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Family-friendly getaways to the Cotswolds

Posted: Fri, 24th Feb 2023
Children playing at Westonbirt Arboretum

When it comes to family holidays in the UK there is a wealth of choice, and the options for family-friendly getaways to the Cotswolds are up there with the very best. We’ve got wildlife of all shapes and sizes. Water parks, farm parks, magical castles and a steam railway, we’ve even got a circus! All of this and more sits within one of the most beautiful parts of the country. For a family staycation what could be better than spending it in the great outdoors, whether your family is large or small, we’ve got the perfect family holiday home for you. 

Tyndale House


Sleeps up to 16

Fabulous Tyndale is one of our larger houses and is perfect for multi-generational family holidays. There’s an abundance of living space with two reception rooms and a kitchen which has been thoughtfully equipped for large groups. Create a little competitive family spirit with badminton matches on the spacious lawn, or head for the games rooms… there are not one but two! With a 6ft snooker/pool table, table football and an outside table tennis set there is plenty to keep everyone occupied. After the kids have gone to bed pour yourself a well-deserved glass of wine and head for the hot tub. 

Family attractions nearby

The Hunting Lodge at Ragley Estate


Sleeps up to 16

Forming part of the beautiful Ragley Hall Estate, the Hunting Lodge is an elegant red brick abode with plenty of space for all the family. The glorious garden meanders over two-and-a-half acres, with enough lawn space for epic garden games. There’s a cute playhouse for your smaller visitors along with an old orchard, and a wood-fired hot tub on the patio. Step inside and you’ll find two spacious living rooms, where you can set the kids up in front of the TV with a film and then enjoy a drink next door. There’s also a table football set in the utility/games room. With seven bedrooms and plenty of hidden nooks and crannies, we think it’s the perfect place for games of hide and seek!   

Family attractions nearby

Tom’s Barn

Near Cheltenham

Sleeps 10

Tom’s Barn is a wonderful five-bedroom, five-bathroom detached holiday on a small, family-run farm. For fun family staycations in the Cotswolds, Tom’s Barn is pretty much perfect. There’s oodles of space inside including a character-filled living room and a snug. Outside there’s a large patio with a barbecue and dining area, and two lawned areas. Keep your eyes peeled and you might be lucky enough to spot the owners’ two donkeys peering over the wall. Stay here and you can spread honey on your toast from the farm’s busy beehives and feed the kids dippy eggs and soldiers with eggs from the free-range chickens running around.

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Barns Lee

Near Tetbury

Sleeps 9

With a generous enclosed garden featuring a large lawn, heated swimming pool (seasonal), firepit and a hot tub, Barns Lee is a gorgeous spot for a family staycation. The super-sociable ground-floor layout includes the cosy barn room with a large wood-burning stove, comfy sofas and a large Smart TV. The well-equipped kitchen has everything practical needed and there’s a stylish dining area. Tucked into one end of the kitchen is a table and bench seating which is ideal for arts and crafts or if you want to feed little ones earlier.  

Family attractions nearby

Oldbury Barn

Near Cheltenham

Sleeps 8+3

To our mind, Oldbury Barn is the perfect family holiday home. It’s light, bright and colourful and sits amid a fabulous garden with wonderful views. The centrepiece of this wonderful barn is the stunning open-plan kitchen-living-dining space where you just can’t help but gather everyone together. There’s no TV but lots of games and excellent Wi-Fi so those who can’t bear the thought of a digital detox can stream onto their own devices. The garden has a slide and swing set and a sand pit which younger children will love and there’s a large terrace with an outdoor sofa and a table and chairs for outside dining. 

Family attractions nearby



Sleeps 8

Woodfields is a much-loved home packed with character and charm. There’s plenty of space to spread out with a large, cosy living room, complete with an inglenook, a study and the prettiest of dining rooms. Upstairs are four bedrooms, including a cute twin room in the eaves of the house. Wrapping around Woodfields is a huge garden, ideal for lots of garden games in the fresh air, and for the older members of the group, there’s even a garden pub! Close to Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick, there is plenty of family fun to be had.

Family attractions nearby

Mayfly Lodge

Cotswold Water Park

Sleeps 6

For water lovers, Mayfly Lodge offers the perfect family staycation. Set on Cotswold Water Park a stay here puts a wide range of activities right on your doorstep. This pretty New England-style holiday home has three bedrooms and a private sundeck with direct access to Isis Lake. In addition to the wealth of water sports on offer, there is access to a table tennis room, tennis courts, children’s play area and cricket and golf practice nets. 

Family attractions nearby

Teasel Cottage


Sleeps 5

Set in the heart of the medieval town of Winchcombe Teasel Cottage is a delightful 200-year-old cottage. Tucked in behind is a pretty, enclosed country garden and there are plenty of places to eat within a short stroll. Unusually, for the centre of Winchcombe, Teasel also benefits from its own parking space, so unloading is easy. There are wonderful walks from the doorstep, and you can bring history to life with a visit to Sudeley Castle and Gardens. 

Family attractions nearby

Little Coach House

Near Oxford

Sleeps 4

This charming barn conversion sits within the grounds of Rectory Farm and has character and charm by the bucket load. It’s a beautiful, bijou hideaway for a small family with parking and two bedrooms. Outside there’s a pretty pergola-topped patio and gorgeous farmhouse gardens which guests enjoy access to. With easy access to Oxford, Woodstock and the wider Cotswolds, we think Little Coach House is a great family hideaway. 

Family attractions nearby

Barn End


Sleeps 6

Barn End is deceptively spacious, both inside and out! It’s got everything you need for a great family holiday in the Cotswolds. This charming barn conversion features a cosy living room, a separate study which could be utilised as a play area and a social open-plan kitchen diner. On rainy days the table in the conservatory provides the ideal spot for board games and jigsaw puzzles. Upstairs are three bedrooms, and the master has a large dressing area, where you could put a baby’s cot if needed. Step outside and there’s an enclosed courtyard garden for alfresco dining and a large front garden with plenty of space for little ones to run around to their hearts’ content.

Family attractions nearby

Read More: Cool guide to the Cotswolds

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