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New website incorporates French, Italian and British properties; includes new travel shop

16 February 2009 - Tots to Travel, the company providing genuinely child-friendly properties in France and Italy, has launched its award-winning formula in the UK. The new website ( that combines all three countries and a new online travel shop is now live.

Initially concentrated in Anglesey, Cheshire, Yorkshire and Shropshire, Tots to the UK properties offer a mix of good old-fashioned bucket and spade holidays, countryside escapes, eco retreats and farm stays, typically off the beaten track. The company will also be expanding to other parts of the country soon.

The Tots to Travel team personally visit and vet every property with a strong focus on safety features. All properties are fully kitted out with all the baby and child equipment families need, from cots and highchairs, to sterilisers, blenders, toys, potties and more. Babysitting is available at most properties and some also offer pampering treatments, spa facilities and home cooked meals.

“With the current economic climate, many people are looking to cut travel costs by holidaying locally. Most families aren’t willing to sacrifice their annual holiday entirely, but it’s more important than ever that the holiday they pay for is the best it can be,” explains Wendy Shand, founder of Tots to Travel.

“Having spent the last three years building successful operations in France and Italy, we’re now applying the same philosophy to the UK, making holidays with young children easier, so parents get the real break they need.”

An example of the type of property available is Owl Barn in Angelsey, a four bedroomed barn conversion sleeping up to 12 people, featuring slate, oak and stone throughout. It has a great games room, mountain bikes available and is situated just a mile from sandy beaches. Prices start from £695 per week.

The new website also includes an online travel shop for a range of great holiday accessories, swimwear and travel goodies. For more information call (0)870 458 5528.


Tots to Travel

Tots to Travel ( is the parent company of Tots to France ( and Tots to Italy (

Tots to France was set up by Wendy Shand, mum of two, in April 2006 as a holiday lettings agency with a range of family friendly properties throughout France. The company specialises in providing accommodation to meet the very specific needs of families with babies and young children. All properties are fully equipped with a range of child-related equipment and safety features. The company also provides English-speaking babysitters and home cooked meals.

The concept proved enormously successful, with the company now offering over 50 French properties. Building on this success, the award-winning formula has been replicated in Italy with the launch of Tots to Italy in January 2008. Tots to UK will be launched in January 2009, with roll outs for other countries like the Spain, Ireland and the Balearic Islands currently being planned.

Wendy Shand won the Mother@work Best Mumpreneur Award 2007, the Enterprisenation Home Business of the Year Award 2007 and the BT Essence of the Entrepreneur Award 2007. The company was also a regional finalist in the HSBC Start Up Stars awards 2008, a finalist in the StartUps Awards 2008 and a runner up in the Everywomen Awards 2008.

For information on Tots to Travel please contact: Melissa Talago, Peekaboo Communications, 01635 248496 or

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