Choosing a family holiday is a tough business.
You want somewhere that will endlessly entertain, stroppy two-year-olds, will have fun things for you to indulge in (that isn't Dinopaws-related, please!)
With that in mind. we try out some of the best family holiday spots on offer, meaning you can know what you're really booking. It's a hard job, but somebody's got to do it, eh.
On top of our list was the Four Seasons Hotel in Hampshire and blimey, it didn't disappoint.
Set in the heart of the Hampshire countryside, the Four Seasons Hotel is the ideal place to escape (and pretend to an extra from Downton Abbey for a day or two!)
Although the Georgian Manor can be described as lavish, grand and majestic, it is very family-friendly, with the hotel actively encouraging younger guests to stay with its impressive water adventure pool 'Sharkie's Reef' and ample acres of land to play outdoor games. Perfect for when you're booking your full body massage.
The Four Seasons hotel is brimming with of history, from being previously the residence of the Bishops of Bath and Wells to being the meeting place of Prince Arthur and Catherine of Aragon, before her marriage to King Henry VIII.
All very inspirational, if we do say so. Wheres our fancy hat...
Despite feeling like a boutique hotel, it's deceptively large with 133 guestrooms including 22 suites.
Big in size and grandeur, the rooms are fit for your royal family - though we recommend not laying down on their signature Four Seasons mattresses unless you never want to get up again!
The regal bathrooms are stocked with Asprey products, meaning even a good soak in the tub feels like a private spa (though. not for long with kids on the loose!)
The hotel's restaurant The Wild Carrot is both impressive and inviting.
The restaurant proudly states how it 'incorporates seasonal, natural, locally sourced ingredients from Hampshire markets and farther afield.'
During our stay, the staff went above and beyond making sure every guest was looked after. There was a generous mix of couples and families dining and neither impacted the other.
Children are welcome to dine at Wild Carrot any time until 7:30 pm daily, and a children’s menu is available.
We opted for the potato gnocchi confit served with sauteed mushrooms and cheesecake for dessert. A real treat!
What's there to do?
Activities-wise, you’ll find lots to do at the Four Seasons hotel. For horse fans, there are equestrian facilities with horses and ponies and instructors on-site. There’s also fishing, croquet, tennis, clay pigeon shooting, falconry, cycling and a Highwire Adventure.
There's even a private ice rink in the winter, meaning little ones can have as much fun as the adults!
For Downton Abbey fans, there is also an opportunity to visit the esteemed Highclere Castle for a behind-the-scenes tour. As you explore the castle and its grounds, you can learn about Highclere’s fascinating history and the British aristocrats who have called it home for centuries – a cast of characters as intriguing as anything you’ll ever see on television!
Standard rooms start at £260, visit Four Seasons, Hampshire for more information