Stuck for staycation ideas this summer? Looking for a break which caters from babe to bigger ones. Why not check out out pick of the best family-friendly hotels across the UK…
Escape to a forest hideaway this summer – just a short 1.5 hours from central London, Lime Wood is set in the heart of the New Forest, Hampshire. Whilst exuding style and charm…oh and a cracker of a spa, Lime Wood caters for families with spacious forest cabins and cottages which can be decked out with cots, extra beds and be sure to loan bikes and scooters. There’s even a babysitting service with trusted local nannies for an evening or parental peace. Chefs Angela Hartnett and Luke Holder do the cooking, pulling together both of their much admired signature styles, to create Hartnett Holder & Co – serving small plates of pasta which mini munchers will adore. Throughout August, Little Nippers* can even get crafty in the kitchen with cookery courses on-site, from pasta and pizza, kids will learn how to get stuck in from scratch and make their own delicious and nutritious treats in a basic and approachable way.
Lime Wood, Beaulieu Rd, Lyndhurst, Hampshire SO43 7FZ
Recommended by the lovely Gemma at This Is Mothership, the Gleneagles hotel in Scotland is the ‘daddy’ of family-friendly hotels. Set it a lush 850 acres of beautiful countryside, Gleneagles motto of “Whatever an adult can do, a child can do too”, ensures young ones can get involved with the full range of leisure activities at Gleneagles in the same way that adults can.
Their Summer Holiday programme is packed with creative activities like cupcake decorating, ceramics and T-shirt design to name a few. For the more adventurous become a nature detective or own a pony and learn how to groom and tack up! Go exploring in the great outdoors and get active at our golf camps or jump on a bike and pedal around the estate. Teenagers can enjoy The Den’s music and interactive game stations, take to the tree tops with a tree climbing and zip wire experience or try their hand at fly fishing or air rifle shooting. Toddlers have the incredible Little Glen – a magical land, full of toys, games, costumes and castles, where younger children will enjoy hours of fun. Under the supervision of trained staff, tots can hand and foot print painting session, get creative with Heuristic toys and emulate beachtime fun with sandpit and water play.
The Birnam Brasseire boasts a generous children’s menu and keeps kids healthy with dishes including Gardner’s Pot with carrots, cucumber and hummus, a meaty roast cod, peas and sweet potato fries and for pud – mascarpone mousse, mixed berries and white chocolate.
The Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder, Perthshire, Scotland, PH3 1NF
Putting family life at the core of a luxury holiday, Woolley Grange is a gem of a family-friendly hotel. Whether it’s two hours at the on-site creche which is included in the price of the room or their natty monitor services which allow for the odd date night dinner, make baby feeding fuss-free with fresh morning and evening milk brought to your room, free of charge! Over the summer months, your brood can collect eggs from the ducks and chickens in Roald Dahl’s ‘Chicken House No 1’ and get back to nature exploring the Good Life garden. Think lazy Sunday lie-ins are a thing of the past? Not at Woolley Grange, the Children’s Breakfast Club allows yours little ones to be picked up from your room at 8am, leaving you to indulge in that much needed quiet breakfast a deux or a relaxing spa treatment. You can thank us later…
Wooley Grange, Woolley Green, Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, BA15 1TX
Fancy holidaying in a luxury treehouse this summer? Let us introduce you to the wonders of Chewton Glen. Sitting 35 feet above ground with gorgeous forest views, the Treehouse Loft Suite is a must-stay for larger families – from outdoor hot tub to a galleried bunk area with flat-screen TV, perfect for kids to snuggle down and chill after an activity packed day. The brand new Beehive Children’s Club is a fantasy-like den opening out onto the grounds of the palatial hotel grounds – from sports and games to treasure hunts, you can sip a G&T in the. Sun which you’re pint-sized adventurous seek out supervised fun. Each evening between 5.30 and 7.30pm kids can tuck into tea and settle down with a story before heading back to the treehouse. For family dinners, visit The Kitchen by James Martin. With an impressive kids menu, think buttermilk halloumi burgers on brioche buns with rustic chips, bitesized gnocchetti and luscious Laverstoke Park ice creams for dessert.
Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa, New Forest, Hampshire, England, UK BH25 6QS
The Lakes by Yoo
This summer why not escape to the Cotswolds for a staycation steeped in style. Yes you heard us right, a chic break which are totally child-friendly! The Lakes by Yoo luxury villas are family-welcoming, home-from-homes. With interiors designed by Elle MacPherson, Jade Jagger, Kelly Hoppen, Phillipe Starck & the Yoo Studio, each villa is unique and beyond Insta-worthy. Fashion-forward mamas be sure to plump for The Barnhouse, curated by Kate Moss it features canny touches including a post-babe bedtime cocktail-shaking kit, jackets and hats from Mossie’s wardrobe, vintage kimonos and Annick Goutal goodies.
So that’s the grown ups sorted, whats in store for the kids? Behold the Lakes Kid’s Club. Run by a professionally accredited in-house team, children’s activities include everything from pizza making to pop-up cinema. With specialist help, the Kids Club team also lay on circus skills training, bush-craft and puppet shows to name but a few. From free crafty Saturdays to their ever popular Summer Holiday Club complete with fishing, nature trails and the School of Wild – be sure to book as places fill up fast.
The Lakes by Yoo, Cotswolds, GL7 3DT
With 110 acres of picturesque gardens, palatial Italiante architecture and steeped in history, if you’re looking to escape the buzz of town this summer, Down Hall is awaiting your arrival. At less than an hours drive from central London, this Hertfordshire based country house hotel is ideal for families with adventurous little ones. From den building and fairy garden hunting on the Woodland Activity Trail to kid-friendly Archery classes. Down Hall also boasts a new, 9-hole Mini Golf course which is perfect for big and small kids alike. From activities to afternoon tea, Down Hall’s woodland inspired children’s tea is a fun-filled treat with chocolate flower pots, carrot cake and bunny rabbit shortbread hopping their way into little ones tums. The icing on the cake? This summer kids eat and stay free at Down Hall as part of the Summer Staycation package, which includes board, breakfast and day trip tickets for two adults and two children. From lions and tigers at nearby Paradise Wildlife Park to spitfires and concords at IWM Duxford, day-tripping doesn’t get much better.
Down Hall Hotel & Spa, Matching Road, Hatfield Heath, Essex, CM22 7AS