Guest Post : Five of the UK’s top family-friendly hotels

When planning a break for your family, the task of finding child friendly hotelsshould be top of your priority list. If you choose the right place to rest your heads at night, you will be able to sleep safe in the knowledge that the fully trained staff are more than capable of attending to the needs of you and your family.
Team this with unrivalled facilities that carefully consider what both parents and children need from a holiday and you will understand why it’s important to make the right choice. Here is a rundown of five of the very best child friendly hotels available to book through luxuryfamilyholidays.co.uk.
The Ickworth – Suffolk
This beautiful hotel used to be the residence of the Hervey Family for almost 200 years. Now it has been transformed into one of the most luxury family hotels in the UK. The hotel boasts an Ofsted registered crèche which is open from 10am until 5pm and has a wide variety of things to keep your little ones occupied, from books and games to seasonally themed activities. The beautifully manicured gardens at The Ickworth are home to a magical fairy garden that your children will love and there is lots of outdoor play equipment to keep them busy while you hit the spa.
Moonfleet Manor – Weymouth
This stately Georgian manor benefits from spectacular views over Weymouth’s Chesil Beach and Fleet Lagoon in an area which has achieved World Heritage status. The hotel boasts a friendly team of fully trained nannies just waiting to entertain your children with toys, arts, crafts and activities in the Four Bears Den. The den is open every day of the year from 8am-7pm and it’s free for all. The hotel also has a special crèche service especially for new-borns.
Thornbury Castle – Gloucestershire
This spectacular hotel is the only Tudor castle in England to be used for this purpose. Retrace the footsteps of our most-loved Kings and Queens as you marvel at the grand interior which boasts suits of armour, spiral staircases and even the odd secret panel. Your children will love the opportunity to stay in a real life castle. The hotel cater to the needs of your family by arranging early suppers, baby sitters and lots of fun activities for the family including archery and croquet.
The Elms – Worcestershire
Located in the beautiful countryside of Worcestershire, this Queen Anne mansion is home to a family friendly spa, complimentary crèche and fine dining restaurant. There is a wide range of fun activities offered both inside and outside so that you don’t have to fear the English weather stepping in and ruining your holiday. There is a book and DVD library catering to all ages, a luxury spa and board games to choose from. If the sun is shining you can play in the outdoor adventure playground, follow the fairy trail or enjoy a spot of tennis. There is also a cinema coming soon.
Fowey Hall – Cornwall
If you are looking for an impressive family hotel close to Cornwall’s picturesque beaches, look no further than Fowey Hall. Children are warmly welcomed at the hotel and babysitters can be arranged at an additional cost. Whilst your kids are making the most of the outdoor play areas, you can relax in the adult only haven of the hotel spa. Perfect.
Have you a favourite family-friendly hotel? 
What do you look for when choosing a hotel for your family? 
Please share! 

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Summer Days and NOT an Apology

It has been a week of contrasts here at our cottage near the sea

there have been warm (yes, actually warm!) sunny days and wet and very damp days

there has been the crazy busy of CSSM for the kids (but they wouldn’t miss it for the world)

and quiet afternoons making jewellery or walking on the beach

 there have been sleep overs………….and not much sleeping!

My son went to 4 days of surf school (more on that in a post of it’s own)

We have toasted marshmallows on the beach

 and there have been some stunning sunsets

 
there has been more playing in fountains

 and paddling

 and jumping

One of the rules of blogging (if you pay attention to rules) is to NOT apologise for not blogging.

So I am NOT apologising ….. maybe just explaining……

that blogging will be a bit intermittent and erratic over the summer ……

but while there are rock pools to explore, beaches to paddle in, and sunsets to marvel at …….

this unreliable service may continue for some time.

I hope so!

So in the meantime I will leave with a few more of my favourite places from this week – all within about 12 miles of our cottage

I love your comments …. hint, hint! What is your favourite way to spend a summer day?

4 comments on Summer Days and NOT an Apology

  1. Melissa
    15/07/2012 at 1:03 am (2 years ago)

    Fabulous photos, as always! And no need to apologize, especially when you’re in such a great location! Enjoy!

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  2. Carolyn
    15/07/2012 at 10:27 am (2 years ago)

    Janine – just beautiful photographs, you should be working for the Northern Ireland Tourist Bioard – makes me excited to be returning home soon – just stunning :-)) surf school sounds great! C x

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  3. Hazel Ewart-Mills
    15/07/2012 at 11:10 am (2 years ago)

    Looking fab, hope it stays that way for when we get there. Hope the Cotswolds are equally kind to you :)

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  4. ERIKA
    15/07/2012 at 9:22 pm (2 years ago)

    Sounds like your all have a very wonderful summer. Love the pictures. My fav to do is travel and hang on the beach and I currently am doing neither. :(        enjoy your time.

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