Sleep in a ‘boat by the sea’ close to Cardigan Bay; £670 for 1 week in August | Under the Thatch

Cardigan Bay on the west coast of Wales offers plenty of opportunities for exploring beaches, secret coves and wildlife spotting.  Located close to the shores of Cardigan Bay you can stay in ‘Sonia’ a 1950’s pleasure launch set on land with sea views.  The double bed in the front of the boat even has a glass dome for stargazing.

The boat will sleep 2 adults and 2 children with the padded seating bench converting into 2 narrow sleeping beds for the children. In the converted little barn next door there is a woodburner, kitchen and shower room complete with all the comforts you would normally expect.  Children aged  2 and over.

There are walks to local beaches and the Bay is home to the largest population of of bottlenose dolphins. Dolphin and seal watching trips are available in the local area.

One week in August arriving 15 August costs £670.

 No 1 in the Times Top 10 Quirky Cottages & Beach Houses (2013)

Sleeps 4, Close to Llangrannog beach, Cardigan Bay.

Beautiful self-catering cottage Forest of Dean; summer short breaks from £580 | Old Tump House

Old Tump House is a beautiful 18th century self-catering cottage overlooking the Forest of Dean with some availability during the school summer holidays. This family friendly cottage sleeps six in three double ensuite bedrooms with space in each room for a travel cot. It makes a great base for exploring the beautiful Forest of Dean with its meandering footpaths and a Family Cycle path that runs through the Forest away from traffic. The Wye Valley is also easy to reach and is known for its climbing, canoeing and kayaking activities and superb high wire adventure courses.

The cottage costs £810 per week in August or £580 for a 3 night weekend break/4 night mid week break.


Meadow keeper’s cottage on wheels Sussex; £460 for a 4 night summer break | Canopy & Stars

Meadow Keeper’s cottage is ‘a higgledy piggeldy cottage on wheels’ set in the East Sussex countryside. The cottage is a roomy four person space done out with a double bed, two singles that double up as benches, a fold-away dining table between them, an indoor cooking area with sink, a small wardrobe and, for chilly evenings, a log burner. Outside there is your own fire pit and outdoor dining area. Just to the side is a log fired shower, and opposite is a tranquil wildlife pond. The Cottage sits between two wildflower meadows.

Kids can run wild, feed the animals morning and evening, make campfires and parents can test their skills with a little longbow archery or  a tractor driving lesson!

There is limited availability over the summer for this quirky accommodation – a 4 night break arriving Monday 11 August costs£460.

Meadow keeper’s cottage | Cottage in Sussex | Canopy & Stars.

5* island camping Noirmoutier; 299 euros late summer | Domaine les Moulins

Noirmoutier is a pretty island off the Atlantic coast of France. With 25 miles of sandy beaches, 80 kms of cycling and 64 kms of footpaths there are endless exploration opportunities. Situated on the edge of one of these beaches you will find Domaine les Moulins a 5 star, 5 hectare campsite offering lodges, wood and canvas tents and camping pitches. There is mini-golf, boules, table tennis, a kids playground and multisports ground as well as a  Kids’ Club, spa, hammam, swimming pool and gym.

Prices can rocket over the summer holidays so choose your date of arrival and accommodation type carefully. A holiday arriving on the 9 August costs 849 euros for a 4 person tipi.  Arrive 30 August and pay just 299 euros.

via Atypical holiday: Camping luxury upscale holiday – Vendee | Domaine Les Moulins.

Volkswagen Camper Van family adventures in the New Forest & beyond | New Forest Safari Campers

Rent a classic Volkswagen Camper and hit the road on a family adventure in the New Forest and beyond. Choose between Forest, Berry, Mallard, Ocean, Dune, Sunset and Roan – all beauties! The cost is all-inclusive and includes a drive-away awning, picnic table and chairs, bbq, camp beds, two-cycle bike rack, insurance for two drivers and all cooking/dining/cleaning and linen on board. Discover trails and tracks, beaches, gardens, cycle tracks and much more.

Prices for Campervan holidays start from £396 in May for a 4 night mid-week break and a 3 night weekend break and from £660 for a week’s rental.  During the summer holidays rates are from £432 for the short breaks and £720 for the week. Campers with awning sleeps 6 maximum. New Forest Safari Campers can also recommend camp sites to stay in.

New Forest Safari VW Camper Vans Rental/Hire I Holidays | Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire.

Snowdonia mini family adventure breaks from £99 | Valkyrie Pursuits

Valkyrie Pursuits has designed a unique Snowdonia mini adventure break where as a family you will scale rock walls, descend gorges, stand tall upon mountains and canoe across magical lakes.

The 2 night, 2 day package includes three half day activities normallu including rock climbing, gorge scrambling/canyoning and canoeing. Accommodation is in tents which are provided as well as all of the activity equipment.

The break is tailored to the experience & capability of the individuals in the group. Check here for available dates over the summer holiday period. Cost is from £99.

Snowdonia Mini Adventure Break – Valkyrie Pursuits Reservations.


Family activity week in Portugal from £795 | Activities Abroad

On an Activities Abroad family activity summer holiday the whole family can try a range of exciting activities together. This holiday is based  on the beautiful, unspoilt Alentejo coastline of Portugal where you can spend the week canoeing and orienteering, surfing, rafting in a lagoon, canoeing and cycling, zip wiring and abseiling. Activities are suitable for children aged 8 years and up with tuition and supervision from fully qualified instructors.

Prices from £795 including flights from the UK and staying in apartment or villa style rooms. The hotel’s facilities include two swimming pools, jacuzzi and sauna, gym, children’s playground, mini golf and tennis court. Some meals are included in the price. Group size 4-28 people. Book NOW and save £50pp on this holiday for the first family to book on each departure date during July and August 2014.

Family Multi Activity Week in Portugal – Atlantic Coast.

Back to nature camping – New Forest & East Sussex | Embers

With Embers experience back to nature camping with two stunning locations -one in the New  Forest and one in East Sussex – two tent only sites. Each pitch comes with its own fire pit to enjoy an open fire whether to cook, toast marshmallows or to sit around and relax with a drink.

Embers Beaulieu is located at Home Farm in the Hampshire countryside where the Countryside Education Trust run courses and activities for children and adults to learn about the countryside. On site kids can choose farm eggs for breakfast or book to feed the animals. Explore the New Forest with its wild ponies, cycle tracks, horse riding and falconry.  At Embers Bentley near the South Downs explore the picturesque grounds in the estate, play games in the camping field or take a family trip on the miniature Bentley railway, 

No worries if you are without a tent as you can hire one that sleeps up to 5 persons for £25 a night. £20 per adult per night and £5 per child per night over the age of three.

Campfire Magic | Embers.