No matter how jaw-dropping the view is from a farmhouse perched on the side of the Luberon hills in Provence, nor how prettily the cypress trees stand against the backdrop of a Tuscan sunset, all the lustre will be lost when older children start to demand more. Teenagers might still tag along on family holidays, sure, but they’ll want more in the way of social options than the local village bar when travelling with their parents.
As the trend for multi-generational holidays grows (in Australia, it’s known as “gramping”) so does the need to track down locations which will satisfy family members of all ages. In some cases, parents are going further and asking their teenage children to help find the right holiday home.
“It’s actually recently made us rethink our marketing strategies, because increasingly it’s children in their late teens and early 20s who are being asked to help in the search,” says Alex Koch de Gooreynd of Knight Frank’s international department. “I’ve just been dealing with a client in [the Swiss resort of] Gstaad. The parents were buying the chalet but their children were the ones who found it. It’s one way of future-proofing family holidays.”
These are some of the best options for multi-generational holidaying.
Quinta do Lago, Portugal
For years dismissed as a “grey resort” – where well-heeled British and Irish would descend for easily-accessible winter sun and several rounds of golf – the 2,000-acre estate has witnessed something of a turnaround in buying trends over the past five years.
Following a €50 million (£42.7 million) investment programme that completed last year, the estate, established in 1974, has changed its outlook and is fast attracting families from across Europe. Its packed programme of events runs from Easter to October and includes picnics in the park, live music sessions, week-long Paul McGinley Academy golf camps for children (where attendance rates have risen sixfold) and The Shack – a buzzy fisherman’s-hut-turned-cocktail-bar where the sun sets dramatically over the lagoon.