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The Country House Spa The Whole Family Will Love

Deputy editor Jo Bounds stayed at Bedford Lodge Hotel, Cambridgeshire, 
with Fawn, four

Being a full-time working mum, life is hectic. So, when I felt about to drop the juggle, I decided to take my littlest one on a long-planned spa visit. Why waste the spare luxurious bed and watch the huge flatscreen TV on my own (well, how else should My Little Pony be viewed?).

Feeding her equine obsession, my daughter was excited to discover 
the Bedford Lodge Hotel is situated 
in the horse-racing town of Newmarket. Originally an 18th century manor 
house, the hotel and spa cleverly mixes country plush with boutique hotel, but there are no pretensions – the staff didn’t raise an eyebrow when Fawn opened 
her Trunki on the reception floor.

The three-acre grounds are heaven for city-living little ones fed-up of being told to stay away from the road. Staff are ultra-helpful, and you can also book a local babysitter if you want to unwind in the newly revamped spa. The deep tissue massage definitely eradicated the aches from school uniform ironing, and Fawn watched the horses being groomed while the enzyme facial zapped some of the creases from my face.

After a restful night (Fawn slept till 8.30am!), we headed home by train, both of us sprawled contentedly in our seats. She’s already told me we’re going again soon…’

Why you'll love it

The roof-top hot tub is an indulgent end to a spa treatment, perfect for tired mum muscles.

Why your baby will love it

Kids will have the time of their lives 
in the hotel swimming pool.

Book it!

A spa day at Bedford Lodge Hotel, including a facial or massage, use of the pool and steam room, plus lunch, starts from £80. Twin rooms from £135. For information on Greater Anglia trains, click here.

Also check out…

Skiathos Princess, Greece
With a new ‘Healthy Living’ spa programme, including YogaAqua – think 
yoga on a surfboard – and Ofsted-approved childcare, this is the ultimate family-friendly 
beach holiday.

Lucknam Park, Bath
This 500-acre estate not only houses a swanky spa and Michelin-starred restaurant, but there’s  also an equestrian centre for pony rides, an adventure playground and go-karts. 

Asia Gardens, Spain
Asia comes to Spain at this Far East-inspired spa hotel. You’ll find an impressive collection of pools, a child-friendly jacuzzi, four restaurants, kids’ club and a pirate ship, alongside stocks of nappies, baby food and snacks available on site.

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