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Families

Fowey Hall

Fowey Hall

'Outstanding: the staff are totally committed to making sure the guest has a good time.' A Guide inspector in 2014 was impressed by service at this Victorian mansion at the top of the town, which is part of Nigel Chapman's Luxury Family Hotels group.

Woolley Grange

Woolley Grange

'There is character in spades' at this family-friendly Jacobean stone manor set in extensive, rambling grounds. It is part of the Luxury Family Hotels group, owned by Nigel Chapman; Clare Hammond is the 'warm and ever-present' manager. There is a

The Evesham Hotel

The Evesham Hotel

There is 'a happy atmosphere' at John and Sue Jenkinson's family-friendly hotel, set in large grounds with mulberry trees and 'lovely' gardens. It is full of spirit and likeable eccentricity: John Jenkinson delights in off-beat jokes. David Field has

Augill Castle

Augill Castle

'This is no ordinary hotel,' say Simon and Wendy Bennett, who welcome guests in an 'easy-going manner' to their home, an eccentric neo-Gothic Victorian folly in the upper Eden valley. Visitors enjoy the 'laid-back' atmosphere and the feeling of being

Swinton Park

Swinton Park

In a 'superb' setting on a huge estate (with parkland, a lake and a walled garden), this 19th-century Gothic castle is the family home of Mark and Felicity Cunliffe-Lister. 'Personal and unfussy', it is run in a relaxed style. 'You can tell they have

Bedruthan Hotel and Spa

Bedruthan Hotel and Spa

'Wonderful: spotless rooms, caring staff and excellent facilities, especially for families.' Praise in 2013 for this large white hotel, which is owned and managed by sisters Emma Stratton, Deborah Wakefield and Rebecca Whittington. 'It catered

Calcot Manor

Calcot Manor

In 'admirable' gardens in the Cotswold countryside, this luxury hotel, part of Michael Stone's small Calcot Hotels group, has extensive facilities for adults and children. The hotel occupies a converted 14th-century farmhouse and a collection of

Loch Melfort Hotel

Loch Melfort Hotel

The owners, Calum and Rachel Ross, are 'very much present' at their country hotel in 'beautiful surroundings' on the Argyll coast. Sheltered by woodland, it stands on Asknish Bay and has 'wonderful views' over the Sound of Jura. In the dining room,

Porth Tocyn Hotel

Porth Tocyn Hotel

In a magnificent position above Cardigan Bay, this conversion of three old miners' cottages has been run as an unstuffy child-friendly hotel by the Fletcher-Brewer family for 65 years. It is recommended this year by regular Guide correspondents on a

Moonfleet Manor

Moonfleet Manor

'A hotel that is good at looking after young children and exhausted parents.' Inspectors (a family of four) were impressed by this child-friendly Georgian house, which returns to the Guide under the renewed ownership of Luxury Family Hotels. There is

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