Taking the family away for a hotel break can be more stressful than relaxing, unless the hotel is properly geared up for families. But the secret to a successful family break are our collection of great family friendly UK hotels.
This is a collection of easy-going hotels where your children will be made to feel an asset and not an intrusion. Some of our great family friendly UK hotels may run courses and activities specially geared to children; others may simply welcome them with open arms and cater to the needs of families.
The Bedruthan Steps Hotel in Mawgan Porth, Cornwall is a modern beach hotel with views right onto the beach, two pools, a kid’s club and a spa. The Northbank Hotel on the Isle of Wight is an eccentric family-run hotel with is overrun by families in the summer. Relaxed, comfortable and very reasonably priced.
Or for an island break, try the Star Castle Hotel, converted from a star-shaped castle on St. Marys, of the Isles of Scilly, which has spectacular views and great birdwatching.
Ffynnon Town House is a boutique, four bedroom B&B which welcomes families to the beauty of Snowdonia. The BridgeHouse Hotel in Dorset is right by the Jurassic Coast with great walks and fishing opportunities nearby.
The Rose and Crown in Norfolk is a charmingly traditional pub with 16 comfortable family rooms, lovely log fires and it’s within striking distance of the beach. Rooms start from around £90 per night. In a similar price bracket, and also in Norfolk, is The White Horse, a lively pub overlooking Brancaster estuary, which is popular with families and sailors. Or, with rooms starting from just £79 per night, there’s Matfen Hall Hotel in Northumberland, a golf and spa resort hotel with an indoor pool and two restaurants.
Calcot Manor Hotel in The Cotswolds is a mid-sized hotel converted from a charming stately home surrounded by its own grounds, with a great restaurant, a stunning pool and spa and lots of activities for kids of all ages. Woolley Grange in Wiltshire is a beautiful, traditional Jacobean manor house turned family hotel, with loads of kid’s activities and a spa for the grown ups.
The Hotel Tresanton in St. Mawes, is a stylish, 30 room hotel overlooking the bay, with a great restaurant and a kid’s club in the summer months. Or in buzzy, nearby Rock there’s the St Enodoc Hotel, a golf hotel right on the beach with all sorts of great family activities on offer, from sailing to waterskiing and a two Michelin starred restaurant.
Or, for more of a grand country house feel, try Lucknam Park near Bath, which is surrounded by 500 acres of parklands and gardens, and has its own equestrian centre and a Michelin starred restaurant.
Fingals Hotel in Dittisham, Devon is a delightfully informal four room hotel, which feels more like a house party, with lawn tennis, an indoor pool, some lovely art and an overflowing library. The Devonshire Fell Hotel in Yorkshire has wonderful views, great family-sized suites and a laid back brasserie.
Augill Castle near Kirkby Stephen in Cumbria - midway between the Yorkshire Dales and a the Lake District, is a fabulous old family castle, brimming full of antiques and curios, and with a cookery school where kids are welcome. Or you could stay in a windmill: Cley Windmill, a characterful windmill B&B overlooking the Cley mashes, by a pretty village and a shingle beach.
Mawgan Porth, Cornwall
Fantastic spot overlooking the Atlantic Ocean from a family-friendly hotel. Modern interiors throughout with the comfortable rooms capturing the beach views. Herring Restaurant is Cornish throughout using locally sourced ingredients. Relax by one of the two pools, or at the spa.
St Mawes, Cornwall
Stylish, laid back coastal hotel resting over St Mawes with views of the great blue. Marine inspired rooms are cosy, comfortable and plush. Seafood and local produce make up the innovative menu. Ideal for a romantic weekend, a family getaway and adventure enthusiasts with sailing, walks and more.
Charming beachside hotel with views of Camel Estuary. Modern, breezy rooms are chic and comfortable. The lively restaurant serves healthy, modern dishes. Vibrant and cosy, with top marks for stunning location and warmth of service.
Delightfully informal boutique B&B near the River Dart. 'Quintessentially English' - this 17th Century house is full to the rafters with art and antiques and home to a fine lawn, an indoor pool, gym and grass tennis. Whether rooms or self-catering, the homely vibe is throughout. A magical spot!
Tetbury, The Cotswolds
A charming 14th century manor house in Tetbury, Gloucestershire. Chic rooms feature bold wallpaper prints, soft tones, deep soaking tubs and trendy artworks. The beautifully landscaped gardens feature a range of family activities as well as a pool and spa. An elegant country retreat.
Nr Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria
Standing between the Lake District and the Dales rests this eccentric castle welcoming all the family into the countryside and the Eden Valley. Four poster beds and antique furnishings make up the comfortable rooms. Restaurant is open on weekends. Great hideaway and local exploring to be done.
Charming traditional pub with a stylish twist - well adapted for families, with log fires and within easy reach of the beach.
Characterful windmill B&B overlooking marshes of Cley, a pretty village near shingle coast where locals swim. Quaint rooms with comfortable beds and wonderful views. Good birdwatching nearby.
Brancaster Staithe, Norfolk
A lively inn with panoramic views overlooking Brancaster estuary. Popular with families and sailors. An ideal weekend getaway spot with direct access to the coastal path. Chic, modern suites are decorated in nautical palettes. The theme continues to the menu where fresh seafood dishes are served.
St Mary's, Isles of Scilly
Delightful family-run hotel set in a star-shaped castle on St Marys Island. The newly refurbished rooms are extremely comfortable and well decorated, with quaint details. Fresh, local, seasonal produce sets the tone for the on site restaurant. Totally charming!
Seaview, The Isle of Wight
An eccentric family run hotel in a fabulous setting - the 1930s with a ‘60s twist. Forget en suite bathrooms, but for families wanting a very relaxed seaside atmosphere at reasonable rates, with lots of friends to make, it's an experience. The antithesis of boutique.
A luxury country home full of character. High ceilinged rooms are adorned with chandeliers and four poster beds. The surrounding parkland and gardens are painstakingly up kept. A spa, indoor pool and outdoor plunge pool aid relaxation. The fine dining restaurant is headed by a michelin Star chef.
Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire
Jacobean Manor turned luxury family retreat in stunning gardens with pools. Comfortable, modern rooms are a great welcome after a day of activities. The restaurant caters to all dietary needs and occasions. Children clubs, games rooms, gardens and more gives parents a chance to relax at the spa.
Colourful, contemporary-style hotel, on the Duke of Devonshire’s Yorkshire estate, with stunning views over a picturesque Wharfedale village. Ideally placed for walks, exploring local villages or picnicking by the river.
Renovated country town hotel. Cosy atmosphere with wooden beams and open fireplaces. Traditional and romantic rooms with dark hues and four poster beds. Award winning restaurant and some of the most picturesque countryside in the UK. Ideal for a country weekend away.
Dolgellau, Gwynedd, North Wales
A boutique B&B with just five perfect rooms. Contemporary decoration with traditional features. Crisp linen and comfortable beds with ornate headboards. A cosy lounge with an honesty bar and open fireplace awaits after a day outdoors. A stunning location ideal for discovering southern Snowdonia.
A stately mansion, wrapped in parkland, that has carefully added a spa, leisure centre and golf courses without losing its grandeur. Bedrooms are contemporary-classic or old-style grand, and there’s a choice of eating options from fine-dining to pub classic. A has-it-all country escape.