Gorgeous Cottages have a stunning collection of luxury Gorgeous Cottages and self-catering accommodation in Yorkshire. In this guest post, their MD Christina Brion tells kiddieholidays about some of her favourite baby and toddler friendly cottages in Yorkshire.
As a Mum of two little girls, 2 and 4, I am always grateful for anything that makes life easier going on holiday. We all know just how much stuff is involved in taking young children away on holiday, and I sometimes find myself staring at it this vast pile of things thinking ‘It’s not worth it!’
Luckily however, many UK cottage owners are now switching on the fact that it is so much better for them to provide baby and toddler equipment, instead of us poor Mums trying to squeeze it all into the car! We have lots of lovely baby and toddler friendly cottages in Yorkshire. I’ve chosen just some of my favourites below.
1. Burdale Barn – Yorkshire Wolds
This gorgeous 3-bedroom holiday cottage is located in a very peaceful little village in the Yorkshire Wolds. I love the interior layout – the ground floor has a stunning open-plan sitting room with dining area and kitchen just beyond – all focused around a central contemporary wood burning stove. There are lots of baby and toddler friendly extras available like children’s DVDs, stair-gates, changing mats and sterilisers. Everything you need really. They even have a basket full of wooden Brio trains and track – endless enjoyment for little people!
2. Easthorpe Lodge – North York Moors
This very charming 2-bedroom cottage close to Castle Howard dates back to the 19th Century and is one of our most baby and toddler-friendly cottages. Outside the rear garden is completely enclosed and features a little sand-pit for toddlers to play in. Inside you’ll find a vast array of baby and toddler equipment including all of the essentials like high-chairs and cots to more thoughtful items like children’s crockery and baking equipment. All of the kitchen cupboards have safety locks too which is one less thing to worry about. And lastly, Castle Howard is a brilliant family day out, just a few minutes away.
3. Laykin Cottage – Yorkshire Dales
This 4-bedroom Yorkshire Cottage has serious wow factor, and plenty for adults as well as the kids. I love it because of the amazing view, as well as the top quality interior. It has been designed with babies and toddlers in mind, with stair-gates, cots and a high-chair all available as standard. There’s also children’s toys and DVDs – everything you need to keep the little ones entertained. As an extra bonus, Hazel Brow Farm, a traditional family-run children’s farm, is just at the bottom of the hill. Toddlers will delight at getting up close and personal with the lambs, pigs and chicks.
4. Habton Cottage – North York Moors
There are lots of things to love about this Gorgeous 2-bedroom cottage in the Moors. The cosy sitting room with the wood burner, the large private garden [swings included], the roll top bath and the village location – the Village Inn is literally a stone’s throw away. Again it’s really baby and toddler friendly with lots of equipment provided for you, from toys and monitors right down to a toddler set in the loo! And in the summer months you can just throw open the French windows and watch them run around the garden in safety.
5. Thief Hole Barn – Yorkshire Dales
This fabulous 4-bedroom barn conversion is one of our flagship family-friendly Yorkshire Cottages. It’s a beautiful holiday home and has so much to offer families. There are stair-gates and high-chairs available, everything you would expect, and there is a little children’s park on-site with slides and swings and playhouses. There’s also a large cut-grass field for picnics and general running around in. There are host of family-friendly attractions close by including Monk Park Farm, a wonderful place for children with various activities and all kinds of animals – everything from alpacas to wallabies!
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