baby bath, potties, child toilet seat, bathroom step-ups; Ikea rocker; nightlights; BT200 Baby monitor; Tommee Tippee steam steriliser.
  • Two strollers and one double buggy
  • Stairgates provided
  • A selection of books, toys and games are provided plus an XBOX 360.
  • An 8ft trampoline, sand pit, paddling pool, play tunnel, swings, slide, swing-ball, crazy golf and badminton.
  • Two cots and two highchairs are available plus a tandem buggy.

Clydey Cottages, Lavender Cottage – West Wales

Sleeps 2 in one bedroom – a king size double bed & enough room for a cot or a toddler z-bed (two adults & one child or baby)

It takes little more than that first view of Clydey Cottages to understand exactly why it has won Best Place to Stay in Wales almost annually since 2010. The views, over meadows, hills and woodland, are spectacular and the picture perfect 18th century stone exteriors of these pretty farm cottages are utterly charming. Later comes the relaxed feeling of being able to let your little ones ‘off the leash’ and roam freely amongst 20 acres of beautiful grounds, by which time, most people are just about ready to move in full-time themselves, especially as there’s a complimentary children’s club/creche!

There’s a hot tub, pool and spa suite onsite offering a range of pre-bookable treatments and just 2 miles away you will find a child friendly pub- The Nags Head.

Child Friendly

  • Full sized cots, highchairs and stairgates, child-friendly crockery and cutlery.
  • Clydey offers little ones the chance to partake in daily animal feeding (pigs, goats, chickens, alpaca’s, rabbits, guinea pigs and ponies) plus egg collecting rounds.
  • Clydey now has an amazingly well-equipped indoor soft play area perfect for little ones plus a cosy coffee corner with magazines for grown ups.
  • A selection of toys, books, DVDs and games is available on free loan from the games room.
  • A pre-bookable crèche/kids club is offered two afternoons a week from 1-5pm which is complimentary. The club is run by qualified, safety-checked staff who can care for little ones from newborn.
  • Multiple cots and highchairs on request
  • A pre-bookable crèche/kids club is offered two afternoons a week from 1-5pm, which is complimentary. The club is run by qualified safety-checked staff who can care for little ones from newborn.
  • Stairgates provided
  • The pool is heated to a very comfortable 31 degrees (outside air temp 30 degrees) making it ideal for little ones.
  • Little ones can often be found outdoors enjoying the swings, slide, sandpit and selection of ride-on toys provided.

Hollies House – Sussex

Sleeps up to 8 + infants in 2 king size double rooms, a standard double room and a bunk bed room best suited to children.

Hollies House may seem like a regular family home from the outside, but step inside and every room is bristling with boutique style and a masterclass in contemporary cool. Hollies House has an enclosed lawn garden where children can safely play, while parents chill out on the patio and linger over mealtimes al fresco. There may not be fairies at the bottom of the garden but little ones will certainly disappear down here to the pretty summer house tucked under the trees, with a huge dolls mansion, dressing up clothes, toys and games and a wicker sofa to curl up with a book.

Child Friendly:

  • This baby friendly bolthole has Netflix, dressing up clothes, books, board games, bath toys, children’s toys and play mats.
  • Safe and enclosed garden with playhouse and dining area and BBQ.
  • Play house in the garden.
  • This baby friendly bolthole has an outdoor summer house with toys and a 5ft dolls house.
  • This baby friendly cottage has an excellent stock of baby items which include: Tripp Trapp High chairs x 2, Children’s cutlery plates, bed guards x2, travel cot x1, white wooden cot x1, baby bath x1, baby monitor x1, potty x1, kids loo seat x1, step x1, changing mat x 2, Stairgates x 2, socket covers, steriliser and all baby bedding & baby towels.
  • Stairgates are provided.
  • Multiple cots and highchairs are available.

Remember to use the Baby Friendly Boltholes code BFBPOPITHATWINS when booking to get £25 off any stay which is 4 nights or longer (out of school holidays).

What do you look for in a holiday property? What things are important to you and your family.

If you have found this useful, why not take a look at some of my other reviews, all bookable through Baby Friendly Boltholes;

North Bradbury Farm, Devon

New Park Hotel, New Forest

Retallack Spa Resort, Cornwall


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Baby Friendly Boltholes top 10 UK property

2 Comments on “Baby Friendly Boltholes Top 10 UK Stays”

  1. We tend to go away with family and have children of all ages between us so this is really useful. Cottages tend to be our favourite places to stay just because we can all stay together and the kids don’t have to be restricted to a room like they would in a hotel.

    1. There are lots of ideas here and all are fabulous! If you would like any recommendations, do pop me a message!

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