The UK’s best child-friendly boutique hotels

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When you think of child-friendly breaks close to home, you probably have an idea in your mind already. Pools swarming with kids and clowns and mascots everywhere, or, the total opposite – a hotel that accepts children, then makes you feel guilty for taking them along. But there’s another variety of child-friendly offerings. Boutique hotels are getting in on that act and some are offering kids their own chic holiday experience. With not one but two bank holiday weekends upon us, here are some of the UK’s best.

Chewton Glen, Hampshire

One of the best things about a boutique hotel is the snuggly bath robe. Chewton Glen in Hampshire know this so they’ve got mini robes and slippers for your mini people! There are welcome packs, board games and even mini Wellington boots if the weather takes a turn. The Croquet Lawn Room will sleep two adults and two children for £625 a night.

Lowry Hotel, Manchester

It’s hard not to be charmed by a hotel that provides a teddy turndown service. It’s enough to make adults pack their childhood teddies when they go away. If you’re staying at The Lowry in Manchester they’ll also give the kids milk and cookies and you’ll get toys and bubbles for bathtime. The two room package is £504 per night based on two adults and two children.

Kid & Coe

Not a hotel but a website that specialises in child-friendly holiday lettings. At home and abroad, if you’d rather go it alone than stay in a hotel, you’ll find the highest-end boutique holiday lettings here. Design-conscious parents won’t compromise on style and little ones won’t compromise on fun – all properties featured are geared towards families; with magical children’s bedrooms, toys, highchairs and even local babysitter recommendations! This is an especially great option for large families who wouldn’t all squeeze into a traditional four-person ‘family room’ in a hotel.

The Grove, Hertfordshire

The Grove is another hotel to offer bathrobes for kids along with their milk and cookies. It might seem like a simple thing and it’s not particularly expensive for the hotel to provide, but it’s often touches like this that make a hotel stay really special. Just like when there are free chocolates or wine in your room when you arrive, these extra treats are a nice touch for children and they’ll want to come back every year. The family rooms are around £400 a night and The Grove is also dog-friendly which means you can bring the whole family (expect for Harry the Hamster, he might have to stay at home).

The Elms, Worcester

The Elms is probably the most family-friendly hotel on the list. It’s designed exactly with families in mind and they actively encourage kids to go exploring the grounds and play wherever they like. They’ve got an adventure playground and even a trampoline. They also let kids go in spa which is rare, but it’s only in certain areas so you can still relax away from noisy splashing. And the restaurant is adults-only in the evenings which is perfect if you want some away time from the kids.

Fowey Hall, Cornwall

It’s believed that Fowey Hall was the inspiration for Toad Hall in The Wind in the Willows. If that’s not enchanting enough to tear the kids away from their video games, the sheer amount of activities for kids will do it. There’s a zip wire, the kids can collect eggs from the chickens for breakfast and they can borrow fishing nets and buckets and spades for their trip to the beach. There’s also a variety babysitting options should you fancy a little time to yourself.

The Goring, London

The Goring isn’t the first place you might think of for familiy holiday, but they’re really great at making children feel welcome. Every kid gets a cuddly toy and access to the story library. They also offer kids the chance to meet the chef and decorate cakes and cookies for their afternoon tea, giving mum and dad the chance to relax on their own with a drink or two.

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One Comment

  1. Fantastic list, it can be hard to find luxury hotels that openly welcome families – because we always travel with our 2 kids it’s a must for us!

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