Whilst jetting off to sunnier climes may not be on the cards for many families this summer, the UK staycation is looking likely to be a popular pick. With hotels across the country serving up socially distanced deals and serving up a host of family-friendly food, fun and frolics – check out our fave fifteen family hotels which are reopening their doors to welcome you from this July…
Putting family life at the core of a luxury holiday, Woolley Grange is a gem of a family-friendly hotel. Reopening from Saturday 4th July, whilst their supervised childcare sessions remain on hold for now, Woolley Grange will be all about creating memorable family experiences this summer. The Woolley Country Festival, exclusively for our hotel guests, will see families making garden pesto, creating pretty flower crowns, learning how to willow weave and designing your own mocktail recipe (and then drink the results!). Test your spring prowess at soft archery or try a kids’ yoga class. Fancy getting back to nature? Learn all about gardening with their ‘seed-to-harvest’ planting and cropping with the garden team, and get to know the local wildlife with a Twilight Bat Walk led by Megan, Woolley Grange’s Head Gardener & Ecologist. Plus, for those with young children – why not make the most of the individual family areas in the grounds with teepees for the children to play in whilst Ma & Pa relax in deckchairs with a tipple or two!
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. To ensure that you can escape with confidence, Chewton Glen have refined measures across the hotel but worry not as their kids club is still up and running outdoors (weather dependant). Group activities such as duck herding, bike rides and games will be provided within the social distancing regulations and arranged in advanced to ensure sanitisation between use. Fancy some even better news? Kids stay free throughout July and August 2020.
Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa, New Forest, Hampshire, England, UK BH25 6QS
Calcot & Spa
If you’re looking to escape to the Cotswolds, Calcot & Spa combines both adult style and family-friendly fabulousness. Set in 220 glorious acres, the hotel not only has an impressive array of family rooms, both cosy, and chic yet spacious enough for snuggling up family-style. Fully geared up for smaller guests, there’s Children’s tea between 5-6pm, highchairs and all tables and floors will be scrupulously scrubbed down between all services and for playtime – there’s oodles. From two fun pods with Arts & Crafts and Giant Games for families to use together, the in-house Playbarn team will be running activities such as silly science, puzzles, scavenger hunts and super hero games and for rainy days, there’s a shiny new games room with table tennis, air hockey and table football. Plus, bikes for hire mean you can cycle together around the sprawling 220 acres of meadowland.
Calcot & Spa, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 8YJ
Staycations don’t get much more family friendly than The Ickworth in Suffolk. Despite social distancing and safety measures, the team at the country house hotel will still have an amazing array of family-friendly activities available this summer. Whether you and your brood find the giraffe in the Walled Garden, spot deer on the estate, slide and swing in the fairy garden or explore woodland trails, there’s even a cinema and games room for when the Great British weather turns grey. Family food is firmly on the menu at The Ickworth – their gorgeous Beatrix Potter afternoon tea, children’s high tea is available between 5-6pm for mini munches before bed and for big kids – why not order up a gourmet picnic to enjoy at sunset in the Ickworth gardens. Baby listening available.
The Ickworth, Horringer, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP29 5QE
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. Exuding style and charm, 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. 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.
Lime Wood, Beaulieu Rd, Lyndhurst, Hampshire SO43 7FZ