Category Archives: Recommended Family Weekend Breaks

Family Weekend in the Yorkshire Dales

arncliffe-houseHigh Rylands House, Arncliffe (Yorkshire Dales) [Sleeps15]

Family Self-Catering Accommodation in the Yorkshire Dales

High Rylands House, a traditional 5 bedroom farmhouse sleeping up to 15, sits in the middle of Arncliffe, an unspoilt village in the heart of Yorkshire Dales. Solid, robust and plain, both inside and out, this house is absolutely ideal for large groups and shared holidays. Our three families of old friends combined to make a party of 13. Continue reading

Hilton Coylumbridge, Aviemore


Family Playground at Coylumbridge

Aviemore has a long-held family-friendly reputation destination. My own family visited regularly but it has been nearly thirty years since I last stayed at Coylumbridge Hotel, now part of the Hilton group. Returning with our own young kids brought back a flood of happy memories. (Though I was a little disappointed to discover that they no longer had one of those original table-top space invader games in the bar). There’s just something special about Aviemore surrounded by snow-capped mountains that combines a wonderful feeling of getting away from it all while also providing  ample facilities to keep the kids amused. Continue reading

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

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

Harvest Moon Holidays, East Lothian

20140913_192433A deserted beach, fresh air and no screens!

One balmy evening, last September, we stood atop a sand dune on the ‘Forth Riviera’ looking down at a white sandy mile-long beach and saw not one single person. It was hard to believe we were just a thirty minute drive east of Edinburgh. As we admired the stunning views of the Forth estuary and the Bass Rock, the kids bombed down the sand dune on the sledges they’d just borrowed from the ‘glamp site’. Continue reading

Forest Holidays, Argyll

jamesphone-2014-055A luxury lochside retreat on Loch Long

Sitting in a hot tub on the shore of Long Long with a glass of wine while admiring the stunning views of the forest flowing down the mountainside almost into the loch, it was hard to believe we were little more than an hour’s drive from Glasgow. The former campsite on the Ardgartan promontory is now owned by Forest Holidays and in this fantastic location they have built 40 luxurious self-catering log cabins as well as a café and shop. Forest Holidays work in partnership with the Forestry Commission so there is a strong emphasis on creating eco-sensitive holidays. Continue reading

Taychreggan, Oban

Picture 040Stunning lochside country hotel on the banks of Loch Awe

Perhaps best visited without the kids…..but children are very welcome!

This hotel is a former winner of “Most Romantic Hotel”, Taychreggan Hotel is a stunning haven of peace nestling in its own bay on the shores of glorious Loch Awe. The hotel lies at the end of a seven mile single track lane where you find yourself pausing to give way to fearless Red Deer in no hurry to get where they’re going. Then, as you order your glass of wine and wander down to the hotel’s private jetty or the lovers’ bench out on the promontory – the only sounds you will hear are wildlife and the gentle murmurings of fishermen chatting half a mile away out on the Loch…  So this place is probably best for older kids then, though children are welcome. Continue reading

Loch Melfort Hotel, nr. Oban

Awesome views at Loch Melfort rear with loch SMALLLoch Melfort Hotel

A stay at Loch Melfort overlooking glorious Asknish Bay is luxurious and tranquil. (Upgrading to the luxury family room in the main hotel is a must if budget allows but the annexe rooms are absolutely fine – especially if you have dogs).

The award-winning Loch Melfort is famous for its stunning views, adjacent Arduaine Gardens, (now owned by the National Trust), its roaring log fires and excellent Scottish dining but nevertheless remains all very relaxed and family friendly as the owners Callum and Rachel have young children. There’s plenty to do in the area especially all those boat rides and nature trips that Oban and the West Coast do so well. Check out Loch Melfort’s frequent seasonal special offers. Continue reading