10 perfect escapes for family holidays in Wales holiday cottages

10 perfect escapes for family holidays in Wales

Sarah 10 January 2020

We may be biased, but we don’t think there is a better destination for a family holiday than Wales. It has everything: award-winning attractions, adventure, beauty and living heritage. Home to three incredible national parks, it’s the perfect place to get outdoors with your family. Play pooh sticks and discover rope swings with your children, take your four-legged family members on the best walks of their life, spend time reconnecting with extended family members and most importantly, make new memories together on one of these luxury family holidays in Wales.

We have pulled together a selection of our most family-friendly cottages for family holidays in Wales, whether you are organising a break in half term, Easter, the summer holidays or planning a big family celebration at Christmas.

Beacon Farmhouse, Hay-on-Wye – sleeps 8, 3 dogs

Against the backdrop of the beautiful Black Mountains, this delightful farmhouse in the Welsh Borders is perfect for family holiday in Wales. It is in a prime location for plenty of outdoor escapades in the Brecon Beacons and on the River Wye. With beautiful, spacious grounds, families will find themselves spending plenty of time outdoors, admiring the bluebells in spring, igniting some friendly competition on the tennis court and ending the day with dinner in the garden. During the cooler months, the games room will be a popular space to socialise.  

Experience: Hire kayaks or canoes from Black Mountain Adventure and explore the River Wye.

Visit: The bookish town of Hay-on-Wye and here’s why!

Stoneleigh, Saundersfoot – sleeps 8, 2 dogs

Just over a mile from the popular seaside resort of Saundersfoot and 3 miles from Tenby, this delightful cottage is a fantastic option for a traditional summer family holiday by the Welsh coast . After long sunny days on the beach, or further afield adventures, retire to Stoneleigh for a well-earned rest. Children will love having their own dedicated lounge, and while you fire up the BBQ or hop in the hot tub, they can play outdoors on the see-saw, swing and trampoline.

Experience: Go crabbing off the harbour wall in Saundersfoot.

Visit:  Folly Farm Adventure Park – an all-round family day out with farm and zoo animals, multiple play areas, unique experiences and special events.

Sugar Loaf Skies, Abergavenny – sleeps 6, 1 dog

Are you looking for a family holiday in Wales that’s a bit different? Decked out with all the home comforts you'll need; this luxury safari tent is a unique glamping experience that your children will always remember. Set beneath the Skirrid Mountain on a small farm, by night you’ll doze under the stars, and during the day, you’ll introduce the kids to the resident farm animals and stroll through miles of meadow and woodlands. Stay here during the spring and summer holidays to experience the beautiful countryside doused in colour and the fields full of baby animals.

More than six of you? Book with Skirrid Skies and Blorenge Skies for a bigger family holiday.

Experience: Take the children to find rope swings in the woods and picnic in the meadows.

Visit: Head into the Brecon Beacons and explore waterfall country – follow one of these stunning waterfall walks.

Badger Vale Varn, Cleobury Mortimer – sleeps 12, sleeps 2

Just over the border in Shropshire, this luxury property has everything you could hope for from a family holiday – and plenty of space for aunties, uncles, cousins and grandparents! In summer, throw open the doors from the pool room and enjoy a refreshing dip before an al fresco lunch on the patio. Get competitive in the games room, play football on the lawn or take gentle strolls along the county lanes. After a day of activities, retire to lavish bedrooms, two of which offer flexible family accommodation with cool bunkbeds designed for children or teenagers.

Experience: The tasty delights of Ludlow Food & Drink Festival which takes place in September.

Visit: Overlooking the River Teme, Ludlow Castle is Shropshire’s finest. Take a look at the events schedule for family-friendly events throughout the year.

Great Glamping Escape, Hay-on-Wye – sleeps 6, 2 dogs

Is it time for a family digital detox? Swap mobile phones and tablets for books, games and nature at this magical glamping experience in Wales. This unique holiday is a wonderful alternative and an experience that your children will always remember. Picture everyone sat around the campfire, swapping stories from your day of adventures in the Brecon Beacons. You could add a spot of luxury to your family stay with the use of the wood-fired hot tub – available at an additional cost. Located close to Hay-on-Wye, this is a fantastic place to stay if you plan to attend the internationally renowned Hay-on-Wye festival, which falls within May half term.

Experience: Sit outside wrapped in blankets and toast marshmallows over the firepit before bed.

Visit: Llangorse Multiactivity Centre to discover the huge range of indoor and outdoor activities that families can do together.

Read our guide to glamping in Wales for ideas on how to make your family glamping break extra special. 

Shoppe Barn, Abergavenny – sleeps 8, 2 dogs

Remember the simple pleasure of discovering rope swings and building dens in the woodlands as a child? Recreate that magic for your own little ones on this family holiday in Wales. Shoppe Barn is a gorgeous barn conversion set in 30 acres of farmland and woods. The great thing about luxury family holidays in Wales is that when you ditch your walking boots and take off your coats at the end of the day, you’re welcomed by a roaring fire and a warming atmosphere.

Experience: Climb on overturned tree trunks, swing through the trees like Tarzan and picnic in the fields above the barn.

Visit: Enjoy a fun-filled family day out in Wales at Cantref Adventure Farm.

Gilar House, Betws-y-Coed – sleeps 10, 2 dogs

A fantastic choice for family holidays in Wales, this ancient farmhouse sits on the edge of Snowdonia National Park, the adventure capital of the UK. With so many activities on the doorstep, your family holiday in North Wales is sure to be packed with new experiences and special memories. After all the fun of the outdoors, retire to the characterful welcome of Gilar House, and its stunning 500 acres of ancient woodlands, mountains, lakes and gardens. Your four-legged friends will love it here too! Read our guide to dog-friendly holidays in Wales.

Experience: Take a picnic to the lake and spend some time simply relaxing and admiring the views.

Visit: Zip World – home to the fastest zip line in the world and daredevils as young as 10 years old can give it ago. There are plenty of other experiences too!

Read our guide to Snowdonia National Park for plenty more inspiration.

Nantywen, Brecon Beacons – sleeps 6, 2 dogs

Sufficiently heated by a modern hydro-electric system feeding directly off water from the mountain, this family-friendly cottage is a favourite for the eco-conscious families. It’s an escape in the true sense of the word taking you off the beaten track, but only enough to feel like you’re a million miles from the stresses of everyday life. Perfectly located within the Brecon Beacons National Park this rural retreat is great for family holidays in Wales. 

Experience: The fresh air! Cycle the mostly flat Brecon & Monmouth Canal, trek on horseback through the Black Mountains or fish on the River Usk.

Visit: The Brecon Mountain Railway is a fantastic way to experience the national park’s scenery – especially if younger members of the group aren’t up for long walks.

Chapel Tabernacle, Llechryd – sleeps 6, 2 dogs

The summer holidays are calling, and we know just the place to spend it. A few miles from the hustle and bustle of Cardigan and the seaside towns of Aberporth and New Quay, this wonderful building resides in the pretty village of Llechryd where you can stroll to the local pub. With the whole of the West Coast waiting to be explored, this is the perfect destination for families who love beach days, water sports and boat trips but also like a quieter setting for family time together.

Experience: As the sun gets lower in the sky and the crowds disperse, take an evening stroll along nearby Poppit Sands, picking up fish and chips from St. Dogmaels on the way back.

Visit: See everything from farm animals to seals in the wild at Cardigan Island Coastal Farm Park.

Strawberry Wood Barn, Abergavenny – sleeps 11

Ideal for adventurous families, this stylish barn conversion sets you perfectly for outdoor pursuits through the Black Mountains and Offa’s Dyke. Hidden away in the hills with incredible countryside views, you will love returning to this welcoming home-from-home after a day of exploring. On balmy summer evenings, sit out on the patio until the sun goes down, watching as the kids play on the trampoline and slide. With optimal space inside, it's also a great choice for Christmas holidays or half-term breaks too. Keep the children entertained with a movie and games in the playroom while you relax by the fire in the drawing room; the perfect base for a family holiday in Wales.

Experience: Go pony trekking together through the Llanthony Valley for the best Black Mountain experience.

Visit: The market town of Abergavenny and here’s what you can do while you’re there.

For more ideas on fabulous things to do with the kids, read our guide to the best days out for families, and things to do with kids in Wales that will make the best memories. 

Searching for more inspiration for family holidays in Wales? See our full collection of family-friendly holiday cottages to find somewhere that’s simply perfect, whether it’s an off-peak stay or you’re planning a half-term break, Easter getaway, summer holiday or a big celebration at Christmas.

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

Like it? Share it...

Read more like this

A complete guide to Snowdonia

Everything you need to know about booking a holiday in the Snowdonia National Park.

Our most romantic getaways in Wales

Unique glamping escapes and cosy cottages hidden away in the mountains. uncover some of our favourite getaways for couples.

Romantic holidays in Wales

Discover this impossibly photogenic region with your loved one by your side and create more of those treasured memories.
The Travel Chapter Limited, trading as holidaycottages.co.uk | The Travel Chapter Limited is registered in England and Wales. | Registered office Travel Chapter House Gammaton Road Bideford EX39 4DF Company No. 02431506 | VAT reg: 143053210