Inspired last minute family holidays in the UK and beyond

Whether it's a last minute family holiday to the Lake District, the Peak District, or the stunning Devon and Cornish coasts, or further afield in Greece and Spain, these holiday rentals will put the family first. Immerse yourself in the historic sites, beautiful lakes and countryside of the UK, or simply decide to surrender to the heat and flop on a white sand beach in Europe. The choice is yours.

Last minute family holidays close to home

You needn’t travel far for a memorable last minute holiday. The stunning scenery and activities in the Lake District, Devon coast or the Peak District are sure to offer something for everyone.

Finding the perfect holiday home in the Lake District

Some of the most enduring stories in children's literature are written by Beatrix Potter, whose home, Hill Top, is located just south of the town of Ambleside in the Lake District. The Lake District is the perfect place for a family holiday, known for its quaint villages, lakes and hiking terrain.Work up an appetite with a morning hike through the natural beauty of the Lake District National Park, followed by afternoon tea or the area's legendary dessert, sticky toffee pudding.

Walk the ridges from your Peak District holiday home

Discover the beauty of the Peak District National Park, known for its outdoor pursuits and hill walks. Walk the 6-miles along the Castleton Ridge Walk, past Mam Tor, one of the highest hills in the area. Or take in the mineral waters in the spa town of Buxton,where the Pavillion Gardens offers tours around a restored Victorian garden, plus events, fairs and live music.

Getting back to nature from your holiday cottage in Devon

Putting down the smart phones and leaving the social media behind is easy to do in Devon. Known for its rolling hills and picturesque beaches, it's the perfect place for a relaxing family retreat. The county's two major national parks, Exmoor and Dartmoor, are great for nature walks, wildlife and spectacular landscapes, while the coastal town of Plymouth is also a fun place to spend time. If you make it to Plymouth, take the kids to Jacka Bakery where they can sample the same type of biscuits the shop owners sold to the pilgrims before they left for America.

These last minute family holidays to Greece will leave everyone happy

It's time to take the kids on their first holiday, but where to? The Greek Islands are a perfect mix of fun for the kids and the adults.

Splashing around your holiday rental in Zakynthos

The number one reason to go to any of the Greek Islands is for the sun, sea and stunning beaches, and the island of Zakynthos is a family friendly destination that won't disappoint. There are numerous family-friendly beaches perfect for families, including Gerakas Beach with its wide strip of sand, sunloungers and a loggerhead turtle sanctuary, while Agios Nikolaos, Alykanas and Tsilivi all offer water sport facilities and safe swimming. Boat tours to visit a shipwreck site or turtle spotting are available for kids who want a change from the beach, while the island also has plenty of family-friendly spots with playgrounds, laid-back restaurants and welcoming tavernas.

Sunny villa rentals in Corfu

Sand, sun, and fun are the big attractions for families looking to escape to Corfu. Found in the extreme northwest part of Greece in the Ionian Sea, Corfu has been a tourist destination for hundreds of years. Two of the best family-friendly beaches are Glyfada and Pelekas, while the sandy beach at Saint Gordios is perfect for small children. Corfu also has several high-end water parks to entertain the kids.

These last minute family holidays to Spain are a sunny change of pace

The idea of culture coupled with the reality of kids is never a very easy space to bridge. But it is certainly a lot easier in Andalusia and along the Costa del Sol of Spain.

Seville villa rentals that are perfect for the family

Delicious food, beautiful architecture, fun and flamenco can all be found in Seville. Some of the more interesting family-friendly spots include the La Giralda bell tower at the Catedral de Santa María de la Sede, where kids can climb to the top of the tower and help ring the bells. Mary Luisa Park is also a perfect place for the kids to play while you relax, picnic and enjoy the slower pace of the city. Meanwhile, most restaurants are kid friendly but if you're not up to taking the kids out to dinner, there's a really good selection of restaurants that deliver.

Sunny Malaga is perfect for a family holiday rental

As the unofficial capital of Spain's Costa del Sol, Malaga is the perfect jumping off spot for reaching the numerous beaches that line the coast. Most are family friendly and a perfect place to enjoy the sun and sea. If you're looking to sneak a little culture in, Malaga is the birthplace of Pablo Picasso and the city's Picasso Museum is a must see for any art lover.