Every year we berate ourselves for not being more organised; for leaving holiday planning to the last minute and missing out on staying at those places which really gild our memories. Well, this year why not decide where to go for your 2017 UK family holidays sooner rather than later? To help you choose, here are 10 stunning family-friendly gems which get booked up quickly. Happy planning!
This beachfront hotel has self-catering apartments for families, along with a lovely restaurant terrace overlooking the sand for when you don’t want to cook. There’s a sailing school next door, plus lots of watersports on offer.
This coastal apart-hotel has wonderful views, a heated indoor pool, a huge garden complete with a playground, and a delightful playroom. The two-bedroom apartments have kitchenettes, and there’s heaps of kids’ kit to borrow. Sandy beaches are a short stroll.
The island of Tresco is paradise for families: car-free and unspoiled, with deserted coves and white beaches; roam all day on bicycles. Base yourselves in one of these cute seafront cottages, which have a shared indoor pool, a bar, a restaurant and a tennis court.
These two clusters of beautifully renovated barns lie within easy reach of Norfolk’s untamed coastline and come in assorted sizes that are ideal for any family get-together. Venture forth for wildlife and walks; return to a games room and BBQs in your private garden.
This trio of child-friendly retreats has a chic modern style. There are two converted barns (one large, one small) with a shared garden that encompasses a trampoline, chickens and outdoor games, plus a nearby village cottage for 4. Beaches and countryside are on tap.
Tucked away on the edge of the New Forest is this fun house, which sleeps up to 12 in 4 bedrooms plus an annexe. You get a play gypsy caravan in the glorious gardens and there are games for all ages inside.
Nautical elegance and spectacular sea views make this coastal hotel a firm favourite year on year. There’s a summer kids’ club, a cinema and a playroom for young ones, plus a tidal beach for rock-pooling below.
These cool, contemporary cabins are immersed in woodland, with glass-fronted dining rooms to maximise the views and a ‘Sanctuary’ building with play tents and a wooden kitchen. There’s heaps to do nearby, including pony rides and castles to explore
This is a unique combination: white-on-white barn conversions which are both stunning in design and super for families. Calfshed sleeps 4 and Lambshed sleeps 6; both share a trampoline and gardens, and there are oodles of toys, games and kids’ kit to borrow.
For families who love a bit of adventure yet like high-spec creature comforts such as wood-burning stoves and outdoor hot tubs, these 2 stone eco-lodges deliver in spades. Outside, eagles swoop and pristine sands await discovery.