Many hotels are geared towards two adults and two children and when pricing holidays abroad we are often forced to choose two inter-connecting rooms which can work out rather pricey. It honestly is a real struggle especially when the children are young and you don't really want them to stay in their own room. I thought I would put together a post featuring some of the holiday's we have enjoyed that have catered for five people in one room.
Camping and Glamping
Camping is an obvious option - as our family has grown we have swapped traditional camping for glamping (it is soooo much easier) but when Harry and Heidi were little we had an 8 berth tent and used to take the grandparents with us.
As mentioned, we are now much more likely to go glamping than camping and bell tents like these ones at The Bells of Hemscott) are usually big enough to sleep 5 people.
Wigwams usually cater for up to 5 people and are very reasonably priced and a real adventure for the family. Often they will come with an electricity supply, lighting and heating and you have to take your own bedding. Not the most luxurious holiday you'll ever have but it is an option if you like your home comforts. Check out our wigwam holidays at Springhill Farm in Northumberland and Hilly Cow near Edinburgh.
In keeping with the 'glamping' option, large yurts generally sleep up to 6 people and can provide a cosy way to get close to nature. There are sites up and down the country but we have a particular soft spot for WestWood Yurts at Gibside.
Bed and Breakfast
A few years ago I discovered roomfor5.co.uk which is a website specialising in accommodation for families of 5+. I loved the look of The Paddock in Henley on Thames and it was a real bargain. At £120 for 5 of us including a homemade breakfast in the Summer holidays it was very good value as we had a huge suite and use of a beautiful garden to ourself. I now use this website whenever I am planning a few nights away with the family.
UK Holiday parks
Most UK holiday parks offer accommodation for larger families. Our favourite has to be the absolutely fabulous family rooms at The Wave Hotel in Butlin's Bognor Regis - family rooms are actually two rooms joined together so it was fantastic having four bedrooms and two bathrooms. Center Parcs have plenty of options for larger families too and the New Style 3 bedroom lodges were perfect for us with just the right amount of space. We also have access to our in-law's caravan at Park Resorts. We have stayed here often and the kids love nothing more than staying at 'Grannie's Caravan' in the Summer. Another holiday option is to choose a 3 bedroom lodge at an independent site like this chalet at Calvert Trust, Kielder.
The Wave Hotel, Butlins
Holiday Parks abroad
One of our favourite breaks away was at Sanguli in the Costa Dorada. We travelled with Al Fresco holidays and stayed in a luxury 3 bedroom caravan with our own decking and access to some fantastic facilities on site. It was lovely to be able to enjoy a nice meal and entertainment in the evening and then pop the children to bed whilst we shared a jug of sangria on the decking.
There aren't too many companies that offer 5 berth cabins but we are pleased that DFDS Seaways are one of them. They sail directly to Holland from Newcastle and our children loved their triple bunks when we sailed over Easter.
So, as you can see there are actually a fair few options out there for families of 5 (in fact there are more than I considered). We have a few more options we'll be trying out this summer so will update this post when we do. I would love to hear from other families of 5 and find out what holidays work for you?