Family holiday rentals for February half term

Canary Islands, Cyprus, the Lake District & Florida

14 January 2008: This week on there is still a huge variety of accommodation available for the February half-term. With over 46,000 properties on offer, homes for every type of holiday can be found; from fun-packed Disney breaks in Florida, to walking holidays in the lake district, or simply ‘sun, sea and sand’ getaways in favourite destinations such as the Canary Islands and Cyprus.

Whether the family and the budget are large or small, there are properties to suit all requirements. For example, two bedroom apartments in the Canaries and Cyprus are available from as little as £200 per week; three bedroom cottages in the Lake District start at around £450 per week; and large, five bedroom luxury villas in Florida can be found for around £500 per week.

Thanks to the site’s quick and simple search tools, it has never been easier for families to find the home from home that meets their needs. From the homepage, they can browse by destination and date, or simply run a free text search and then apply a variety of filters to quickly locate the ideal property. Alternatively, the advanced search enables them to search by a range of themes, including ‘activity’, ‘luxury’ and ‘tourist attractions’. 

Holiday homes are perfect for families, providing space, private facilities, a safe environment, the flexibility to eat in or out, and huge savings on travel agent prices. With holidays being a key time for re-establishing family bonds, rentals are ideal for larger, extended family groups to, or two families can double up to cut costs and keep the kids entertained.

Click on the links below for a selection of the best rentals available for the February half term or visit HomeAway for more.

All properties listed below were available from Saturday 9th February to Saturday 23rd February at time of going to press:

Magical family holiday at Disney World

Cumbrian Lakes, Kissimmee Area, Disney / Orlando, Florida, USA
Fabulous five bed villa perfect for two families travelling together
This fabulous five bedroom (sleeps 10) villa is perfect for those travelling with a large family or for two families wanting to holiday together. The master bedroom has a kingsize bed and ensuite bathroom plus a large balcony overlooking the pool and lake. Downstairs the villa has three lounges, the largest having a 52” TV and cinema with surround sound, a perfect place for all the kids to crash out after a long day at Disney World! The kitchen is fully equipped and has a separate eating area which overlooks the pool and lake. The property is only 15 minutes from Disney and there are plenty of local amenities such as shops and restaurants nearby.
Price: £475 per week (£47.50pp per week based on 10 sharing)

Kissimmee Area, Disney / Orlando, Florida, USA
Spacious three bed villa with private pool close to the main attractions of Disney World
This luxurious and spacious villa with private pool, situated close to the main attractions of Disney World, has all the features and amenities needed to make the perfect relaxing holiday. The house has three bedrooms and can sleep up to six comfortably; the villa has plenty of space with a 23’ heated private pool, a fully equipped kitchen plus cable TV’s and a PlayStation 2 to entertain the kids! The villa is in the perfect area as it feels very private and isn’t overlooked yet it is only minutes from Disney and a 24hr supermarket is just around the corner!
Price: £500 per week (£83pp per week based on 6 sharing)

Sunny getaways to Cyprus

Kato Paphos, Paphos & Suburbs, Paphos region, Cyprus
Two bedroom fully air-conditioned apartment built in traditional Cypriot style
This comfortable fully air-conditioned, two bedroom (sleeps 4) ground floor apartment, is located within the “Paradise Gardens” complex. The complex is designed in traditional Cypriot style with special attention to detail and quality and is situated in a beautiful setting. The apartment feels very spacious with an open-plan living area which leads through patio doors to a large private patio and compact garden, and then on to spacious communal gardens and swimming pools.
Price: £250 per week (£62.50pp per week based on 4 people sharing)

Kato Paphos, Paphos & Suburbs, Paphos region, Cyprus
Ground floor two bed apartment in great location for local amenities
This ground floor apartment is located in a quiet and peaceful spot on the new development of Serena Olympia. The spacious apartment has modern comfortable furnishings with full air conditioning throughout; there are two twin bedrooms one with an ensuite and it can sleep up to four people comfortably. There is a fully equipped kitchen with washing machine and full cooking facilities, television and DVD are also included. The apartment is in a great location on the development, with the patio looking directly onto the communal pool and extensive sunbathing areas.
Price: £195 per week (£49pp per week based on 4 sharing)

Oroklini Larnaca region, Cyprus
Two exclusive villas for al fresco dining area and private pool, available with either three or four bedrooms
These exclusive villas are the only ‘Cyprus Tourism Organisation’ licensed luxury villa in the area, both have private pools and a unique character and charm designed for the discerning traveller looking for five star quality for the family. There are two villas available one with three bedrooms and the second with four, both villas are very stylish and spacious with comfortable living areas and a fully fitted kitchen. Outside there is an eating area for al fresco dining and the surrounding area has all amenities needed for a relaxing holiday.
Price: £560 per week

Protaras, Famagusta region, Cyprus
Luxury three bed villa in central location so no car needed
Mandali Villa is a great luxury villa that oozes excellence in the quality of its fixture, fittings and décor; it has a secluded swimming pool which is under lit at night time. The villa is surrounded by well maintained gardens and patio area furnished with outdoor table and chairs plus a BBQ is also available for guests use. Inside the villa there are three bedrooms and the property can sleep up to eight people, there is a large living room and a fully fitted kitchen. The surrounding area is very safe and no car is needed so the whole family has total freedom.
Price: £400 per week (£50pp per week based on 8 sharing)

Total relaxation in the Canary Islands

Costa del Silencio, Tenerife, Canary Islands
Two bedroom villa on luxury complex
This two bedroom apartment is well equipped on a medium sized complex in the south west of the Island, just a short walk to the sea. The apartment can sleep up to four people comfortably, there is also a spacious living area and fully fitted kitchen within the apartment, there is a large terrace where guests can relax in the sun. The complex itself has many activities to keep the kids, and adults, entertained!
Price: £240 per week (£60pp per night based on 4 sharing)

West Costa del Sol, Malaga Province (Costa del Sol), Andalucia, Spain
Luxury three bed villa with marble floors throughout and private garden
This luxury three bedroom villa on the Santa Clara golf course is finished to a very high standard with marble floors throughout, air conditioning and a fully fitted kitchen. All three bedrooms are ensuite and the property can sleep up to six people comfortably, the living room which opens up on to the patio is equipped with sky TV, DVD and stereo. The villa has its own private garden with swimming pool, BBQ, patio heater, eating area, and sun loungers, with sea, golf and mountain views surrounding the villa! There are also two communal pools on the complex; all amenities are within five minutes drive including shops, restaurants and bars.
Price: £700 per week (£116.60pp per week based on 6 sharing)

Playa Blanca - Yaiza, Lanzarote, Canary Islands
Spacious two bed villa in a luxury new development with private heated pool
Situated in the new luxury development of Faro Park, this beautiful villa is ideal for families who need a bit of a break this half term. Villa Roja has it own private heated pool with Roman steps and underwater lights for a midnight dip! The villa has been tiled throughout in marble which creates a cool and airy feeling, there are two bedrooms and the property can sleep up to six comfortably, the living room comes equipped with TV/video and hi-fi, an attractive open archway spans a solid teak breakfast bar opening onto a beautiful kitchen area which is fully equipped. Large patio doors lead out to the large terrace; the property is set in 1/5 of an acre and is surrounded by a volcanic wall making it very private and safe.
Price: £395 per week (£65.80pp per week based on 6 sharing)

Exploring the English countryside

Cark-in-Cartmel Cumbria - Lake District, England
Charming and luxurious three bed cottage filled with character
Grange End Cottage is a charming and luxurious three bedroom 18th century, listed Georgian holiday cottage. Full of character and charm with exposed beams, ancient thick walls, and an inglenook fireplace for a roaring log fire. The house can sleep up to six people in total and there is a lovely ‘olde worlde’ lounge with room for the whole family to sit.
Price: £450 per week (£75pp per week based on 6 people sharing)

Borwick Cumbria - Lake District, England - Langley
A cosy three bed villa near swimming pool and sauna
Langley is a cosy lodge in an idyllic location situated away from the hustle and bustle in a quiet circle of landscaped gardens with trees and pampas grasses, yet within easy walking distance of all leisure amenities such as the swimming pool, sauna, bar and restaurant. The lodge has a light and spacious lounge with patio doors giving access to the veranda, with garden chairs and table for al fresco dining. There is an adjoining kitchen and three bedrooms so five people can sleep comfortably.
Price: £475 per week (£95pp per week based on 5 sharing)

Lamplugh Cumbria - Lake District, England - Millgillhead house
Beatrix Potter style five bed house surrounded by beautiful countryside
This stylish Georgian house offers comfortable accommodation for up to ten people and was recently used for the filming of ’Miss Potter’, a film about Beatrix Potter starring Renee Zellweger. The house comes with its own garden and has recently been refurbished to a very high standard and the surrounding area has plenty of long country walks suitable for the whole family. The house itself has five bedrooms and can sleep up to ten people comfortably so is great for two families wanting to travel together. The kitchen is very large with a range cooker and lots of storage space, the sitting room is beautiful with an open fire and comfortable sofas and chairs, with enough room for everyone to sit together. 
Price: £920 per week (£92pp per week based on 10 sharing)

Stoke Gabriel Rd, Galmpton, Nr. Brixham, Devon, West Country, England
Pretty two bed cottage with original features in rural surroundings
Barnacle Cottage, sits on the edge of the village of Galmpton, a mile from the sea with village stores and a pub and plenty of rural countryside and woodland. The property has two bedrooms and can sleep up to four; the ground floor is open plan with oak flooring and incorporates a comfortable seating area, dining room and a well equipped kitchen. The cottage boasts a very traditional and cosy feeling with original beams and turning wooden staircase. Pets are also welcome at this property and there are plenty of walks around the area for all the family.
Price: £275 per week (£68.75pp per week based on 4 sharing)