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Holiday homes - A great choice for young families

2nd August 2010 Print
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Travelling with young children and babies can be a daunting experience, especially for first time mums and dads. Will the hotel have everything you need? Will the kids like the food? And will it really feel like a holiday when you’re cramped together in one room? There may be more sleepless nights than there are at home! But having children needn't mean putting your travels on hold.

Opting for a holiday home instead of a hotel means more space, your own bedrooms and all the facilities you need for a relaxing family break. What’s more, you’re free to simply ‘stay in’, whether it’s around the pool, in the garden or even in front of the TV; a holiday home gives you the freedom to simply kick back and spend quality time together.

Choosing suitable accommodation is essential when holidaying with young kids; ideally you want it to be relaxing for parents and fun for kids, so everyone enjoys themselves and comes back renewed and refreshed. There are now hundreds of thousands of homes and destinations to choose from worldwide, so how do you go about finding the ideal home for you? An excellent resource is HomeAway Holiday-Rentals, the UK’s largest holiday rentals website, which currently lists over 133,000 child-friendly properties worldwide, including thousands whose owners can provide everything you need for the kids, including baby equipment and even babysitting services on request.

So for parents planning to travel either at home or abroad, there’s plenty of choice on Several great properties ideal for holidays with young kids and babies are listed below, or you can browse the site for more.

Prices quoted are per property per week and correct at the time of going to press, and are in price order from lowest to highest.

Air conditioned villa near Denia with private heated pool
3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6. From £250 per week
A superbly equipped modern detached villa set in large grounds with private solar heated swimming pool, located close to the Spanish towns of Denia, Javea, Oliva and Pego in the northern Costa Blanca. The modern villa is cooled in summer by air conditioning, fans and window shutters. Baby equipment is supplied including: cot, blue or pink Disney blankets, high chair, bed side protectors, baby monitor, bottle warmer and liquidiser. The villa has no steps inside and just one at each doorway and there are security grills on all windows and doors and black out blinds on each bedroom window. Property 7849

Spacious apartment with garden in the harbour town Torquay
3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5. From £429 per week
A ground floor apartment in a modern semi-detached property situated in a quiet location overlooking Cary Gardens and tennis courts and not far from Torquay centre. The property benefits from parking for two cars and an attractive outlook from the front decked area over the playing fields. A cot, high chair and baby alarm are provided for younger guests. Property 431106

Tasteful barn conversion combining rural charm with modern facilities, Calvados
4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9. From £678 per week
Set in the orchards of a fifteenth century manor house, the property boasts fine views along the wooded valley of the River Touques in the beautiful Pays d'Auge area of Normandy. This architect-designed conversion of a former dairy incorporates traditional features and building materials in light and spacious rooms. The property has a large garden and a split-level terrace designed to catch the sun from early morning to late evening. It is an ideal place to relax and is also perfectly located to enjoy the beaches of the Côte Fleurie and the attractive countryside and villages of the Pays d'Auge. The owners can provide two baby cots and two high chairs. All bedrooms are spacious enough to accommodate one baby cot. Property 53656

Romantic penthouse in Bruges medieval centre with private roof garden
2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5. £700 per week
Situated right in the heart of Bruges, this attractive penthouse-apartment comes with a charming and chic décor. The apartment is split over two levels. On the first floor there are French door opening from the kitchen into a private roof garden with BBQ. There is a fully fitted kitchenette with a full array of cookware. The cosy lounge has an extremely comfortable double sofa bed and a view out on to the street. Baby cot, babysitting service, changing mats, high chair, toys and colouring books can be provided on request. Property 9078

Luxury villa with heated covered pool in Colares
6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16. From £975 per week
This is a luxurious, large villa located in Colares, in a secluded area, only eight minutes away from the closest beach and two minutes from shops and all facilities. The garden features two swimming pools, one covered and one heated, a children’s playground, games room and BBQ. The living space is modern. On the ground floor there is a dining room with fireplace opening onto the pool area and a large fully equipped kitchen. Baby cot and high chair are available at no extra cost and babysitting service can be provided on request. Property 411089

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