Our Guide to the Best Family Lodge Holidays
We're taking you on a tour of the UK to find the best family lodge holidays around.
When things are all getting a bit much at home, there’s no better relief than taking a vacation and getting away from it all. And, unfortunately, the kids are coming too. So put away the chardonnay and bath salts, and pick up a bucket and spade because those are the kinds of holidays you’ll be going on for at least the next 18 years. ‘Ah, come on,’ we hear you convince yourself, ‘it’s not so bad.’ Well, it might not be thanks to Plum Guide's take on the best family lodge holidays across the UK.
Jutting out from the southwestern corner of the United Kingdom lies Cornwall, a land of pirates (historically), beaches and surfing schools. In other words, it’s a children’s paradise and a perfect place for family lodge holidays. That said, it’s also secretly for the parents, because it’s quiet, enchanting and full of quaint and whimsical old pubs. But don’t let the kids know you’re also enjoying it, or it won’t count towards the favours they earned from doing chores. Make sure to drop in at the Eden Project and the Lost Gardens Heligan. Take the kids to the Shipwreck Treasure Museum in Charlestown and hike to the Land’s End.
The Cotswolds is all about the lodges, with its cabins and cottages spread across the historic villages and forests. Walk along one of the gentle trails, such as the Crickley Hill path or the Sharpness Canal. Saunter past (are the synonyms for walk doing much for you?) the ponds and floral layouts of the Wychwood Wild Garden and mosey through the Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens. Make sure to show the kids a thing or two about how things once were and how lucky they have it now at the Combe Mill, a 19th-century sawmill and steam engine with active demonstrations.
Ok, so the UK capital might not strike you as the place to head for family lodge holidays, but hear us out on this one. Despite London's reputation as a thriving hub of all things business and busyness, there are plenty of charming neighbourhoods reminiscent of bucolic England to enjoy which provide both the buzz of city life and the calm of the country. Take village-like Hampstead for example, or perhaps Wimbledon. There are plenty of green spaces to make the most of too, and you'll find London's much-loved public parks and gardens in all corners of the city.
The Scottish capital is, quite simply, a delightful place to visit for any family lodge holidays. It really does have something for everyone: history, culture, food, drink...and all things Harry Potter for
you the children too. Thanks to its old-world layout, you'll find a number of homes resembling country lodges. All you need to do is decide on your ideal neighbourhood, which our guide to the best areas to stay with family in Edinburgh should help with.