Going away with a young baby can feel like mission impossible. The list of things you need to take is endless and no matter what the size of your boot is, it’s never big enough is it? But – listen up. Because boot space is not a problem for families choosing to stay in one of Premier Cottages’ baby-friendly properties.
Each of the four and five star graded holiday homes in Premier Cottage’s inspirational collection comes complete with all the essential kit that young children need – as well as the luxury trimmings that ensure you enjoy your time away too!
Properties in their baby collection all have cots, highchairs, stair gates, plastic plates and bowls. Plus extras such as sterilisers, baby monitors, baby baths, non-slip bath mats, baby bouncers or Bumbos, as well as night lights, nappy bins, sink steps, potties, trainer loo seats, changing mats, booster seats, and socket covers. All the equipment comes free of charge, you simply need to let the cottage owner know what you need when you book.
I know. It’s genius.
Some holiday homes even provide a “baby welcome pack” – Moses basket stands, baby walkers, toiletries, nappy bags and wipes. Details of what each baby friendly property has are shown on the individual property’s websites so that guests know exactly what to expect.
Interested? Yes, we thought so. Here’s our pick of the baby friendly properties…
This is the multi-award winning cottage complex, Clydey Cottages in Wales. These five-star converted farm buildings are set in 20 acres feature exceptional family facilities including an indoor heated pool, children’s outdoor play area and ride-on toys (plus an indoor soft play room), daily farm animal feeding and egg collecting and a complimentary Children’s Club/Creche!
In Cornwall there’s Tregongeeves Farm with seven cottages situated close to beaches, Fowey, Mevagissey and The Eden Project. Families are spoilt for choice here with an indoor heated pool, tennis court, giant trampoline and 22 acres of fields to explore. There’s also a games room with pool and table tennis table and a small gym. Sleeping between two and six guests, all of the cottages are decked out in rustic country-style with a contemporary twist. Slate and wood floors, stone walls and exposed beams all emphasise the features of the original farm buildings, while plush carpets, sleek furnishings, local artwork and high-spec appliances add a modern flavour.
Down in glorious Devon is baby friendly Red Doors Farm offering six five star graded cottages. Young children are kept entertained here whatever the weather with a children’s play area with swings, slide and play houses, garden games, trampoline, giant chess and ride on toys. There’s also a games barn with table tennis, table football, a covered play area plus an indoor swimming pool and a playroom for children up to the age of 6.
Or maybe you’re looking to get away with friends, or planning a multi generational break (always a genius idea if you get along well – but not so much if one of you really doesn’t get along with the other’s parents, mind. That will NOT magically fix itself under the microcosm of a holiday together)? Premier Cottages has plenty of large houses that are perfect for big parties too.
Situated in an unspoilt quintessential Cotswolds village, The Chestnuts is a stunning holiday cottage with plenty of room for everyone in the family. This five star Gold property has a well equipped kitchen, four double bedrooms, two lounges (each with a TV) and three spacious bathrooms ensuring, there’s no fighting for showers!
There’s also a private garden with BBQ, dining table and loungers perfect for sundowners and lazy summer suppers. Younger children will be kept entertained with the books and toys that are provided. Walks over the fields can be enjoyed direct from the door.
An ideal party house for several families, The Old Winery at Higher Wiscombe is located in a picturesque setting near Devon’s famous Jurassic Coast. Accommodating up to 20 guests in ten luxurious bedrooms, all with en suite bathrooms, this fabulous house features a huge oak dining table that can seat up to 32.
Families can compete in marathon table tennis tournaments in the games room or cool off in the summer months in the outdoor swimming pool.
Ffynnon Gron in Pembrokeshire accommodates up to 16 guests in style in eight delightful bedrooms, and boasts walk-in power showers and roll top baths. There’s also a fun packed games room with a pool table, table tennis and table football ideal for keeping kids entertained.
The spacious, sunny kitchen is the hub of the house, with a lovely big, old oak table at its heart next to the warm Aga. It also has an open plan sitting area that is the perfect for large groups wanting to socialise whilst cooking up a feast to enjoy in the magical dining room.
(as an aside, almost 400 of Premier Cottage’s properties are dog-friendly so there’s no need to leave the family pet at home. Many of these go the extra mile to make sure your dog feels at home with doggy welcome hampers, dog towels, treats and throws; Dog friendly properties can be viewed here.)
Premier Cottages prides itself in offering a holiday rather than just a cottage, and as most of the owners live on site, they are there to help when needed and to provide guests with information on local events, restaurants and attractions.