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Company Details

This section lists the companies that provide family cottage holidays along with a summary of what they offer. If you need more details, please click on the links to visit the company website or request their brochure.

Companies Listed

Coast & Country Cottages, Cottages4you, Dream Cottages, Grange du Moulin, Helpful Holidays, Hoseasons Cottages, Pierre & Vacances.

Coast & Country Cottages

For child friendly South Devon Holidays - visit Coast and Country Cottages. With over 300 self catering holiday cottages throughout Salcombe, Kingsbrdge, Dartmouth and Thurlestone in South Devon - we are sure to have something to suit every taste and budget. We aim to help you match your expectations of your holiday in Devon with the right choice of poperty and location.


England: 400 self catering holiday properties throughout South Devon, including Dartmouth, Salcombe, Kingsbridge and South Hams


The individually owned, styled and equipped self-catering holiday properties range from cosy cottages, beautifully converted barns, luxury waterside apartments, family seaside or countryside houses, comfortable bungalows and stylish studios, most with stunning sea, estuary or countryside views.

Baby and Child Friendly properties are available equipped with a cot, highchair, microwave, washing machine, bathroom, heating and parking on site or close by.
The Coast & Country Cottages website allows you to search for properties to meet your requirements.
Activities Some have swimming pools, saunas, outdoor play areas and use of other leisure facilities.
Childcare A babysitting service is available at some properties.
Minimum Age None.
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Cottages4you offers over 9,000 self catered cottages for rental throughout England, Scotland, Wales, France and Ireland. Cottages4you offers a wide range of prices and accommodation in just about every location. There really is something for everyone!

Britain: Cotswolds, Dorset, Somerset, Cornwall, Peak District, Lake District, East Anglia, Wales, Scotland and many more regions.

France: Regions include Alps, Dordogne, Brittany, Loire, Provence and Burgundy.
Ireland: Regions include Cork, Limerick, Clare, Kildare and Kerry.

Self-catered accommodation available includes thatched cottages, barns, oasthouses, gites, villas, farmhouses, chateaux, crofts and even the odd castle. Each property is maintained to the highest standard, providing everything you require to ensure that your holiday runs smoothly. Cottages4you regularly check every property to ensure standards are maintained. Many cottages have gardens where you can enjoy peace and privacy. Most properties also offer space for off-road parking. Many cottages accept pets.

The Cottages4you website allows you to search for properties to meet your requirements.
Activities Some have swimming pools, saunas and outdoor play areas.
Childcare None.
Minimum Age None.
Dream Cottages

Dream Cottages have an unrivalled selection of over 250 hand-picked holiday cottages, houses and apartments suitable from 2 to 12 people situated in great locations in sought after areas within Dorset and the surrounding areas for you to choose from. Many are within walking distance of a beach or situated in pretty Dorset villages. Seaside, countryside, pets, short breaks or long lets, use the availability search to find your Dream Cottage in the English West Country.  


England: 250 holiday cottages in Dorset and the surrounding areas including Weymouth, Portland, Swanage, Burton Bradstock, West Bay, Bridport, Lulworth Cove, Ringstead, The Purbecks, Corfe Castle and Mudeford.


The properties range from traditional cottages with thatched roofs and roses around the door to sleek harbour side apartments and newly converted barns and farmhouses. All properties are annually independently VisitBritain assessed for quality and most span from 3 Star to 5 Star.

The Dream Cottages website allows you to search for properties to meet your requirements. Cots are available in some properties.


Walking and cycling in the Dorset countryside or swimming at the beautiful beaches. Weymouth with its award winning sandy beach and shallow waters is a great choice for children, who can also enjoy Punch and Judy shows and donkey rides.Swanage has a traditional holiday appeal and a steam railway popular for all ages. Purbeck is great for walking, cycling and riding; enjoy the fresh air and country. Burton Bradstock, right on the coast, has pretty cottages and a charming village feel. Many other towns / villages and areas to discover and stay, such as West Bay.

Childcare None.
Minimum Age None.
Grange du Moulin
La Grange du Moulin
La Grange du Moulin offers a small group of family owned child friendly gites in the beautiful countryside of the Charente Maritime region of SW France. It is set in a peaceful rural location yet It is within easy each of the coast from La Rochelle to Royan with its hundreds of beaches to explore, so makes for a great family holiday destination . The site includes a large enclosed garden, a children's pirate ship play area, swings, sandpit and slide, enclosed swimming pool and heated toddler pool and with other young families on site your children will have others to play with, keeping them entertained and making your holiday that much more relaxing.    

France: 6 miles from St Jean D'Angely in the Charente Maritime region of SW France.


La Grange du Moulin offers six family-friendly gites on a self-catered basis. The gites vary in size and sleep 4, 6 or 8 people in 2, 3 and 4 bedrooms. The gites are all equipped with oven, grill, gas hob, microwave and refridgerator. Some of the properties also have a dishwasher. Outside, each gite has a garden table and chairs, parasol and barbecue. Linen and towels can be hired for a small additional charge.

Baby equipment such as cots, highchairs, bed guards, toddler steps, booster seats, sterilisers, baby monitors and changing mats can be provided free of charge. Stairgates and full sized bath with non slip bath mat are standard in each gite. There is also a laundry room with washing machines and dryer for the use of all guests free of charge.


There is a large garden with shady and sunny areas for children to explore as well as a pirate ship play area. An enclosed and alarmed floodlit swimming pool and a heated children's pool are available for the use of guests. Family Vine Walks are offered to explore the surrounding countryside and vineyards. Professional wine tasting sessions are also available for adults. New for 2009 - childrens pottery painting. This region is full of interesting family friendly activities and places to discover, details of which are available on our website. 

Childcare A registered childminder is available for babysitting.
Minimum Age None.
Helpful Holidays
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Helpful Holidays is the West Country’s leading cottage letting agency with over 500 up-market holiday homes in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset. The properties range from cosy cottages for 2 to great country houses for up to 70. The Helpful Holidays website allows you to search for properties to meet your requirements, view availability, view photos of the property and book online.

Britain: Avon, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, Somerset.


The self-catering accommodation available includes cottages, country houses, castles, converted barns farmhouses, manor houses and apartments.

The Helpful Holidays website allows you to search for properties to meet your requirements.
Activities Some of the properties have mooring/boating facilities, private fishing, indoor or outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, games rooms and outdoor play areas.
Childcare None.
Minimum Age None.
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Hoseasons Cottages
Hoseasons Cottages offer a fantastic selection of cottages throughout the UK. The cottages on offer range from stunning, ivy adorned country cottages, to stylish glass fronted homes that bring contemporary design to the world of cottage holidays. Our cottages in England are nestled in some of the most beautiful regions of the country including The Cotswolds, the Peak District as well as coastal properties in the East, West and South. For those who want the ultimate in rugged beauty our cottages within the glens of Scotland and villages of Wales are the ideal way to find peace and relaxation.

UK: over 1400 cottages throughout the UK.


A range of self-catering accommodation is available including cottages, farmhouses, manor houses and even a castle. Some are charming traditional cottages and have features such as low beams, steep stairs and flagstone floors. Other cottages are more contemporary in style. All holiday cottages are heated, well furnished and equipped to a high standard. Cots can often be provided on request. Many of the properties welcome pets.

The Hoseasons website provides detailed descriptions of each of the properties available.
Activities Some have indoor or outdoor swimming pools, hot tubs, games rooms and outdoor play areas.
Childcare None.
Minimum Age None.
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Pierre & Vacances

Pierre & Vacances operates 45,000 holiday apartments, chalets and holiday homes, located in attractive and easily-accessible destinations mainly in France but also in Italy, Spain, Tunisia, Morocco and the West Indies. Pierre & Vacances allow customers to enjoy the freedom of having their " own home abroad " while benefiting from " à la carte services ". All of the self-catering apartments and holiday homes are well-equipped and comfortably furnished providing you with a spacious living area and all you need for a carefree holiday.


France, Italy, Morocco, Spain, Tunisia, West Indies.


Self-catering apartments and holiday homes. The Pierre & Vacances website provides a full description of the accommodation.

Activities There are many facilities available such as swimming pools, golf courses and tennis courts. Adults’ activities (depending on resort): guided rides, beginners’ sessions for golf, archery, and sandsailing, fitness sessions, sports competitions, evening entertainment. Children can enjoy heated children’s paddling pools, playgrounds, the ‘village farm’ and pony riding.

Pierre & Vacances offer fully specialised, supervised children’s club facilities from as young as 3 months up to 18 years. All care staff are fully qualified.

Baby Club: from 3 to 24 months
Kids Club: from 3 to 18 years
Minimum Age None.
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