Staycationing with your little cook!
This is the year of staycations. Whether you’ve got a weekend in a gorgeous cottage lined up, a glamping adventure planned or a farmstay experience booked – accommodation with a good kitchen is a must, especially when holidaying with kids. Family cooking sessions make for great holiday entertainment and even more so when you can’t bank on the British weather (our fingers are always crossed!). We’ve partnered with the brilliant Away with the Kids and asked them to select five lovely properties from their site with enviable kitchens, brilliant locations and family facilities. And there’s loads more self-catering delights for you to check out on Away with the Kids – all awaiting the hustle, bustle and giggles of your little cooks.
This 17th century cottage is packed with character and style. The charming cobbled courtyard is perfect for al fresco dining and sampling the fruits of your junior chef’s labour. The beautiful country kitchen is a joy to cook in and equipped with everything you could ever need. Of course, there’s plenty to do outside of preparing tasty treats too. Located in Dorset’s picturesque town of Sherborne, there’s fresh air and great views in abundance. Be sure to pack up a picnic and explore on foot. Or head to the adjacent Eastbury hotel and make use of access to their fabulous outdoor jacuzzi hot tub – swiftly followed by a post-swim snack please!
Hidden between Exmoor and Dartmoor National parks, The Old Farm Barns are several contemporary barn conversions with chic and characterful interiors. The hand-built kitchens are very well equipped and designed with families in mind. Make the most of that Devon sunshine with meal times outside in your private dining space. Staying on a working farm will offer kids the chance to learn about how their food is produced, guaranteed to inspire some cooking. Spot cows, chickens and goats or head to the nearby Quince Honey Farm where you’ll find honey bees, hives and interactive information.
Stay in one of six delightfully restored seaside cottages in the Cornish harbour village of Charlestown. Antonia’s Pearls are very aptly named – unique and beautiful spaces with touches of luxury everywhere you look. Each cottage boasts a countryside kitchen with Belfast sinks, wonderful views and all the cooking equipment you could need. They also have private dining spaces both inside and out. Or take you tasty, freshly baked banana bread and chocolate chip cookies down to the beach, just moments away, for a sunset snack.
Retreat to The Shorehouse on the serene Isle of Skye for a magical holiday. This architect-designed home, right on the water’s edge, is ideal for families with a passion for hiking, swimming, bird-watching or anything related to the Great Outdoors! And once you’ve spent the day out exploring the beaches revealed by low tide and the rolling Scottish hills, you can rest up and relax in this stunning hideaway. Get your little cooks to help prepare dinner or dessert in the ultra modern, open plan kitchen for a fun evening activity before you settle down to a night of stargazing or a film in front of the wood burner.
The kitchens at these 5 star self-catering cottages are a treat to cook in. Built from solid reclaimed wood with granite worktops they feature induction hobs, well stocked cupboards full of high quality cookware, pretty stoneware for serving and dishwashers to help with the clean up (phew!). Not to mention cooking islands and breakfast bars to showcase the cooking event or sit at and enjoy the valley views whilst supervising little chefs. You can source extra cooking ingredients from the on-site organic farm shop. This Devon idyll is perfect for families wanting to escape it all and immerse themselves in nature.
Away with the Kids is an independently owned and operated site run by parents, for parents. We handpick and visit all the lovely properties we list to ensure they meet our criteria of being genuinely child, ergo family, friendly. We have a great selection of self-catering and catered accommodation across the UK, and for when the time is right, in sunny Europe too. Have a nosey at our selection and get inspired for your next family get away.
You can still get your hands on a Little Cooks Co Staycation Cooking Hamper packed full of fun cooking activities to keep your little cook entertained this summer, whatever the weather!