How to find a holiday cottage that keeps the kids entertained!

As a busy parent, it can be hard enough trying to make time during the day (or late at night!) to find your perfect holiday cottage for that next all-important family break away. 

With so many places to choose from, location might be the least important part of your search when considering how to keep the kids entertained!

So we put ourselves in your shoes and thought hard about how to offer you the greatest possible flexibility to find the your next family holiday cottage within minutes…

Hundreds of property features to choose from

It’s not just location, for example, near the coast, that’s important when considering the kids. It’s also the features inside the property itself, for example, a games room, which can make or break a holiday especially when the weather is poor or you just don’t fancy travelling far.

So we have created literally hundreds of holiday cottage ‘features’ you can choose from to help narrow down your search.

These include all the essentials such as a washing machine, dishwasher, TV etc. But if you have a small baby, you might also need a microwave, stairgate, cot and highchair? No problem.

And then there are quirkier search options such as a swing, slide, trampoline, treehouse and play area. Or how about cottages with a pool table, snooker table, dart board, swimming pool or tennis court? You’ll find them all with us.

And last but not least, what about you? You might find you want to add a hot tub, coffee machine or even a wine fridge to your list! We’ve got them all…

Features box on Holiday Cottage Compare search page

Inspiration in one place

Stuck for ideas? Don’t worry. We have gathered together some of our most popular holiday ideas for an easy search over a coffee.

Holiday ideas page

Availability when YOU want it

Families with school children organising a break obviously tend to be restricted to school holidays -  and yet so few holiday cottage websites let you look for the whole of, for example, the summer holidays.

Instead, you have to search week by week by week.

But not with Holiday Cottage Compare. We let you put in the start date and end date of your summer holidays (as they can vary from region to region) and we’ll then show you ALL the properties free during that period. Simple.

Alternatively, you might prefer to browse one of our holiday ideas offers for holiday cottages available during the school summer holidays for less than £600 per week.

Draw your own search area on a map!

You can choose a location in several different ways, all designed to suit you.

You might prefer to look for cottages within a chosen drive time or distance from your house (or any other location you fancy).

Or you might prefer to select a defined region or area of interest from our map.

But did you know that you can even draw your own area on a map, which allows you to design the quirkiest shape imaginable for your search?

And if you are feeling short of inspiration, you can just browse our most popular holiday destinations page.

Draw your own search on a map with Holiday Cottage Compare

Instant booking

Our properties display real time pricing and availability as well as offering instant online booking. That means if you have found your perfect place, you can be reassured that the price is correct and that it’s free to book there and then.

We can help you find your perfect cottage

And if time really isn’t on your side, don’t forget that you can always contact us for help and advice on finding a holiday cottage. Matching you with your ideal property is one of our favourite challenges!

And remember, the price you pay for your holiday cottage is the price its owner or agent sets for it. It's the best price available, with no additional charges from us.

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