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Villa Casa de Baixo, Vilamoura, Portugal – We Struck Gold

It was such a simple plan – two families with three boys between us (4, 2 and 1.5 years old); an agreed destination of Portugal (on the basis of a short flight and short transfer times); self catering (husbands’ BBQing); and a pool with a safety fence (essential) – but …

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Holiday Village Majorca

Me and the brood decided to brave our first family holiday abroad last year to the Holiday Village Majorca, this was before baby Lottie, so just Me, Ryan, Maisy (2 at the time) & Bella (1 at the time). Traveling with kids is stressful when just heading to the shops …

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Parque Santiago 2 – Twin Fun in Tenerife

A guest blog by Ruth Start who tweets as @2babies_1me and travelled to Tenerife with her twins. When people discovered I was expecting twins, as a single mum,  I was frequently met with such cheery encouragement as “you’ll never be able to leave the house” and “you can forget all those …

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Fougere, Dordogne – Room for all the family

We travelled to Fougere in June 2013.  This was week two, of our two week holiday in the worst weather France had had in June for some years. The less said about the weather the better. To see my original rant about the weather you can read my earlier post …

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Country Kids , Languedoc– Not just once but five times!

Our first guest blogger Mimi Thomas (who travelled to Country Kids with her husband and three children five times between 2008 and 2013) has written the following review for Mini Travellers. We have been to Country Kids five times between 2008 and 2013. It is a great place for a …

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Pot-a-Doodle-Do, Northumberland – Glamping

We visited the Just So Festival (that will be a whole other review) last year and doing anything we do, we do it wholeheartedly.  The last time I went camping was during my Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award at the tender age of 15. So we did our research and …

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Wild Rose Park, Cumbria – A little gem

We have family living in and around Appleby and we usually stay with them, however this time we went with our dog (puppy at the time) and decided to stay in a caravan. We are not into Haven or very lively sites and found this little gem hidden away just …

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Ribby Hall, Lancashire – An Alternative to Center Parcs

It is always tricky finding family friendly holiday destinations (hence this blog) especially with toddlers.  After three trips to Center Parcs in two years for short breaks we fancied something different (and a bit cheaper) so we found Ribby Hall.  An Alternative to Center Parcs so to speak. We live …

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Family HolidaysUnited KingdomWales

Bluestone, Pembrokeshire – Rest and relaxation

Last month we were lucky enough to get the chance to visit and review Bluestone Wales. I had been looking forward to it so much, as I really needed the break and the opportunity to relax and spend some quality time with the family was much needed. We had a lovely time, …

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Picket Pods Cowbridge – Camping but not as you know it!

Picket Pods Cowbridge is camping but not as you know it! Find out how we got on and what we loved about Picket Pods. Each year on August bank holiday weekend, together with two other families sporting eight offspring between us, it has become tradition to pack three vehicles with bikes, …

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Croft Farm, Pembrokeshire – Farming in pink

We stayed at Croft Farm and Celtic Cottages in March 2013 when our eldest daughter was 2.5 and the twins were 18 months old. We had to take an enforced weeks holiday in March and as we weren’t brave enough at that time to fly anywhere exotic, we decided to …

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Marwell Wildlife, Winchester – Wildlife everywhere

Zoo, zoo, zoo we went to the zoo Marwell wildlife to be precise and were fortunate to see all of the big cats with the tiger being a highlight of the day. As soon as we were through the kiosk we were offered lost child stickers – little tip stick them …

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Haven Cliffs, Devon – Definitely recommended

My husband and I decided that we would like to have a break in the first half of the year (we’re going to Tenerife in September with my parents) with our 2 year old girl – our first “proper” holiday that we’ve done alone without other family! Usually we rent …

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Retallack Resort and Spa – Cornish Luxury for Parents

Having been invited to a friend’s wedding in Cornwall, we searched high and low for somewhere we and our two daughters, aged 2 and six months old, could spend a week leading up to the big event. After comparing what seemed like a hundred hotels, B&Bs and self-catering cottages, we …

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Bedruthan Steps, Cornwall – A lovely family hotel

As a busy GP and mum of three boys, I was hoping for a family friendly, seaside holiday where I would also get a break from the cooking, washing etc! Enter Bedruthan Steps. Step beyond the slightly shabby exterior, and enter a contemporary, modern world that caters for children and …

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Coombe Mill, Cornwall – Fun on the farm

Look at that face. Do you think it looks timid and nervous? No, me neither. Usually my little one is rather shy or new people, new experiences and especially animals. But there is something about Coombe Mill Farm Holidays that made her, and us all, feel right at home. During …

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Gwel an Mor, Cornwall – A view of the sea

Our first holiday venturing out as a family of 4 (children aged 6 yrs and a 6 month old baby), we decided Cornwall would be a good choice with plenty to do. With a lot of wants and would likes on the list, we settled on a short list of …

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Center Parcs – Well you have to really!

Before the kids came along to say the idea of a week at Center Parcs was not high on the holiday wish list would be an understatement. Good friends with young children would go on about how good it was but I simply refused to believe them. “You’ve changed” would …

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Villa Della, Kefalonia

Where? Villa Della, Kefalonia, Greece Flight time: LGW-Kefalonia 3 hours When? May 2014 In May this year, Mr. Banana-pants & I decided we’d do something many other parents I’m sure would deem us truly bonkers for: we booked a last minute escape to the sun. During my research process (which by the way, is it just me or …

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