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What does family friendly mean to you? If you’ve got young children it will be incredibly important to you to find somewhere to go on holiday that will be comfortable and welcoming for the whole family.

Now this can mean different things to different people. For example some will want a family friendly B&B or hotel to stay in, where they don’t have to worry about cooking. But others will want nothing better than a self catering cottage – just the kind of thing we have in plentiful supply here in the Cotswolds!

There are plenty of advantages to finding boltholes like this to call home for a week or two in the Cotswolds region. If you have fussy kids or kids who are allergic to certain foods, you need to be sure you provide them with the kinds of foods they’d be used to at home. Self catering accommodation gives you the best of both worlds – a nice holiday cottage to enjoy and your own timetable to stick to as well. Pick somewhere with a convenient supermarket nearby and you’ll be all set to go.

Of course family friendly can mean finding somewhere where the dog can come too. Watch for cottages that allow pets: not all of them do. Make a shortlist and ensure you pick a cottage that is close to some nice walks, so you can enjoy taking the dog out every day as well as enjoying the outdoors with the children.

Furthermore it doesn’t matter where in the Cotswolds you want to stay. You can find superb cottages and accommodation that is ideal for kids everywhere from Broadway to Wotton under Edge and Moreton in Marsh to Chipping Campden. In fact this is one of the best things about the Cotswolds. It is fairly dotted with charming villages and towns that are all within easy reach of each other. This means you can look for a true family friendly bolthole that gives you easy access to a variety of the most famous Cotswolds villages and destinations.

Of course another great perk of finding boltholes that are ideal for the whole family is that they are typically close to some of the Cotswolds’ finest destinations for all ages. Take Birdland in Bourton on the Water for example. This village is one of the most famous of all in the area, and the kids can also visit the model village and the Cotswolds Motoring Museum there. If they have seen Brum on the television they’ll delight in seeing this little car for real too.

Every holiday takes planning. But you’ll have more planning to do if you have kids to think about as well as yourself. The great news is that the Cotswolds has plenty of family friendly places to stay, so whatever you want from your holiday you are sure to have a sensational time here. It could just be one of the most family friendly places you’ve ever stayed in.