Cottages, villas, farmhouses & other self-catering properties with
Cottages, villas, farmhouses & other self-catering properties with

Our favourite partner when it comes to cottages, villas, farmhouses and other self-catering properties – a great alternative to hotels for family holidays and breaks – has more than 20 years' experience helping parents find the perfect setting in the UK and around Europe. When you’re stuck somewhere for two weeks and the weather doesn’t play fair you want to make sure you’re not all climbing up the walls. Opening the door to your holiday cottage discovering all is not quite what it promised can lead to heartache and disappointment from one and all. pride themselves on a huge database of self-catering properties (nearly 20,000), ensuring that you find the perfect place to suit your family’s needs.

Scroll down to see our hand-picked recommendations, including cottages listed by area or by facilities (swimming pools, games rooms, or facilities for babies and toddlers, for instance).

With you can have the confidence to set off from home knowing that you won’t be driven mad staring at a paisley carpet under a single faltering light bulb for the duration of your stay (unless that’s what you want of course!). Travelling with teenagers can be tricky at the best of times; attention spans can be short and fickle and you’ll want to make sure that all whims are catered for. Teens tend to need their own space and things to do, so whether it’s a grown-up space with a pool table or table tennis, or somewhere with WiFi so they can stay in touch with their friends in an endless round of Facebook and Twitter postings, you can be certain you’ll find the perfect place. 

At the other end of the spectrum, toddlers and babies can be tricky customers too. Knowing that you’re headed for a child-friendly place with a safe outdoor environment, a plentiful supply of toys and games and all the necessary paraphernalia in place means parents of young children can relax. All the cots, highchairs and stair gates will be waiting for you, meaning there’s more room in the boot for your stuff. 

Whether you’re craving a cottage in Cornwall or sun in the South of France finding it couldn’t be easier. We all get swamped in the quagmire of the Internet but with’s clever categorisation, (teens, toddlers, half-term breaks, etc), you can ensure tempter tantrums are kept to a minimum and everyone can enjoy the ultimate holiday. 


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Cottages and Villas

Self-catering holiday homes around the Umbrian countryside with options sleeping a family of three up to a group of 23; perfect for gatherings with family and friends.

Cottages on the Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight
A great choice of holiday cottages, on the coast or inland, with exclusive discounts through our newsletter.

Cottages and Villas

Italian Lakes
Family-friendly self-catering apartments, villas and holiday homes around the wonderful Lakes region of northern Italy.

Cottages with games rooms

Family-friendly cottages in England (plus some options further afield) with a games room – ideal for holidays with older kids.

Baby- and Toddler-friendly cottages

Self-catering cottage holidays especially suitable for babies and toddlers in England, Wales and Scotland.

Cottages with swimming pools

Self-catering holiday cottages in England with indoor/outdoor swimming pool options. Plus options for Wales, Scotland, France, Italy + Ireland.

Cottages in Normandy

A wide selection of family-friendly cottages in the countryside or by the coast.

Cottages in Dordogne and Lot

A fabulous choice of cottages, many of them baby- and toddler-friendly, in a classic family holiday destination.

Cottages in Sussex

Book a family-friendly cottage in Sussex, make yourself a base and visit all this region has to offer - beach, countryside and more.

Cottages in Northumberland

Enjoy an relaxing or active family holiday or break and base your family in a self-catering cottage in Northumberland.

Cottages in the Scottish Highlands

Located across the Scottish Highlands; offer a large selection of family-friendly self-catering holiday accommodation.

Cottages in Dorset

Choose from luxury family cottages, seaside retreats and even properties with their own swimming pools.

Cottages in Brittany

A huge choice of cottages with sea views, rural setting or both, in the popular family holiday destination.

Cottages in Cumbria

Self-catering properties from which to explore the Lake District, at exclusive discounts to our newsletter subscribers.

Cottages in Devon

Coastal and country cottages ideal for family holidays and breaks.

Cottages in Norfolk

A tempting array of self-catering properties ideal for any size of family, in countryside and coastal locations.

Cottages in Cornwall

Family-friendly rentals in country and coastal locations.

Cottages in Yorkshire

Family cottages in rural and coastal Yorkshire; for families with young children, active families and families who want to relax in a self-catering holiday home.

Cottages in France

A choice of more than 3,000 family holiday cottages around the country, to include something for all families.

Cottages and Villas

Explore Italy and all it has to offer, staying at one of more than 600 self-catering cottages and villas located in rural, coastal and city destinations.

Offer of the week

Exclusive Offer - 10% off with Forest Holidays. Book and stay before 31 Dec 2020.

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