All the things to consider when choosing a family holiday home to buy...
Buying a holiday home for the whole family to enjoy together will give you a special place that will always put a smile on your face. With the little ones running around and perhaps your four legged friend chasing their favourite toys, you'll probably be looking for something with plenty of space plus all the practicalities that make family holidays a little bit easier too. Our advice on finding the best family holiday home to buy, will help you know what to look out for to make sure your years of holidaying together are cherished for years to come.
At Aria Resorts we can find you a lodge, boutique barn or caravan big enough for the whole brood to spread out and enjoy, with comfortable open plan living areas to bring you all together for meal time treats, family games or just a quiet night in front of the telly. Together we can find you your own bolthole of happiness.
Caravans are a great value option for a family holiday home. If you have a larger family you'll want to look out for a three bedroom which will comfortably sleep six. Most caravans also have the option of a pull out bed in the living room, so if the grandparents or the kids' friends want to join you for a short break, you'll have a bit of extra bed space to put to use.
With all of the bits and bobs you need for a beach day and often several changes of clothes required for each day, you will want to make sure you opt for a holiday home with plenty of storage. Look out for smart storage options such as under bed or sofa storage; and over bed cupboards will also add to your storage capabilities, so that you can even leave a few bits behind to make packing a lot lighter every time you visit.
Caravans with fixed seating are ideal for making sure that the whole family can find a comfortable spot for movie nights and will also give you lots of floor space for sprawling out with board games and colouring books. A dinette dinner table is also a fantastic space saver that still allows you to enjoy family meal times together.
Look out for models that maximise on living space to make sure that you have plenty of space for family together time, whilst still having cosy bedrooms to retire to at the end of a busy day. With a growing family, it is also a great idea to seek out caravans with two bathrooms, or at least a second toilet so that getting going in the morning is simple and stress free.
You might also want to think about the little added touches that will make your holidays easy breezy, whether it is USB charge points for keeping teenagers devices ever ready, a Bluetooth sound system to set the tone for your holiday time, or perhaps a wine fridge should really be the priority!
Luxury lodges usually measure up at at least 40ft x 20ft and at double the size of a standard caravan they give families a tonne of extra space, as well as a few little luxuries, making them an ideal holiday home for families to buy. Available with two or three bedrooms and often with full size single beds and snuggly, king-size doubles, they are ideal for older children and parents to get a delicious night's sleep, so you can wake up ready to enjoy the day ahead.
The majority of lodges come with two bathrooms and often have a full size bath in one of them, so washing sandy little toes is no problem at all, and adults also get a relaxing soak away from the family chaos. The practicalities in a lodge just keep coming with space for all the modern appliances that we have come to rely on including large fridge freezers, dishwashers, washing machines and microwaves all helping to make your family holidays as easy and relaxed as possible.
In a lodge you can look out for super useful features such as a utility room to help clean up muddy boots and sandy wetsuits, without bringing the mess into your living space; or perhaps a breakfast bar for a quick informal tea before bed.
Luxury lodges benefit from a larger decking area, which wraps around the whole holiday home, so you'll have a safe, enclosed space for little ones to enjoy, whilst you grab a bit of 'you time'. If you are looking for a family holiday home with a hot tub, the larger decking on a luxury lodge means you can indulge in some bubbles and still have space for some al fresco dinners too.
If you are looking for a family holiday home that stands out from the crowd, our barns at Retallack Resort & Spa make an excellent candidate. At 1,250 square foot, our four bed barn with a roof terrace is the ultimate family holiday home in sunny Cornwall and you won't find another like it in the county!
Once you step through the door, you’ll find large open living space creating a sociable atmosphere for you to enjoy quality time together. In this super stylish holiday home it's easy to spend time together or break away to find a quiet nook. Take a sneaky snooze in a pillow soft bed, curl up with a good book in the egg chair on your ground floor decking or gather the whole family for an evening under the stars at you very own roof terrace venue, complete with sunken hot tub, sofa area and sophisticated dinner setting.
With the two en-suite shower rooms, one family bathroom, and an additional toilet, you won’t ever need to worry about queues for the shower and everyone gets their privacy, so inviting friends or extended family to join your family holiday is always an option.
With sophisticated styling, a barn at Retallack will help adults feel like they have escaped to a luxurious hotel and the space is so versatile it is suitable for young, growing families or those with older children who enjoy some independence.
Finding the best place for a family holiday home is one thing, but you also want to make sure the resort is best suited to keeping you and your tribe happy each and every day. Aria Resorts have a number of resorts which are designed for family fun and also ideally located for days of exploration too.
The Bay Filey in Yorkshire has plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained with archery for all, an all weather tennis court and indoor pool. You'll find a bar and eatery to give you a break from the kitchen and the beach is so close that even little legs can manage the walk.
If you have an active family The Lakes Rookley on the Isle of Wight and Retallack Resort & Spa in Cornwall have water sports for the whole family to dive in and enjoy, from SUPs and kayaking to an inflatable volleyball court and aqua park... it's fun for everyone, but particularly great for keeping older kids entertained!
Newquay Bay Resort also has facilities to keep families fully entertained. When you decide to opt for a day on resort Join in with activities like ready steady teddy, clay play and body zorbs; or make a splash in one of the two swimming pools.
Younger families might prefer the relative quiet of Newperran or Bude Holiday Resort which enjoy a relaxed vibe but still provide kid approved facilities such as swimming pools and play areas as well as bar and eateries for enjoying family holiday treats.