With Christmas over and the wet weather still in full swing, you may be thinking about treating the family and getting away for a while. The good news is you do not have to give up the fluffy towels, Egyptian cotton sheets and indulgent breakfasts just because you are taking the children as there are plenty of luxury hotels around the British Isles which offer family-friendly surroundings with a stylish twist.
Nestled in the New Forest and just eight miles from the coast, New Park Manor Hotel is the perfect base from which to explore the area’s many attractions. The forest has plenty of walks and cycle routes, while the nearby National Motor Museum at Beaulieu is great for kids fascinated by anything with four wheels. The hotel itself offers a baby listening service, crèche and pool times just for the children. Guests can even bring the family dog by prior arrangement.
Ickworth is a splendid Georgian country estate with 1,800 acres of grounds, while the hotel has just 27 room, guaranteeing you peace and quiet. The on-site spa takes care of all your relaxation needs, and the parkland provides ample opportunities for exploring. For the children there is a jeep safari around the grounds, tennis and horse riding. You can also pop over to Jimmy’s Farm for a day among the animals and the chance to sample local delicacies.
From croquet on the lawn to monsoon showers and a child-friendly bistro, The Elms is packed with facilities which will elevate your holiday from just another break to something special. For added convenience and privacy you can book interconnected rooms, and a baby listening facility is available if you decide to nip out for a cocktail on the terrace.
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