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Families yet to book their getaway this summer needn’t fear, as hideaway experts i-escape.com/kids have tracked down hotels and rentals across Europe which still have availability throughout July and August, meaning a stylish sojourn with the kids is still within easy reach.
From a medieval castle tucked away in the Tuscan hills to a chilled beach break just outside Bodrum, there’s something to suit families of all shapes and sizes. Highlights are below, with the full collection available here.
Laid-back beach break: Med-Inn, Bodrum, Turkey
This serene boutique hotel is a hidden gem amongst Turkey’s crowded coastline, with a chilled vibe and private beach, making it perfect for families of all ages. Set in lush Mediterranean gardens, the hotel has spacious, uniquely designed rooms and suites and a fantastic on-site restaurant with a kids’ menu for littl’uns. Families can relax poolside, snorkel from the decked jetty or stroll to the nearby fishing village of Gulluk; the more adventurous can go sailing on a traditional gulet.
A 7-night stay from £903 (£226pp), based on a family of 4 sharing a Family Suite on a B&B basis in July/August.
Ancient hilltop hideaway on the Spanish border: Casas do Coro, Portugal
At the eastern end of the Beira province you’ll find the ancient hilltop village of Marialva, home to the granite cottages and quirky eco houses that make up Casas do Coro. Kids love the pool, climbing up to castle ruins and exploring the unspoilt landscape, whilst parents love dining under the olive trees at the excellent on-site restaurant. The self-catering cottages with kitchens make it easy for parents to whip up meals, but a delightful breakfast is included in the rates - perfect fuel for an active day’s mountain biking or hiking, or simply relaxing.
A 7-night stay from £793, including a 5-nights-for-4 exclusive i-escape offer (£198pp). This is based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing Suite of Refugio das Fragas on a B&B basis in July/August. Plus a bottle of wine as a thank you for booking through i-escape.
Eco-chic glamping in rural Lanzarote: Finca de Arrieta, Lanzarote
This quirky yet stylish eco resort is the ideal off-the-beaten track escape, offering Mongolian yurts and volcanic stone cottages to call home. Perfectly set up for families, the yurts and cottages sleep up to 8, with hot showers and fully-equipped kitchens, plus restaurants within walking distance and baby equipment to borrow. Young ones will be kept entertained by the solar-heated pool, super playground (including trampoline and giant chess set) and a beautiful sandy beach just 300m away. There’s even a friendly donkey to ride!
A 7-night stay from £574 (£143pp), based on a family of 4 sharing an Eco Garden Cottage on a self-catering basis in July/August. Plus a bottle of wine as a thank you for booking through i-escape.
Castle-top Tuscan escape: Castello di Gargonza, Tuscany, Italy
Family breaks don’t come much more magical than this - your very own Sleeping Beauty Tuscan castle, set amidst winding streets with views of the rolling Tuscan hills. The collection of rooms, apartments and a house (sleeping 2-10), all exude rustic charm with wood-beamed ceilings, terracotta floors and simple yet comfortable bedrooms. Days can be spent relaxing by the pool, mountain biking through the forests or enjoying a family cooking course at the castle. Florence and the Chianti vineyards are within easy driving distance.
A 7-night stay from £1127 (£188pp), based on 6 people sharing a Classic Apartment on a self-catering basis in July/August.
Other family-friendly hideaways with availability throughout July and August include:
Le Castel, France: A 19th-century Normandy chateau with a house-party vibe, large suites, great kids' facilities (including a gypsy play caravan) and bags of outdoor space
Villas Martinhal, Portugal: Chic, resort-based villas, restaurants and pools plus one of the Algarve’s prettiest stretches of beach
Polurrian Bay Hotel, Cornwall, UK: Boutique family haven on the Lizard peninsula, with free kids' crèche, games room, bags of activities and indoor/outdoor pools