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Five child-friendly holiday ideas near London

Posted by Sachelle, 14th May 2018 at 15:30
Five child- friendly holidays near London

Looking for a getaway with the family within close proximity to London? Escape to the countryside and get back to nature at one of these fab child friendly holiday destinations, all within three hours drive of Central London (so if you live on the edge of London some will be less than two hours away!). Including cosy holiday cottages with babysitting options, toddler-friendly farm-stays and even a private island retreat in Essex. If you need more inspiration and ideas on where to holiday with the family close to London take a look at our full collection on the Holiday Tots website. Child-friendly holidays near London


Less than 3 hours drive from central London you will find this luxury baby friendly holiday cottage in the beautiful Cotswolds. The village with pub, playground, deli and post office is just a short walk from the cottage and Bredon Hill is also on the doorstep.


Who will like it here?

Multigenerational holiday, baby’s first holiday with friends and family, two families sharing with toddlers, babies or small children, perfect for families with twins too.

The cottage is perfect for families and friends looking for a luxury holiday home with private enclosed gardens. Kick off your shoes and relax taking in the lovely views and country air. There are three bedrooms with ensuite facilities and the master bedroom has a nursery.

Three cots, high chairs, changing mats etc and two flock blow up mattresses for toddlers.

Wifi, Sky Sports and children’s channels too. Babysitting, beauty treatments, football table, toys and outdoor play equipment make this a perfect holiday home for everyone. Further afield there is plenty for all the family from the Cotswolds Farm Park, Gloucester and Warwickshire Steam Railway to Sudeley Castle and Bourton on the water home to woodland, rivers and gardens with flamingos and penguins.

Tonbridge, Kent

Within easy reach of London kids will love this toddler friendly holiday cottage and the four acres of gardens to explore with play equipment. 


Who will like it here?

Couple with up to two children and baby looking for space and relaxation away from the city, there are also other child friendly holiday cottages here so if you want to bring friends or more family then there are options (due to the bedroom access this particular cottage is not suitable for toddlers but good for older children who fancy climbing a ladder to bed – exciting! If you have younger kids take a look at their other toddler friendly cottages)

The grounds here are fully enclosed and full of toys, games and play equipment for all ages from sand pit and zip wire to table football and tennis courts. There is also an enclosed pond with rowing boat! Further afield there is plenty for all the family – Diggerland is very popular for families with little ones over 90cm and Kentlife.org.uk is a great day out for all the family. 28 acres of fun and historic buildings to explore. There is so much to do here, take a look at our Top 10 for some inspiration.

Child friendly hotel in Suffolk

This super luxury child friendly hotel really is located near Bury st. Edmunds in Suffolk just 2 hrs from London. The hotel offers a complimentary creche for babies through to 8 year olds and amazing facilities for all the family in 1800 acres of beautiful National Trust land


Who will like it here?

Adults looking for a little luxury and pampering while the kids are spoilt too.

The hotel is really geared up for families with kids. There are 1,800 acres of parkland to explore, climb trees, run free, ride bikes and there is an adventure playground with climbing frames , trampoline, tennis court and garden games. 

Lots of baby and toddler equipment to borrow too, walkers, slings, pushchairs etc. the kids club offers a cool hangout for the kids where they can play the Wii, Xbox, Play Station, air hockey, table tennis and table football. At 6pm the cinema room has a daily showing of the latest children’s film. Tickets for the National Trust Rotunda are complimentary to guests staying at the hotel and let’s not forget a little luxury, the spa is open seven days a week for a pampering session or two. 

Holiday Tots guests receive a complimentary cream tea for a family of four – if you use the hotels on-line booking system add Holidaytots15 to the code box

Osea Island, Essex

Osea Island is located off the Essex coast and is perfect for a short break away from it all. When the tide is in you are shut off from the rest of the UK giving the feeling of being totally away from it.  Jut 1 hr 40 minute drive from central London.

Who will like it here
Families looking for a true getaway, this is a hip hideaway – perfect for a couple and little one as well as large group parties, they can cater for every size of gathering on Osea.

Osea island is home to 19 self-catering holiday homes of varying sizes. The main attraction here is that there is absolutely nothing to do! No shops, no arcades, no restaurants, no bars. If you want a short break near London that gives you the feeling of being totally isolated then Osea is for you. It’s hard to explain the feeling you get when you are here, its like going back in time, each holiday home has a funky retro feel, the beach surrounding the island is mainly shingle but there are sandy spots. There is an outdoor swimming pool heated during the summer and a small clubhouse where guests can gather and play a game of table football or pool. There are no refreshments here, you are left to cater for yourselves. Access to the island is via the causeway when the tide is low, once the tide rises there is no way back, so you really don’t want to forget the milk! We visited Osea for a short family stay and fell in love with the feeling of the place, however it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. If you have a sense for adventure then you might be pleasantly surprised.

Camber Sands, East Sussex

3 bedroom child friendly holiday cottage within a few minutes walk to Camber Sands beach and just over two hours from central London by car.


Who will like it here
Families with young children looking for a quiet beach break, parents with grand-parents and baby and toddlers. 

This three bedroom holiday cottage in Camber Sands East Sussex is ideally located for a beach family holiday in Sussex.  It is located in a quiet residential area with views over the conservation area from the private enclosed garden. The beach at Camber Sands is over miles long a beautiful stretch of golden sand, sand dunes and gently shelving shallow waters, ideal for toddlers and young children. The main bedroom of the holiday cottage has an ensuite and there is also a family bathroom – so perfect for grand-parents looking for their own space. Plenty of baby and toddler items too.

Looking for something different for your next family holiday/short break near London? You can view our full collection on our website or contact us and we would love to help.


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