Baby and toddler friendly cottages

Every parent deserves a holiday. And while first time parents may take a while to adjust to the reality of holidays with kids not being quite the relaxation that holidays of yonder year provided, that doesn’t mean they have to be stressful.

But every parent also needs peace of mind. For some that’s knowing that the property exists, is clean and well maintained. For others it’s about not having to pack the kitchen sink and knowing that their little’un will be safe as houses in an unfamiliar territory.

Baby friendly and toddler friendly holiday accommodation is a niche of its own. Most holiday cottages will provide a cot and highchair upon request, but what parents really want is to travel as light as possible, leaving room for extra changes of clothes and not every piece of baby paraphernalia known to man.

And so we bring you the Love Cottages collection of baby friendly boltholes and preschool friendly pads. At your service…

Devon cottages for under 5’s

3 Armada House, Kingsbridge

Most parents would run a mile if you suggested staying in an apartment with the kids. But this duplex apartment has thought about parents of young kids so well, you might actually not want to leave. In addition to the usual cot, highchair and stair gate, you’ll also find baby monitor, bouncer, sling, baby bath, changing mat, potty, socket guards, window and cupboard locks, steriliser, bottle warmer, kids cutlery and crockery, beakers, weaning tubs and a food processor.

Seabreak, Westward Ho!

Check the positioning and the view – this is one to get booked up early. If you can drag yourself away from the view towards Hartland Point and Lundy Island, you’ll be delighted to find that there’s a baby monitor provided as well as steriliser and baby food warmer, in addition to the usual highchair and stairgate.

Honeysuckle, Old Manor Farm, Torquay

Make yourselves at home with the kids in this barn conversion welcoming families. Ticking off the baby packing list, they provide cot, highchair, stairgate, kids cutlery, nightlights and offer babysitting too! Outside the garden is enclosed and there’s a trampoline!

Baby friendly Cornwall cottages

Lanhydrock Barn, Lanhydrock

The prospect of a rural retreat for new parents might seem rather isolating – who knows when you’re going to need more nappies or wipes (or wine for that matter). But this rural idyll will have you relaxed in no time thanks to putting parents first: cot with linen, baby monitor, blackout blinds/curtains and nightlight. Bath time will be a breeze with non-slip mat and toys. And mealtimes will be blissful with highchairs, booster seats, kids cutlery and equipment for mushing anything down to a weaning pulp.

Dory Cottage, Padstow

A 10 minute walk from Padstow Harbour and just 5 minutes from the Camel Trail and Saints’ Way, this is a great spot for an outdoorsy Devon holiday. This baby friendly property comes with equipment to order, just make your choice from: travel cot (bring your own linen), highchair, stair gate, bath seat, socket guards, steriliser, kids cutlery/crockery. Now you’ve got that sorted, there’s room for the windsurf on the roof rack instead.

Bryn Cottage, Windmill nr Trevone

Everything’s on one level here so there are no steps for waddling toddlers to navigate (successfully or otherwise). Perhaps most usefully, this property comes with a Maclaren buggy, which you’ll find more than a little helpful when winding your way back up the hill from Trevone. For all of your other child friendly holiday requirements, order any of the following at the time of booking: a travel cot (bring your own linen), highchair, stair gate, bath seat, socket guards, microwave steriliser and plastic cutlery/crockery.

Millies, Padstow

This bright and breezy two bedroom cottage is apparently a 7 minute walk into central Padstow. And it’s another cottage that comes with a baby friendly shopping list as part of your booking – just select what you’d like provided and the magic will be done ready for your arrival, at no extra charge. What do you need? Travel cot, highchair, stair gate, plug socket guards, steriliser, children’s cutlery/crockery.

Bramleys, Bodmin

This spacious family home caters for kids of all ages. With an extensive list of baby equipment available to order, there is also a climbing frame and swing set out in the beautiful garden.

18 Glynn Road, Padstow

You can see the sea! This spacious three bedroom townhouse is beautifully presented with a superb summer house in the garden. There are two doubles and one twin bedroom, plus a huge list of baby friendly equipment to choose from (order in advance) that’ll save you heaps when it comes to packing.

Alderley Edge, Newquay

No you’re not mistaken this is definitely Cornwall, not Cheshire. And my oh my what a view! A stone’s throw from Bedruthen Steps, guests are welcome to use the hotel’s facilities. You’re 5 minutes via a cliff path to the beach and all of the following are available to request at the time of booking: travel cot, highchair, stair gate, steriliser.

Northumberland baby and toddler boltholes

Hastings House, Seahouses

Pack Granny and Grandad but leave all the plastic tat at home. There’s space for 10 guests, so you might as well bring the human entertainment and get what you can from your time off work. Retreat to the library (after you’ve given the Playstation to your oldest in the brood, or your hubby) and hand the Baby Box to whichever adult is looking most responsible at the time. It comes with baby monitor, table corner cushions, beakers, bibs, non-slip bowls, plastic cutlery, microwave steriliser, bottle warmer and kiddie step. There are also two cots (one wooden, one travel), two stair gates (one fixed, one move-able) and a highchair (a second can be hired). For the ultimate downtime, escape to the hot tub on the deck with a glass of plonk or enquire about the in-house catering and pamper sessions.

Suffolk cottages suitable for under 5’s

Green Gate Cottage, Reydon

A spacious and comfortable home away from home with enclosed garden and myriad baby equipment. Choose whether you want a cot or toddler bed – they’ll convert to whichever you need. Need another cot? They’ll provide a travel cot too. Then there are two highchairs, a play pen, baby bouncer and play mat. Practically speaking there’s a toddler loo seat and kiddie step, changing mat, baby bath, microwave steriliser and a selection of children’s books, toys, games and DVDs. All you need to bring is cot linen. Simples!

Baby friendly Norfolk cottages

Coach House, Sandringham

Lord it up in this most stately of cottages, produce wondrous goods from the Aga and relax into the luxurious and fluffy White Company goodies in the bathroom. Baby changing mat, cot and highchair are available upon request.