Here at Oliver’s Travels, we’ve all got one thing in common – we were bitten by the travel bug very early on. The holidays we had as kids opened our eyes to new places, new foods, new experiences and different languages, and we’re still chasing all those things now!
If you’re looking for a perfect family villa holiday, we know what it takes to make a great trip for kids and adults alike. We’ve handpicked properties specifically because they are great for families of all ages – whether you’re taking teens or tots along with you. Some are family friendly villas by the beach, others have fantastic pools – and all of them have that Oliver’s Travels trademark of being out of the ordinary.
It’s not easy picking the perfect villa – so we’ve made things a bit easier for you by picking our ten faves.
Location: Dordogne, France
Price from: £15pppn
Family Friendly Feature: This classic and yet eclectic chateau in the Dordogne may not at first glance look like a kiddie haven, but be prepared to be surprised. Outside there is acres of space for children to run wild and a wonderful swimming pool. Indoors has an extensive games room which will keep the little ones entertained for hours.
Location: Midi-Pyrenees, France
Price from: £35pppn
Family Friendly Feature: This comfortable and stylish farmhouse is set in in acres of corn and sunflower fields. The pool has wide steps, perfect for little ones learning to swim, and has a cover with an alarm to keep everyone safe when it’s not in use. The huge gardens are great for playing, with a wendy house on stilts, bikes and fun ride on toys. Indoors is fully kid-equipped with books, toys, DVDs and a PlayStation.
3. Haven Lodge
Price from: £55pppn
Family Friendly Feature: Haven Lodge is perfect for all ages, but what makes this lodge even more special is the fact that Fido can come along too. From the villa, families can take a 10-minute drive to Dawlish Beach, and once there your thrill seekers can try their hand at surfing, whilst you sit and watch from the comfort of your deckchair.
4. Villa Sol
Location: French Riviera (Cote D’Azur), France
Price from: £105pppn
Family Friendly Feature: You’ll be greeted with an ideal location that’ll make the collective family jaw fall to the floor! The beach is less than 1km away and you can walk to the port is less than five minutes to enjoy a bit of coastal indulgence. Don’t feel like going out? There’s a fun swing and a child-safe pool in the villa garden, so you can enjoy yourself in total peace and tranquillity.
Location: Burgundy, France
Price from: £32pppn
Family Friendly Feature: A baby bedroom will ensure the youngest members of the family will get a good night’s sleep, while games consoles, free wifi and bicycles will keep older kids happy. In the meantime, adults can sneak off and indulge themselves in the sauna or steam room!
Location: Tuscany, Italy
Price from: £33pppn
Family Friendly Feature: This traditional and historic 19th century Tuscan farmhouse is in a quiet and secluded area of Tuscany, ideal if you want to escape the crowds. You will be surrounded by flora and fauna perfect for exploring with the kids, and you may even see some of the wildlife that is common in the area, such as wild boar, foxes and deer. It has plenty of outside space, a full size pool and a thoughtful mini pool for little ones.
7. Villa El Cid
Price from: £21pppn
Family Friendly Feature: Undeniably great for families with children of all ages. And the ‘why’ is simple – Villa El Cid has an array of outdoor activities that just can’t be competed with. Not to mention that all our guests will benefit from full access to the Monasterios Club. The club has 5 pools, tennis courts, a pool bar and playgrounds.
Location: Sussex, UK
Price from: £56pppn
Family Friendly Feature: With a huge games room in the house (including ping pong and a pool table), and a sailing and canoeing school just steps away – the kids will be well entertained at this lovely waterfront property. You’ll feel as though you have the entire lake of Bewl Water to yourselves in the huge grounds of this property, so the whole family can run around to their hearts’ content.
Location: Languedoc, France
Price from: £98pppn
Family Friendly Feature: Kids will be absolutely spoiled for choice at this ultra-luxury villa on the trendy Montpellier coast. They can enjoy use of the speed boat, waterskis and kayaks as part of the villas watersports program, then chill out in the very cool infinity pool. Inside, there’s an en-suite basement bedroom perfect for teenagers, loads of gadgets and games and even a cinema room with a huge DVD library.
Location: Sussex, UK
Price from: £53pppn
Family Friendly Feature: Kid-friendly features abound at this secluded Sussex country house. It has a purpose-built outdoor play area, a trampoline, heated chlorine-free pool, tennis courts and even a horse riding stable. Indoors is very comfortable, designed for spending time as a family either eating, watching movies, playing on the Wii or perhaps playing the piano.
Take a look at all our family holiday villas for more great choices, or contact our concierge team to take the hassle out of looking for a place – just tell them what you’re looking for and they’ll do the rest!