Three-generation family holidays with the grandparents in tow can be difficult to get right. You need spacious accommodation, stress-free travel options and activities for all interests and age groups. Here’s our top five to help you put together a family holiday that’s memorable for the right reasons…

Chalet de L’Ange, Alps
The Alps are not only a mecca for extreme sports fanatics in Summer; families head there for land and river-based entry-level activities, laid-back day trips and a culturally-rich calendar of events. Chalet de L’Ange sits just outside Morzine in the pretty hamlet of Montriond. Its multiple ensuite bedrooms, large open-plan dining space and beautiful indoor and outdoor lounge areas will comfortably contain even the largest of extended families.

Designed by architect Herve Marullaz to make the most of the natural setting, the large windows and balconies deliver epic mountain views and the hot tub offers an inviting escape once the kids are in bed. Families love spending the day at nearby Lac Montriond, which has a supervised bathing area, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards for hire.

Book here: aikats.eu

Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire
If you want to feel a million miles away from home but not actually travel that far, the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire is a great place to unwind. In this beautiful landscape of meadow, forest, river and rock, energetic small and big kids alike will enjoy forest ranger led walks; cycling; canoeing; caving and climbing. A fantastic location for foodies, the region produces organic juices, top quality cheeses, Gloucester Old Spot bacon and smoked Severn salmon, with plenty of tasting opportunities at the bustling markets, farm shops and country pubs.

Stay close to nature but with all the comforts you need in a log cabin at Forest Holidays. The Golden Oak cabins sleep up to eight in four bedrooms, have a flat-screen TV with an entertainment package, a fully integrated kitchen, a log-burning stove and a deck with barbecue rack and hot tub.

Book here: forestholidays.co.uk

La Masia Antigua, Andalucía
La Masia Antigua is a spacious and graceful family villa set in fourteen acres of grounds with views over Grazalema National Park in the heart of Andalucía in Spain.  Carefully restored to retain its original charm, the large open-plan living/dining room and country kitchen is perfect for family gatherings and will easily contain even the largest of extended families.  There are plenty of opportunities to shade from the mid-day Spanish sun in the fountains and trees of the cobbled courtyard, or al fresco dining area of the pool house.

The villa is positioned in a good location for exploring the coast, countryside, towns and cities of Andalucía. Avoid the clans descending upon on the infamous Costa del Sol, and instead take in the sights of Ronda, Seville and Cordoba.

Book here: cvvillas.com

Howbeck Lodge Farm, Lake District
Take a peek into the world of farming on Howbeck Lodge Farm in the Lake District. This is glamping the grandparents can handle, in spacious and comfortable ‘Canvas Lodges’ with a cooking stove, running water and flushing toilets. Howbeck is a traditional sheep and beef farm of 300 acres, which the Stobart family have farmed for over 20 years. Farmer John is passionate about his livestock, particularly his Highland cattle, which families can see grazing just a stone’s throw from the tents.

The pretty farm pantry sells homemade produce and the farm is a short stroll away from the village of Hesket Newmarket and the popular Old Crown Pub. There’s plenty to do: take a farm tour; explore the quiet beaches at Solway Firth or take to the water on the beautiful lakes the region is famous for.

Book here: Feather Down

Martinhal, Sagres
The area around Sagres is the most unspoilt of Portugal’s popular Algarve coastline. The chic Martinhal Villas will redefine your idea of resort-based family holidays. The villas are set within a protected natural park by a long sandy beach, with a design that promotes seaside living and capitalises on the sensational views.  The low-rise villas are made with locally sourced wood, stone and cork to create a natural and contemporary feel. They have beautifully designed kitchens for self-catering, but if you don’t feel like cooking you can pick up a takeaway from the on-site shop or dine on Portuguese specialities whilst overlooking the sea at O Terraco restaurant.

Without strolling too far the whole family can find what they need with swimming pools, tennis courts, a spa, crèche and kids’ club on the grounds. It’s the perfect spot for a hassle-free holiday that doesn’t compromise on style or luxury comforts.

martinhal.com

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