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Take the whole family on holiday

2nd April 2013 Print

Nearly half of Brits choose to travel with their extended family at least once a year, according to a survey by UK holiday rentals company Three quarters of those travelling in large family groups say it gives them the chance to spend much-needed quality time together.

Travelling with children and extended family members can be great fun and fabulously rewarding and with over £545,000 self-catering properties available to choose from worldwide with, it is easy to get it right for everyone.

Travel experts say the key to getting it right and finding the perfect holiday is considering the needs of everyone. Whether your chosen property is suitable for children and the elderly, what the weather will be like and the value of the pound are also questions that should be asked. It's also a good idea to think about the number of bedrooms and bathrooms needed, whether there is air conditioning, if there is a garden and pool as well as how close it is to local transport links and shops.

Erica Chang, Regional Director for, said, "If you decide to travel with extended families, renting a holiday home with is the perfect solution as we offer a wide range of accommodation that works brilliantly for everyone. You can choose where you stay, how many bedrooms there are, whether you need an annex or multiple apartments, which facilities are a must and find a property that ticks all the boxes within the budget."

She added, "By choosing a holiday rental property, you can have access to all the mod cons expected from a hotel but for a much more reasonable cost and with more flexibility. As well as spending some much-needed precious time together everyone can share babysitting duties and the cost of the holiday too."

Some of the best properties for family groups include:


Redland House is a beautiful Edwardian house that makes the perfect base for a traditional bucket and spade family holiday on the beautiful North Devon coast. From here you can enjoy the stunning views of the River Torridge, Bideford and beyond. The house has been restored to blend modern living with traditional features over three floors. The two lounges, reception area and a vaulted dining room offer excellent family accommodation after a busy day out and about.

Redland House sleeps up to 24 and costs from £1,995 per week.


This charming cottage with pool, near Dinan, Brittany, is the ideal holiday home for families holidaying together. There is a large kitchen, dining room with table to seat 10, lounge, family room and as well as a lovely garden with pool, swings, BBQ and table football. For young children a steriliser, travel cot, baby bath, highchairs, booster seats, pushchair, crockery and cutlery are available and there's a great range of toys, games, books and DVDs too.

Les Cerisiers sleeps up to 10 and costs from £625 per week.


Casa da Oliveira, 'The House of Olive Trees', is in the village of Sao Lourenco with stunning country and mountain views. There is a spacious lounge/dining room with everything to keep young and old from getting bored as well as a kitchen equipped with everything needed for making great dinners for all to enjoy. The pretty walled garden has lawns that are perfect for children with plenty of shade and a heated pool with Roman steps at one end and a fence can be erected to enhance safety for toddlers.

Casa da Oliveira sleeps up to 11 and costs from £495 per week

Anyone looking for fun in the sun with all the family then Athina Villa with stunning views of the coastline and Limassol, is perfect. Suitable for children, the pool has both a key-operated safety cover and a padlocked gate controlling access to the pool area, child-locks on the windows, play room in the loft and wooden baby cot and high chair are available.

Athina Villa sleeps up to 10 and costs from £1,500 a week.


Villa Pacifica is a spacious luxury villa with an annexe for extra guests. Recently refurbished, the property offers spacious accommodation in quiet surroundings, stunning sea views and all day sunshine across the terrace. Based in Callao Salvaje, a small sea village in south west Tenerife, it has good temperatures all year round, perfect for chilling out by the pool or on the beautiful sandy beaches before heading to a local restaurants for dinner.

Villa Pacifica sleeps up to 10 and costs from £1,800 a week.

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