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Knebworth House Gardens, what a lovely day out for all the family and here are 10 reasons why…

We visited Knebworth House Gardens for our last day of the school holidays and would highly recommend it. In fact I think we might invest in a season ticket next year. Children under 3 go for free too. Here are our Top 10 reasons why…

  1. Super slides

The three slides at Knebworth are fab for kids of all ages. There is a drop slide for the more adventurous, a tunnel slide for mid range sliders and a large bumpy slide for everyone- basically, whether you are a toddler or grandparent there is a slide for you.

  1. Play area for all ages with Zip wires, climbing frames and more…

The play area has enough to keep even the busiest of children entertained for hours, from zip wires to climbing frames, hills to climb, swings to negotiate and there is even a water play area.

  1. Bouncy Castle

Next to the play area is a bouncy castle for children under 1.2 metres tall. It is free to go on and is monitored well to keep numbers to a minimum

  1. Fort

The fort is so much fun for the children to explore, climb ladders, and crawl through the muddy tunnels, glide down slides, clamber across nets and more.

  1. Maze

The hedge maze is small but lots of fun, we found quite a few dead ends before we made it to the middle!

  1. Fabulous gardens to explore

The gardens at Knebworth House are absolutely wonderful, whether you are a child wanting to run, explore and roll down hills, or a keen plant lover. There really is something very calming and serene about this place.

  1. Trees to climb

Dotted around the gardens from the play area right up to the gardens nearer the main house there are plenty of fab trees to climb.

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  1. Dinosaurs to find

An adventure wouldn’t be complete without the search for dinosaurs! There are 70 life sized dinosaurs to find all grazing around the Dino Trail (each one with an information board so you can learn about these prehistoric creatures too)

  1. Brass rubbing

For those who want to get a little creative there is a craft table in one of the gardens set under the trees with some fab pre-historic brass pictures to rub!

  1. Ice cream to eat

Finally there is a café by the main house serving food and drinks or a kiosk by the play area and fort where you can pick up a snack, drink or/and ice cream.

We had a lovely time at Knebworth House and the children did too. The Park and Gardens are only open weekends now until the end of September so you either have to be quick or wait until next year.

They also have lots of events throughout the year with the open air cinema: in September there is a sing-a-long Frozen showing; in October the Pumpkin Trail, Treats and disco; in November it’s the Knebworth House Christmas Fair ; and Sunday lunch with Father Christmas in December.

Visit the Knebworth House website for more details of opening times and events throughout the year.

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A Whistle stop guide to the Poitou Charente

poitou charenteThe Poitou Charente is located in South West France and is made up of four departments: Charente, Charente-Maritime, Deux-Sèvres and Vienne. It is one of the sunniest regions in France making it popular for families looking for a holiday any time of the year. If you want a warm sunny child-friendly holiday without the crowds then a visit to the Poitou Charente is a must during the shoulder months of the year.

It is ideal for families with young children any time of year and especially those not yet of school age as September and October are lovely months to visit and the prices drop considerably. There are lots of private family friendly villas and gite complexes to choose from, if you do want to have a family holiday during the summer school holidays it is advisable to book early to get the pick of the crop as they get booked up early.

charenteThe four departments offer something for any type of family holiday: to the South is the Charente which shares its border with the Dordogne. Here there is beautiful countryside, historic towns and lakes and rivers to explore.

 

To the west is the Charente-Maritime, the only department with a sea coast in the region offering sandy white beaches, and is the most populated with the highest number of hours of sunshine a year.

The Deux-Sèvres can be found to the north offering beautiful rivers, and wooded valleys and it borders the Loire Valley, so not surprisingly some good wine on offer.

Finally Vienne, to the east of the Poitou Charente, where you can soak up the beautiful scenery and lots of family friendly activities and days out to choose from without the seaside crowds.

Accessible by air there are plenty of options for airports in the region and neighbouring regions such as La Rochelle and Poitiers, Limoges  and Bordeaux all offering low cost airline flights from the UK such as Easy Jet, Ryanair and British Airways.

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  1. La Rochelle, France
  2. Poitiers – Biard Airport
  3. AngoulêmeCognac Airport
  4. Aéroport de Rochefort-Saint-Agnant
  5. Parvaud Airport
  6. Limoges-Bellegarde Airport

 

 

Ports are between 4 and 6 hours depending what part of the Poitou Charente you stay and which port you use.

Coming soon: Family guide offering ideas for days out for the family in each region in the Charente.

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26 family friendly holiday complexes with availability in June and July – all are baby/toddler friendly: UK, France, Portugal & Italy

Our holiday cottage complexes are ideal for those looking for lots of other children to play with and adults to socialise with. They are located in beautiful surroundings with enclosed swimming pools and lots of outdoor space, plus lots of toys and games to play too. All of the 26  28! complexes below have odd weeks available during June or July 2015 – as of 20th June 2015. UK, France, Portugal and Italy…

UK

1. Wales: Fabulous award winning farm-stay in the beautiful Welsh countryside. Toddlers will love helping farmer Rob with the animals. Various availability from £350 for a family of 4-6 for a last minute mid-week stay.

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https://www.holidaytots.co.uk/view-property/485-cottage-shared-grounds-in-llandeilo/

2. Devon: Five star three bedroom/three bathroom farm house in Devon. Private hot tub, indoor heated swimming pool, toddler playground. 3rd July for one week (£1470)

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https://www.holidaytots.co.uk/view-property/320-cottage-shared-facilities-in-nr-combe-martin/

3. West Sussex: Wonderful family friendly cottage located in West Sussex: on site tea barn, outdoor swimming pool, 10 minute drive to beaches, 25 mins to Brighton, South Downs National Park and the River Adur on the doorstep. Available w/c 24th July (plus 7th Aug and 21st Aug).

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https://www.holidaytots.co.uk/view-property/211-cottage-shared-facilities-in-nr-steyning/

4. Cornwall: Toddler friendly farm-stay near Padstow in Cornwall with six cottages, enclosed swimming pool, farming experience for little ones – a few weeks still available in June and July 10% discount.

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https://www.holidaytots.co.uk/view-property/508-cottage-shared-facilities-in-nr-padstow/

5. Cornwall: Gorgeous collection of family-friendly holiday cottages near Bodmin in Cornwall. Limited availability for 26th June – 17th July with every available week now discounted. See listings for prices

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https://www.holidaytots.co.uk/view-property/390-cottage-shared-facilities-in-nr-bodmin/

6. Cornwall: Luxury collection of five star Eco cottages in Mawgan Porth, Cornwall – walk to beach. Currently one cottage left for the following dates: 3-10 July at £1249 (also w/c 14, 21 & 28 August @ £1750 )

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https://www.holidaytots.co.uk/view-property/203-eco-cottage-in-mawgan-porth/

France

7. Brittany: 1 bedroom cottage in Brittany ideal for couple and one child/baby – beautiful award winning gardens – this property is usually full so grab it quick! WC 18th July £395

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https://www.holidaytots.co.uk/view-property/151-cottage-shared-facilities-in-morbihan/

8. Brittany, Cotes-d’Armor: two bedroom lodge use of large swimming pool, meal options and beaches. Available end of June to mid July 25% discount for Holiday Tots guests.

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https://www.holidaytots.co.uk/view-property/502-lodge-in-cotes-darmor/

9. Brittany: Three bedroom farmhouse set in rolling fields in the Cotes d’Armor only 20 minutes from award-winning seaside resort. Available 27th June – 11th July 10% discount on these dates

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https://www.holidaytots.co.uk/view-property/99-cottage-shared-facilities-in-cotes-darmor/

10. Brittany: Choice of two three bedroom and one five bedroom cottage in Morbihan, Brittany France. Gardens, animals and enclosed swimming pool. W/c 4th July £100 discount on 3 bed cottages and £170 on five bed – W/c 11th July £100 discount on 3 bed cottage and £170 on five bed.

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https://www.holidaytots.co.uk/view-property/41-cottage-shared-facilities-in-morbihan/

11. Limousin: Beautiful manor house with stunning views across the valleys in Correze, France. Six beds sleeps 12, large games room, shared enclosed swimming pool with guests staying in cottage. Available: up to 4th July 20% discount

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https://www.holidaytots.co.uk/view-property/111-private-house-shared-grounds-in-correze/

12. Midi-Pyrenees: two bedroom cottage in the Lot region France – grounds of three acres with pool shared with one other holiday cottage and full use of facilities at neighbouring cottage complex (ref LMCH)

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https://www.holidaytots.co.uk/view-property/296-cottage-shared-facilities-in-lot/

13. Charente: Choice of two luxurious converted barns with stunning views in the Charente countryside. Swimming pool, hammock, iPod doc and lake beach 7km

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ref LSC available from the 7th to the 17th July 10% discount

https://www.holidaytots.co.uk/view-property/470-cottage-shared-grounds-in-charente/

ref LSP available from the 11th to the 18th July 10% discount

https://www.holidaytots.co.uk/view-property/471-cottage-shared-grounds-in-charente/

14. Charente: Collection of holiday cottages situated around a beautiful chateau courtyard with two still available. Enclosed pool ‘Tots Zone’ play barn, animals.

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Ref DNCF W/C 27th June

https://www.holidaytots.co.uk/view-property/250-cottage-shared-facilities-in-charente/

Ref DNPC W/C 27th June and 4th July 30% discount

https://www.holidaytots.co.uk/view-property/248-cottage-shared-facilities-in-charente/

15. Vienne, Poitou-Charente, France: Collection of three sweet cottages, village location, swimming pool, available last 2 weeks in July. 10% discount

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https://www.holidaytots.co.uk/view-property/133-cottage-shared-grounds-in-vienne/

16. Charente Maritime, France, collection of cottages within this lovely former cognac distillery. Swimming pool, gardens and half an hour to sandy beaches of South West France. Following weeks available in various cottages 27th June through to end of July. 5% discount for last minute.

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https://www.holidaytots.co.uk/view-property/70-cottage-shared-facilities-in-charente-maritime/

17. Charente Maritime: Child-friendly barn conversion four beds, swimming pool, water parks, beaches etc. Two weeks available 11th – 25th July 25% discount if booked before 29th June

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https://www.holidaytots.co.uk/view-property/519-private-cottage-shared-facilities-in-charente-maritime/

18. Charente: Cluster of four cottages with shared swimming pool, gardens, toys, prepared meals and more surrounded by tiny hamlets and small market towns. Lots of fab restaurants in the area and a lake beach. UK TV and private gated terraces for each cottage. Great availability for June and July 20% discount for all available weeks up to 25th July Exclusive to Holiday Tots guests.

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https://www.holidaytots.co.uk/view-property/58-cottage-shared-facilities-in-charente/

19. Charente: Private three bedroom villa in the rural Charente sharing the enclosed swimming pool with only families staying in the Yurt. Available 4th – 25th July offer 15% discount plus free bike hire.

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https://www.holidaytots.co.uk/view-property/162-private-villa-shared-facilities-in-charente/

20. Charente Maritime: Collection of six child-friendly holiday cottages in South West France, enclosed swimming pool, half hour to beaches. Various cottages available up to 25th July.

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https://www.holidaytots.co.uk/view-property/497-cottage-shared-facilities-in-charente-maritime/

21. Languedoc Roussillon: Choice of a private four bedroom cottage with private garden and use of shared facilities in the Languedoc-Roussillon, France – just by the Spanish border or one of the lovely three bedroom lodges available for the following dates: lodge: 27 th June-18 th July – villa: 3 th July-17 th July.

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https://www.holidaytots.co.uk/view-property/143-5-lodges-shared-facilities-in-pyrenees-orientales/

22. Aude: Collection of four family-friendly luxury cottages enjoying extensive grounds, enclosed swimming pool (heated May-Sept) each with its own private terrace.

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Ref MK2CR 11/07 – 18/07 (normally €995) with 20% discount now €796

https://www.holidaytots.co.uk/view-property/140-cottage-shared-facilities-in-aude/

Ref MK4CA 04/07 – 18/07 & 25/07 – 01/08 (€970) now €776    https://www.holidaytots.co.uk/view-property/142-cottage-shared-facilities-in-aude/

Ref MK1L  04/07 – 18/07 (€1400) now €1120 https://www.holidaytots.co.uk/view-property/134-cottage-shared-facilities-in-aude/

23. Aude: Lovely wine and olive chateau in Aude, with beautiful vineyard views and a host of family-friendly activities including swimming pool, play barn, tennis courts and more. Choice 1, 2 and 3 bedroom cottages with 30% discount on the following availability: ½ bed 22nd June to 11th July 3 bed 1st July to 11th July.

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https://www.holidaytots.co.uk/view-property/176-cottage-shared-facilities-in-aude/

24. Languedoc Roussillon: Collection of child-friendly apartments located in Gard, Languedoc Roussillon France. Shared swimming pool, village location with various weeks available in June and July – offer May prices in June and June prices in July.

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https://www.holidaytots.co.uk/view-property/164-apartment-in-gard/

25. Languedoc Roussillon : luxury micro resort close to beaches, four cottages, almost inclusive packages kids club, meals, wine and more. June prices and inclusions extended to the 18th July.

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https://www.holidaytots.co.uk/view-property/388-luxury-micro-resort-in-herault/

Italy

26. Tuscany: A gorgeous five bedroom baby and toddler friendly villa in a stunning rural location with views over lakes and hills. 10% discount on all remaining weeks in June, July and August.

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https://www.holidaytots.co.uk/view-property/524-private-villa-in-tuscany/

Portugal

27. Algarve: Lovely child-friendly cottages with amazing facilities and views over Loule in Portugal. An ideal rural escape yet only a short drive to the family friendly attractions and beaches the Algarve has to offer.

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Property ref: RML 2 adults 1 child under 2 available 20th June – 16th July 7 nights reduced from £485 to £415

https://www.holidaytots.co.uk/view-property/279-cottage-shared-facilities-in-nr-loule-algarve/

Property ref RMC 2 adults and infant under 2 yrs available 20th June to 18th July 7 nights was £485 now £415

https://www.holidaytots.co.uk/view-property/280-cottage-shared-facilities-in-nr-loule-algarve/

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Normandy, France: We have just been notified about a last minute availability in Normandy France, walk to beach and village available 18th – 25th July.  10 % discount

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https://www.holidaytots.co.uk/view-property/275-cottage-shared-facilities-in-calvados/

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Last minute availability for these toddler friendly private villas and holiday cottages

All of the cottages and villas below are private and offer fabulous baby and toddler facilities. There are some last minute breaks to be had for all the family. Below is a list of June and July availability as of 20th June 2015

Private Villas and Cottages

UK

Cotswolds: Charming holiday cottage in village location and Bredon Hill on the doorstep. Available Monday 22nd to Friday 26th June 4 nights mid-week available 20% discount.

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https://www.holidaytots.co.uk/view-property/474-private-cottage-in-cotswolds/

Cornwall: Private Villa with sea views overlooking Looe Island. Four bedrooms, enclosed garden available W/c 27th June and 18th July.

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https://www.holidaytots.co.uk/view-property/312-private-villa-in-downderry/

Cornwall: Due to last minute cancellations rarely available this tiny cottage in the romantic town of Charlestown in Cornwall. Perfect for a couple and baby. Available July 3rd & 10th at £160 per night, £1095 – 24th & 31st at £185 per night, £1295 per week

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https://www.holidaytots.co.uk/view-property/200-cottage-in-cornwall-charlestown/

Cornwall: spacious five bedroom 18th century Grade ll listed holiday cottage  in the picturesque village of Kingsand only a short walk to beach. Available 24th June to 27th June £500.

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https://www.holidaytots.co.uk/view-property/194-private-cottage-in-kingsand/

Sussex: Coastal private luxury cottage rated 4 star gold by Visit England. Walk to Camber Sands beach. Available w/c 11th and 18th July.

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https://www.holidaytots.co.uk/view-property/523-private-cottage-in-camber/

France

Normandy: Lovely five bedroom farmhouse set in the beautiful Calvados countryside, playroom, pony rides, 3 acres of grounds swimming pool close to ports. Available week commencing 4th July – 10% discount.

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https://www.holidaytots.co.uk/view-property/518-private-cottage-in-vire/

Lot et Garonne: stunning five bedroom house with amazing pure water swimming pool with gentle beach inlet for toddlers and babies and private pretty garden. Available 6th – 13th July

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https://www.holidaytots.co.uk/view-property/514-private-house-shared-grounds-in-lot-et-garonne/

Languedoc Roussillon: This three bedroom villa is located in the heart of the traditional village Argeles sur Mer. It has a private swimming pool, garden and within easy walking distance to bars, restaurants and beach. 3 weeks available in July from 4th to 25th – usually €1850 PW now €1450 per week.

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https://www.holidaytots.co.uk/view-property/148-private-villa-in-pyrenees-orientales/

Corbieres, Languedoc-Roussillon: Amazing three bedroom child-friendly villa in Corbieres, Languedoc-Roussillon, France. The swimming pool is fully enclosed and only 1.2 deep, the garden is enclosed and has lots of toys and sandpit for toddlers, village location, wine tastings, Sky TV local Michelin Star Restaurant, castles nearest beach 28 km. Currently available up to 12th July (also a week in August from 1st)

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https://www.holidaytots.co.uk/view-property/309-private-villa-in-corbieres/

Correze: Private converted farmhouse with private courtyard and heated pool with security cover, games room and walking distance to village too. Amazing views in Correze, France. Last availability: 27th June to 11th July – contact owner for special offers.

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https://www.holidaytots.co.uk/view-property/113-private-cottage-in-correze/

Spain

Costa Calida:  3 double bedroom villa located on the Roda golf and beach resort, shared swimming pools, play areas and lots of family friendly facilities plus walk to beach. Available from 26th July to 6th August.

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https://www.holidaytots.co.uk/view-property/464-private-villa-shared-facilities-in-costa-calida/

Costa Brava: Modern private villa in the medieval town of Begur, Costa Brava Spain with sea views and shared swimming pool. Available week commencing 4th July reduced from £1350 to £950.

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https://www.holidaytots.co.uk/view-property/145-private-villa-in-costa-brava/

Cyprus

Paphos: Choice of two lovely villas in Cyprus near Paphos with private swimming pools and within walking distance to the beach. A few weeks available between 3rd July and 9th August.

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https://www.holidaytots.co.uk/destinations/17-cyprus/

For more information on any of these properties contact the owner directly by clicking on the links. Alternatively if you need help with your holiday search feel free to contact us here at Holiday Tots :)

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Looking for a last minute June or July Family glamping holiday?

Here is a fab collection of child-friendly holiday glamping ideas and all have a little availability left for June and July. As of 20 June 2015.

All offer lots of fun and facilities for families with babies, toddlers and children of all ages.

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Holiday Tots only list glamping holidays where there are provisions for young children. There is limited availability in the following glamping locations.

UK

Luxury tents in Lancashire – Three bedrooms, Aga and private hot shower and wc. Father’s Day weekend still available, plus two nights from 26th June and availability in July too for Lancashire and Norfolk

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https://www.holidaytots.co.uk/view-property/477-glamping-tent-in-forest-of-bowland/

Domes and Tipis in Wales, the domes have their own hot tubs and the tipis have wood burning stoves (tipi shown in main image) stunning woodland and private toilets. 15% discount on breaks before 17th July

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https://www.holidaytots.co.uk/view-property/432-glamping-dome-in-powys/

France

Amazing domes in South West France with fab facilities and St Jean de Luz beach – 15 minutes! Six nights available 22nd June to 28th June 20% discount.

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https://www.holidaytots.co.uk/view-property/431-dome-in-pyrenees-atlantiques/

Mongolian Yurt in the beautiful Charente countryside, full use of the enclosed swimming pool shared only with the family staying in the villa. Currently available 4th – 25th July offer 15% discount and free bike hire.

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https://www.holidaytots.co.uk/view-property/258-yurt-in-charente/

Cool family friendly glamping domes in Dordogne, stunning location with swimming pool and gardens too. Availability: Three nights from 29th June – 1 July Two nights from 5th-7th July (plus a cancellation for w/c 22nd August) 20% discount.

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https://www.holidaytots.co.uk/view-property/463-glamping-dome-in-dordogne/

Safari lodges in the Lot region France – fab facilities for the kids, pool, maze, pirate ship, play house and more… Last availability for the week of 20th June 15 and the week of 27th June 15 at only £980 for the week instead of £1,400!

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https://www.holidaytots.co.uk/view-property/294-glamping-tent-in-lot/

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Beach Cottage is possibly in one of the best locations you could ask for in Norfolk.

Beach Cottage is a child-friendly holiday cottage located in the small seaside village of Mundesley in Norfolk. Its location is very special, directly overlooking the beautiful sandy beach and we were lucky enough to be invited to stay…

FullSizeRenderWe visited Beach Cottage in March 2015. Our party consisted of four adults and three children (aged 6, 5 and 4). We headed off from Hertfordshire, straight from school at 3.15, and arrived before 6 O’clock. The kids were very well behaved on the journey and devoured fish and chips when we arrived- the timing was perfect. Bath then bed for them while the four adults sat down to a fish and chip supper with wine. How civilised! Point to note: the fish and chip shop in the village offers the largest portions imaginable!

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The cottage enjoys an idyllic spot with magnificent sea views from the fully-enclosed toddler friendly garden and fun look out.

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There is a fab play shed with lots of different toys and games for children of all ages.

Outside on our first night it was really chilly but the cottage was very cosy and warm. The front room was large enough to accommodate us four adults and the settee was really comfortable.

There is a small table in the kitchen and the main dining table is at the bottom of the stairs which then feeds through to the lounge that has French doors opening onto the garden.

Upstairs the main bedroom has brilliant views over the garden, beach and sea. This was my favourite view from the window…

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There is another double bedroom on this floor and a small bunk room. If you have a cot or blow up bed you could fit it in this room by moving the chest of drawers. The main bedroom has ample space for a cot, blow up bed or both. The family bathroom with WC, bath and over bath shower is at the end of the hall. All of the beds had lovely linen and were really comfy. Just remember your bath towels!

Outside the front door there is space for two cars behind a private gated area and across this area is a fourth bedroom (in an annex) which has a double bed and shower en-suite – we didn’t sleep here but found it handy as a spare bathroom.

8The following day we visited BeWILDerwood (review to come) and had a smashing day and it was all topped off with a fab last night at the cottage.

We enjoyed nuts and a little champagne before heading off to the Ship Inn, Mundesley for dinner. Literally a 2 minute walk! http://www.mundesley-ship.co.uk/

 

 

 

Once the kids were tucked up in bed we headed out to the lookout at the end of the garden. This is such a cool space overlooking the sea, the log burner kept us warm while we enjoyed some red wine and chocolate! (make sure you remember a baby monitor or mention to Angela that you would like one and she might be able to source)

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The next morning we woke early to lovely sunshine and headed off to the beach which is literally on the doorstep. You can see Beach Cottage in the pic here, white cottage on to the right of the pic and the lookout is the nearer building to the left of the cottage.

Mundesley is as if time has stood still, it reminded me of being a child in the 70s even with a small post office at the back of the corner shop. It is full of character and is an ideal spot for visiting the rest of Norfolk and its lovely countryside and coast.

All in all, Beach Cottage in Mundelsey offers a fab holiday home for families with babies, toddlers and children of all ages. The location is perfect and the lookout extremely cool! Mundesley beach has soft white sand, ideal for sand castle building the gentle sloping sand is perfect for toddlers to paddle.  Owner, Angela, is so helpful she is willing to take on recommendations and action them and the guest book is full of glowing feedback for the cottage and Angela herself.

Take a look at our video and visit Holiday Tots for more information on this fab child-friendly holiday cottage in Norfolk by the sea!

 

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Hiring a car abroad this year for your family holiday? After 8th June you might need a special code…

Drivers are being warned that if they want to hire a car after 8th June abroad they may need to have a special code.

From 8th June the paper counterpart of the British driving license will be abolished. Convictions for offences like speeding that are usually shown on the paper part of the license will now be computerised. People wanting to hire a car abroad may now need to show a special code to the hire company so that they can see any convictions.

The code that will be issued will only be active for 72 hours and so needs to be used within that time frame. Fine for most family holidays but if you are hiring a car in more than one place you might need to reapply between cars.

You will be able to get the code by logging onto the DVLA website, if you do not have access to the internet a telephone number will be in place from 8th June.

There is a little confusion on whether you should destroy your paper counterpart after the 8th of June. I think I will be keeping mine for now as it is short notice it looks like some hire companies will still be accepting them. If in doubt its best to be safe than sorry. When we go on our family holiday to France this year with the children we will take our paper counterpart, photographic card and a code from the DVLA – just to be sure! It is also worth checking with your car hire company what information they require.

If you are looking for more information pop over the .gov website

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/driving-licence-changes