Plan your perfect family holiday on the UK’s number one holiday rentals website
31/01/2012 – Planning the perfect family holiday can be tricky as you want to be sure you make the most of that precious time away, but it can be difficult finding accommodation to suit your needs. Hotels can feel cramped with kids and only provide limited facilities, but a holiday rental offers all the space and facilities you need, plus added bonuses such as private dining and living rooms, gardens, pools and even games rooms.
So to ease the stress of planning the family break, HomeAway.co.uk, the UK’s number one holiday rentals website, has selected its favourite top 10 family-friendly properties available to rent in Europe and further afield.
With full kitchen facilities, rentals are perfect for those with fussy eaters, and with no set timetables and no set meals, you can eat, sleep and play at your family’s own pace. Whether you like beach holidays, rural retreats or action packed adventures, there are thousands of properties in family friendly holiday spots around the world to choose from on www.HomeAway.co.uk.
Take your pick from one of the properties below or browse more than 160,000 child-friendly properties available on the site. Alternatively download our Mum’s Holiday Guide for more inspiration and top tips from real Mums.
Prices quoted are per property per week and correct at the time of publishing. Properties are arranged in order of price, from highest to lowest.
The Top 10 holiday homes on HomeAway.co.uk
Stylish Victorian vicarage with large garden in Devon This is a stylish property, with delightful period character. The drawing room is large and bright with open fire, doors opening out onto garden and valley views. There is a plasma TV/DVD with surround sound, iPod docking with loaded iPod and a bookcase full of reading delights. The house is well equipped for children, with plenty of board games, books, table football and Wii. There are five bedrooms on the first floor and two attic rooms with full size bunk beds. The property is surrounded by 1.5 acres of garden, orchard and wood. The lawn area is perfect for badminton and a net and several rackets are provided. There is also a cot, high chair, changing mat, stair gate and numerous plastic cups and plates for smaller kids.
7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15. From £1,600 per week
Private villa set in two acres with beach volleyball, basketball and badminton, Bodrum Situated in the peaceful countryside just outside Bodrum, Villa Tortuga makes an ideal choice for families and sports enthusiasts. The location is perfect for those wishing a central position to the many charms of the Bodrum Peninsula, with the setting framed by farmland and a quiet, natural view out on a small olive grove and hills beyond. You will be spoiled for choice when it comes to activities, starting with the private pool which has in-pool seating and poolside pergola to escape the mid day sun. A few steps from the pool there is a beach volleyball court and a large grass lawn that lends itself to a family game of football. In the backyard you will find the organic vegetable garden plus a badminton and half basketball court.
5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11. From £1,600 per week
Rural villa with pool and double swing for kids, Crikvenica This is a beautiful villa set in Mediterranean gardens with a large swimming pool, double swing for kids and other outdoor amenities. The property is built on two floors and features a living room with open fireplace, roofed dining place by the pool, a completely equipped kitchen, plus another open kitchen with BBQ in the garden. Guests can enjoy climbing and mountaineering, mountain biking, walking, horseback riding, paragliding and kite-flying, sport fishing in the sea or lake and many other activities.
3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9. From £1,250 per week
5. Modern villa with heated private pool and children’s playground, Colares This is a modern multi storey villa, in a secluded area, only five minutes away from Praia das Maçãs, one of the most popular beaches of Sintra's coast. The ground floor living space has an elegantly decorated lounge overlooking the outdoor terraced leisure area next to the heated swimming pool and a large kitchen with adjoining breakfast room. There is also a large windowed basement featuring a spacious children's playroom, as well as an outdoor playground with table tennis and tennis rackets. The large terrace beside the pool offers sunbeds, outdoor dining furniture and portable BBQ.
4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10. From £1,193 per week
Wonderful villa with private pool, stunning views and huge play den, Macerata This is the perfect traditional Italian farmhouse ideal for families and located in a wonderful rural location. The 360 degree views from the house are amazing with distant sea views to the east and the magnificent Sibillini Mountains to the west. Outside there is a large terracotta terrace and covered pergola, table, chairs and big parasols to keep the sun at bay. A private fenced swimming pool is located just below the house, with spectacular views of the mountains and surrounding rolling hills. There is a huge play den on site, with toys for toddlers, children and adults, from train sets to trampolines, ping pong to pool. Also close by, there is a double swing as well as a sandpit.
5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10. From £1,095 per week
Charming traditional country finca with play area for kids, Pollensa This charming finca enjoys a private location just 1km from the historic old town of Pollensa with the dramatic backdrop of the Tramuntana Mountains. There are four bedrooms, two bathrooms and two lounges, one with Sky TV decoder and WiFi broadband access. Outside, set in 4000 square metres, there is a fantastic private pool, plenty of sun loungers and a separate play area with play frame, trampoline and a basketball ring to keep the little ones amused. For the grown ups there is a built in stone BBQ with dining area, ideal for long leisurely lunches or al-fresco evening dining. Separate shady sitting areas can be found around the garden for quiet reading spots.
4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8. From £895 per week
Stunning villa with outdoor games area, Jacuzzi and sauna, Lanzarote This beautiful privately owned villa is well equipped for the most discerning of visitor and furnished to a very high standard throughout. The villa offers a heated pool with basketball, luxurious Jacuzzi, outdoor pool table, table tennis, toddlers 'mini park' with swing, slides, see-saw, playhouse and crawl through train. The lounge has seating for eight and offers HD TV, Sky movies/sports, all Premier League Football, music system, library of books and games, PS3 with 2 wireless controllers and Wii games. The dining area has seating for eight and leads onto the furnished terrace, with table football.
4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8. From £875 per week
Cottage-style stone house in beautiful location on Mizen Head Peninsula The House at Libeen is situated on the Mizen Peninsula in an elevated position with wonderful views from all windows over Dunmanus Bay, the Sheeps Head Peninsula, and Mount Gabriel. It is a cottage style, stone built house in an acre garden which is totally enclosed by old stone walls. The house is light, spacious, and furnished to a very high standard and features a large conservatory with great views. Assorted wetsuits, boogie boards and beach toys are available. The countryside around is beautiful and rugged and is good for hill walking and cycling. There are excellent golf courses in Bantry, Glengariff and Skibbereen plus lovely sandy beaches around Crookhaven and Barley Cove.
3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6. From £833 per week
Beautiful villa in Dordogne with games room and minigolf La Rousselie is a modern but traditionally designed and constructed Perigordine stone villa with magnificent views of the valley and countryside. Facilities include a large private terrace and heated pool set in a two acre landscaped garden, hot tub on the villa deck, en-suite bedrooms, fully equipped kitchen, large open plan living area with log burner and stylish modern furniture. For entertainment you will find a large games room with table tennis table, football, electronic darts, Ipod dock and various board games, while in the garden a 12 hole mini golf course with full set of clubs, full size croquet pitch and swings for the kids.
4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11. From £800 per week