The best family-friendly accommodation in the UK

Cornwall, photo by Jason Rogers

The UK has no shortage of accommodation for backpackers, budget travelers, or those who want to spurge and pamper themselves a bit in a luxury hotels with all the amenities one could wish for. So if you want the holiday of a rugged independent adventurer or a movie star, there are plenty of options for you in the UK. But what if you are traveling with kids and you have to make sure that they can have all the comforts of home, and then some? Family travel usually takes more planning than if you are traveling solo or with a partner, because kids can be fussier than adults when it comes to where they stay. But luckily enough, there is a wide array of choices for traveling families who are visiting the British Isles, and you so won’t be disappointed with the best family-friendly accommodation in the UK!

Fowey Hall, Cornwall

The children’s classic The Wind in the Willows written by Kenneth Grahame has many memorable settings inspired by the British countryside, and Toad Hall is possibly the most interesting. And the grand mansion of the Toad was inspired by none other than the building which was turned into the scenic Fowey Hall hotel. The stately hotel will definitely appeal to grown ups, and the many activities will delight the kids: there’s an outdoor play area, a creche, children’s high tea, and a beach club for older kids.

Babington House, Somerset

Somerset, photo by Marilyn Peddle

Babington House is great for families not because it has any activities tailored to suit children’s needs, but because the rooms are designed in such a way as to make both kids and their parents as comfortable as possible. The rooms are very large, there are bunk beds and kid’s beds for the young ones, as well as changing mats, sterilizers and baby baths for families who are traveling with toddlers.

The Elms, Worcestershire

Often the problem with stately mansions is that they are not very accommodating for kids, even if they are impressive and luxurious enough to satisfy the adults. in the case of the Elms in Worcestershire, however, the focus is one making the kids feel at ease without ruining any of the historical elegance of the building. There is a fun outdoor play area, trampolines, tables games, an indoor pool and high tea served every day for the kids.

Calcot Manor, Cotswolds

Cotswolds, photo by Gruenemann on Flickr

The Cotswolds are one of the most beautiful countryside regions in the UK, and although adults can easily fill a day with walking and exploring, kids usually need some fun time too. Calcot Manor will make sure that kids keep busy, thanks to the indoor facilities for kids, like an all-day creche, play area for kids over eight, and tea every day. Plus, there are hot tubs and bike trails around the manor!

Ickworth, Suffolk

Ickworth is the kind of boutique hotel that at first glace doesn’t seem to hold the least interest for kids – it is elegant, old and decorous. However, there are extensive facilities for kids, both indoors and outdoors. Kids can have fun in the supervised playroom, at the creche or on the adventure playground and the biking and walking trails on the estate.

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