Keeping everyone entertained on a family holiday or short break can be a challenge, especially when it comes to teenagers (and pre-teens for that matter!). Yorkshire holiday cottage specialists Gorgeous Cottages have taken a look at some things to think about when it comes to keeping your teens (and tweens) happy on a UK cottage holiday.

Check the WIFI

OK so it probably goes without saying that a teenager without WIFI isn’t going to be a happy teenager. While it might be tempting to cut them off from the online world it is probably better to have some sort of compromise in place. Making sure there is WIFI in the cottage will mean they can get their fill of Facebook, Youtube videos and Netflix – even if it is only for an allotted time each day.

Space for everyone

Another way to stop arguments is to ensure there is a second living room or snug where teenagers (or parents) can get away for a bit. If there is a television/music system/DVD or games console in here than even better. No arguments over what to watch on tv is always a winner with me!

Outside space is also important. Look out for a holiday cottage with outside seating, BBQ facilities or even a hot tub! everyone can relax and enjoy their uK cottage holiday.

Anyone for a game?

Games can come in many different formats and are a great way for families to get together and keep everyone entertained. From a competitive board game to an Xbox challenge, who doesn’t love a family games night?

Some family friendly holiday cottages even come with a dedicated games room, so you could set up a pool tournament or table tennis challenge! A great way for some family bonding.

Check what attractions are nearby

It’s always a good idea to try and plan some activities for the holiday and make sure everyone gets an input. There’s plenty of things to do throughout Yorkshire from Segway and tree top challenges at go Ape to thrilling rides at Lightwater valley and flamingo Land.

Other favourites include Forbidden Corner near Middleham and York Dungeons. plan ahead and everyone in the family will have a great time on the cottage holiday.


Explore the great outdoors

Some of the best days out are completely free of charge – such as exploring Brimham rocks, Malham cover or Aysgarth falls in the Yorkshire Dales.

A bike ride is a great way for everyone to burn off some energy and see lots of the gorgeous Yorkshire countryside and you can’t beat the views from climbing up Roseberry Topping in the North York Moors. Outdoor activities to try in Yorkshire range from Alpaca Trekking in the Yorkshire Dales to kayaking and canoeing. Everybody loves a day at the seaside and Whitby is always a firm favourite – especially when a day trip comes with fish & chips and an ice cream.

Whitby Bay

Retail Therapy

If your teen or tween prefers a day browsing the shops then climbing up Roseberry Topping, there’s plenty of places in Yorkshire for a spot of retail therapy.

York and Harrogate both have a great mix of high street chains and independent boutiques and you can always stop at Bettys afterwards for a spot of afternoon tea – perfect for a special treat!

Broaden their horizons

There’s lots of culture and history to explore throughout Yorkshire with interesting stately homes, art galleries and historic remains.

Castle Howard - family holidays
Castle Howard
Credit: Mark Davis

Some places to try include Castle Howard in the Howardian Hills, Burton Agnes Hall in the Yorkshire Wolds and Bolton Castle in the Yorkshire Dales.

There’s also lots of artisan food producers and talented chefs in this region – it’s well worth visiting a food market or trying out one of the fabulous gastro pubs and restaurants. You never know you could spark something in your teen or tween that could lead to a future career!

Family-friendly holiday cottages


Roseberry View - family holidays Gorgeous Cottages

Sleeps 7

This gorgeous barn conversion has a peaceful position near Roseberry Topping and comes with a pool table, hot tub and barrel sauna to keep everyone happy.

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Arundel-Grange - family friendy cottages

Sleeps 7

Reconnect with nature with a break at the gorgeous Arundel Grange. Tucked away in Coverdale it’s also close to the fabulous Forbidden Corner.

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Curlew Cottage Goathland - family friendly cottage

Sleeps 8

Teens, tweens and adults alike will love the games room at Curlew Cottage. This large cottage in Goathland also has gorgeous gardens and a BBQ house for when the sun comes out.

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Rowan House Hackforth - friendly friendly Cottages

Sleeps 8

This peaceful property between Bedale and Richmond comes with a separate snug for teenagers. The large gardens (with BBQ) are surrounded by three acres of paddocks (complete with friendly horses) and fields.

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  1. Great article, it’s really useful for holiday cottage owners to understand what they are getting into when they get a hot tub for their rental.

    As an alternative to financing, servicing & maintaining your own hot tub, I run a company that leases fully-serviced hot-tubs to holiday home owners. Prices start from 80pcm, if people would like to look at this option you can do so here:

    Keep up the good work!


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