Parents' Journeys


5 min read

Emma Crabtree is the founder and owner of Crabtree & Crabtree, a luxury holiday homes specialist operating in Northumberland, the Scottish Borders and East Lothian.

They recently launched C & C Tots, a selection of holiday homes specifically equipped for babies and toddlers. She is an expert in all things family travel and gives us her best travel hacks.


We know how hard travelling with a young family can be and so anything that makes it that little bit easier is a winner in our eyes. We understand that travelling with teeny people often means an unbelievable amount of kit comes everywhere with them.

If you book a C & C Tots stay, they will have stocked the pantry with a weekend’s supply of food for your little one, adding ‘ease’ to your adventure and giving you more time to have fun as a family, and less time in the kitchen.

Here at Babease we too understand the importance of getting away from sofas and screens with your little one and embracing the great outdoors. As an advocate of all thing’s family travel, Emma reminisced on her childhood holiday memories and how this along with the birth of her daughter inspired her to help make others family holidays easier.

“My childhood memories are rich with images of Northumberland: summers spent splashing about on endless beaches, rambling autumnal forest walks, snow-dusted Christmas Day strolls”. Since the arrival of her daughter, she understood the importance of catering even more specifically for children and so C&C Tots, takes into account the needs of babies and toddlers and helps develop the curious minds of mini explorers.


Before You Travel

  • Don’t get seduced by images and opt for practicality over aesthetics: the comfortable, spacious cottage is likely to work better for you than the beautifully styled one dotted with breakable objects artfully-placed at toddler height.
  • Travelling with children is not the time to take risks - use a reputable holiday cottage agency, read property descriptions carefully and clarify any concerns with the agent before you book.
  • Look for agents who have curated portfolios of family-friendly cottages specifically suited to children in terms of safety and facilities - it will save you time browsing through tempting but ultimately unsuitable properties.

The Journey

  • Make the journey part of the adventure: Join the National Trust or Historic Houses and stop off en route for a picnic and a run-around.
  • Spare yourself the drama of trying to squeeze everything into the car by establishing exactly what facilities the cottage has for children. For example, Crabtree & Crabtree Tots properties come equipped with travel cots, stair gates, high chairs, games, toys, changing mats and other vital kit.
  • Ask the letting agent if a welcome pack is provided so you don't double up on essentials. The C&C Tots properties are stocked with a starter pack of nutritious Babease products adding ‘ease’ to your adventures and allowing more time to have fun as a family with less time in the kitchen.

Also consider booking an online food delivery or homemade meal delivery for your first evening - some cottage housekeepers can meet online deliveries and pack away the goodies so you arrive to pre-stocked cupboards.

Once You've Arrived

  • Pick your letting agent's brains for local knowledge and ensure you have some fine and bad weather activities up your sleeve to avoid bored children tantrums!
  • Why not plan a child-free evening? Crabtree & Crabtree have personally tried and tested registered local childcare providers, ensuring your peace of mind while you enjoy a romantic night out.
  • Staying in can be the new going out, particularly if your letting agent arranges for a local chef to come to your home and rustle up something special while you put your feet up.