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A Perfectly Peebles Hydro Family Staycation

When it comes to planning your next family holiday, the list of reasons to choose our own fair island over sunnier shores is longer than you might think. For a start, you can forget about sorting passports, changing currency, and edging your way along the world’s slowest airport security line. Instead, just focus on quality family time – not stuffing all your toiletries into a tiny plastic bag.

Already convinced, but need a little help with the prep? Here are our top tips on how to plan a successful holiday closer to home.

Keep travel simple

This is a staycation after all, so keep it reasonably local – but setting up camp in your neighbour’s back garden is probably taking it a touch literally. Instead, an hour or two of travel time makes you feel like you’ve actually gone away, but without the endless boiled sweets and will-we-make-it-in-time loo breaks. And while you’re on your own schedule, why not jolly-up up the journey with additional stops? (Think castles, lunches and picnics – not a day-long tour of the best hand driers on the M6.)

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Treat yourself

Think of how much you’ve already saved on flights. It’s a lot, isn’t it? Here’s the good part: you get to convert those savings into fun things, like special meals and unforgettable experiences. Isn’t that what holidays are all about?

An extra drink? You bet. Another round of golf? No reason not to. And go on you’ve earned it, have that dessert. It’s these little treats that can make your holiday feel like a real break from the norm, no matter where you are in the world.

Activities are key

Activities make a holiday. At Peebles Hydro, we know this – the stunning views, great food and friendly service are great… but we know you really want to be speeding down forest trails on a mountain bike before lunch. Or kicking back and enjoying a spa treatment in the afternoon. Then sinking your grey matter into an evening quiz, or your tastebuds into our very own Gin School.

And if you want to go exploring, you’re never too far from a great day trip either. We’re only around an hour away from the historic sights of Edinburgh. Prefer the seaside to the city? Head for North Berwick, enjoy a stroll along the beach and glimpse wildlife at the Scottish Seabird Centre.

Get everyone involved in planning

With so many activities to choose from, it should be easy to make sure everyone has fun. So why not let them choose their own fun? Pick out a few different things you might do on each day and give the kids their say in which they prefer. This way, they’re guaranteed to enjoy their time and you can avoid their dreaded declaration – ‘I’m bored’.

Switch off and stay present

Out-of-office replies turned firmly to ‘on’, please. This is a break from the everyday. Just because you’re not cruising around the Mediterranean, doesn’t mean you should be sneaking a look at your work emails.

Set some rules like limited times for checking phones. And make sure everyone sticks to them. That means you can dedicate your energy to quality family time and creating memories to cherish.

Kid in the pool

Some quiet time

This is a holiday for everyone, which means you probably want alone time. (Yes, we’re mind readers.) That’s when access to a Kids Club becomes a huge benefit – get someone else to take care of entertainment for the little ones, while you get downtime to visit the spa or enjoy an evening meal.

At Peebles Hydro, we offer childcare sessions twice daily – between 9 and 11am then again from 7-9pm. They cater for children aged between 2 and 12 for just £1.50 per child. And with woodland strolls, indoor play and much more – we’ll make sure they barely notice you’re gone.

Do it all again

Best of all, the staycation is kinder on the bank balance than a trip abroad – so you can spread your fun throughout the year with a handful of staycations rather than one big holiday. Once you have experienced Peebles, consider one of our other locations.

At Crieff Hydro you’ll find over 60 activities including golf, high ropes, quad bikes, air rifles and horse riding. All set against the idyllic Perthshire landscape. Or for a true taste of wilderness, head for The Kingshouse Hotel in Glencoe, where modern accommodation meets truly world-beating views.

At Peebles Hydro, we have everything you need for an unforgettable family staycation. Book your visit.

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