If your children don’t get to see much of their grandparents – or you’d simply like to spend more time together – a multi-generational family holiday extravaganza may be in order. If you’re a newbie to this realm, then we’ll let you in on a secret: compromise and flexibility, those are the key components that’ll ensure your holiday goes off without a hitch.
We certainly know a thing or two when it comes to family travel, just last year we won a Family Traveller Award in the category of Best Multi-Generational Family Holiday. While it’s fantastic to be recognised for something we’re passionate about, we can’t stress enough the importance of spending quality time together as a family. And holidaying in a villa or a chateau is the perfect place to start. Our luxurious portfolio offers total privacy, an eclectic mix of amenities and activities – and they’re all relatively close to villages and towns so you can experience your chosen destination like a true local. So, to kick things off, here’s our selection of villas that have all the ingredients for a brilliant and stress-free multi-generational family holiday.
1. Villa Jolie, Cote d’Azur
If your family could use some quality time, we highly recommend staying at Villa Jolie. Evoking feelings of calm and aesthetic harmony, this villa will help you reconnect and relax in a jiffy. Sitting pretty in the perfume capital of the world, Grasse, the magic of the surrounding area will be at every turn – outdoors and even indoors too. This family home is incredibly catering, with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms, a gym and a lavish outdoor area with a rustic pizza oven and BBQ. If little ones are in the mix, you can rest assured as this villa also has a children’s play area and there’s a water park in the nearby town of Antibes, just a 20-minute car journey away.
2. Maison Charente, Vendee & Charente
There is beauty in simplicity and Maison Charente nails that on the head. This rural hamlet lends itself perfectly to a smaller family, with kids of all ages – but most of all, it offers ample flexibility for everyone involved. If you fancy nipping off to visit the historic market town of Ruffec, the grandparents can stay at home and babysit the kids from the comfort of the pool – and vice versa. The trick is to make sure nobody misses out. While the villas location feels slightly removed, the region is brimming with things to do; zoos, WW2 sites, outdoor sports, festivals, and world-famous wines – how could you go wrong?
Prices from: £23pppn
3. Dyrham House, Cotswolds
For a multi-generational holiday closer to home, there’s nothing better than Dyrham House. The attention to detail is second to none, but what appeals to our guests the most is the cosy and homely atmosphere that encapsulates the area. Families can come together to enjoy an evening meal with a bottle of wine, but equally the house provides plenty of space for everyone to do their own thing. It really depends on what you’re looking for! But one thing is for sure – this splendid house is one that will appeal to both young and old.
Prices from: 52pppn
4. Chateau Lignol, Brittany
Tucked away behind Breton farmland, you’ll find the magnificent Chateau Lignol. Perfect for families looking to get well and truly away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life – so get ready to swap your 9-5 for a slice of rural France. The chateau is just five minutes to the busy village of Geumene Sur Scorff that offers morish boulangeries, a cinema and a weekly market, so take your time to really soak up the cultural life. If you’re worried about travelling with infants, you’ll be pleased to know that this home is ideal for kids of all ages and offers high chairs, cots and a child-safe pool to ensure peace of mind.
Prices from: £36pppn
5. La Maison Du Voyage, Vendee & Charente
Up until now, our multi-generational holidays have equally been top notch, but La Maison du Voyage has quite the story behind it. The hosts who are no strangers to life’s stresses and so they created this beautiful home to implement life-changing holidays. As a result, the hosts offer meditation, life coaching, cookery lessons, and guided detoxes that you can recreate back home. But don’t mistake their holistic approach as a gimmick, the house also has comfortable beds with Egyptian cotton, two reception rooms and a pool to match!
Prices from: £36pppn
6. County Meath Castle, Ireland
Even if the Irish weather lets you down, you can rely on County Meath Castle to be the base of your next multi-generational holiday. Rich in history and commanding magnificent views of Lough Sheelin, a lake famous for its brown trout, there will be a nook and cranny for everyone to explore and enjoy. While you’re more than welcome to bring your little ones, it’s worth noting that teens and young adults may enjoy the surroundings and activities far more. For instance, together you can try your hand at fishing in the lake, go horse riding at the nearby stables or the caretakers can also arrange clay pigeon shooting. And if the grandparents need some time out, they’ll find plenty of comfort by the fireplace and spacious living room.
Prices from: £39pppn
7. L’Oustal Des Fleurs, Languedoc
France is always a hot ticket for family holidays, especially with the plane/train ride being no more than a few hours. But what makes L’Oustal Des Fleurs and Languedoc so unique, is that as soon as you approach the villas stone archway, you’ll have begun your authentic village adventure. As the name suggests, expect a lot of flowers, especially in the patio where you’ll also find hammocks, loungers, a stone BBQ – a quaint haven for the whole family to escape too. On more active days, our guests like to visit the village of LacJouarres only 2 km away for watersports and epic scenery. But alternatively, just a one-minute walk away is a delightful park with tennis courts, pond, wildlife, rose garden and children’s play area.
Prices from: £35pppn
8. Quercia di Manciano, Tuscany
Burrowed in the municipality of Mancino, Quercia di Manciano is the perfect low-key Tuscan country estate for your next multi-generational family holiday. Every preempted challenge will be taken care of before you set foot inside the villa; the nine en-suite bedrooms will provide dreamy z’s, then there’s the outdoor kitchen, perfect for joyous alfresco dining (so long as you share the chores!), and lastly the beautiful swimming pool, which happens to be one of the largest in our Tuscan portfolio is perfect for those looking to bask in the Italian sunshine. Quercia di Manciano really encompasses the Italian family saying, chi si volta, e chi si gira, sempre a casa va finire – no matter where you go or turn, you’ll always end up at home.
Prices from: £31pppn
9. Joli Champ, Dordogne
Families couldn’t pick a better choice than Joli Champ to discover the beautiful region of the Dordogne. The home is actually a detached barn that has been lovingly restored, but we can assure you, everyone will be completely smitten with this choice. There is a private heated pool to use all year round, a gated play area for the children and a patio that the whole family will enjoy. Indoors is equally as enchanting, with three cutesy bedrooms, a mezzanine with children’s toys and an open-plan lounge with the cosiest couch. It’s also worth knowing that Joli Champ is the main house at the top of the drive, but you can also book Pear Cottage and Peach Cottage to accommodate larger groups – extended cousins and all!