5 Best Family Self-Catering Holidays


With the Easter holidays fast approaching, check out these gorgeous self-catering places to stay which still have space for you and your family, chosen by i-escape.com’s Kids Collection Editor, Nadine.

** check out the Special Offers too **

Alegria : Stay 4 nights, pay 3 : Stay 7 nights, pay 6 and get our special welcome offer: a bottle of local rosé, a welcome breakfast basket and a farewell present.

Elies Hotel : 7 nights for 6 (Low): Stay a week and get one night free. Valid: 01 Jan 2015 – 10 May 2015; 21 Sep 2015 – 31 Dec 2015

The Cottages Charlestown, nr St Austell, Cornwall

These bijoux cottages in a gorgeous little village on the south coast are perfect for small families and those with younger children. Kids will adore being close to the water, learning about Cornwall’s smuggling and seafaring history, and rockpooling and crabbing in and around the harbour. The world-famous Eden Project is only 10 minutes’ drive away and has a Great Eden Egg Hunt scheduled over the holidays where kids follow clues through different botanical habitats. The cottages are tasteful, snug and thoughtfully furnished, all come with private gardens. And homemade meals can be delivered if cooking becomes a chore.

Molino Rio Alajar, Andalucia, Spain

Escape the vagaries of the British weather and head inland an hour and a half from Seville to beautiful bucolic forested countryside is this collection of six sandstone cottages, conceived for families of 4-6 to enjoy a relaxing back-to-nature break. You’re in a National Park with great walking; on site are donkeys, (unheated) pool and paddling pool, tennis court, boules, outdoor chess and table football. A shopping service can be arranged and there are kid-friendly eateries nearby. Your children will instantly make friends with the other guests.

Alegria, Provence, France

Immerse yourselves in quintessentially Provencal landscape at this rural retreat. Each of the colourful contemporary Suites has a new nifty bespoke kitchen island for breakfast and light snacks (you’ll be heading to local markets and bakeries for delicious provisions) and there’s also a microwave for heating up food. The larger Suites have sofabeds, the largest two bathrooms, and all have private terraces with hammocks. There’s a pool, petanque, treehouse and board games, and watersports and sandy beaches at the large nearby lake.

Elies Hotel, Peloponnese, Greece

You get the best of both worlds here: self-catering if you want and a sociable taverna if you don’t. 18 secluded stone cottages of varying sizes are found amongst sun-dappled olive trees just a pebble’s throw from the beach; you get airy uncluttered interiors, covered patios and kitchenettes, and children are free if sleeping on sofabeds. There’s a playground, coves and villages nearby and boat trips to enjoy. And there’s a stay 7 pay for 6 offer to entice you to visit over Easter.

Europa House Apartments, Maida Vale, London

London is brilliant for kids at any time, and especially buzzy over the Easter holidays. There are shows to see (The Railway Children is on at Kings Cross for example), movies to catch (such as Disney’s live action Cinderella), themed activities and special events [thought you could add in links to various posts/events you already feature on your blog about forthcoming Easter events so could cross-pollinate if you see what I mean!]. And after a busy day sightseeing, no better place to flop than these stylish spacious 2-bedroom apartments. My daughter delighted in the kids cupboard labelled ‘Keep Out, Kids Only!’ which is filled with toys, books and games for children to help themselves. The kitchen isn’t enormous but it is well-equipped and a family of four can dine there easily. You get a directory of local eateries and takeaways, and you’re close to lovely grocery shops, tube and buses.

For a full list of super places in the Kids Collection still with Easter holiday availability click here: http://www.i-escape.com/kids-easter