Family Friendly Stays #7

Olive groves near Eleonas Country Village in Crete

Welcome to Family Friendly Stays #7

Hooray, it’s February! Which means spring is just around the corner, longer days and shorter nights are just a few weeks away now. In the meantime, I’m looking forward to a little trip at half term to East Sussex. We had such a brillant time there last year including a visit to Bodiam Castle, that we’ve decided to return, this time staying for a few nights in the medieval town of Rye.

It’s tempting to jet off to warmer climes to break up the monotony of the English winter but if you can find somewhere cosy to stay, wintertime is actually a brilliant time of year to explore the UK. Country walks are so much more rewarding when they end at a village pub with a roaring fire. Popular towns such as Rye will always have fewer tourists at this time of year and beaches such as nearby Camber Sands will be pretty much empty so you’ll have an epic sunset all to yourselves.

Sunset over Camber Sands, East Sussex
Sunset over Camber Sands, East Sussex

For this month’s edition of Family Friendly Stays, I’m linking my post about wonderful Eleonas Country Village which we stayed at last spring during our road trip around Crete. It’s such a brilliant place for families: children can play independently with new friends while parents can truly relax and actually feel like they’re having a holiday.

Eleonas Country Village, Crete
The swimming pool at Eleonas Country Village in Crete
The swimming pool at Eleonas Country Village in Crete

What is Family Friendly Stays?
Family Friendly Stays is a monthly blog link up where you can share blog posts about brilliant places you have stayed at with your family. It’s also the place to come to if you need some family holiday inspiration.

Have you rented a great little cottage which had a perfect garden for your children? Maybe you’ve stayed on a campsite with the most amazing swimming pool which your kids loved. Perhaps you found that all-important villa which allowed you to walk to a restaurant or a beach. Or maybe you stayed at a hotel where the staff were particularly warm and attentive to your family. It doesn’t need to be a place which is obviously family-orientated, just somewhere which worked really well for you and your brood.

This isn’t the place for all inclusive resorts, big chain hotels or cruise ships. There are plenty of online resources where you can find out everything you need about those types of holiday. Family Friendly Stays is about highlighting smaller, harder to find places to stay.

I’m hoping that Family Friendly Stays will become a community of like-minded parents sharing places to stay that genuinely welcome families.

Posts can be old or new provided you still believe the property is suitable. And if you’re not a blogger, do drop by to have a read of some of the submitted posts, you might discover your next holiday destination!

How it works:

  • Family Friendly Stays will go live on the first Wednesday of each month. It will stay live for 2 weeks.
  • Bloggers can link up one post, old or new. Please add the #FamilyFriendlyStays badge (details below) or link back to my site.
  • Please read my post plus at least 2 others, using the hashtag #FamilyFriendlyStays. We want to share these wonderful places you’ve all discovered.
  • Social media: tweet me your post with the hashtag #FamilyFriendlyStays and I will re-tweet it (@smudgedpostcard). I’ll also be adding the posts to my #FamilyFriendlyStays board on Pinterest and mentioning my favourite posts each month on the @SmudgedPostcard Facebook page. Add an image of your #FamilyFriendlyStay to Instagram and I’ll do a round up at the start of next month.

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