Retallack resort in Cornwall
Retallack resort in Cornwall

Best UK self-catering family holidays

With more and more of us opting for ‘staycations’, self-catering in the UK is a no-brainer for those on a budget – as well as offering more flexibility and freedom, it’s generally far less expensive than staying in a hotel. Even if you don’t cook all the time, self-catering facilities are useful for breakfast, heating bottles and baby food, and making snacks and picnics. They also allow you to make the most of local produce from farmers’ markets and farm shops and are useful if you’re holidaying with picky children. They're also helpful for holidays with grandparents, extended family or another family or families, as you can generally afford more space and better facilities by clubbing together, and can share the chores to give one another a rest.

We’ve sifted through thousands of options to bring you our handpicked recommendations, whether you’re looking for cottages, farmstays, lodges, apartments, apart-hotels (combining extra space and kitchen facilities with some of the facilities of a hotel) or camping, holiday parks and holiday villages. See our special offers and latest deals with self-catering partners in the UK:
• Bluestone National Park Resort: Pembrokeshire holiday village with lots of activities.
• Feather Down Farms: Glamping holidays on working farms.
• Forest Holidays: Holiday cabins on Forestry Commission estates around the UK, with ranger-led activities.
• YHA Family Hostels: Great options for budget holidays around the UK, with communal kitchens.

Our hand-picked selection

Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays

Family-friendly farm-based holiday resort in rural Cornwall where daily tractor rides to feed the animals are high on the agenda for kids.

Retallack Resort and Spa

An upmarket, dog-friendly holiday village handy for the beach, with a surf simulator and inflatable aqua-park, plus a spa.

Crieff Hydro

A vast Scottish estate including riding stables, activities such as bushcraft and woodland combat, and its own cinema, plus free childcare. Choose from luxurious hotel rooms or a range of self-catering lodges.

YHA camping, glamping and cabins

United Kingdom
A fantastically varied selection of quirky and unusual family accommodation around England and Wales, affordable to families with kids of all ages.

The Ellingham Cottages

A collection of 12 family holiday cottages in gardens, close to a watersports beach and a harbour town with duty-free shopping.

Durrell Wildlife Camp

A luxury campsite within a famous animal park in the family-friendly Channel Islands.

La Collinette Self Catering

A choice of apartments and cottages with access to the family-friendly facilities at the on-site sister hotel.

Sandy Balls Holiday Village

New Forest
An award-winning site with lodges and glamping options, plus resident alpacas you can walk, family activities galore, and a spa.

Offer of the week

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