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10 Family Friendly Winter Holidays in the UK

If you are looking for inspiration for family friendly winter holidays well, you have come to the right place!  Whilst it still might be difficult to plan a family holiday abroad this winter, there is no stopping you from planning an epic winter holiday in the UK.  Any type of new experiences and travel with kids is a wonderful opportunity to bond as a family and create beautiful memories together.  So, its important that you take some time out to rejuvenate and reconnect over the winter.

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With this in mind, I have put together a great list of inspiring UK destinations, featuring incredible Plum Guide properties for your family getaway.  From seaside escapes to cosy country cottages, this list has you covered for a UK winter holiday.  All featured properties sleep at least 4 persons and allow both children and infants.  Furthermore, each accommodation has clearly detailed cancellation policies to help provide you with peace of mind when booking your winter holiday.

So, lets inspire that family wanderlust and explore what the UK has to offer for your next vacation.

10 Family Friendly Winter Holidays in the UK

#1: Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is home to some of the most picturesque villages in the UK and is quintessentially English.  With its market towns, palaces and walking trials, its a great option for winter holidays and to enjoy the country atmosphere.

Cosy up by the fireplace, enjoy a long table family lunch or explore all the fascinating antique objects at Even Keel.  This home is spread across four levels and is a living history book of design and luxury.  There is a dreamy bedroom for the children and a charming garden where your family can relax and unwind.  This property is close to hiking trails and nature spots, as well as plenty of local eateries and boutiques in Tetbury. Your family is guaranteed the perfect break in this stunning home and its surroundings.

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Even Keel, Cotswolds

#2: Devon

Devon is a popular family holiday destination at any time of the year!  It is famous for many things such as beautiful beaches and a spectacular coastline.  Plus don’t forget Devonshire cream team and country pubs.

And if you are looking for the prefect place to stay for your family winter holidays, then look no further than The Old Apple Store.  Located just a short walk from Lee Bay, this property has a wonderful decking area and a gorgeous outdoor hot tub.  There is a great family friendly pub nearby, and a lovely wood burning stove in the living room to keep warm on those cool days.  And during your stay, don’t forget to pay a visit to the nearby charming village where you can experience a traditional cream tea for yourself!

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The Old Apple Store, Devon

#3: Somerset

A large county in south west England, Somerset has a vast array of things to discover.  From sandy beaches to stunning countryside, the home of Glastonbury Festival is an ideal places for family winter holidays.  For the foodies you can enjoy strawberries, cheddar cheese and cider.  And fashionistas will be interested to know that its the birthplace of the Mulberry handbag.

In terms of accommodation, Dorlcote is a captivating modern home with a rustic charm.  It has also recently won a nomination from the Plum Guide quality team for:

its standout features, desirable location and thoughtful design aesthetic.

This 3 bedroom home has a gorgeous garden with  rolling hills beyond – ideal for the children to play!  There is a fantastic space to dine alfresco on a lovely winters day.  Or if it is a day to be enjoyed inside, there are a tremendous amount of books at your disposal.

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Dorlcote, Somerset

#4: Kent

Kent claims to be the oldest county of England and was coined the ‘Garden of England‘ by Henry VIII.  It is less than 1 hour by train from London, making Kent the perfect destination for a winter holiday or short break with the family.  Think beautiful beaches, stunning castles, delicious food and drink … and that’s Kent in a nutshell.

Parquet Pocket is located in the best location you could as for – right in the middle of Canterbury.  The open plan living area transitions into the courtyard with huge bifold doors, making it ideal for kids to free flow safely from inside to outside.  The thoughtful, modern design and gorgeous furnishings make this home a great place to relax, unwind and take a much deserved break with your family.

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Parquet Pocket, Kent

#5: Cornwall

There are many reasons why Cornwall is a popular holiday destination.  Gorgeous beaches, captivating fishing villages, a dramatic coastline and impressive surf.  Its a wonderful location to enjoy a variety of watersports, indulge in fresh seafood and try local Cornish pasties and cream teas.

This 2 bedroom home in Trethawle is affectionately called Homemade Scones.  Boasting a modern interior design and all the home comforts you could possibly need, its an ideal place to enjoy your winter holiday.  Cook up a delicious feast in the kitchen or spend the afternoon playing board games with the kids.  From a cosy woodburning stove to a charming courtyard, your family are guaranteed to enjoy a winter getaway to the coast in this delightful home.

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Homemade Scones, Cornwall 

#6: Dorset

Dorset is famous for its Jurassic Coast and its impressive prehistoric rock formations.  From its quaint villages to award winning beaches, its easy to see why Dorset has been the backdrop for English summer holidays for centuries.  But why limit yourself to a coastal break only during summer?  There is still plenty for the family to enjoy in Dorset during the cooler months.

The Gatehouse is in a class of its own following it’s recent renovations and high quality interior design and furnishings.  Its located in a rather trendy area with no shortage of cafes, restaurants, or independent shops for your family to explore. Plus, five minutes down the road is Sandbanks – one of the most exclusive addresses in the world.  Totally worth a little look if you are in the area!  You will not be disappointed with this picture perfect property – it is the ideal setting for your winter holiday this year!

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The Gatehouse, Dorset 

#7: Bristol

Bristol is the largest city in the southwest and is one of the UK’s most impressive cultural hubs.  It has all the exciting bustle and culture you’d want from a city break but with countryside, seaside and green spaces all around.  Therefore making it an ideal location for a family winter holiday.

Cowslips Fields is a remarkable 4 bedroom home on sixty-six acres of land – a great place to enjoy the open space.  It features a bright, open plan layout with huge windows throughout which let in heaps of natural light.  The neutral interior design give the property a very crisp and clean feel, and on those sunny winter days you can enjoy alfresco dining outside.  Can you believe there is even a large orchard for you to meander through?  This property has recently been nominated for the 2020 Plum Guide Award and is one not to be missed for a family winter holiday in the UK.

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Cowslip Fields, Bristol

#8: Cambridge

Whilst the university is the main attraction of this city, there is still plenty of reasons why Cambridge is an excellent winter holiday destination.  Spend your days in the bustling market square, punt down the River Cam or seek refreshment in one of the town’s many tearooms.  There is no denying that Cambridge is a truly idyllic place to explore.

Whilst Retroeur is centrally located to enjoy all Cambridge has to offer, its hard to believe you are not in the countryside. A delightful cottage you ever did see, with its farmhouse kitchen and cosy communal areas. This charismatic space displays eye catching wall paper and lots of colourful details, all whilst feeling ultra homely.  The large and bright conservatory leads onto the charming garden – the perfect place to rejuvenate.  And the cute children’s room has bunk beds for the kids.  What more could you want for a UK getaway this winter?

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Retroeur, Cambridge

#9: Norfolk

In Norfolk you are getting the best of both worlds!  From long sandy beaches on the coast and forests, marshes and medieval villages when you head inland. The region in general feels quiet and isolated, but in a good way!  Therefore making it an ideal location to relax and unwind over winter.

Weeping Willow is a traditional flint cottage with vintage and reclaimed furnishings and a traditional wood-burning stove.  Its the most inviting place to snuggle up by the fire, relax with family and friends or read a book in a cosy corner.  The moody interior design feels like a big warm hug and your family will not want to leave its comfort.  With toys and books to entertain the kids and a gorgeous courtyard to enjoy a cuppa, this property is the perfect setting for your getaway this winter.

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Weeping Willow, Norfolk

#10: North Yorkshire

To round out this list of winter holiday destinations in the UK, I had to give a nod to North Yorkshire.  Yorkshire, referred to as ‘God’s Own Country‘, encompasses mountains and valleys, moors and beaches, bustling cities and traditional villages. Yorkshire is one of the most distinctive places in the country, and well worth a visit at any time of the year.

Anchor & Sail is located directly on the beach at Whitby and is just wonderful for a family winter holiday.  Wake up with a cup of coffee and enjoy sweeping sea views.  This home offers guests a cosy place to stay with brilliant access to all that Whitby has to offer. And if the weather is fine, let the fresh sea breeze embrace the home.  Encompassing modern design with coastal features, this property will be a family favorite for all.

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Anchor & Sail, North Yorkshire


Launched in London in 2016, Plum Guide prides itself on providing you with accommodation listings which feature all of the secret ingredients of ‘A Perfect Stay‘.  Their team of experts assess every property based on The Plum Test – a set of 150 criteria to ensure the homes have all the required credentials.  Just a handful of places make the cut, making Plum Guide a hand-picked collection of beautiful vacation homes, guaranteeing you the perfect stay when booking with them.

I hope I have inspired your family wanderlust with these 10 family friendly winter holidays in the UK.  There is something for everyone, whether your kids are young or grown.  And no matter where you are located in the country, there is an option accessible to you.  Let me know which property you will be booking for your holiday this winter!  Shell x

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