Seven Baby-Friendly Boltholes from Premier Cottages
Premier Cottages has selected seven of its best baby-friendly cottages for families looking to get away before the schools break up. Each of the properties in the baby collection provides cots, highchairs, stair gates, plastic plates and bowls, as well as extra baby kit to make travel with a young child as stress free as possible.
For multi-generational breaks - Red Doors Farm, Devon
Set in the gorgeous Devon countryside, Red Doors Farm is an idyllic retreat for all ages. Families with little ones will enjoy exploring the beautiful gardens where livestock, animal petting and an indoor soft play area await. Mum and dad can also take advantage of the baby-sitting service and enjoy a spa treatment. Also, on site are a large indoor heated pool (with baby changing facilities and playpen), croquet and giant chess as well as indoor and outdoor children’s play areas plus a trampoline, wooden fort, playhouse and swings.
The Farm provides the ideal location for Devon days outs, with golf, horse riding, fishing and fossil hunting excursions in the surrounding area. A variety of restaurants, beaches and attractions are all within easy reach.
Byre Cottage, sleeps six plus a baby and a seven-night stay for six arriving 22 June is £1495. Alternatively, a three-night weekend stay arriving 22 June is £1045 (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01404 890067).
For pet-loving families - Gladwins Farm, Suffolk
With ten bespoke, award winning cottages overlooking the Stour Valley, Gladwins Farm is a picturesque getaway for families with a baby and dog in tow. The cottages are situated on 22 acres of stunning farmland grounds, ideal for dogs to roam around in, and provide dog beds, biscuits and place mats for pooches. Facilities include an indoor heated swimming pool, animal petting and a soft play barn. There is also an onsite lake and a number of charming dog-friendly walks, pubs and beaches in the surrounding area. Baby-sitting is also available.
Melford Cottage sleeps two, with space for a cot, and features a private hot tub and veranda with outdoor furniture. A seven-night stay for two people plus a baby arriving 18 June is £995. Alternatively, a three-night weekend stay arriving 22 June is £715 (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01206 262261)
For adventurous families - The Tree House, Lavender Hill Cottages, Somerset
Situated on the edge of the beautiful conservation village of Halse near Exmoor, the fairy-tale Tree House promises an unforgettable glamping holiday for a family adventure. The five-star boutique property’s gorgeous master bedroom is entered by climbing a magical spiral staircase, and children can glimpse at the starlit Somerset skies from the skylights and quirky triangular windows.
There are a number of fabulous towns and villages nearby as well as the cheddar gorge and caves, Dunster Castle, family beaches and themed adventure playgrounds.
Activities close by include cycling and walking and a steam train ride to the seaside on England’s longest and best heritage railway.
A seven-night stay for four guests arriving 22 June is £1295. Alternatively, a three-night weekend stay arriving 29 June is £945 (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01984 656622)
For beach loving families - Rosehill Lodges, Cornwall
Perfect for beach babies, Rosehill Lodges is just a five minute walk from a lovely Blue Flag sandy beach, with plenty of rock pools to explore and the family-friendly Blue Bar beachside café is a great place to enjoy a snack and take in the views. Guests can return to the five-star, eco-friendly cottages and wash away the sand with an outdoor heated drench shower before dining al fresco on the glass covered deck or star-gazing from their own hot tub.
A baby and toddler package is available upon request and features items such as a nappy bin, bottle steriliser, changing mat, potty, toddler step. Cots and high chairs are provided at no extra cost. Each lodge features its own garden area, spaces to play and baby sitting by arrangement.
A seven-night stay in Wheal Sparrow for up to four people arriving 22 June is £1246. (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01209 891920)
For horse riding families - Broomhill Manor, Cornwall
Broomhill Manor is one of Cornwall’s most attractive Georgian manor houses, set in beautiful gardens overlooking Bude Bay and is just a short walk from a choice of sandy beaches. The property boasts stables with ponies and horses and has experienced staff on hand to provide lessons to all ages and abilities, with special lessons for under 6’s on Shetland ponies. The Manor offer group rides around quiet country lanes, ideal for children or family groups, and for the more skilled there are “Experienced Rides” available.
On site facilities include: a heated outdoor and indoor pool with a large Jacuzzi and sauna, a tennis court, games room and a child’s soft play barn. There are a number of dining and activity choices in the surrounding area.
A seven-night stay for four in Woodpecker arriving 23 June is £945 (www.premiercottages.co.uk 01288 352940)
For wildlife enthusiasts - Orwell View Barns, Suffolk
Part of a wildlife hub and nestled in 700 acres of conservation farmland, Orwell View Barns is the perfect spot for families with an interest in flora and fauna. Located within a five-minute walk of the Orwell Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), the eco-friendly barn conversions combine luxurious accommodation with glorious views across the River Orwell and the wildlife inhabiting it. Wildlife walks are available from the door step and internationally acclaimed bird watching sites are nearby. On site there is also a Wendy house, toddlers’ play area and baby-sitting available.
A seven-night stay for six guests in Butterfly arriving 22 June is £900. A three-night weekend break arriving 22 June is £675 (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01473 788497)
For Little Swimmers – Flear Farm Cottages, Devon
Nestled in the glorious hills of the South Hams, Flear Farm Cottages is within easy reach of market towns, woodland walks and sandy beaches. Its 40ft indoor heated pool is the ideal place to introduce little ones to swimming, with lessons hosted by Turtle Tots for babies up to 14 months and also for those from 15 months to 3.5 years. Families can have fun with the floats, swimming noodles and water toys in the pool.
Also, on site are a large indoor play barn, outdoor play area and animal petting plus outdoor tennis court, trampoline and food shop. A baby-sitting service is available so that parents can relax in the luxurious spa complex, opening out onto a terrace with an in-ground hot tub.
A seven-night stay for four guests in Quarry Cottage arriving 15 June is £937.66 (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01548 521227)
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