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From dreamy seaside locations to staycations with spas, family travel experts Tiny Travelship, say these are the best places to book…

The New Forest

Wild horses, bike rides and picturesque picnic spots. The New Forest is a dream world come to life.

Stay at: New Park Manor

For: child-friendly luxury, newly renovated rooms and fairytale forests.

With it’s recent renovation, New Park Manor is our summer staycation of choice. A former royal hunting lodge, adult aesthetics and next-level touches for tots sit against a backdrop of the fairytale forest. Going the extra mile to make parents’ lives easier, mental-load-minimising touches include; prams and bibs to borrow, a puree menu at dinner and godsend bottle cleaning service. Yes, it’s a family first hotel, but with tots having the time of their lives in the (free) Kids Club. Adults canl enjoy decompressing down time in the swish spa and grown-up-feeling restaurants, bars and lounges. Boasting a sparkling outdoor pool and sunny strolls to meet the resident wild ponies, New Park Manor is hidden summer holiday haven.

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The Lake District

There’s no denying the South of England is rich in summer staycation choices. But, as beautiful as Cornwall is, a day spent trapped in a car with pint-sized passenger princes and princesses testing out the maximum volume of their lungs, is hardly a joyous start to a holiday. Swerve the gridlocked traffic and head to Ullswater instead. You’ll be swapping sand and sea for forest and fells, but the luscious lakes will keep water babies in their element.

Stay at: Another Place

For: Wild swimming, boat trips and excellent childcare.

A utopia for soaking up the sunshine in the great outdoors, everything from kayaking and stand up paddleboarding to wild swimming is on the agenda here. Cast aside any notion of children cooped up inside, the complimentary (yes, you heard us right) Kids Club here includes Forest School sessions, with archery, orienteering and canoe lessons. Another Place is definitely a celebration of England’s green and pleasant land, but this hotel is much more than just a nature-rich retreat. If the weather gods aren’t playing ball, parents can retreat to the super slick Swim Club spa, which boasts (we’d argue) England’s most inviting indoor infinity pool. With a creche that welcomes babes as young as 6 months, delicious dining and design-led decor, we’re crowning Another Place the King of the North.

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Whilst it’s anyone’s guess what the British weather will be doing this Summer, there’s few places more sublime to up your dose of Vitamin D than Devon.
From lovely animal attractions, like farms, zoos and aquariums, to places you can ride a tram or a steam train. You can really invoke your children’s curiosity here.

Stay at: The Creamery

For a private hideaway, pretty villages, sunbathing and seaside fun.

Sleeping up to 4 guests, The Creamery is set between the quintessential fishing villages of Appledore and Clovelly and is a super cute barn set back from the crowds. This is a self-catering property that offers a life far from the hustle and bustle in the city. You can relax from the comfort of the extremely stylish barn or venture out to Greencliff beach to explore further. The Creamery has a private garden backed by sunny yellow fields of rapseed in spring, ever changing with the seasons. There is a perfect spot for sunbathing in the summer on the south-facing deck, so grab a bottle and some glasses and set up for the day! If you run out of luck with the weather, head across to the summerhouse, complete with fire and sheepskin underfoot for total comfort. Woolacombe beach is only a short journey away so make sure you head there for some seaside fun too, that’s if you can bare to leave the comfort of The Creamery!

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Stay at: Gitcombe Estate (South Devon)

For: A self-catering stay with soft play, hot tub soaks and tranquility.

A self-catering stay with a luxury difference not usually found outside of hotels. The sparkling outdoor swimming pool here is nothing short of magic in the sunshine. Families can work up a sweat on the tennis court, scurry on over to the seaside or simply allow the storybook-scenery to give their serotonin a much needed boost. If the skies do decide to open, fret not, the indoor pool and small soft play will keep boredom at bay. Elevating your standard self-catering stay to sky-high heights, is the ‘genie in a bottle’ attitude of Gitcombe’s concierge. Bending over backwards to cater to your every whim, families want for nothing at this serene spot

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With stunning coastlines, relaxed restaurants – that really welcome families! Tons of activities, and the best weather in the UK – you can see why so many people make the long journey down.

Stay at: The Headland Hotel (North Cornwall)

For: a dreamy spa, excellent food and a taste of the best beach life.

The Headland Hotel weaves quintessential seaside fun into a gorgeous grown up getaway. With a premium postcode overlooking Fistral Beach and walking distance to Newquay, there’s ample opportunity for salty fish and chips, technicolour sticks of rock and sinking your pennies into retro slot machines. It also has a world-class spa and guests are treated to complimentary access to a sunset plunge pool, oceanfront Jacuzzis and hydrotherapy experiences. And children have their own dedicated splash zone with water fountains and a much-loved mushroom shower.

While not a family-focused hotel, parents’ needs are clearly prioritised. Busy books are handed to children at check in, kids menus come complete with colouring in, babysitters are available and ocean family suites are decked out with a seriously boujee bunk beds.

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Stay at Treworgey Cottages (South Cornwall)

For: animal encounters, spa treatments and endless play areas.

If the price tag of a hotel break is adding to, rather than easing, your stress levels, we’ve got the solution for you. With 2 bed cottages starting from as little as £90 per night (that’s £45 per room!)Treworgey’s prices are unbeatable. Dotted across a lesser-visited Cornish hillside (only a stone’s throw from the coast), your home-from-home here is a chocolate-box pretty bolthole. Brimming with granny chic charm, the seriously cheap cost doesn’t come at a compromise to style, or substance. We’re not exaggerating when we say the beds could go toe-to-toe with any 5* boudoir. It also packs a serious punch in the wholesome activity stakes – with guests treated to the use of a heated outdoor pool, hot tub and spa treatments. And there’s a huge outdoor playground, indoor playroom (with small soft play), daily animal feeding, weekly Animal Antics sessions and riding lessons.

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North Yorkshire

If you’d like to avoid the bevy of bodies swarming Britain’s beaches this summer, consider a rural retreat to North Yorkshire instead.

Stay at: The Range

For: a breath of fresh air, sparkling stars, and beautiful countryside.

There’s few places in the UK more appealing for a restorative reset than the twin luxury barns at West Cawthorne. Guests can choose between The South Range (sleeping 6) or The West Range (sleeping 4), whichever you pick, interior goals take on a whole new meaning.Set in a pastoral paradise of rolling fields and picture perfect panoramas as far as the eye can see, this relaxing retreat is the ultimate antidote to the non-stop carousel of shopping, cleaning, parties and pick ups. Days can be spent devouring the fresh country air outside, where Mother Nature is undoubtedly the matriarch, whilst the private hot tub is made for evenings chillaxing under the stars

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North Wales

With beautiful scenery, ancient castles, pristine swathes of beach, friendly towns and adventurous activities, North Wales is a great family destination for all.

Stay at: Harwarden Estate

For: Chic camping, endless activities, a relaxed attitude and open-fire dining.

Against a backdrop of impossibly beautiful grounds, The Hawarden Estate is bringing chic to summer camps with elegantly elevated al fresco fun. Inspired by wholesome American summer camps, kids can spend their days wild swimming, paddle boarding and making new friends. Whilst the tiniest of travellers are looked after in the camp curiosity creche.

There’s a packed schedule of artsy workshops and activities – but the vibe here is very much go-slow, with classes designed to be dipped in and out of with no prior booking necessary. Food is very much at the forefront with an open-fire cooked dinner included. There’s free ice cream for all, plus the estate boasts its own Gastropub, Deli, Bakery and Coffee Shop. Guests can choose a pre-erected tent, or to pitch their own, and glamping tents are available.

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With beaches, castles, farms and even dinosaurs to discover. Dorset really does have it all.

Stay at: The Pig on The Beach

For: delicious food, spa treatments, stylish interiors and roaring log fires.

Known as the “mellow yellow house” situated along Studland Bay, this offers a real home from home feel with the added benefit of gorgeous sea views. Not only does The Pig offer a variety of stylish, cosy and higgledy piggeldy rooms; they also have a few unique options for something a bit different – The Pig Hut, The Bothy & The Lookout. Some rooms have stunning sea views and others look out over the surrounding countryside – what more could you ask for? Whilst staying at The Pig, you can over-indulge in the sea view conservatory restaurant or take a stroll down to the ‘Sheep Hut’ for a revitalising spa treatment in total peace – not exactly what you may expect to find in a Sheep Hut, but it works. Take a walk down the private path to the beach in the summer or cosy up by the roaring log fires in the winter, there really is something for everyone – it’s personal, lived-in, and not overly perfect. *Even though it is.

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