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Breaks with Children - make it child's play with Group Stays

We all remember the holidays we had as children be that camping in the rain or sun drenched beaches and rock pooling. The quintessential UK holiday is a winner time after time and creates memories that last a lifetime. At Group Stays we have a variety of properties that will make your holiday one to remember forever.

From cottages by the sea to smart glamping tents in the heart of the countryside. Brochs in Scotland to a railway carriage next to a steam railway the choice is yours because Group Stays has them all.

Going on holiday with children can be so rewarding, if a little stressful in the preparation. Here are our top tips for a great holiday as well as a few suggestions of places to stay.

Top Tips:

Think ahead

Book a property well in advance. In our experience a lot of people every year are disappointed when they see a gorgeous propertyonly to find that it is fully booked for the whole summer. Most people start thinking about their summer holidays in January so get in there quick. But if you are still looking for some great deals they are out there we promise. Why not sign up to mailing lists as companies send out their special offers and cancellations this way. Click here to sign up to ours.

Pack well

We always pack too much! Most holiday properties now have washing machines and if you are on a complex then they have laundry rooms. Take the basics and make sure you pack a coat and jumper along with a pair of welly boots. Be prepared for all weather just don’t pack too much!

Travel Smartly

Spending time travelling can be a nightmare for parents. Have you considered travelling at night or in the early hours of the morning? Less traffic and the kids will sleep for most of it. It’s an adventure to wake up somewhere different. With check in times usually in the afternoon have a think about where you can spend the day. Call ahead and see if there is somewhere you can drop your things off too if you need to. In our experience owners are more than helpful with this.

Do some research

With information at your fingertips check out the internet for some great things to do in the area so you can plan your trip. This also keeps costs down too. Have a think about using reward scheme vouchers for days out. Tesco for example offer some great ‘boost’ vouchers for all areas of the UK. These can be used against the cost of attractions. Check out their website for more details. You will also find that holiday houses have information folders full of great local information from places to eat, attractions to visit and special offers. Please do leave leaflets there and comment in the guest book before you leave about where you went for future guests. They really will appreciate it.

Have Fun

Holidays with children are just brilliant. They learn, grow and develop. You will see changes in them that you will smile about for years to come. It is as much about making memories as it is about the sun always shining or doing expensive trips out. Make the most of each moment in your holiday property as childhood is precious and these moments count in their minds for the rest of their lives. Give them time and fun and it will be very special. Throw down the phone, look up from the book and dig in the sand, turn over the rock, roll down the hill, jump in the pool, drink hot chocolate on the beach and revel in the knowledge that time spent together is something that really is priceless.

Check out these stunning properties as our recommendations for a great children’s holiday:

Middle Stone Farm – Somerset

Always wanted to go camping but cant stand the thought of sweaty tents and blow up beds? Well here is the answer – Safari tents. Get back to nature but not back to basics in these great tents sleeping 6 people in actual beds! Wood burning stoves keep you cosy and the stunning decking area means you can watch the sun go down with the knowledge that you have a home from home waiting for you. With plenty of availability in the summer there are even some offers if you want to book all 3 tents at the same time!

Kippys Cottage - Brixham

Crabbing on the harbour, swimming at breakwater beach, mackerel fishing followed by a glass of wine in the pretty garden overlooking the harbour – just some of the great activities that can be found right on the doorstep of this pretty cottage in Devon. With its own designated parking space we think this cottage is pretty perfect for an all-round kids bucket and spade holiday.

Broomhill Manor - Bude

Set in acres of amazing gardens Broomhill Manor is made up of different sized cottages, all are unique and packed with everything you could possibly need for a family holiday. Some have hot tubs, all have BBQs and the owners bend over backwards to accommodate your every need. Bring the extended family and have two cottages next to each other. On site swimming pools both inside and out, kids play rooms and outside play equipment you may not want to leave to explore the beaches at Bude.

Newhouse Farm Cottages – Mid Devon

Let the kids run about and breathe in the fresh air before jumping in the pool. A selection of cottages in a rural setting you will be hard pushed to find a better complex for exploring what Devon has to offer. Walking, surfing and exploring are right on the door step and all within 3.5 hours of London! How great is that!

Pebblebed House – Topsham

If your kids are into boats and water then look no further than a break at Pebblebed House. Sleeping up to 9 you could even bring granny and granddad who will love the antique shops in Topsham. Why not get out on the water and book some water sports at nearby Exmouth Beach? Go Ape at Haldon Forrest or look into going racing at Exeter Racecourse to make this a truly unique holiday.

Rose Cottage – Sherborne

A family of four will love this little cottage in Sherborne. 2 bedrroms makes this a great place for those who want to be close to local amenities and be in a great location to explore all the great things Dorset has to offer. Why not pop along to Haynes Motor Museum or the Fleet Air Arm museum for the day? Or jump in the car and drive off to West Bay for a day by the sea? 

With availibility in all of these properties during the summer months why not have a closer look by clicking on the links provided or have a look at all of our properties by clicking here. We wish you a lovely summer break, just keep your fingers crossed for some great weather.