Spending time in stylish places is even more exciting when you’re a mum (and it doesn’t always happen quite as often as you’d like). Book one now – and take the kids with you! #stillgotit
If you thought treading the parenting path meant no more spontaneous weekend’s away, think again. The UK is heaving with stylish places to stay where little ones are as welcome as a glass of merlot at the end of the day. Whether you’re after a bubba-friendly bolthole with staff who’ll happily keep an ear out while you dine in peace (remember that?) or who won’t raise an eyebrow when your brood makes themselves at home, we’ve rounded up some of the best tot-happy boutique hotels in the UK.
1 The perennial fave
Despite being one of the most luxurious boutique hotels in the UK, Babington House is also surprisingly, and impressively, baby-friendly. Set in the rolling Somerset countryside, it’s every bit the plum hideaway you’d imagine with sumptuous interiors, a tip-top Cowshed spa, two swimming pools, cinema, tennis courts and an amazing restaurant. For your smalls there’s The Little House, open daily offering creche facilities for guests. Where do we sign up?
Rooms start from around £220 a night staying in the Coach House.
2 The New Parent’s Dream
With a fully staffed creche for children over three months, baby listening, kid’s club and cinema, this is the ultimate in kiddie-friendly hotels. Sitting on a clifftop overlooking Cornwall’s unspoilt Lizard Peninsula, the Polurrian has recently been given a stylish makeover and with 12 acres of grounds to explore, a swimming pool, tennis court, sports field, spa, and fab restaurant with food prepared by Charlie Mozley, who trained at Bocca di Lupo, Soho, you’d struggle for want for anything else.
A room sleeping two adults and two children costs from £185 a night with breakfast.
3 The one showing ‘em how it’s done
Located in one of Yorkshire’s prettiest market towns, the luxury Black Swan in Helmsley is the ‘daddy’ (pardon the pun) of baby-friendly boutique hotels. Why? Where do we start....the children’s DVD library and DVD player in each room, the separate children’s dinner menu – the Little Adults Menu – but the thing that really swings it is the mini bathrobes they provide for your littlies – how cute is that? But don’t think grown up needs are overlooked – there’s a stunning walled garden, two great restaurants and a tearoom that was voted ‘Tearoom of Excellence in 2011 and 2012.
A charge of £25 per child applies when your children are sharing a Superior Bedroom with you and children up to four years are free when sleeping in a cot bed. Rooms start at £189 for a superior room.
4 The Newbie
Set in the heart of the New Forest, Hampshire, Lime Wood is just 1.5 hours from London making it the perfect hop, skip and jump destination for a mini-break with the brood. Little ones are well looked after – cots are £10, extra beds are £30; there’s a children’s menu and bikes and scooters on loan. Plus babysitting with a local nanny can be arranged for £55 an evening with 48 hours notice. Oh and did we mention there’s also a spa, with 10 (10!) treatment rooms. Quite literally, heaven in a hotel.
A double Eaves room with space for a cot, including breakfast and full use of spa, costs £255 per night.
5 The Expert Choice
According to Emma Barnett, Founder of Totstoo.com, Woolley Grange in Wiltshire is the go-to boutique hotel for parents with little nippers. 'Not only does it have a beautiful spa, with an amazing view over the walled garden, but the staff welcome families with no restrictions,' she says. 'The Woolley Bears Den has a team of brilliantly creative staff for kids and although free, you’d do well to book in advance as it is hugely popular and they operate with limited spaces.'
Standard doubles/small suites for two adults and two children starts at around £200.
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