As parents in need of a holiday we can spend hours searching for and dreaming of the ideal place to go with our children. We asked Joanne Elliot, founder of awaywiththekids.co.uk for her tips on child friendly holidays.
Holidays have been a consistent goal throughout my life – an escape from it all even if for a feeble week. Nowadays with three children, quite a calm husband (he needs to be!), a very busy work/parent life mix (as for all parents) and a practically non-existent social life (for me!) our family holiday has become somewhat of a pilgrimage for me. An attempt to remember what a carefree existence feels like with no uniforms, no packed lunches, no mountain of washing, no guilt ridden cleaning binge, no last minute dash out of the house trailing school bags! Importantly for me I have gotten to this point in my life where I want the odds in my favour, that for the two weeks we take (we managed three weeks on the road last year!) that I see some sun! Not just see it – but actually FEEL that lovely warmth on my skin, the warmth that encourages me to reach for a cool, long glass of something refreshing! I consider myself diligent about sun care – although despite lashings of lotion on the kids they still managed to burn their shoulders last year – awful Mum! – and so I believe that a fortnight lying in the shade, sun without, reading a book for some snatched moments, is something that I have earned.
‘Abroad’ offers more chance of desired sun and France meets all my holiday requirements. It’s close. I don’t have to fly and attempt to pack my life into a tiny bag. The kids get a ferry ride to enjoy, which practically equates to a day out (extra points surely?). The countryside is stunning. The roads inevitably clear outside of the few big cities scattered across the vast mass. There’s wonderful bread, delightful pastries, cheap delicious wine, stunning beaches, atmospheric forests, scenic mountains – and a nation that actually likes kids!!!! Not so much the English perhaps, but anyway – Eureka!
And the plus is Away with the Kids has a brilliant section featuring child-friendly holiday gites to meet the demands of families with children of all ages – from La Grange du Moulin, Pagel and Chateau du Gurat that are so family-oriented any aged child will have a ball, to the under-stated loveliness of Bouchon – a complex of two gites with a shared pool, perfect for slightly older children and their chilled out parents. The exquisite Petities Maisons dans la Prairie is a rural delight, whilst the likes of Imagine Roussillon, Mas de Thau and Le Ferme du Cayla are mini-resorts offering meals, child-care, exercise and spa treatments and are perfect for those who want to do minimal domestic duties whilst away.
Have a look – travelling a little further field makes you feel more carefree – and it’s more than achievable staying in places that have all you need for a hassle free holiday with those little people that have irrevocably changed your life! Happy holidays x
Awaywiththekids.co.uk provide child friendly accommodation meaning parent friendly holidays; family holiday accommodation that just might provide the holy grail that is a stress-free family break, be it in the UK, Ireland, France or further afield. From luxury family hotels to fun farm stays, child friendly cottages and castles, to glamping, camping or a relaxed family hostel – they have lots of ideas for your family break with baby, toddlers, older children or teens in tow. Away with the Kids like to know the owners and the places that they represent, hence the honest recommendations tell you what to expect.