Family Friendly Stays #9

Nyhavn Copenhagen Denmark

Welcome to Family Friendly Stays #9

I hope everyone had a brilliant break over Easter. We spent a week in Denmark, taking in Copenhagen, Roskilde, Odense and a few fun packed days in Billund: the home of Lego! We loved Denmark, it is such a civilised place: bikes take priority over cars and cafes have blankets so you can sip coffee outdoors in cooler months. 

We really enjoyed exploring Copenhagen. It has a fantastic national museum which our kids loved. The museum has a huge section for children including a Viking ship, a castle and a re-created early 20th century backyard complete with outdoor privy. And of course there were lots of dressing up clothes. I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to take the kids to a normal museum again, they were thoroughly spoilt!

Cycling in Copenhagen was great fun. We explored the southern harbour where huge residential developments are being built. Imagine living in a city centre and having a sandy beach and a swimming lagoon literally on your doorstep, this is a reality for many lucky locals in Copenhagen. And we discovered some amazing play spaces as well: the boys enjoyed clambering around on some very creative structures.

Our base in Copenhagen was the Generator which is part of a new breed of hostels: it’s part hostel and part hotel. We stayed in a very comfortable en-suite family room. The Generator is in a great location for exploring Copenhagen: we were able to walk or cycle to most places. I’ve linked up my blog post about the Generator Hostel Copenhagen to this month’s Family Friendly Stays. 

Communal youth hostel space Denmark

Generator Hostel Copenhagen

Family Friendly Stays took a little break for Easter but we had some great link ups in March. I loved the sound of Y Felin Cottage in Snowdonia, reviewed by Angharad at This Bristol Brood: stunning views and a great location for exploring this beautiful part of Wales.

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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  1. 1st May 2019 / 2:32 pm

    Copenhagen sounds so fab – Im so desperate to go here! Thanks so much for the shout out for my blog, super chuffed!

    • 2nd May 2019 / 11:30 am

      It was a lovely read. Wales is amazing, even more so when the sun shines!

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