Category Archives: Family Holidays

My Family’s Favourite EVER B&Bs!


Agriturismo Al Marnich

Listed below are the 4 best family-friendly B&Bs and small hotels that we have ever stayed in! Our B&B Hall of Fame if you will.

Our family criteria includes a wonderful setting, a friendly welcome or  amazing food.  These family-friendly places simply made us go WOW so we couldn’t recommend them more highly.


(Price range from 120 euros per night for a family room).

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Our Family Road Trip 2013: France to Croatia

A drive from Scotland  to Croatia (via France and Italy) then back again!

3500 Miles

Children’s Ages: 8 and 5

Why another long family road trip?

Our friends were staying in Barbezieres in south western France and the grandparents rented a place in Istria, north western Croatia, which, as it happens, is nearly 1000 miles exactly due east. So in order to take advantage of the free accommodation on offer we needed to plan a road trip right across France, through the Alps and across the top of Italy (skimming the corner of Slovenia) before heading for the stunning region around the hill top town of Groznjan.

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What are Paradors?


Salamanca Old Quarter

What are Paradors?

Paradors or Paradores are a chain of state-run Spanish luxury hotels created in the 1920s to promote tourism and preserve ancient buildings. They are usually castles, convents, forts and other historical buildings or more modern buildings in areas of special natural or historic beauty.

Although luxurious, many can be found at similar prices we Brits pay for identikit corporate hotel chains so they are well worth checking out as you may well be pleasantly surprised.

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Forest Holidays, Strathyre

ava-hot-tubEscape to a luxury cabin, hot tub and forest in Perthshire

Sitting in a hot tub in a forest on the shore of Loch Lubnaig sipping a glass of Prosecco, savouring an oh so still evening drawing down, all I could think was, “oh yeah!”. Though I also remember the children banging on the patio glass doors mouthing, “We’re hungry,” or somesuch but patio glass is sound proof for a good reason. OK, I jest. Well, kind of.  Continue reading

The Ultimate Family Nature Trail, BC

canada-018 The Ultimate Family Nature Trail, British Columbia

British Columbia is a great place to track down all the kids’ favourite animals

By JW Patrick

Like most children, our three-year-old has the entire animal kingdom ranked in order of preference – with his premier league comprising mostly the scary ones with really big pointy teeth. Current title-holder is the Grizzly Bear, ever since he heard about one rudely interrupting his uncle’s fishing trip in British Columbia.  The arrival of Wuncle David’s baby provided the perfect opportunity to combine a family visit with an animal-spotting family holiday in western Canada. Continue reading

Holgates Silverdale Caravan Park, Lancashire

holgatesA high quality holiday park in the Lakes

For our weekend in Cumbria, we stayed in a luxury static caravan at the award-winning Silverdale Holiday Park. Just off the M6, with views of Morecambe Bay, Silverdale makes for an excellent weekend break or stopping off point on a long trip south. You can pitch your own tent or caravan or rent a static caravan or camping pod.

Silverdale Holiday Park is very family-focused, with secure entry, a large swimming pool (plus toddler pool and a sauna), an all-day family-friendly restaurant and bar, all set within 100 acres of woodland enjoying stunning sea views. For the kids, there are several outdoor play areas and a football pitch as well as a games room and a small soft play for the little ones. Continue reading