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The Best Host Unusual Stays For Kids (Big Kids Included!)

Childhood is a magical time, filled with freedom, adventure, and fairytales. 

So, when you take the kids on holiday, it’s got to be somewhere they can truly let their imaginations run wild and free.

That’s why we’ve rounded up some of our favourite child-friendly stays, packed with features to stir all that fun and carefree creativity… perfect for big and little kids alike!

We’re talking forest treehouses straight from the pages of a storybook, lodges with inbuilt slides, charmingly converted vehicles of just about every description, and even the occasional hobbit house thrown in.
Author: Nina Jervis
Main Image: Red Alert Fire Truck | Lake District

Happy Days Retro Vacations

Saxmundham, Suffolk
Experience the nostalgia of authentic vintage Airstreams and caravans, all blissfully set on a peaceful Suffolk campsite, complete with a cinema shed and two escape rooms! 
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: 2-32
£240 (2 nights)

West Lexham Treehouses and Glamping

Nr. Kings Lynn, Norfolk
Discover the natural magic of West Lexham, an enchanting holistic eco-retreat venue rich in nature, offering fairytale treehouses, bell tents, wild swimming, and a range of wellness workshops.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: 2-6 per unit
£100 / night

Pinewood Park

Scarborough, North Yorkshire
Family-friendly wild west-themed holiday park with a range of quirky accommodation just 2 miles from the centre of Scarborough.
Bedrooms: varies
£12.50 pppn

The Railway Carriage at Lavender Hill

Williton, Somerset
With an idyllic trackside location on the West Somerset Steam Railway, the Railway Carriage is the perfect escape for children, trainspotters, and everyone in between!
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
£395 (low season short break)

The Ceridwen Centre

Llandysul, Carmarthenshire
If you like the sound of unique accommodation on an eco-friendly, organic farm, plus the chance to try more activities than you can shake a stick at, you'll love the Ceridwen Centre!
Bedrooms: varies
Sleeps: 2-56
£48 / night (Farmhouse Rooms)

The Old Station Allerston

Pickering, North Yorkshire
Live the first-class life at The Old Station, where three stunning railway carriages await at the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors.
Bedrooms: 2-3 per carriage
Sleeps: up to 6 per carriage
£422 / week

Blackberry Wood

Streat, Sussex
You may think you know glamping, but you haven't seen anything like Blackberry Wood - the only place a helicopter, a London bus, a cabin and a caravan sit in the shadow of fairytale treehouses.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: 2-4 per unit
£45 / night (caravan low season)

Forest Holidays Strathyre

Strathyre, Perthshire
If your holiday wish list includes breath-taking scenery, luxury accommodation and a range of bespoke indulgences for that perfect escape, Forest Holidays at Strathyre is sure to tick every box.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: Varies
£345 (3-4 nights)

Owl's Lookout

Chorleywood, Hertfordshire
Owl's Lookout is a quirky family treehouse with amazing woodland views, appealingly close to the magic of London.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 5 (2+3)
£230 / night

The Oakey Koakey Treehouse

Ticehurst, East Sussex
Get set for family fun, fresh adventure and relaxing woodland seclusion at The Oakey Koakey Treehouse, just an hour away from London.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
£175 / night

Bob's Lodge

Upper Tysoe, Warwickshire
A sumptuous and spacious wood-crafted holiday home with a geodome & hot tub, nestled on a working farm in the scenic Cotswolds.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 6
£335 / night

Melin Mabes

Templeton, Pembrokeshire
A Pembrokeshire Amazing Space that combines timeless home comfort with interstellar accommodation that's out of this world!
Bedrooms: Open plan
Sleeps: 2 (Mabel) 4 (Spodnic)
£100 / night (Mabel)

Oastbrook Estate Hideaway

Bodiam, Sussex
A luxuriously cheery, lovingly crafted woodland escape complete with hot tub, dreamily nestled in the heart of rural Sussex.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
£980 / week

Hideaway Camping

Okehampton, Devon
Eclectic family accommodation and soothing therapies await, on a friendly campsite secluded amongst enchanting Devon woodland.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: 2-5 per unit
£65 / night (glamping)

Woodcutter's Cottage

Beckley, East Sussex
A fairytale retreat with woodfired hot tub that's perfect for wildlife watching, deliciously secluded amongst unspoilt Sussex woodland.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2 (+2)
£310 (2 nights)


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