Editor’s picks: 5 tried and tested UK hotels for 2020

Last updated 13th January 2020
Family Traveller editor, Jane Anderson, puts forward her top five go-to hotels for families this year, from the rolling hills of the Yorkshire Dales to the hip seaside vibe of Newquay

Woolley Grange

Woolley Grange, near the Cotswolds

Taking the kids to stay in a Jacobean manor on the edge of the Cotswolds may sound grand, but there’s nothing stuffy about Woolley Grange. This hotel strives to put families at ease with wellies at the door and the hotel’s gorgeous dogRex to walk. Family half-term activities include creating marmalade with the chef, making a bug hotel and planting seeds with Megan the gardener, doing fancy nail painting with the spa team and creative mocktail-making in the restaurant.

How much? 

Family rooms (two adults and two children) at Woolley Grange costs from £259 per night with breakfast.

Brownber Hall

Brownber Hall, Yorkshire Dales

Families with older children who all love walking should hotfoot it to Brownber Hall in the Yorkshire DalesNational Park. Talented owners Peter and Amanda have created a fabulous bolthole where you’ll be greeted with cake and sent out for walks with a gourmet packed lunch before heading back in the evening for the best sourdough pizza ever! Interiors are eclectic and homely. If you have a family celebration coming up, you can rent the entire house.

How much? 

Doubles at Brownber Hall start from £100 per night with breakfast. The house costs from £1,170 per night with breakfast for 15 guests.

The Esplanade

The Esplanade, Newquay, Cornwall

This affordable, buzzing hotel overlooking Cornwall’s Fistral Beach was a winner in the Family Traveller Excellence Awards 2019 for its schedule of free fun, including rock-pooling, pizza-making and bingo, and especially for its renowned onsite Quiksilver Surf School, which gets all levels of surfers out on their boards from March to October.Children will love the sessions, which take them to secluded beaches and secret caves inhabited by seals, in the care of fully-qualified instructors. Families will love the relaxed CoveRestaurant and Pebbles Bar with its large sun terrace.

How much? 

Family rooms at The Esplanade start at £90 per night in low season with breakfast and from £119 during the Easter holidays.

The Blakeney Hotel

The Blakeney Hotel, Norfolk

The much-loved Blakeney has been a family favourite for many years. There’s something mesmerising about its quayside setting with panoramic views over the Norfolk marshes. Families can get out and about visiting the seals at Blakeney Point, or take a trip on the North Norfolk Railway. Pensthorpe Natural Park is also close by, or head to Holkham for a deer safari and Sea Life in Hunstanton. Rooms are stylish yet comfy and some have pretty bunks for kids. The hotel itself has a beautiful indoor pool that kids adore and a fun games room with table tennis and pool tables.

How much? 

Stays at The Blakeney Hotel during February half term cost from around £358 per night, including breakfast and dinner for a family of four.

Bedruthan Hotel & Spa

Bedruthan Hotel & Spa, North Cornwall

Owned by three local sisters (all mums themselves), every feature at Bedruthan Hotel & Spa has been carefully thought out with families firmly in mind, from the toddler-proofed rooms to a vast grassy playground hosting a football pitch. The hotel offers guests two hours of free childcare for each night of your stay, while there is a free kids’ club for over eights between 9.30am and 3.30pm daily. Older kids are in for a treat too, with free taster surf lessons and plenty of arty workshops, including jewellery-making from beach debris , providing a truly coastal experience.

How much? 

During February half term, Bedruthan Hotel & Spa are offering special four-night offer, with prices starting from £1,270 based on a family of four sharing an interconnecting room or sea view family room.

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