Just because you’re travelling with kids doesn’t mean you have to compromise on style. At The Staycation Collection, we believe little moments of magic should be built into your routine, and mini-breaks with your family should certainly be a regular occurrence - whether it’s an afternoon in a forest, a night in a yurt to gaze at stars, or a week at the sea - as these will be the memories you look back at and grin from ear-to-ear.
To help make this easier for you, we’ve put together a list of our favourite Ferienwohnung, cabins and houses that are very family-friendly, utterly beautiful and don’t break the bank
What could be more perfect for a family vacation than a secluded cabin surrounded by forest, where you can slide open the terrace doors and let the kids explore between the fir trees that start on your doorstep? The Knotted Cabin is a beautifully designed escape that blends natural materials with sleek, bold interiors, creating a stylish stay.
Family FYI: There’s a high chair that can be provided on request. Note that the stairs to the mezzanine bedroom are open. There’s also a selection of children's books and toys (building blocks etc). The garden is huge and there’s even a sandpit, treehouse and swings.
Price: from €110 per night.
Before raising her three children here, owner Julia grew up visiting this ancient farmhouse regularly as a child, playing in the garden with her grandmother Anna. Thanks to this, as well as Julia’s continued work on the house, the energy here is incredibly restful and ensures families fit in with ease. Beyond the farmhouse, you’re surrounded by Bavaria’s beautiful natural landscape.
Family FYI: Kids are more than welcome, and cots, high chairs and baby monitors can be provided, as can diaper bags, children's dishes, bibs, and toys. There’s an onsite playground, riding equipment such as a go-kart and bikes.
Price: from €60 per night.
Climbing mountains, catching steam trains before curling up in front of the fire with a hot chocolate sounds like the perfect day for adults and children alike. Harz Townhouse is perfectly located at the edge of a Harz town’s charming Altstadt that is full of half-timbered houses, cobbled streets and museums and galleries and surrounded by snow-capped mountain peaks.
Family FYI: The Harz Townhouse is very family-friendly. There are bunk beds, and a baby bed (cot) can be provided, as can a highchair.
Price: from €100 per night.
Staying in these Tiny House cabins feels like an adventure. Some wooden structures contain sumptuous beds for the grown-ups and others have windows to the sky that allows little ones to watch out for shooting stars as they drift off to sleep. On the doorstep is the Elbe and numerous sandy beaches, as well as kilometres of unspoilt cycling paths.
Family FYI: Kids are more than welcome. There are play facilities for them on-site, too.
Price: from €20 per night.
When we think of our childhood, the things that make us smile the most are long summer afternoons running around outside, playing with friends, siblings and cousins. The Village Farmhouse is the epitome of these memories. It’s a celebration of the simplicity of country life, in a lovingly renovated 19th-century farmhouse, surrounded by unspoilt lakes.
Family FYI: The “hay hostel” (a barn filled with hay bales that are then dressed with bedding) is a lot of fun for little ones! Alternatively, the apartments all make for great options, and one - Alte Kate - has a special children’s bed.
Price: from €60 per night.
Just steps away from the Bodden, with its bathing areas, surfing and kite spots, are these two individually-designed cabins that have unobstructed views of meadows. The modern furniture is fun and functional, and the sprawling terrace is perfect for parents to retire to with a glass of wine once the kids have gone to bed.
Family FYI: The two cabins can be rented together, meaning here is ideal for an extended family getaway. There are toys and the garden is huge.
Price: from €65 per night.
Owners Julia and Steffan have little ones of their own, and when renovating this beautiful old Brandenburg Denkmal said: “We learned a lot about what holidays with children mean and that it is often the little things that make the difference between holiday stress and real relaxation.” Therefore this space is ideal for families looking to escape the city.
Family FYI: The large garden has a playground for little ones, and the apartments range in size (all can fit a baby bed, which can be provided).
Price: from €85 per night.
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