Choosing a hotel is hard, but choosing a hotel that your whole family will love? That’s near impossible. If you’re planning an upcoming vacation to jolly old England and you’re looking to strike the perfect balance between luxury and kid-friendly, then we’ve got the list for you. The 5 luxury hotels below will pamper you and your partner while ensuring your kids have an awesome time (and I do mean awesome, the hotels below offer kids amenities like an equestrian centre and mini bathrobes). Check out 5 luxury hotels in the UK that are kid-friendly.
Live like the royals at Stoke Park in Buckinghamshire. Set amongst 350 acres of parkland and gardens, Stoke Park is an historic mansion featuring 21 separate bedrooms. In addition to the grandeur of the mansion, the grounds have tennis courts, a golf course, a swimming pool, and a spa. As for the kids, cots are provided upon request, on-site nannies and babysitters are available for hire, and rubber ducks and mini bathrobes await your kids in the room. In terms of kid-friendly activities, Stoke Park boasts an adventure playground, junior golf and tennis facilities, in which children are invited to participate in a Young Masters Golf Program, a movie theatre, an under-eight’s playroom, and last but not least, a kids-only pool.
Relax at Babington House, an 18th century country house in the beauty county of Somerset. Babington House and the 18 acres of land it sits on feature a lake, tennis courts, and a croquet lawn. There are 32 rooms available in the house with the split-level miniature houses being well suited to families. All houses come equipped with children’s activity packs, a baby bottle steriliser, a baby bath, and a changing mat. Babysitting is also available for an extra fee. While you and your partner are off playing tennis, you can drop your children at The Little House, a kid’s club that is open daily and offers a plethora of children’s games and entertainment. Activities include cooking classes, sports game, films shown in the movie theatre, and high tea (featuring a kids menu).
Unlike the historic mansions and castles on this list, Watergate Bay is the perfect vacation destination for those seeking a contemporary getaway. Sleek and stylish, Watergate Bay was recently remodelled and redecorated and now provides guests with modern seaside accommodation. Located right on the wild Cornish coast, this resort offers breathtaking views of England’s westernmost county. If you’re looking for a little alone time at the Swim Club spa, children can partake in the Extreme Academy, the hotel’s very own water sports academy that will teach your kids how to surf, stand-up paddle-board, and kayak. In addition, Watergate Bay organises games, arts and crafts sessions, and evening entertainment specifically for children.
Does your family love Game of Thrones? Then take the opportunity to live like a Stark at Bovey Castle in Devon. This grand estate is located in Dartmoor National Park and consists of 64 bedrooms and 14 three-bedroom lodges. Amenities include a massive indoor pool, a spa, a golf course, and daily activities such as badminton, croquet, tennis, and mountain-biking. Bovey Castle also offers an array of activities specifically designed for children. They have two children’s clubs depending on the age of the kids. The Playroom is for children ages 3 to 6 and is run by qualified staff that lead children in age-appropriate activities like painting, badge-making, and cooking. Bovey Rangers is the second club open to children ages 7 to 14 and it offers a variety of exciting activities like campfire building, face painting, archery, golf lessons, and raft building.The estate also boasts a playground, a trampoline, and pony rides, all of which kids are encouraged to use.
Set in Hampshire’s majestic countryside, the Four Seasons Hotel is located inside a Georgian manor that has been majorly upgraded since the 18th century. The hotel features a nursery, a spa, indoor and outdoor pools, and on-site activities like mountain-biking, tennis, horseback-riding, golf, and clay-pigeon shooting. And for all the little picky eaters out there, the Four Seasons Hotel restaurant has a junior gourmet menu and a special infants menu.
An added bonus? The Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire is just one hour from London meaning you won’t have to travel far once your flight lands at Heathrow. As for the kids? They live like King George himself at the Four Seasons Hampshire. Upon arrival, children are asked to choose one complimentary gift from a giant toy box. In the room, they will find rubber ducks for the bath tub, mini bathrobes, an array of kids’ toiletries, and their names spelled out with sponges. Furthermore, the hotel’s kids club, called The Kids For All Seasons Club, is available to kids ages 4 and up and has children engaging in activities like kite flying, craft making, and horseback riding. For the older ones (ages 10 and up), there is a teen centre with air hockey, pool, and Foosball.
By Emily Southey