Proving that stylish breaks and holidays and families can go hand-in-hand, Luxury Family Hotels – now back in the hands of its original founders – is a small group of unique properties in elegant country houses, offering luxurious interiors, fine dining, spa treatments, Ofsted-registered crèches, outdoor play areas, kids' menus, babylistening and more besides.
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Having children in tow doesn’t mean that you have to wave goodbye to life’s little luxuries. In fact, these guys’ philosophy is that you should go all out and spoil yourself. Unless you’ve got a family like the von Trapps, heading for anywhere other than family resorts with safety in numbers (making it less likely your kids will be singled out for bad behaviour), can be nerve-wracking.
But these 8 hotels really are family-friendly and all positively embrace the pitter patter of tiny feet or even the full on charge of more boisterous youngsters as they hurl themselves around every nook and cranny. With a luscious range of hotels to choose from, be it a fairy tale castle or a New Forest hunting lodge, your kids will want to run amok and explore.
Sheer indulgence for the kids but for you too. Time out is definitely on the menu, with babies and young children catered for with Ofsted-registered crèches and a complimentary listening service (babysitting is available as an extra), so you can pamper yourself in the spas (kids are welcome too), dress up for a grown-ups only dinner or just take time out wandering around the grounds.
Spend your family time playing croquet on the grand lawns (no keep off the grass signs here) or let the kids watch Blockbusters in cinema rooms. Kids can enjoy splashing in the pools before heading off to try their very own mocktails.
Kids can eat on their own or join in with family meals, the choice is yours, and everything on offer is designed to appeal to kids and adults alike. When it is time to rest your weary head (or theirs anyway) there’s a range of family rooms to choose from with interconnecting doors and all the kid and baby-friendly facilities you could possibly ask for, in place.
These hotels aren’t precious, and while your kids will enjoy being able to kick a ball on the lawns and experience life as Lord of the Manor, you won’t find Lady Muck anywhere!