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Here at Sykes we’re proud to be able to offer a wide array of family friendly accommodation all around the UK and Ireland, however this isn’t just a token label that we apply to all of our cottages. In order for a property to be listed as child friendly our cottage owners have to show a genuine level of dedication in making their properties suitable for younger visitors. However we realise that it is difficult to think of every little thing that parents might need on a cottage break and that’s why we have put our heads together in order to come up with a few helpful pointers in making your cottage more suitable for the whole family. So take a look and see if we’ve managed to think of anything that you might have missed.

Babies and toddlers


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When it comes to travelling with babies one of the hardest things is figuring out how you’re going to squeeze all the necessaries into the car. That’s why it is always helpful for cottage owners to try and keep a few of the bulkier items in the property for guests to use if and when they need them. Examples of these items include things like cots and high chairs, whilst a stair gate is always welcome in cottages with more than one floor. Then there are other little things, which may not be quite as obvious but will show the guests that you have really put some thought into it. Investing in some plug socket covers and removable corner guards for any sharp edges to keep in the cottage for when they are needed will always be popular with parents.


Millstone, Yorkshire Dales, ref - 897

Millstone, Yorkshire Dales, ref – 897

Let’s be honest when younger kids are around accidents can happen, so why not make sure that there are some plastic plates and cups in the cupboards to prevent any unwanted breakages. Aside from that parents tend to be the most thankful for the things that keep the little ones occupied. A selection of toys, jigsaws and board games are always popular and if there is a decent sized garden at the property you could look at getting in some things for outdoor activities such as racquets and balls for some fun in the warmer months, or if you’re thinking of pushing the boat out you could consider creating an outdoor play area for the kids.


Rushmore Lodge, Kent, ref - 16229

Rushmore Lodge, Kent, ref – 16229

Teenagers are probably the hardest group to cater for. Having said this one thing that is bound to go down well is to make sure that there is a working DVD player at the property along with a selection of films although they can always bring a few favourites from home to watch. A little collection of books also helps, especially if it contains some of the more popular series going around, or you could always think about trying to convert a room into a designated games room as they always prove to be extremely popular with the teenagers.

Hopefully you’ll now have a better idea of what you can do to make your cottage truly family friendly but if you want any help or advice feel free to ring up and we’ll happily answer any questions that you might have.

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