Last minute holidays for families

I was talking to a friend this weekend about summer holidays. “Are you going on holiday this year?” I asked her.

“God no,” she said, looking appalled, “I just couldn’t bear to part with hundreds of pounds just to spend a week shivering in a caravan with the kids complaining and wishing they were at home watching Cbeebies in the warm.”

She has a point. I’ve never taken my whole family abroad, as I just can’t afford it, and even my supposed money-saving holidays end up costing a fortune – £950 for seven days in a caravan in Poole? It’s hard to justify as ‘fun’ isn’t it?

One alternative is to take the risk and book something cheap last-minute, but ‘spontaneity’ and ‘small children’ don’t really go hand in hand do they? It takes hours of planning and preparation just to leave the house with young kids, so how on earth could you feel confident taking the chance with a range of last-minute cottages?

I’ve always imagined that last-minute holidays were a bit hit and miss, but I’ve recently come across Late Lettings, a really well-designed site aimed at bringing you high quality last-minute holidays deals, with families in mind. See, they have a picture with children in, so it must be true:

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Sausage anyone?

I’ve always tended to think of last-minute holiday deals as being mainly in cheap hotels in Tenerife, but Late Lettings focuses mainly on the UK, particularly Devon and Cornwall, so it’s ideal for families looking for a bargain break. (They do have some properties in Cyprus too if you’re feeling adventurous).

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Pasties and clotted cream. What more could you want from a holiday?

If you’re not sure where to start, click on ‘inspiration’ in the top left hand corner, and you can browse by theme rather than by location or dates. If you’re desperate to take your dog away with you, browse the dog friendly holidays. Looking for a sea view? Check out the late availability cottages to let near the coast.

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Oh I do like to be beside the seaside…

Whatever you fancy, Late Lettings could well be just what you need to enjoy a holiday away this year that doesn’t break the bank.



  1. 7 June, 2012 / 2:07 am

    I had a bit of a laugh reading this piece as I have always been of the same belief regarding last minute hols. Then it hit me whilst reading, it’s ALL about the packaging and making it easy for for people to understand :) Will check this site out!

  2. 14 June, 2012 / 9:21 pm

    I was last minute even before my daughter arrived! Thanks for the info – always good to know sites like this one for last minute weekends away!

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