Top self-catering holiday cottages for families

When you are planning to rent a holiday cottage for your family it can be a thankless task attempting to satisfy everyone.

Although you and your partner may well be looking for features which help you relax during your stay, the children will be desperate for facilities to keep them amused when the weather is bad or on a day when there is no excursion planned.

The good news is there are an abundance of properties available for family self-catering holidays throughout the UK and Ireland but the challenge is to identify the one which best suits your clan.

First consideration must be the children. If they enjoy their holiday it’s a fair chance you will too so that first initial task will be to look for a holiday home with attractions for the youngsters.

One of the best options for this is to look for holiday accommodation with a games room where there will be equipment for playing games such as table tennis, pool and snooker.

Holiday homes with a games room
Some holiday homes have a games room, sometimes with a snooker table

If you have a young family and, perhaps, you’re taking your new baby son or daughter away for their first ever holiday then there are certain features you must have.

There are holiday cottages with cots and high chairs available so the new-born can be looked after as they would be in the family home.

A feature which all of the family can enjoy is a private indoor or outdoor swimming pool, giving you all the opportunity to sunbathe by the side of it and take a dip when the sun’s heat gets too strong.

Holiday cottages with swimming pools in the UK can be found throughout the British Isles with the distinct advantage over a hotel that you don’t have to share the water with anyone else but your own family members.

Holiday homes with a swimming pool
You will find holiday cottages with your own private indoor or outdoor swimming pool

If privacy is an important factor it may well be worth looking for holiday accommodation with an enclosed garden, where you can be sure there will be no prospect of young children running off and getting lost or your beloved pet taking off into unfamiliar surroundings.

Finally, it could be that you just want to keep the entire family unit together, including the dogs. It is always best to check with the owners how many animals they are happy for you to have stay with you but there are plenty of pet-friendly self-catering breaks to choose from.