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Babygoes2 recommends properties which are suitable for babies or toddlers for a variety of reasons (go to first stop). None of these properties however is 100% child-safe. All of the property descriptions are the opinion of BabyGoes2 and not the individual property owner or tour operator. Prices, while as accurate as possible, are for guidance only. Check late deals and members offers for any price reductions or offers.
Borgo Di Campioni, Tuscany
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Borgo Di Campioni, Tuscany

Big enough for:

10

Location:

This lovely luxury house has a fantastic location in the hills of western Tuscany yet within easy reach of Lucca, Florence and not too far from the beaches at Forte Dei Marmi. Borgo di Campioni is a beautifully renovated farmhouse set amongst woods and fruit orchards, and with stunning views over the olive groves in the surrounding countryside. The villa has lots of spacious rooms, a lovely garden and a gated pool making it ideal if you're travelling with baby or children on board.

Accommodation:

High ceilings with wooden beams, terracotta floors, and exposed stone walls. Spacious rooms with large windows overlooking the surrounding hills. Ground Floor - Entrance hall, living room with dining area and working fireplace, suite with living area and 1 double bedroom en suite, 1 guest bathroom ( also suitable for wheel chair use) First Floor - 1 double bedroom en suite, 1 twin bedroom en suite, a family suite - 1 twin bedroom interconnecting to a double bedroom, both share a bathroom. Lots of flexibility with this house, with lots of eating areas, lounges, and bedroom options, perfect for a large family group or a couple of families travelling together.

Facilities:

Fenced and heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi, air conditioning throughout, central heating, broadband internet included, satellite television, baby cot & high chair on request, table tennis, wine bar.

For children:

Fenced, heated pool, table tennis, broadband

Pool:

12m x 6m solar heated and fenced swimming pool, pool house with fully equipped kitchen and covered al fresco dining area. The garden is also well lit so long evenings outside can be enjoyed to the full.

Price guide:

£3657 -£5301 per weekly depending on season

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Il Borghino, Tuscany
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Il Borghino, Tuscany
Big enough for:
14
Location:
This is a superb property with huge garden and a fenced pool. Close to Florence in the Chianti Hills with its pretty hill top towns, villages and vineyards, this villa is set in the very small hamlet of Palazzuolo. The property has plenty of space for a large extended family or group travelling together and with the large outside areas and fenced pool this makes a perfect house for families with children
Accommodation:
The villa is elegantly furnished with comfortable quality interiors, the bedrooms can be flexible with a mixture of doubles and twin rooms as well as some more suited to children/teenagers. All of the bedrooms are en-suite. The dining room and fully equipped kitchen are located on the ground floor along with two of the bedrooms and office with internet access, telephone, fax and safe. On the upper floor are two sitting rooms and the five double bedrooms. Panoramic windows look out over the surrounding area.
Pool:
Fenced with a gate which can be locked. 15m x 7m - 1.20m to 1.40m deep with ladder steps. Changing room at the pool with fridge. On the lawn there is a shady gazebo
Price guide:
£5565 to £7865 per week
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Borgo Egnazia Puglia Italy
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Borgo Egnazia Puglia Italy.

Location:

Set just a few hundred metres from the sea in a perfect central location in unspoilt Puglia, this very stylish luxury resort is perfect for families travelling with baby or children.  Bordering the ancient ruins of Egnazia to the north, and the unspoilt village of Savelletri to the south, Borgo Egnazia offers a central location from which to explore the surrounding region such as the labyrinth-like caves of Castellana, the intricate baroque architecture of Lecce, and the intriguing trulli in towns such as Ostuni, Cisternino Alberobello. The whole region is a very happy combination of fascinating towns, olive groves, sandy beaches and bright turquoise sea. The resort is ideally suited for all ages, perfect for babies, children teenagers and grown ups - and even at peak season it feels calm as there is so much space.

Accommodation:

The resort is an oasis of style and calm – rooms and suites(63) are decorated entirely in shades of white, and locally quarried limestone walls harmonise with the decor’s cream and taupe hues, creating a stunning contrast to the sapphire sea and sky. Fittings are top notch:from sumptuous bedding to serene spa-style bathrooms. There is a village area too, where one- and two-bedroom townhouses offer an elevated level of exclusivity, complete with simple self catering facilities, private Arab gardens, balconies and rooftop terraces. There are also 28 three-bedroom private villas – with the same calm, stylish décor and high quality fixtures. The villas have private gardens, rooftop terraces overlooking the sea, and each villa features its own private pool and wraparound terrace. Villas can also be interconnected to accommodate families and large groups with up to 12 bedrooms.

Facilities:

2 excellent restaurants plus beach bar/restaurant, 18-hole San Domenico Golf,One indoor and three outdoor swimming pools, Tennis courts – On site cooking school – Egnathia Spa,Beach Club, with an array of water sports, Game room with billiards and board games, Kids club and facilities from 8 mths –13 yrs, fully stocked onsite library, nearby sailing, wind and kite surfing, horseback riding, soccer and kart racing, cycling. Excellent programme of activities for adults and children

Child Care:

creche and kids club from 8 mths – 13 yrs:

For children:

Diverse range of activities, including baking, face painting, swimming, scavenger hunts, cultural exploration, obstacle courses, pottery filmaking and more;sleep room and soft play area for toddlers;Teenager zone, featuring Wii and Playstations ;Designated creative and role play areas;Chef’s garden. Plenty of family activities on offer such as cycle/horse rides.

Spa:

Fantastic spa with a wide variety of treatments using local products

Price guide:

One week in late May/early June, from around £4k for a family of 4 in a one bed suite, flights extra. Interconnecting rooms from around £6000 plus flights

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Rocco Forte's Verdura Golf & Spa, Sicily
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Rocco Forte's Verdura Golf & Spa, Sicily

Location:

Perched above a sweeping one-mile private beach and set at the end of a beautiful valley of ancient olive and orange groves Verdura Golf & Spa Resort combines hip contemporary style with traditional Sicilian motifs. Just a few minutes from the town of Sciacca and about one hour’s drive from Palermo. This is a superb luxury resort by the renowned Forte group – and offers an ideal combination of luxurious accommodation, excellent service, excellent food, a wide range of facilities for both adult and children. An ideal destination for all seasons for families looking for a very luxurious resort in an unspoilt and fascinating setting.

Accommodation:

203 sea-view rooms. All rooms are air-conditioned, with telephone, Plasma TV, iPod hook-up, clock radio, safe, mini-bar, private bathroom, DVD and CD players, yoga mats, beach bag, twice-daily maid service. There are interconnecting rooms for families and a variety of suites which are perfect choices for those travelling with baby or children, or both.

Facilities:

Four restaurants, 5 bars, gym, sauna, Spa, 45 holes of golf, 6 floodlit tennis courts, tennis, aerobics, basketball, volleyball, football, table-tennis are all complimentary, Cook school, Bicycle-hire, 3 swimming pools: 1 60m outdoor infinity pool, 1 children’s pool, 1 lap pool at the spa, Pebble beach with floating jetty and wooden platforms, 24-hour room service, dry-cleaning and laundry service, free WiFi access in all public areas, express check-in and check-out, concierge service, boutiques. The beach has parasols, double-size loungers, beach restaurant and waiter service. Situated at the heart of the resort, Verdura’s spectacular 60m infinity pool enjoys stupendous views of the sea, while a second pool at the 11-treatment room spa is part of a fabulously indulgent, architectural wonder that also houses a glass-walled gym, a yoga room, hammam, four thalassotherapy pools and sauna. The jewel in the resort’s crown is its two 18-hole championship courses and one 9-hole course, which thread their way between orange groves and the sparkling sea. Designed by leading golf course architect Kyle Phillips, they are considered among the top courses in Italy. Dining is overseen by Michelin-starred Fulvio Pierangelini .

For children:

Children’s Club (4-12), Teen ‘Hang-out’, children’s pool, babysitting. Younger children can attend the creche by prior arrangement (local charge for the extra staff)

Price guide:

7 nights from £1,598 per adult for a week low season to £2,764 per adult high season.

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Villa La Terme, Tuscany
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Villa La Terme

Location:

 Villa le Terme offers fully renovated farmhouse accommodation in Tuscany, with views over the Chianti hills, a short distance from the medieval village of San Gimignano. 

Accommodation:

The villa has 5 bedrooms arranged over both floors, with various beautifully furnished living  and dining areas. Perfect for an extended family or group, with the option to have further accommodation for an even larger gathering.

Enter through an entrance hall on the ground floor into the kitchen, fully equipped for large parties. The main dining room, equipped with a Hi-Fi, has doors that lead to the patio. The living room has been converted from the old barn, it has sofas, satellite TV and home cinema and spiral stairs that lead to the mezzanine floor with pool table.

There is a pizza room with a wood burning pizza oven and indoor barbeque. Also on this floor is a double bedroom which is accessed via the dining room, it has an en-suite spa with showers (one cold, one hot/cold), sauna, steam room, WC, sinks and corner Jacuzzi bath.

First Floor On this floor is a double bedroom with en-suite Jacuzzi bath; there is also another double bedroom with separate external access and seating area, huge fireplace and en-suite bathroom. There are also two further double, en-suite rooms and a separate shower room. 

Facilities:

Tennis court, WiFi, Pool table, childrens toys and playground, partial air conditioning, Ipod docking, underfloor heating, steam room, jacuzzi.

For children:

Children toys and playground. 

Pool:

Large fenced pool (16m x 7m)

Additional Information:

For larger groups, you may rent a cottage located on the same estate which accommodates up to 10 additional guests.

Maid service is included twice per week - extra can be arranged at extra cost as well as, chef servicem, meal delivery, transfers, guided tours, cookery classes and all manner of activities.

Sleeps:
10
Price guide:

£5306 - £9834 per week depending on season

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Villa Radicata - Mum and Baby Experience
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Villa Radicata, East Tuscany Italy

Big enough for:

Up to 10 - also with adjacent flat sleeping 2-4.

Location:

Villa Radicata is a beautiful  traditional restored farmhouse in Tuscany with stunning lake and hill views. It offers  family yoga and fitness breaks, cooking courses and more, or  the villa can be rented on an individual basis. Located close to Anghiari in Eastern Tuscany in the Tiber valley,  the villa is surrounded by three acres of private gardens and with its own private swimming pool giving fabulous, open views over the Tuscan countryside. The villa is near a small village with a supermarket and pizzeria and just 15 mins from Anghiari, a pretty, medieval hilltop town. It is also within easy reach of the larger town of San Sepolcro (20 mins).

 

Accommodation:

Villa Radicata has been renovated by owners Rita and Mike Kobrak, and retains many original features and has chestnut beams and terracotta floors throughout. There are several patios and a lovely pergola around the house. There are 5 bedrooms,  4 bathrooms, dining room, living room, fully equipped kitchen with bread and pasta maker, private garden, pool, outdoor pizza oven with possibility of pizza/pasta making lessons, 4 cots, 4 high chairs and plenty of toys,washing machine,dish washer, BBQ, Sky TV, DVD, CD, Books, toys & Games, mountain bikes.

 

Facilities:

As well as weekly self catered holidays, Villa Radicata offers unique, relaxing and hugely popular Mum and Baby Experience holidays, including yoga and cooking breaks, or Bella Mamma breaks - with some pampering treats included, plus family fitness breaks. There's an on site babysitter and delicious, healthy home cooked food. 2 yoga classes and one cooking lesson per day on the yoga and cooking breaks. 3 fun fitness classes on the fitness breaks. Excursion to Medieval town of Anghiari, massage and airport transfers from Perugia included. Everything you need to make travelling with baby stress-free.

Or simply rent the villa for your own very special family holiday, and pre-book any of the optional activities - or simply relax in the beautiful, peaceful surroundings.

Mum and baby break dates for 2015 are: 24th-29th May 31st May - 5th June 2015   23 - 28th August 2015

Family Fitness breaks: 12-17th April 2015

Bella Mama breaks: 29th August - 4th Sep 2015

For children:

cots, highchairs, prams, toys, books, games, babysitting, baby songs, dancing, arts and crafts and baby Italian outdoors.

Sleeps:
10
Price guide:

Mum and baby breaks £800/£900 . Partners welcome too. Villa rental from £1500-£3000 per week. There is also a small flat next door which can be rented together or seperately (price is £450). Flights and car hire or transfers extra.

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Paradise Resort, Sardinia
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Paradise Resort 

Location:

Just over 20km from Olbia airport, the hotel is close to the town of San Teodoro and within a 30-minute drive of several spectacular beaches.  The coastline around San Teodoro, on Sardinia’s north east coast, is dotted with such beaches, pine-fringed hidden oases which, despite a few rows of lido-style beach clubs, have preserved their blissfully natural beauty.

Accommodation:

The 4 star hotel is suirrounded by natural beauty and with direct access to a private beach via a footpath

Accommodation is in a selection of 111 spacious rooms, suites and villas, with cool stone floors and elegantly furnished with brightly-coloured fabrics.  All rooms have their own balcony or veranda overlooking the gardens or the sea.

Rooms that accomodate families have a double bed and a double sofa bed either in the same room or connecting living area. 

Facilities:
  • Babysitting (on request, charged locally)
  • Gardens
  • Mini Club (Children 4-11)
  • Private beach, with sun-loungers and umbrellas 
  • A La Carte Restaurant/s
  • 9-Hole Golf course (just outside the hotel)
  • Children pool
  • Horse Riding
  • Diving
  • Kayaks
Child Care:

Mini club from 4-11 years in high season. Babysitting on request and charged locally.

Childrens pool

For children:

Activities for children are available at the hotel in high season and the nearby town of San Teodoro is a classic Italian seaside resort, packed with night-time stalls, pizzerias and a different gelateria for every night of your holiday.

Additional Information:

Resort is open May - September

Price guide:

From £505 per adult including flights

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Casale Villarena, Amalfi Coast
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Casale Villarena

Location:
Worlds away from the busier spots of Sorrento and Amalfi, Nerano is a small fishing village which, despite its two Michelin-starred restaurants, has retained a charming out-of-the-way atmosphere.  Set amidst the gorgeous landscape of the Punta Campanella marine nature reserve, the village is built into the hillside overlooking the pretty little bay of Marina del Cantone below. Whether you're travelling with baby or children, this is a great family-friendly base from which to explore this beautiful region.
 
Nerano is well-located for exploring the whole peninsula.  Sorrento is approximately 15km away and Positano just over 30km.  Pompeii and Herculaneum are a little further but well worth the trip.
Accommodation:

Accommodation is in one of five comfortable family-style apartments, each with one or two bedrooms,  a balcony or terrace and a kitchen making it very easy when travelling with baby in tow.   Situated either in the grounds of the main villa or just a few yards from the main entrance to the Casale, all the apartments have sea views. Fuernished in simple Italian style, the interiors are practical, spacious and bright.

The swimming pool and children's play areas are on level terraces amongst lemon and olive trees. 

Facilities:

The swimming pool and childrens play area are located on level terraces in the grounds of the hotel.

 

For children:

Excursions can be organised through the owner, with Italian cooking, farm excursions and boat trips being family favourites.

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Villa Tenuta della Tuscia
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Villa Tenuta della Tuscia

Location:

Located in acres of pretty gardens is this elegant country house, peacefully secluded in the hills of northern Lazio.

Just 45km from beaches at Tarquinia. and the centre of Rome being only 61km away this is a great base for any family wanting to explore the sights and then retreat to the tranquility of this luxury villa. The local town of Capranica has all local amenities as well as the train station and is only 5km away.

Accommodation:

Beautifully restored villa with hand crafted brick floors, elegant formal rooms and light spacious airy rooms.

The sitting room, study, dining room and kitchen with large breakfast table are complemented, at lower ground level, by an enormous, social space, with cool, pale flagstone floor, vaulted ceiling, and access to the poolside with table tennis. 

The four bedroom layout really lends itself well to a couple of families staying together with two master bedrooms and the other bedrooms shared out over two sides of the house, giving each or group the flexibility of their own space. two further twin rooms as well as extra beds available in ante rooms.

The lower ground floor has relaxed seating and space for table tennis, as well as tow shower rooms, this area opens out onto pool area.

 

Facilities:

WiFi is available, extra shopping service, cook service on request.

 Plasma satellite TV (with 200 channels, including movies in sitting room and kitchen) , DVD player,  Hair dryer (each bedroom),

 Barbecue, Table tennis.

 Security system

Pool:

Large private fenced pool in pretty gardens and lawns. 4m x 12m with built in steps. 1.30m deep (uniform depth). Solar shower.

Pool towels are provided

Additional Information:

Maid 4 hours, 4 days per week, Linen change weekly,  Welcome pack.

The villa staff are available to assist with cooking (hazelnut tart a speciality!), shopping, personal laundry for an additional cost as required.

A cot and high chair are available for those families travelling with baby or toddlers.

Sleeps:
10
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La Pratola
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La Pratola, Chianti, Tuscany

Location:

Le Pratola offers the peace and panoramas of a location in rural Chianti, it’s just over a mile from the Pozze di Lecchi restaurant, and about 2 miles from a grocery store, church and town center and close proximity to Siena and Florence.

Accommodation:

Le Pratola’s stone walls and beamed ceilings are a traditional envelope for striking modern interiors. In the living room, a sleek sectional is pulled up to an original fireplace surround, and a red Lucite coffee table and striped chair add fun, glamorous touches. The dining room is open and airy, with a large arched window, and the state-of-the-art kitchen pairs stone countertops with glossy red cabinets.

Each of the villa’s five air-conditioned bedrooms has an en-suite bathroom stocked with a hairdryer and toiletries. There are four bedrooms with queen beds, one of which also has a sofa bed. The fifth bedroom has two twin beds as well as a trundle bed. For the smallest guests, baby equipment like a crib, highchair and booster seat is available.

Facilities:

Floor heating, Alarm, Cable TV, WIFI, Fitness equipment, Pool table and games room, Air Con in bedrooms and dining room. Gated pool with remote control cover.

Child Care:

On request at extra cost.

Pool:

Heated Infinity pool with gates and electronic pool cover,

Additional Information:

 The catering is made easy for you, with the Per Voi grocery delivery service, bring groceries to your door, including both local delicacies and essentials such as nappies. With a daily cleaning service and a chef on request, it will definitely feel like a holiday. Spa service, chef, babysitting and Villa pre stocking serviceavailabe a exra cost.

Sleeps:
10
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Masseria Ferrantino
Big enough for:

6-10 ( 3 bedrooms main house, 2 in annexe)

Location:

Stunning, luxury, modern villa in unspoilt Puglia. Contemporary, light decor, lots of space. Great location - just 2km from shops, restaurants and a great bakery in Carpignano, and a ten minute drive from the white sands and chic beachfront bars of Torre dell’Orso . The beautiful town of Lecce, with its baroque architecture and fabulous restaurants is just 20 km away. Brindisi airport is just 65 km away, and Bari 170km

 

Accommodation:

Huge timber doors lead to the courtyard, which is large enough for a game of badminton and houses a pizza oven, barbecue and big dining table under pergola shade. An external staircase leads to a sun drenched roof terrace, an arched portico shelters the doorways to three en suite bedrooms, and shuttered French windows link the al fresco space with an open-plan living room and kitchen, where stainless steel and contemporary art complement country style furnishings.

A guest annexe provides a further two bedrooms, while additional outdoor space comes in the walled garden which surrounds a fifteen metre pool and lovely al fresco lunch spot. Full details are:

Ground Floor

  • Open plan sitting room with dining and kitchen area
  • Utility room
  • Master double bedroom with bathroom with separate shower en suite
  • Double bedroom with shower room en suite
  • Bunk bedded room with shower room en suite.
  • Note: all bedrooms in the main house open onto the courtyard and do not interconnect

Upper Level

  • Terrace

Guest Annexe

  • Double bedroom
  • Bathroom
  • Double bedroom (small double bed) with further additional double sofa bed

 

 

Facilities:

Washing machine • Dishwasher • Microwave • WiFi • Basic Italian SKY satellite TV with sport • DVD player • Stereo system for iPhone/iPod • Heating (payable locally) • Toys & books for children of 1 - 12 years • Pizza oven • Charcoal fired Weber barbecue

Private pool: 15m x 6m, 1.2m - 2.5m deep,with built-in steps. Pool towels included. Changing room and WC.The pool is open from mid May until mid September. Outside these dates, the pool can be opened on request for an extra charge.

Maid Service 3 hours 2 days per week (including changeover day) • Welcome pack • Linen change once per week on Saturday (extra changes are available on request for an additional cost)

Cook Service available on request, booking fee applies

For children:

Toys & books for children of 1 - 12 years

Pool:

The pool and pool terrace can be closed off from the bedrooms

Price guide:

From £2657 to £4282 depending on season, per weekly rental.

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