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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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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

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

Family Friendly Accommodation on the M6 & M5

kings-arms-burtonFamily-Friendly Accommodation on the M6 & M5

Ideal for travelling to and from Scotland.

Here are some ideal family friendly stopovers within a range of budgets for those heading from Scotland or to Scotland. All hotels have been personally stayed in and come recommended by JW Patrick, with 2 young children.

This hotel listing starts in the north and moves south. If you know of any more family friendly accommodation, within a short drive of the motorway – in particular independent hotels/inns that aren’t part of the big chains, then please do let us know and we’ll check them out. feedback at familytraveljournal dot co dot uk. Subject: M6 Family Hotels

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Macdonald Highland Resort, Aviemore

Macdonald Aviemore Highland Resort_slide poolOptions for everyone at the Macdonald Resort, Aviemore

We love the Macdonald Resort and have visited several times. The child-friendly facilities such as the Lagoon Pool, softplay, inflatable zone, full size cinema and numerous scheduled kids activities are really superb. The resort is a nice size, big enough to spread everybody out but nothing is too far apart to walk to. There’s also so much to do for families in and around Aviemore – it really is an ideal family destination within Scotland.   Ask them about their current all-in Family Packages. Continue reading

Queen’s Hotel Perth

queensA Scottish city break in Perth

In 2014 we visited Best Western Queen’s Hotel (3 Star) in Perth which is conveniently located with its own parking right in the city centre. The very friendly staff were efficient and welcoming especially with the kids which was lovely. The little kids welcome pack produced on arrival proved popular through supper and beyond. The hotel has a pool, hot tub and gym which we enjoyed after our excursions.

Our evening meals were unexpectedly excellent, with really well-cooked food enjoyed by parents and children alike. In fact our eldest said it was the best spaghetti bolognese ever, unusually for a kids meal it was nicely flavoured but not too much to put them off. Continue reading