The best family breaks: five quirky stays for a holiday with the wow-factor

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by Katie Banks |
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Closer look at fun alternative accommodations out there – from the wacky, to the wonderful to the breathtakingly beautiful - guaranteed to create lasting memories that will last a lifetime…

The sun is finally coming out and we all love a great family holiday – so why not plan a break with that little bit of extra pizzazz.

The celebs are already following the trend for more adventurous holidays with Kourtney Kardashian recently staying in an Airstream trailer on the Malibu coast, while supermodel Nina Agdal showed how to go glamping in style on her visit to the Burning Man Festival.

And if you fancied snuggling up to your other half in the trees, influencers Zoella and her brother Joe Suggs shared pics with their partners sharing a luxury treehouse, complete with two hot tubs and a private chef.

Recent research from found that half of UK parents forgo their dream destination to ensure a family friendly holiday and, a fifth (20%) of UK parents find planning their trips to be one of the biggest stressors when it comes to family holidays.

So to stop any stressing, we can reveal the five most unique accommodation options in the UK and Europe which combine: family needs, gorgeous surroundings and amazing experiences that everyone will remember for years to come. From llama treks, to tree houses, to trips filled with outdoor activities…. there is something for everyone.

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Check out the top five alternative family holidays:


STACKED Check out the top five alternative stays:

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The Mountain Pod

Whitepod, Monthey, Switzerland, Guest Review 9.3/10Set 1,1,313 feet above sea level, Whitepod offers an incredible experience all year round. Each pod comes with a pellet stove and an en-suite bathroom and has a floor-to-ceiling window facing the incredible views of the valley. There's an abundance of activities available to suit the whole family, from board games to puzzles to dog karting, paragliding, guided tours as well as relaxing massages. There are also 15.5 miles of breath taking signposted trails available all year round, to explore the local surroundings. Whitepod also offers a central chalet with a spa centre, sauna facilities and a bar, with a buffet breakfast and kid's meal options served daily. Located in the village of Les Cerniers, the resort is also just a 25-minute drive off the A9 motorway to Martigny for those planning to reach their family holiday destination by car.

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The llama B&B

Llamas Pyjamas, Brougham, Penrith, United Kingdom, Guest Review 8.9/10Escape to this unique South American style bed and breakfast in the heart of Cumbria. The Llamas Pyjamas is perfect for families who enjoy outdoor activities, visiting landmarks and who love llamas! Who wouldn't love the opportunity to trek side by side with a furry llama? If that isn't enough, the property overlooks the Lake District countryside and is walking distance from forests, castles and glorious mountains.

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Riverside glamping

Oxford Riverside Glamping Swinford, Oxford Guest Review 9.3/10Go back to basics with a touch of luxury at Oxford Riverside glamping. Each bell tent is equipped with electric heating, charging points and an external fire pit, ideal for cosy nights toasting marshmallows with the family. Bed linen, cooking utensils, and hot water bottles are also provided, so no need to cram the car with 'camping essentials' ahead of your tip! Set in a beautiful countryside location, you're also close to attractions such as Blenheim Palace and Bicester Village, if you fancy a spot of culture or shopping. Other attractions such as Farmoor Reservoir is just a 22-minute walk away, which provides sailing and windsurfing – perfect for the adrenaline junkies of the family.

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Castle living

Cornhill Castle Biggar, Scotland Guest Review 9.2/10Cornhill Castle offers an incredible stay for families looking to venture up to Scotland this summer and enjoy the great outdoors. With local walking trails in close proximity, this property is also pet-friendly, so you can bring your pooch in tow! Additionally, Edinburgh is just 28 miles from the property, which makes fit perfect for a day visit to enjoy quality family time together, complemented with incredible city views and rich history. What's more, all rooms are beautifully decorated and many offer stunning views of the surrounding countryside and vast gardens complete with children's play area ensuring parents get plenty of opportunity to relax and unwind.

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The Arctic Treehouse

Arctic TreeHouse Hotel, Rovaniemi, Finland, Guest Review 8.9/10Located on site of SantaPark, Arctic TreeHouse Hotel provides a unique blend of luxury comfort, local Lappish traditions and modern Scandinavian design. In contrast to the meticulously designed accommodation and nest-like cosiness, the panoramic views from the windows provide impressive vistas of the forest and Arctic skies. Families can expect extraordinary experiences while immersed in one of nature's most magical settings.

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