There is much to cherish about our little island. Incredible diversity of landscapes, a coastline to die for, ancient architecture and eccentricity around every corner. Plus a holiday in the UK means no airports to contend with and no jet lag - a big deal when you have children. Here are the 10 best UK cottages to rent for families, in the UK's best family locations. Every single one has extra details that parents will appreciate.

10/10 Dunstan Hall, Craster, Northumberland

Location: Craster in Northumberland is packed full of family-friendly outdoor activities including the otherworldly Dunstanburgh Castle, whose skeletal ruins perch on dramatic Northumberland coastline.

For a multi-generational family holiday, or a trip with friends, this stately Grade II listed country hall takes some beating. Some of the property dates back to the 11th century and its history is linked to Dunstanburgh castle. History lesson for kids right there. Embleton beach is a mile away along a bridlepath.

Facilities:  As well as the grandeur of the property, there's a farmhouse-style kitchen with Aga, dining room with 14ft long table, breakfast room, reading room, Private parking is free for up to eight cars. Shops are ¾ mile away and the pub is a 400 yard stumble.

Sleeps: 18 people in 10 bedrooms.

Great for families: There's 1.7 acres of private grounds for your kids to run around in freely plus a huge games room. A travel cot and high chair are available. The property has a collection of DVDs and Freeview TV.

Price: Dunstan Hall costs from £1,885 per week

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