The Washington Park Residence, Brooklyn
In family-friendly Fort Greene, this two-bedroom brownstone is one stop from Manhattan by train and a short walk from some of the area’s most kid-friendly spots, including Jane’s Carousel and Brooklyn Bridge Park, where you’ll find sensational skyscraper views. Along with separate bedrooms for the kids and yourselves, the residence also has a garden, bikes and Fort Greene Park just across the street, before you even get into the delights of the city itself.

From $300 per night plus fees, sleeps up to 4; More info

The Steenstraat Residence, Amsterdam
For somewhere to stay in one of Europe’s most family-friendly cities, look no further than this beautiful Latin Quarter apartment, full of vintage design and toys to entertain the kids. Make like a local and borrow the family bikes to explore the city – this pad is on a quiet street with one-way traffic – and spend a morning at the playground just around the corner. It has cute Dutch design beds for the kids and a babysitter can be arranged so you can explore the city’s bars by night, too.

From €200 plus fees per night, sleeps up to 8; More info

The Mas d’en Haut Gite, Limousin, France
You can’t beat a holiday in the South of France with the kids, as the Dutch family who own and run this gite – as well as a series of safari tents – well know. Set in the grounds of a 16th Century castle and surrounded by countryside and the cleanest air in France, it is bursting with kid-appeal, with a Vietnamese pig to befriend plus a pool, chickens and a playhouse stuffed with toys and games. There’s even a terrace with WiFi, with gin and tonics served when the sun goes down, to keep parents happy…

From €75 per night plus fees, sleeps up to 5 plus a baby; More info

The Hollyridge Residence, Hollywood
One of the charms of staying in a family home rather than a hotel is that you have a chance to experience life as the locals live. In Amsterdam that might be cycling along canals as a family, while in Hollywood, it is this: a superstar pad with a glamorous pool, cabin in the garden for writing blockbuster screenplays, and a designer kids play area with a musical instrument tree, climbing net, teepee and mud kitchen. Inspiring for all the family.

From $1,200 per night plus fees, sleeps up to 10 plus a baby; More info

The Una Villa, Bahia, Brazil
This luxurious beach villa in Brazil is ideal for adventurous families, and has two houses each with two suites, so you could travel with friends or family and all have plenty of space to yourselves. Take the kids birdspotting in the gardens, go jungle trekking or just play on the beach and swim in the warm sea all week long. It’s one of many properties that can be booked with staff, so if you’re blowing the budget you don’t even have to do the cooking and cleaning.

From $1,050 per night plus fees, sleeps up to 8; More info

The Materada Residence, Porec, Croatia
Family holidays in Croatia are all about the water and this frankly jaw-dropping villa is 15 metres from the beach. It’s ideal for a large family or a couple of families travelling together. Fully modern and minimalist throughout, it is not the ideal place to leave a jammy handprint on the wall, but since you’ll be spending most of your time outside, splashing in the pool, lounging on giant beanbags on the lawn and eating beside the glam outdoor kitchen, that’s a tiny concern.

From €510 plus fees per night, sleeps up to 17 plus 2 babies; More info

The Klismata Residence, Kefalonia
This family villa is in Greece, but has distinct accents of California to it. Check out the bright turquoise Acapulco chairs in the garden, and the laid back modern cool of the interior – not a whitewashed wall or deep blue shutter in sight. It comes with toys, a great pool and two bedrooms ideal for kids, one with a double bunk bed and the other with twin beds. We love the thought of stargazing from the roof terrace at night, with maybe just the faintest sound of the sea to keep us company.

From €342 plus fees per night, sleeps up to 12 plus a baby; More info

Kid & Coe specialise in stylish stays that ticks all the boxes for the whole family.

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