In our opinion it doesn’t get better for children than adventures in the Great Outdoors. But knowing where to find holidays that deliver fresh Autumnal air, family facilities and aesthetically pleasing interiors in equal measure can be more than a little time consuming. Which is why we’ve done the hard work for you.
From winter wonderlands and sky high staycations to winter sun boltholes and rural retreats, we’ve teamed up with Frankie Collinson, founder of family travel guide Tiny Travelship to round up our favourite family friendly holidays rooted in nature.
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Live out your nostalgic fantasies in style at Tree Scape. Forget precariously placed planks and wonky wooden structures, parents will be floating on cloud nine at this treetop hideaway. Imagine a safari style tent on stilts and you’re beginning to get the picture. Sleeping 8, it’s large enough that two families can stay together (or you can bring along the grandparents instead). There’s no shortage of creature comforts, with a TV, Nespresso, wood burning fire and cozy couches. Tots can don their puddle suits and set off on any number of country walks, or befriend the resident donkeys, pygmy goats and free roaming pigs. A Games Barn houses a ping pong & pool table, whilst slides and swings can be found in the private grounds.
Nestled within the wilderness of the Cairngorms National Park, a woodland wonderland awaits guests this Autumn at the Dell of Abernethy, one of our favourite homegrown holidays for outdoor adventures. Tiny explorers are treated to the real forest school experience, with a natural playground hidden amongst the trees, plus wild swimming, ziplining, and faery spotting all on the agenda. Parents will love the collection of stylish self catering bothy boltholes to bed down in - think roaring fires, exposed beams and plenty of snuggle spots.
Blizzard salopettes, snow boots and thermal base layers are packing essentials for a trip to Finland’s Arctic TreeHouse Hotel. Explorers of all ages are invited to lean into the lap of Lappish luxury and step directly into the pages of Narnia at this ultimate memory making destination. A smattering of Scandi chic suites dot Frozen style scenery, where panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows overlook dusky pink hued views, starry skies, and (if you’re lucky) the Northern Lights. Days are spent building snowmen, racing through the trees on husky safaris, or visiting the main man himself at SantaPark. Come evening, retreat to your snug-as-a-bug hideout where fur throws and private saunas await.
A forest floor full of sensory stimulation warmly welcomes mini explorers at Stilleben. This cosy countryside stay is rich in nature and nurture. Venture on welly walks straight from your door, or cycle, canoe and swim your way around the dreamscape countryside surroundings. Owners Robin and Marieke have created a real hygge home from home haven, where they make it their mission to help parents rest and relax. 3 course home cooked meals are designed to nourish sleep-deprived bodies, whilst the soul-stirring views from the private outdoor spa will recharge even the weariest of parental batteries.
We challenge you to name us a better backdrop for rainbow-hued, puffin-spotted UV protective swimwear than the sublime sandy shores of Cornwall. Recently refurbished Fowey Hall is a cosseting coastal retreat which provides unparalleled comfort for parents and tiny travellers alike, whatever the season. With blissful beaches in easy reach, an indoor and outdoor pool, family friendly spa, games room and playground there’s no shortage of boredom busting activities, come rain or shine. One of the finest examples of a hassle free holiday in the UK, parents are treated to 90 minutes of FREE childcare a day, an extensive list of baby gear provided, complimentary baby monitors handed out upon check in and special touches which include a milk butler service and nightly storytime with milk & cookies.