Family friendly holiday homes

Treat the family to a holiday they'll never forget


Ronnie McCluskey

Ronnie McCluskey
HomeAway travel expert


Family holidaysIt’s an all too familiar scenario. You’re trying desperately to decide on the destination for your next holiday, scouring the web and travel agent windows hoping for that eureka moment to hit. Speech bubbles emanating from mum and dad’s head read “RELAXATION”, while the kids crave constant entertainment. What should be a pleasant retreat can be stressful under the pressures of constant attention, and before you’ve even set foot on the plane, the planning can be equally as laboured. With the proper research, though, there’s no reason not to find the perfect compromise that ensures enjoyment for the entire brood.  

Given the ever-expanding market for family holidays, tourist destinations across the globe now focus on offering an all-encompassing package. Aside from the numerous resorts busy with play areas and clubs for children, you don’t need to look far to find any number of activities that everyone can enjoy. To make life easier, take a look at our guide to just five of the best suggestions. When you’re ready to book up, look no further than HomeAway to find the ideal rental family accommodation to enjoy your family holiday in style.


 

Top five family holiday destinations


   

Costa Dorada Family holiday homes in Costa Dorada

It’s easy to see why Spain stands firm as one of the top holiday destinations in the world - particularly amongst us Brits. The north-east coast in particular is a haven for families, laden with activity centres, water parks and lined with dozens of beaches. Salou is a fine choice, with the sprawling Port Aventura theme park welcoming thrill-seekers within its gates year-round. The beauty of the park is the various themed areas, meaning that even if the white-knuckle rides aren’t your thing, you can still enjoy wandering through Polynesia or the Old Wet while the kids indulge. Aquapolis in La Pineda is also just a few short miles away, with Barcelona reachable in an hour by train. 

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Florida Family holiday homes in Florida

There’s very little that can be said of Florida that you don’t already know, but as arguably the greatest family holiday resort of all, it would be remiss to ignore it. Let’s look at the basics: the weather is glorious almost perpetually; the scenery is stunning; and the number of theme parks is, quite frankly, astounding. It goes without saying that any child would cherish a trip to Disneyworld or Universal Studios, but in truth, the vast majority of adults would be equally enthused. SeaWorld in Orlando is an American institution not to be missed, presenting the opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with some fascinating creatures of the deep. 

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United Kingdom Family holiday homes in the UK

There is a well-known old phrase that laments that sometimes you can’t see the woods for the trees; and when it comes to holidays, this is appropriate for UK residents. By default the vast majority are inclined to reflexively look abroad, but there’s plenty on our own fair isle to keep the family amused. With everything so condensed, it’s possible to experience more than just one of the finer elements: the breathtaking scenery of the Scottish Highlands and the cultural hotbed that is Edinburgh being two such examples. Cross the border and you have the enchanting and family-friendly Lake District to explore, or you can switch pace and enjoy the seaside sensibilities of Blackpool. As one of the most vibrant cities on Earth, you’re also sure to find plenty of entertainment in the capital, London.

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France Family holiday homes in France

Regardless of whether your children are bookworms, art hands or simply fun seekers, the various regions of France are guaranteed to cater to all tastes. Starting with Paris as an obvious choice, people of all ages can appreciate the stunning architecture and infamous buildings like the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral. Failing that, you could always treat the kids to a day or two in the Magic Kingdom of Disneyland. Head to the south coast and you’ll find Nice, easily one of the most spectacular ports on the Mediterranean, with majestic French Riviera scenery and pebble beaches. 

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Denmark Family holiday homes in Denmark

As a reasonably inconspicuous country, Denmark is far too often overlooked as a holiday destination. It may surprise you to learn of its value for a family getaway, though. Capital Copenhagen alone is an absolute dream, with two sprawling theme parks and one of the most comprehensive zoos in Europe. As the hometown if Hans Christian Andersen, Odense is a suitably fairytale style setting, characterised by cobbled streets and colourful buildings that could’ve been lifted from the pages of a yarn by HCA himself. The impressive Oceanium is also a sight to behold for anyone fascinated by marine life.

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More villas for family holidays

Peaceful well established area, 20 Mins walk to Papagayo Beaches

Casa Blanca is a private detached villa located in the peaceful outskirts of Playa Blanca. The villa is well equipped with all modern conveniences to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. There is a private solar heated pool, which is child fri...

Cosy Open Fires, Beautiful Contemporary Living, Large Enclosed Gardens Which Front Onto The Loch

Stronachlachar Lodge is well equipped and decorated to a high standard. Traditional features like the real log fires in the snug room, living room and kitchen/diner have all been restored and are complemented by modern conveniences. The lodge has ...

Stunning Secluded Property - 2 Acres Of Gounds And A Great Pool

Casa Bella is a superb holiday home. Spacious, secluded, beautifully decorated , unbeatable views. Stunning setting with superb views. Generous living spaces inside and out create a welcoming atmosphere. Decor combines quality natural materials wi...

2 Story Malibu Oceanfront House,10 Minutes To The Santa Monica Pier

At over $2.7 million this 2 story 3 bedroom 3 bath, 2,100 square foot classic Malibu Oceanfront beach home has it all and is only a short 10 minute drive to the Santa Monica Pier. You will have your own private beach right under your decks with th...

Villa / Farmhouse / Home in Montespertoli with 2 bedrooms sleeps 4

Experience Chianti! Dive in the pool, swimming and enjoying our villa. Wonderful castle dating back to the 12th century, restored in the 17th century by the noble family of Acciaioli, with a magnificent tower built on the model of the one of Palaz...

Smartly tailored Victorian town-house for up to 8, in a tranquil setting just 5 minutes from the city centre.

Be debonair in this smartly tailored Victorian town-house for 7 (and up to 8). Situated in a tranquil, residential avenue, only 5 minutes from the Bath Spa train station and city centre, this handsome house is the suave solution for a savvy city b...

Villa / Farmhouse / Home in Montespertoli with 1 bedrooms sleeps 4

Experience Chianti! Dive in the pool, swimming and enjoying our villa. Wonderful castle dating back to the 12th century, restored in the 17th century by the noble family of Acciaioli, with a magnificent tower built on the model of the one of Palaz...

Junction House Kelso, Stunning,Newly Renovated House On the Banks of the River T

A stunning, newly-renovated, three bedroom house on the banks of the River Tweed in Kelso with magnificent 180 degree views over the river and race course to open countryside beyond. Outside, a fabulous tiered garden with different levels for dini...

Hamilton House Milne Graden Estate, Coldstream

Complimentary breakfast welcome pack with all bookings. A classic, stone, Borders house perched high on the banks of the River Tweed with magnificent river views. The well-presented, elegant interior is decorated in a traditional, country house s...

Keeper Cottage Cornhill-On-Tweed

Keeper Cottage is part of the Courtyard Cottages which were once the stables and grooms' quarters for the Tillmouth Park Estate. Keeper Cottage is the only detached cottage and is set apart slightly from the other cottages. It’s the perfect spot f...
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