Professional guy from agricultural background. Currently travel with wife and 3 daughters. Have travelled extensively worldwide but now the cost and logistical limitations of travelling with a family dictate staycationing and self catering.
We tend to form a base in our accommodation and take day trips radiating from this. We have had self catering cottage breaks before with friends before we had family and it works out well. We are the kind of family that get up have breakfast, out the door for a days exploration with a picnic lunch before heading back to base for dinner which most likely will be prepared and have been thawing from the freezer while we are out exploring.
As the weather can be unpredictable, we also like to do workshops e.g. crafts with the kids, chocolate making etc. etc. We are not afraid of the weather and we can always find something to do when we are away regardless.