When it comes to original and deliciously different, nobody does quirky places to stay quite like Canopy & Stars, and with their new curated by kids section, it's even easier to find your perfect retreat. So if you’re questing for quaint or searching for stunning, treat yourself to a tour of some of the quirkiest family homes in Europe this summer.
Treetops is a captivating treehouse, so thoughtfully designed into the enormous branches of a 250 year old oak tree, it looks almost organic. Just don’t expect a backwoodsman experience: this artful eyrie is as luxe as it is lovely – the bathroom even has a freestanding, copper bath. Cocoon-like bunks and cute ladders beguile kids to bed, there’s a woodburning stove for cosy evenings, and the outdoor deck is perfect on those sweet summer days Devon does beautifully.
Why families love Treetops Treehouse
Set in the grounds of the Fox and Hounds Country Hotel, you can even escape from driving in this treetop hideaway: Eggesford Station is minutes walk away on the historic Tarka train line which runs between Barnstaple and Exeter.
From £270 per night, based on a family of two adults and two children.
The classy hotel is sprinkled throughout with child-friendly features - a superbly-equipped kids club, a big children’s pool plus another shallow paddling one for tots, and a fantastic sandy playground.
Pine Cliffs, A Luxury Collection Resort, is set in Albufeira overlooking the dramatic cliffs and beaches of the Algarve coastline in southern Portugal. Pine Cliffs is one of Europe’s favourite family destinations.
Atlantis The Palm is an aquatic water wonderland by the sea spanning a massive 46 hectares with unrivalled facilities, restaurants and a waterpark. Atlantis is situated on the famous man-made ‘Palm’.
This luxurious, family-friendly hotel set on a hillside with panoramic views to Spinalonga has first-rate service, first-class restaurants, a blue-flag strip of sandy beach and a decent spa.
Families are safe and well-entertained in this spacious, stunning and secluded five star on a private east coast promontory, with two island playgrounds, one even for playing Robinson Crusoe on at Ilot Mangenie.