Well 2018 is well and truly over and time has totally run away with me but I know so many of you are still looking for holidays this year so I still wanted to put this family travel roundup together. I feel incredibly blessed to have enjoyed yet another year full of new experiences, adventures and travel.
As I spent half the year pregnant, and the other half sleep deprived we decided to keep our travels closer to home and stay in the UK but we were very fortunate to go to some amazing places, visiting the New Forest, Dorset, Devon and Leicestershire, making fond memories with our Popitha tribe along the way.
I can guarantee that these properties won’t disappoint and that you will love staying at any one of them with your family, and in some cases, your children will love them even more!
The Dandelion Hideaway is a luxury glamping site set in idyllic surroundings, green pastures and starry night skies. It is the perfect place to bring the outside in and it offers the chance for adults to truly unwind and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and for children to be children and run free.
Set on a private farm on the Leicestershire/Warwickshire border, just 5 minutes from the historic town Market Bosworth. The farm is a working goat farm lead and managed by husband and wife team Farmer John and Sharon who open their doors and allow families experience farm life. As well as the goats, you can immerse yourself amongst the 13 very friendly Shetland ponies, chickens and ducks.
Staying at North Bradbury Farm is just a short drive from some beautiful beaches and Exmoor but by staying on the farm, it allows you and your family to immerse yourselves in real farm life. Of course you can do as much or as little of this as you like as you are close to some amazing beaches but personally, we were on the farm for four days and we didn’t leave. With only two holiday cottages, it means that your farm experience is personal and you really can get stuck in.
As well as the animals, you will also find play areas to play in, streams to jump in, mud kitchens to get messy in, wilderness areas to have campfires in, ponies to ride, zip wires to zoom on and the warmest swimming pool to splash in. You will have a ball!
If you are looking for somewhere with a little bit of luxury, then look no further – Greenwood Grange has it all. Just 2 ½ hours from London and set in Hardy country what could be better than a relaxing stay here. And yes, amazingly it was relaxing even with two toddlers in tow – Even I didn’t think that was possible!
Greenwood Grange is a small complex of cottages all completely set up for children. There is an indoor pool on site, large playroom and lovely outdoor play area with a huge teepee full of toys!
The Cowshed was just delightful. There is certainly no slumming it with twins and a baby here! Owned by Claudia Malpas, The Cowshed as it once was, is decorated and kitted out to the highest standard and believe it or not, despite being luxurious, it is great for children.
And now for the best bit – The playroom. The Cowshed has its very own playroom which is just next door to the main living space. You do have to go outside to get to this but it either gave us 5 minutes’ peace or the girls bought some of the toys back in to the lounge. It is totally safe for children to go between the two as the court yard has a tall gate to stop children escaping.
Kennel Farm is the perfect location for exploring the New Forest, Sailsbury or visiting many famous attractions such as Longleat and Peppa Pig World. Originally a working beef and sheep farm, they diversified into providing accommodation by renovating the existing farm barns and stables. There are no fancy frills at Kennel Farm, just an affordable, lovely place to stay with plenty of room and outside space to explore and for little ones to run about.
Are you thinking that hotels are a thing of the past? A luxury that you indulged in before children but are now longing for some you time? Well, with the Luxury Family Hotel chain, you are still able to do this with children AND enjoy it – we did and this has to be the best child friendly hotel!
New Park Manor is just 2 hours from London and perfect for a special weekend away, and one where you really don’t mind taking the kids! There is even a free crèche for 4 months -8 year olds! It is nestled in the heart of the New Forest, surrounded by grassland and home to many deer (which we saw whilst relaxing in the outdoor hot tub!).
Have you made any travel plans for 2019 yet? Where are you going? Where can you recommend?
Many of these properties are through Baby Friendly Bolthole so remember to book through them to get your discount. Also, they have just launched their top 10 UK properties which is full of more ideas and defiantly worth a read.
If you are taking a long car journey with the children, then you defiantly need to think about how you are going to keep them entertained so do take a read of our other travel blogs such as travel toys for toddlers or you may our packing tips helpful too.
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