Aphrodite Hills family villa
Aphrodite Hills family villa

Best self-catering family holidays in Europe

Self-catering is popular for family holidays in Europe – better value than staying in a hotel, with more flexibility and freedom. Even if you don’t want to cook on holiday, kitchens/kitchenettes are useful for the odd meal, especially breakfast, heating bottles and baby food, and making snacks and picnics. They also give you an excuse to buy yummy local produce from markets and farm shops, and can be handy for those with picky children.

Self-catering in Europe is a particularly useful option for holidays with grandparents, extended family, or another family or families – clubbing together often means you can get more space and better facilities, and you can share chores and give one another a break.

Classic self-catering options in Europe are cottages/gîtes, villas and apartments (particularly for city breaks and for ski holidays). Apart-hotels, combining extra space and kitchen facilities with some of the facilities of a hotel (pool, restaurant, launderette, cleaning service, kids’ club…) are also increasingly popular, or some resorts have self-catering accommodation in addition to rooms. Alternatively, try a farmstay (a cottage in old farm buildings or a glamping tent), a campsite, holiday park or holiday village (staying in your own tent, a ready set-up yurt, safari tent or similar, or a mobile home) or a home swap.

See our special offers and latest deals with self-catering partners:
Pierre & Vacances: Self-catering holiday villages and residences around Europe, including the French Alps.
Canvas: Long-established camping and holiday park operator.
James Villas: Hand-picked family-friendly properties around Europe.
Simpson Holidays: Child-friendly villas in the Mediterranean, some in boutique complexes.
Center Parcs Europe: Holiday villages with on-site activities in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.

Our hand-picked selection

Les Villages Nature® Paris

Self-catering holiday park close to Disneyland Paris, with the environment and sustainability high on the agenda, as well as a whole host of fun family activities.

Country Kids

An intimate, luxurious family resort in south-west France, with free childcare, swimming pools and even a petting farm.

Aphrodite Hills Holiday Residences

A luxury self-catering resort with fantastic sports facilities including tennis, football, golf, horse riding and cycling.

Martinhal Sagres

Super-stylish rooms, houses and villas in southern Portugal, with kids' sports academies including football and surfing.

La Pointe St Gilles Campsite

Easy access to the beach, five on-site pools, and close to the resort centre in Brittany, plus kids clubs for all ages, including teens and babies.

Pine Cliffs Resort

One of the world’s leading luxury family resorts, with an Annabel Croft Tennis Academy, a golf course and a spa.

Campsite Mayotte Vacances

An active five-star campsite on a freshwater lake in south-west France, perfect for watersports, with lessons available, and childcare from 3 months to 17 years.

Offer of the week

Pick up a free kids' place plus save up to £200 per family and enjoy up to £150 rewards when you book with First Choice this week. BOOK NOW

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