UK hideaways

Amanda's verdict
If you're trawling through Google or Booking.com looking for interesting and quirky places to stay, you won't find the real gems. We'd turn instead to the experts at i-escape who have personally visited and reviewed this superb collection of family-friendly accommodation in the UK, from eco-lodges in the Hebrides to luxury beach hotels in Cornwall.

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i-escape says

If you are scouring the web for a family-friendly boutique hotel or a quirky hideaway in the UK, welcome to our one-stop shop of hand-picked beauties from Mousehole to Islay. Our team has done all the legwork, unearthing truly special places to stay with thoughtful touches for families of all ages, whether it’s for a quick break or longer holiday.

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  • Digital detox

Our family favourites in the West Country include Bude Hideaways with the choice of converted barns or a cottage in rural splendour – especially popular amongst families with younger children – and the blissfully rural cottages on Gitcombe Estate near Totnes.

In Wiltshire, head to Foxham Boutique Barn (sleeping up to 5) which is set in 200 acres of woodland, meadows and even a private lake with a jetty and rowing boat – proper Swallows and Amazons stuff.

If you fancy the Cotswolds, the budget-friendly Bruern Cottages are ideal for a self-catering break with knobs on.

For budding naturalists, head to the Elmley Nature Reserve on the Isle of Sheppey where you can stay in a bell tent or B&B; or there’s the spectacular Sandy Feet Retreat bang on the Lincolnshire coast, a stylish beachfront house sleeping up to 7.

Which children wouldn’t want to stay in a castle..? Augill Castle may be more of a 19th century folly in Cumbria than ancient castle but it’s packed with atmosphere and family-friendly charm nonetheless. Across the Pennines, Swinton Bivouac has a choice of yurts and timber lodges with a cracking cafe on site and the chance for a digital detox (there’s no electricity).

In Wales’ Pembrokeshire National Park, Llys Meddyg is a charmingly low-key seaside restaurant with rooms which is both dog- and child-friendly.

Head north to the Scottish Hebrides for a true island escape in the slow lane at The Colonsay Hotel or these high-spec eco-lodges on Islay.

Finally, if you fancy break with the kids in London, check out our pick of the best family-friendly hotels and apartments to suit all budgets.

Wherever you go, we’ll give you honest advice and the very best rates – plus (at most hotels) an extra gift to get you all in the holiday mood.

Check out our unique range of UK family hotels.

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