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Great Family Friendly UK Hotels

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.

Great Family Friendly UK Hotels

Great Family Friendly UK Hotels on the Coast

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.

Great Family Friendly UK Hotels for Active Families

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.

Great Family Friendly UK Hotels on a Budget

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.

Great Family Friendly UK Hotels to Relax

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.

Great Family Friendly UK Hotels for a Special Occasion

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.

Great Family Friendly UK Hotels to Escape

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.

Great Family Friendly UK Hotels for Something Different

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.

If you haven’t found the perfect getaway for your family on our Guru’s list of great family friendly UK hotels you could:

Great Family Friendly UK Hotels:

  • Bedruthan Steps Hotel 101 rooms from £159

    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.

    Eco break  -  A sustainable and environmentally minded hotel with an extensive responsible tourism pledge, see website for further details.
    Groups  -  This hotel is ideal for an active creative group holiday with workshops, open air theatre and plenty of fun facilities.
    Spa breaks  -  Pamper yourself at the top of the range luxury spa, using all natural products and treatments- heaven!
    Families  -  With family orientated rooms, activities, nursery and kids club its ideal for all the family.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
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  • Hotel Tresanton 30 rooms from £260

    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.

    Exclusive offer  -  One Night Stays
    Great walks  -  One of the most picturesque parts of the British Isles with miles of coastal trails and paths to explore.
    Sights nearby  -  Stunning three mile walk past St Mawes Castle - built by Henry VIII.
    Kids Club  -  Summer months only
    House party feel  -  Be prepared to meet people.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Frommers, Kiwi Collection, I Escape
    Hotel Website
  • St Enodoc Hotel 20 rooms from £170

    Rock, Cornwall

    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.

    Families  -  Family suites, games room, special kiddies menus and a wealth of fun beachside activities make this an ideal family getaway.
    Foodies  -  Fresh, local, seasonal produce is used in the hotels seafood restaurant to create flavoursome innovative cuisine.
    Beach Life  -  Right on the beach, with nautical blue and white interiors and plenty of water based fun at hand.
    Surfing  -  The hotel will organise a private surf lessons with George Stoy, a perfect introduction to Cornwall's most popular sport!
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  • Fingals Hotel 4 rooms from £170

    Dartmouth (South Devon)

    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!

    Local exploring  -  Explore the surrounding countryside, from vineyards and country houses, to seaside and river adventures.
    Families  -  The perfect countryside family escape, with selfcatering rooms plus a wealth of activties for all ages.
    Great walks  -  Using the river as your guide, the countryside truly is your oyster.
    Sailing  -  Lessons available nearby on the River Dart.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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  • Calcot Manor Hotel 35 rooms from £199

    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.

    Exclusive offer  -  Sunday spa break
    Swimming Pool  -  Stunning indoor Swimming Pool
    Kids Club  -  Fully staffed.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    House party feel  -  Be prepared to meet people.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Fodors, Frommers, Good Hotel Guide, Johansens, Kiwi Collection, Michelin Travel
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  • Augill Castle 14 rooms from £180

    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.

    Families  -  With fantasatic facilities for kids, from cooking classes, to playgrounds, dressing up boxes and plenty of toys.
    Country Escape  -  Spectacular walking, wonderful views and whiskey in the drawing room old school weekend in the country vibes.
    Great walks  -  With national parks all around, this is the perfect spot to get on your walking boots.
    Cooking classes  -  The hotel has a wonderful cookery school for children.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
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  • The Rose and Crown 16 rooms from £90

    Snettisham, NOT TO SHOW

    Charming traditional pub with a stylish twist - well adapted for families, with log fires and within easy reach of the beach.

    Birdwatching  -  At nearby Snettisham Beach
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
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  • Cley Windmill 9 rooms from £159

    Cley-next-the-Sea, Norfolk

    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.

    Birdwatching  -  For keen ornithologist NWT Cley Marshes Nature Reserve is a wonderful area for spotting all manner of birds.
    Views  -  Panoramic views over the salt marshes
    Local markets  -  Just South of the mill are small shops, selling pottery, smoked fish and secondhand books.
    Fishing  -  Saltwater Fly Fishing is available nearby, ask the friendly staff for further details.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays, Good Hotel Guide
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  • The White Horse 15 rooms from £130

    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.

    Exclusive offer
    Foodies  -  Famed for its menu, specialising in seafood
    Country Escape  -  Classic British coastal stay
    Fishing  -  'Norfolk Fishing Trips & Exploring the tidal creeks and Scolt Head Island
    Great walks  -  Norfolk Coastal path runs along the bottom of the garden
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
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  • Star Castle Hotel 38 rooms from £192

    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!

    Views  -  Some of the best views on the island.
    Swimming Pool  -  Heated indoor pool
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Frommers, Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
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  • Northbank Hotel 18 rooms from £50

    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.

    Families  -  A memorable experince for all the family, with eccentric hosts, communal bathrooms and plenty of beachlife.
    Great walks  -  With over thirty miles of Heritage coastline, there are many stunning walks to be had.
    Sailing  -  A prime sailing spot and a favourite past time for both locals and tourists.
    Sights nearby  -  Carisbrooke Castle - once a prison for Charles I.
    Hotel Website
  • Lucknam Park 42 rooms from £290

    Chippenham, Wiltshire

    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.

    Active Holiday  -  Plenty of countryside persuits for the sporty types with clay pigeon shooting, riding, tennis, archery, and falconry.
    Foodies  -  Executive Chef Hywel Jones runs the Michelin starred The Park, as well as the award winning cookery school.
    Cooking classes  -  Learn to whip up your favourite dishes from The Parks' menu at the in house cookery school, a lovely way to pass a rainy day!
    Sights nearby  -  Bath is only six miles away- if you can tear yourself away from the endless entertainment at Lucknam Park.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Johansens, Kiwi Collection, Relais & Chateaux
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  • Woolley Grange 26 rooms from £160

    Bradford on Avon

    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.

    Families  -  Ideal for families with babysitting, kids hang out zones, an Ofsted-registered playroom and plenty of activites on the grounds.
    Hideaway  -  With the spa, pool table, table football, extensive grounds, yummy food and homely rooms, you'll find it impossible to leave.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor and Outdoor Pool
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • Devonshire Fell Hotel 16 rooms from £139

    Burnsall, Yorkshire

    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.

    Foodies  -  Feast on the locally sourced 1AA Rosette cuisine in the stylish restaurant, followed by a drink in the cosy bar.
    Country Escape  -  On the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, surrounded by rolling hills and scenic country.
    Great walks  -  Bring your dog and head out rambling among rolling hills, country lanes and along the River Wharfe.
    Sights nearby  -  The UNESCO heritage sights of Bolton Abbey Estate and Fountains Abbey are a short drive away.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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  • BridgeHouse Hotel 14 rooms from £160

    Beaminster (West Dorset)

    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.

    Country Escape  -  A perfect country house hideaway, with cosy fires, excellent food, old oak beams, Georgian panelling, and wonderful walking.
    Great walks  -  The Jurassic Coast on your doorstep, throw on the wellies and head out rambling- don't forget your packed lunch.
    Sailing  -  The hotel arranges RIB rides along the Jurassic coast from West Bay to Lyme Regis.
    House party feel  -  Be prepared to meet people.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
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  • Ffynnon Town House 6 rooms from £142


    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.

    Families  -  Ideal for families, with plenty of books, DVDs, games and activities plus kiddies menu and use of a of a Butler's Pantry.
    Romantic Break  -  Perfectly isolated, cosy rooms and an outdoor hot tub with champagne and strawberries to order.
    Great walks  -  Great hill walking on Cadr Idris or explore the magical Snowdonia National Park.
    Birdwatching  -  Bring your binoculars, the RSPB Coed Garth Gell reserve is close to the hotel.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Sawdays, Good Hotel Guide
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  • Matfen Hall Hotel 53 rooms from £149

    Matfen, Northumberland

    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.

    Country Escape  -  A charming 19th-century Gothic mansion surrounded by 300 acres of parkland, with a rose-filled gardens and plenty of walking.
    Foodies  -  The Library Restaurant has been awarded 2 AA Rosettes for its robust, yet refined Northumbrian cuisine.
    Local markets  -  Check out what local produce Hexham has to offer, as well as nearby Corbridge.
    Great walks  -  With 300 acres to explore the park is full of walking and jogging trails.
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Written by Leonie Glass

posted Wednesday, 17th February 2010
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