Editor’s choice:

2016 Family hotels

School holidays, family reunions, weekend treats away – we all fancy the idea of spending time together in a hotel but often it seems that children aren’t welcomed as warmly as we’d want. So after inspecting all the best hotels in the UK, we’ve shortlisted the top 10 hotels for family accommodation. These are the places where you’ll be guaranteed a welcome whether you’ve got a babe in arms on a straggle of teenagers with you. 

  • Fowey Hall, FOWEY, Cornwall

    ‘It can’t be bettered.’ Overlooking the Fowey estuary, this Victorian mansion, part of Nigel Chapman’s Luxury Family Hotels group, is ‘outstanding’, a Guide inspector said. ‘It sets a benchmark on how

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  • Woolley Grange, BRADFORD-ON-AVON, Wiltshire

    Wellington boots flank the entrance of Nigel Chapman’s characterful, family-friendly Jacobean stone manor house in ‘glorious’ countryside. ‘Like the country home of a wealthy family friend, it is a

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  • The Evesham Hotel, EVESHAM, Worcestershire

    A self-confessed ‘quirky’ establishment, this family-friendly hotel has been run by John and Sue Jenkinson for 40 years. They have appointed David Field as manager, and stepped back

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    Augill Castle, KIRKBY STEPHEN, Cumbria

    ‘There is something here for everyone,’ says a visitor this year to Wendy and Simon Bennett’s turreted Gothic castle in the Eden valley. A multi-generational party (aged from three

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  • Bedruthan Hotel and Spa, MAWGAN PORTH, Cornwall

    ‘Everything was relaxing and comfortable,’ says a visitor this year to this ‘fantastic’ family-friendly hotel on the north Cornish coast. Owned and managed by sisters Emma Stratton, Deborah Wakefield

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    Calcot Manor, TETBURY, Gloucestershire

    Adults and children ‘coexist happily’ at this luxury hotel in a converted 14th-century farmhouse in ‘admirable’ gardens in the Cotswold countryside. It is part of the small

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  • Loch Melfort Hotel, ARDUAINE, Argyll and Bute

    A room with a view is assured at Calum and Rachel Ross’s country hotel in 17-acre grounds: all bedrooms in the main house and the cedar-framed annexe look out over the Sound of Jura to the

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  • Porth Tocyn Hotel, ABERSOCH, Gwynedd

    Steps from the Welsh Coast Footpath, with ‘stupendous’ views over Cardigan Bay, this ‘lovely, wacky’ hotel has been run by three generations of the Fletcher-Brewer family since 1948. Occupying three

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  • Moonfleet Manor, FLEET, Dorset

    In ‘romantic’ Dorset countryside overlooking Chesil Beach, this ‘pretty’ Georgian house is part of the child-friendly Luxury Family Hotels group. Parents needn’t feel guilty as their children

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    Congham Hall, KING'S LYNN, Norfolk

    ‘A lovely country hotel’, this ivy-clad Georgian house stands in pretty gardens amid parkland near the Queen’s estate at Sandringham. It gains a full entry in the Guide after

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