The top UK family hotels recommended by The Good Hotel Guide combine great locations with an easy-going atmosphere, lots of fun for kids and more than a hint of luxury to keep parents happy. So if you want a late summer break in the UK this August, here are 10 The Good Hotel Guide recommends which are perfect for you, take a look.
Chewton Glen, Hampshire
With 130-acre grounds, including a heated pool, tennis and golf courts, Chewton Glen in New Milton has the space to do whatever you want, or to simply just spend time with family. Famed for its luxury as well as its surrounding natural beauty, when it comes to family, choose from a variety of rooms including amazing treehouse suites. Supervised children’s activities cover everything from treasure hunts to cookery classes. There are cookery classes for adults too. And if you want to expand your horizons a little, the New Forest is nearby.
Star Castle, Isles of Scilly
Star Castle could be one of our top UK family hotels for its magical Isles of Scilly location alone. But this 16th century castle with its 38 rooms, spacious country cottage garden accommodation and acres of secluded gardens doesn’t rest on looks alone. Facilities include an indoor heated swimming pool, a tennis court, complimentary golf and courtesy transport throughout your stay. A favourite pastime for all visitors is island hopping around the Isles of Scilly archipelago which the hotel’s happy to arrange. And there’s even a range of dog-friendly available too.
Porth Tocyn Hotel, Abersoch, Wales
Porth Tocyn in West Wales has been named one of the top UK family hotels by the Good Hotel Guide for over 30 years. The hotel describes itself as a ‘country house classic on the coast’ and stunning views over Cardigan Bay are hard to argue with. It’s family-run and the warm and welcoming atmosphere combined with thoughtful design, makes families feel instantly at home. High chairs, cots and baby listening devices are available. Early teas are laid on for younger children, dinner menus have been adapted for over sixes, and there’s also a family-friendly, light supper alternative to dinner each evening.
Moonfleet Manor Hotel, Weymouth, Dorset
One of the top UK family hotels in the Luxury Family Hotels Collection, Moonfleet Manor Hotel in Dorset is perfectly designed to make summer holidays easy and enjoyable for families with young children. Right by the sea, it’s surrounded by beautiful gardens and within an easy walk of the beach. There’s also an indoor play zone and baby pool, plus a crèche offering two hours’ complimentary childcare each day – perfect if you want some spa time.
The Nare, Veryan-in-Roseland, Cornwall
The Nare’s luxurious country house design and exceptional service makes it easy to understand why its considered to be the most comfortable hotel in Cornwall. It makes it on to our list of top UK family hotels for delights like wonderfully spacious rooms with en-suite cabins for one or two kids; interconnecting family rooms to give older children a little independence; an outdoor and indoor pool, as well as tennis and croquet in the gardens. Carne Beach is nearby and local family activities this summer include sea kayaking, sea fishing and guided walking.
Bedruthan Hotel and Spa, Mawgan Porth, Cornwall
Another of the top UK family hotels in Cornwall, Bedruthan Hotel and Spa in Mawgan Porth is described as a natural playground thanks to the beach just below and beautiful nature all round. Younger children have kids clubs and activities; there’s a games room for teenagers; an outdoor assault course; football pitch; Jungle Tumble soft play area; surf lessons; go karting; paddle boarding and kayaking too. A luxurious spa lets adults make good use non-parenting free time. And you can choose to stay in interconnecting rooms, sea view villas or apartments.
Trefeddian Hotel, Snowdonia, West Wales
Trefeddian Hotel in Aberdovey is surrounded by the magnificence of Snowdonia, has an enviable beach and invites families to spend days swimming, surfing, flying kites and playing in the sand. Trefeddian belongs in our top UK family hotels for its rare sense of peace and quiet, old-fashioned charm and attention to detail. You can choose from a range of family rooms and superior rooms which sleep up to six guests. And there’s an outdoor play area for younger kids, as well as a games room and indoor play area.
The Colonsay Hotel, Isle of Colonsay, Scotland
The Colonsay Hotel in the Inner Hebrides is a remote 18th century island inn, accessed by ferry from Oban or on a twin-propeller plane. It’s well worth the effort and more than deserves to be listed as one of the top UK family hotels for its gorgeous time-stands-still setting; open fires; comfy sofas; lovely gardens and amazing access to outdoor adventures. Splash around in the sea or go beachcombing. Spot local wildlife or go walking and cycling round the island. Try a guided nature hike, some hill climbing or head to the western side of the island where thousands of guillemots and other sea birds nest. Spacious double rooms here sleep up to four guests.
Calcot & Spa, Tetbury, The Cotswolds
Calcot & Spa in The Cotswolds is spacious, light, beautifully designed, and takes family-friendly to a whole new level (just a few of the reasons it’s one of our top UK family hotels). Within the grounds, there’s a state-of-the-art spa and ‘Family Pads’ offer king size beds for parents plus a adjoining kids room and come complete with everything from baby monitors to bottle warmers, and even a pantry with mini fridge. Days here can be spent exploring the gardens, playing tennis or mini football, cycling or swimming. And parents can enjoy a bit of child-free time by booking little ones into the Calcot crèche.
Woolley Grange, Bradford-on-Avon, nr Bath
Another of our top UK family hotels that’s also a member of the Luxury Family Hotels collection, Woolley Grange is a beautiful Jacobean manor house close to Bath on the edge of The Cotswolds. There’s an amazing sense of rural tranquillity here so you can look forward to picking pears in the garden, collecting eggs from the chickens, pond dipping or getting lost in the grass maze. Children can join in child-size fun at the kids’ club while parents get to indulge a little with a swim in the hotel pool or some soothing spa time.