Family summer holidays sorted with a host of new options

From Shropshire barns to the tiny Greek island of Ammouliani

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There is no need to stick to the same old favourites when it comes to planning a summer holiday for the family, with plenty of interesting new options this summer. To mark the 100th anniversary of Ladybird Books, (01237 459 888) has a new collection of "vintage" holiday properties capturing the spirit of a traditional British family getaway. They include L'abri (from £870 per week), a Cotswolds barn conversion.

Feather Down Farms (01429 80804; has new log cabins opening this July at Warren Farm in the Mendip Hills, and Howbeck Lodge Farm in the Lake District. Sleeping six, they cost from £589 per week and feature farmhouse interiors, hot showers and flushing toilets – but no electricity.

Also new on the scene this summer, Redford Farm Barns (01865 764087; sits in 12 acres of Shropshire countryside, and the barn, with private annexe, can sleep up to 13, from £2,820 per week.

Eurocamp (0844 406 0402; is rolling out its snazzy new Avant holiday homes in 33 parks across Europe. The six-berth units (from around £150 per night) fit two bedrooms, a lounge and kitchen, plus bathroom into just 29sq metres, adjoining a covered deck.

Sunvil (020 8758 4758; is offering trips to Ammouliani, a tiny island off the Greece's Halkidiki peninsula. It is home to gently shelving sandy beaches, a handful of tavernas, and blissfully little else. Seven nights' B&B at the Kastalia Hotel costs from £706pp, with flights and transfers. Also in Halkidiki, Ikos Olivia is all-inclusive, with suites from £5,433 per week for a family of four, with flights and transfers, through Tots Too (020 7284 3344; Equally enticing, the sleek, new eight-bed Villa Bliveria (0800 133 7999; on the Croatian island of Lastovo has a pool, its own mooring, and a car to use, from £7,791 per week, including transfers.

Families in search of pampering will love the Powder Byrne childcare programme launching at Château des Vigiers (020 8246 5300; The 16th-century Dordogne château has a golf course, pools, tennis courts, spa and Michelin-starred restaurant. From £3,945 per week for a family of four, B&B.

If your kids have their hearts set on Sleeping Beauty's castle, check out Paradise Palms Platinum Homes (01342 886 431 Located near Walt Disney World Resort, Florida, the gated community shares a pool bar and 50-seat cinema. From £859pp per week, including flights. All prices are based on travel in July or August 2015.

William Gray is the editor of