When the nights draw in and the temperatures drop, there’s nothing better than making the most of the winter months, and booking an impromptu winter break where you can enjoy family time together. These are our top picks of the best winter breaks for babies and toddlers.
#1. Tredethick Farm Cottages, Cornwall
Tredethick Farm Cottages is an amazing place to stay with babies and toddlers at any time of the year, but in winter, the farm is transformed into a cozy haven where families can snuggle up and enjoy the empty Cornish beaches. Most of the cottages have toasty log burners, and there is a magical hot tub garden which is perfect for relaxing and star gazing on a winter evening.
The undoubted highlight of the holiday for the children is the daily animal feeding, which takes place whatever the weather! Toddlers have the opportunity to give the goats, pigs, alpacas and chickens their breakfast. The three gentle ponies, gives rides to the children twice a week straight after animal feeding.
There are plenty of things to do at Tredethick whatever the weather. Choose from a dip in the indoor swimming pool, letting off steam in the indoor soft play (hot chocolate and daily newspapers for parents!) or even building sandcastles inside in the play barn. And when the sun comes out, there is a balance bike track and outdoor play park for little ones.
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#2. Clydey Cottages, Wales
Just a few miles from some stunning Pembrokeshire beaches, Clydey Cottages is the perfect place for a winter escape with a little one. All the cottages are 5* and enjoy super king beds, fluffy towels and underfloor heating – and outside there are over 20 acres of grounds to explore including a woodland walk which is perfect for discovering the changing seasons.
There is a complimentary Children’s Club at Clydey Cottages, which runs 4 times a week, with qualified and experienced staff looking after children whilst parents enjoy some well-deserved ‘me time’. For a special treat, tired parents can get pampered in the onsite Decleor Spa. Children’s Club activities can include dressing up, arts and crafts, soft play, story time and outdoor play.
The highlight of any stay at Clydey Cottages is the daily animal feeding with the Clydey Farmers where little ones can hand feed farm animals using bowls and forks. There is also an indoor swimming pool, and a huge playroom with something for everyone including a soft play, baby corner and a wendy house. Parents will love the freshly ground coffee, comfy sofas and magazines in the playroom. Clydey Cottages also has a fantastic new play area which has special toddler areas!
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#3. Knowle Farm, Devon,
Set in 44 acres of idyllic countryside, Knowle Farm is ideal for a winter break with babies and toddlers. There is so much to do at Knowle Farm including driving cars on the toddler race track, meeting the friendly farm animals or playing in the play barn with over 1500 balls! Plus, the cottages are just a 30-minute drive away from Devon’s famous sandy beaches – perfect for a bracing walk in the quieter months!
The 4* cottages at Knowle Farm have all been lovingly converted from barns whilst retaining their original features. All the cottages have wood burning stoves and Freesat TV (CBeebies!). Toddlers will love taking a dip in the indoor swimming pool or taking a walk through the guinea pig / rabbit enclosure. Knowle Farm is also within walking distance of a great local pub called The Church House Inn which is one of the oldest in England (and is child friendly too!)
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#4. Bluestone National Park Resort, Wales
Bluestone is a 5* holiday park in south west Wales with luxurious lodges, a spa and an indoor subtropical waterpark. There are special Christmas themed toddler breaks to the Kingdom Of The Elves and Christmasland which are perfect for getting into the Christmas spirit. Or visit between Jan and March 2020 and experience the magical, interactive Winter Lights in the Village. All stays include complimentary entry to the Blue Lagoon Waterpark, the indoor Adventure Centre and the circus themed soft play. There is also evening entertainment as part of the dinnertime shows.
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#5. Crieff Hydro, Scotland
Crieff Hydro is a holiday resort in Scotland with a hotel and over 50 self-catering lodges, apartments and cabins. There are loads of places to eat, a swimming pool complex and onsite cinema (included in the price). There is also an activity centre which includes an indoor castle with trampolines, ball pool and separate baby area.
The All-Inclusive family package is perfect for families looking for a winter break with babies and toddlers. It costs just £395 per family and includes a 2 night stay in a family room with dinner, bed, breakfast and lunch on your 2nd day, over £60 worth of activities, 2 spa passes for the adults and up to 4 hours of daytime childcare (over 2s).
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#.6 Darwin Forest, The Peak District
Darwin Forest is a 5* holiday park with luxury lodges close to Matlock Bath and Bakewell in the Peak District. It is one of the UK’s top holiday parks with 47 acres of woodland to explore as well as an indoor swimming pool, Little Monkeys play centre, activity den, playground and loads of fab places in the local area to visit. There are a variety of lodges at Darwin Forest ranging from Classic lodges through to lodges with hot tubs. Don’t miss a visit to the children’s farmyard at Chatsworth House.
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#7. Blackwood Forest, Hampshire
Forest Holidays offers holidays and short breaks in some of the UK’s most beautiful forests, and peaceful Blackwood Forest in Hampshire is no exception. There are 60 woodland forest cabins including cabins with hot tubs and stunning forest views just over an hour away from London. The Forest Retreat is where you can hire bikes, and book activities such as Mini Forest Rangers where little ones can learn about plants and trees, play games and make forest crafts. There is loads to do with babies and toddlers in the local area including Peppa Pig World!
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#8. Tattershall Lakes, Lincolnshire
Tattershall Lakes is a lakeside holiday park in Lincolnshire with amazing facilities for babies and toddlers. There is a small lakeside beach, aeroplane themed playground and load of amazing activities for babies and toddlers such as Pirate Play, Superhero Academy, pottery painting and nature rangers. Plus, there is an outdoor swimming pool and indoor splash zone.
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#9. The Lakeside Hotel, The Lake District
Imagine a winter break in the Lake District! Long walks, boa trips and a cozy hotel to return to on a night! The Lakeside Hotel is located on the quieter side of Lake Windermere, and is next door to the Lakes Aquarium and Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway. There are also more than 10 boat cruises departing from the lake so you can explore other resorts on the Lake such as Bowness and Ambleside. The Lakeside Hotel has 8 Family rooms which can accommodate up to 3 children, and some of them have a second internal bedroom with bunk beds. Toddlers will also love having a dip in the hotel’s 17m swimming pool.
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#10. Ribby Hall Village, Lancashire
Ribby Hall Village is a 5* holiday village 10 minutes drive from Blackpool and Lytham St Annes in Lancashire. There are fantastic facilities for babies and toddlers, including a baby and toddler swimming pool, slides and toys, an indoor soft play area, outdoor adventure playground and Woodland Trail. here are loads of activities for babies and toddlers too including Messy Time, Character Party Time, feeding the ducks at the village pond and Toddlers Tumble. Parents can take a break too and relax in the Spa, have a massage, play golf or visit the gym.
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Can you recommend any winter breaks for babies and toddlers?