If you aren’t inspired to pack up your little one and head off on an adventure after this then you may never be! Travel with littles doesn’t have to be stressful, or expensive – although that is the common perception. Flights are getting cheaper and cheaper meaning the world is literally at your fingertips. I love planning holidays, but I have a lot of friends with kids who couldn’t think of anything worse. Their common worries are (in no particular order):
– where will we go?
– where will we stay?
– is it ‘kid-friendly’?
– how will we pack up all our kid-crap and fit it on the plane?
– how will our kids survive without their toys/bike/tv/insert-item-here?
Hard core travel enthusiasts will tell you that’s the point of travel – different from home, new experiences, blahdy-blah. The truth is though, most families want their holiday experience to be as stress-free as possible and that often means home comforts in the new surrounds…the best of both worlds if you will. So, how about you meet Kid & Coe. Launched by mum-of-two, Zoie Coe, the company has properties in countries all over the world available for rent that are not just safe and kid-friendly but are the actual stylish homes of people with real-life children. The residences on offer come with all the things you may need: portacots (or actual cots), prams, toys, bikes, you name it. And, because they are houses and apartments, it means that when your little one goes down for a nap, the rest of the family doesn’t need to whisper quietly waiting for the to wake…you can simply enjoy life in another room (just as you would at home) minus the guilty need to reorganise a cupboard or deep clean the bathroom. Bliss! It also means a real kitchen to cook in (if you are so inclined…I’d rather eat out on holiday – part of the fun!) and a laundry to wash dirty clothes (instead of paying a small fortune to get a miniature pair of PJs laundered in a resort!)
All of the homes – from New York to Paris, San Francisco to Mexico, the Swiss Alps to the Galapagos Islands – are approved by the Kid & Coe team (and their littles!) so stylish, functional and safe places to stay are absolutely guaranteed. Need more convincing (or perhaps some ideas to steal for your own home)? Check out some of my favourites below, or visit www.kidandcoe.com for more.
(Above: The Podere Palazzo in Trevinana, Tuscany (Italy) sleeps 10 people – so a couple of families can split the cost. Starting at $692.86USD per night, the Palazzo has 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, a pool and is just two hours from both Florence and Rome airports.)
(Above: This fabulous loft penthouse apartment in the Tribeca area of New York, New York and sleeping up to 6 adults and 2 kids it starts at $517.50USD per night. In the heart of the city’s financial district, the home comes with three bikes, loads of toys and is just four minutes walk from the nearest subway stop (Wall St). The private roof terrace gives you extra space and a birdseye view of this incredible city.)
(Above: Another great New York residence is the S. Oxford Street in Fort Greene. Just $240 a night and sleeping two adults, a child and a baby, this two bedroom apartment is close to loads of family-friendly activities in the Big Apple. The subway is just 15 minutes away and the apartment also has a 2,000sq foot shared roof terrace with views of Manhattan.)
(Above: If you’ve got a baby or toddler and would love to wander the streets of San Francisco or try their famous clam chowder down by the bay, then why not stay at the 14th Street residence? From $300USD per night, this house has a fully enclosed garden, close to public transport links and sleeps five.)
(Above: Here’s another gorgeous San Francisco property – the Idora residence. Sleeping five adults and a baby and in the Forest Hill area and starting at $240USD per night, I just love the fantastic outdoor area!)
(Above: The Baker Street Residence in Marylebone, West-central London is 210 pound a night a sleeps 2 adults and 2 children (a timber Mothercare cot is also available). Close to the High Street and Regents Park, this cute and stylish home is close to loads of stylish eateries and in a family friendly neighbourhood. With lots of great toys for the kids to play with, you might be hard pressed to get them out the door to see the sights!)
(Above: Located in the centre of Copenhagen’s old town, the Christian IXth Residence starts at $263.88USD per night and sleeps 4. The compact, yet uncluttered home showcases all that is beautiful about Danish design and the incredible location is close to the King’s Park and just 10km from the airport.)
(Above: The palatial Saint Martin Residence in France is truly amazing…inside and out! Starting at 360 euro a night and space to sleep up to 6 kids and 8 adults, this gorgeous home dates back to 1784. With Paris 40 minutes away and Versailles just 25 minutes away by car, the home has a home cinema, trampolines, bikes and a wonderful outdoor space.)
(Above: The beautiful Faubourg Residence in the Canal St Martin area of Paris starts at 240 euro a night and sleeps 2 adults, 2 children and has two additional cots if required. As well as a kids playroom and gorgeous vintage decor, the home is a short walk to a park and shops and just a 20 minute walk to Centre Pompidou.)
(Above: This 100-year-old traditional Icelandic house is perfect for a family of five. Located in the Laugardalur Valley in Iceland there is a geothermal pool and parks nearby. I love that toddler bedroom is annexed off the master…ideal if your littlest traveller is nervous about new places.)
(Above: How about letting your kids bring an Enid Blyton book to life in an 18th century Cornish Cob cottage? The perfect base to explore North Cornwall’s beaches, smugglers’ coves and pretty fishing villages, the Hobbacott Lane Residence sleeps five and prices start at just 90GBP per night.)
(Above: What about a penthouse flat in the stylish Sant Gervasi district in Barcelona, Spain? Sleeping five and starting at 180euro per night, the Aribau Street residence is a gorgeous light-filled space, is walking distance to parks and markets and offers two roof terraces with skyline views.)
(Above: Located in the heart of Tel Aviv, this is the perfect set up for a family of four. Starting at 216euro a night, this sun-filled house is in the vibrant Sheinkin neighbourhood with shops, cafes, bars just around the corner and just 15 minutes walk from the beach.)