10 of the UK’s Best Family Holiday Destinations

For those of you who have experienced a South West holiday, it will come as no surprise that various corners of this magnificent region are consistently ranked among the UK’s top holiday destinations.

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Encompassed by golden bays, sandy shores and some of the most dramatic coastal paths in the British Isles, the glorious West Country provides the perfect setting for a memorable family holiday. From action-packed coastal adventures, surfing, SUPing or sailing, to blissful days exploring the countryside, there’s something to keep the whole family occupied when you book a family break with Toad Hall Cottages.

South Devon…

The rolling green fields and tranquil estuaries of South Devon provide some of the most enchanting holiday settings in the UK. With breathtaking coastal walks, golden sandy beaches, historic market towns and idyllic rural villages, it’s no wonder so many of our guests return to this beautiful corner of the South West year upon year. Explore the narrow Elizabethan streets of Dartmouth, ride the wild rollers of Bantham, and watch the sun set on the horizon from the rocks at Hope Cove; just some of the memorable experiences you can share with your family when you book a South Devon holiday.

Dartmoor…

Giant granite tors, ancient woodlands and rushing rivers, just some of the striking features that help define the vast wilderness of Dartmoor. This rare and roaming landscape is loved by walkers and remains the inspiration for writers and artists. Steeped in myth and legend, Dartmoor is one of the UK’s greatest escapes; hundreds of miles of open heathland, upland paths and valley trails waiting to be explored by kids, adults and dogs alike. If you’ve been longing for a rural retreat far away from the day-to-day routines and the tiresome humdrum, look no further than Toad Hall’s long list of Dartmoor holiday cottages where you’ll find the perfect base for your outdoor adventures.

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East Devon…

Encounter some of the region’s most spectacular coastline when you visit the sweeping headlands of the East Devon peninsula. Here, the panoramas from the bracing clifftop trails have to be seen to be believed, and the charming coastal villages and hamlets will have you smitten. Whisk the whole family away for a seaside retreat in East Devon and enjoy miles of uninterrupted countryside and a coastline so fascinating and unique that it’s been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The whole family will love walking in the footsteps of dinosaurs as you hunt for fossils on East Devon’s beautiful beaches. From the pebble-washed beach and adorable thatched cottages of Branscombe, to the iconic red cliffs and sea stacks of Seaton, Toad Hall Cottages can provide you with the ideal base to branch out and explore the rest of this glorious sweep of the stunning South West.

North Devon…

Rugged moorland and dramatic coast await all those who venture to North Devon. Renowned for its beautiful beaches and tracks and trails, this unspoilt stretch of Devon will capture your imagination and captivate your senses. From the sugar-soft sands of Woolacombe to the gleaming Atlantic breaks of Croyde Bay, North Devon remains an ever-popular destination for fabulous family beach holidays.

Exmoor…

The uplands of Exmoor roll across the borders between Somerset and North Devon. A former royal hunting ground, these rugged hills are trudged and trailed by all those with a keen sense of adventure. With far-reaching views from every summit and crest, Exmoor is home to a varied array of wildlife, from the rare-breed Exmoor pony to the diminutive Dartford warbler. Enjoy endless moorland walks when you book an Exmoor holiday with Toad Hall Cottages.

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East Cornwall…

Tranquil estuary waters, quaint fishing villages surrounded by beautiful countryside, and pretty parishes bound by time-honoured traditions; a few of the charming characteristics that help make East Cornwall one of the country’s most popular holiday destinations. Here, the pace of life is as gentle as the ebb and flow of the tide, making it great for holidays with young children. Whether you’re looking for a handsome farmhouse setting for a grand family gathering or a snug and cosy bolthole for a long weekend, Toad Hall Cottages has an impressive list of properties in this lovely corner of Cornwall.

North Cornwall…

From the castle ruins atop Tintagel cliffs to the mighty Bedruthan seas stacks of Carnewas, North Cornwall is rich in myth and legend. This incredible stretch of Cornish coast is celebrated for its sweeping, golden bays and thundering Atlantic breakers, a popular haunt for both salty surf dudes and hardy coastal walkers. These dramatic headlands and sparkling coves are home to some of the region’s most characterful seaside towns and villages. Surrounded by all this rugged and beautiful landscape are some of Toad Hall’s most delightful holiday cottages. They say: ‘life is better by the sea’, so why not test this theory and book a stay in sensational North Cornwall.

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South Cornwall…

White sandy shores, undulating cliff paths and awesome views at every waymark, it’s easy to see why South Cornwall remains one of the UK’s most desirable holiday settings. Gaze upon the turquoise blue waters of Porthcurno and cross the ancient cobbled causeway to the tidal island of St Michael’s Mount; there’s so much to see and do in this wonderful corner of Cornwall. Smuggle yourselves away for a dream holiday on Britain’s  southernmost peninsula courtesy of Toad Hall Cottages and its long and inviting list of Cornish holiday homes.

New Forest…

Long, leafy trails under the ancient boughs of mighty oaks, the New Forest is one of the most resplendent woodlands in the whole of Europe. Ponies roam freely across the village green and rush hour is what happens when a straggle of cattle stop for a munch on the hedgerow. Spend blissful days exploring the many woodland tracks, cycle trails and tranquil picnic spots before returning to your cosy New Forest holiday cottage.

West Dorset…

Follow the Jurassic Coast past gleaming bays, towering sea stacks and stunning headlands, searching for fossils along the way. From the famous Cobb pier at Lyme Regis to the mystical ruins of Corfe Castle set high on the hills of Purbeck, West Dorset is the ideal setting for an exciting family holiday. Whether you’re looking for adrenaline-packed seaside adventures or some precious downtime with your nearest and dearest, Dorset has it all. Take a tour around Toad Hall’s latest Dorset holiday cottages to discover your perfect South West destination.