In beautiful surroundings with gardens to roam in, countryside to explore and plenty of luxury for parents as well, family-friendly country house hotels combine the best of all worlds for family holidays. Some have an old world charm that helps you to enjoy quality time together in peace - think board games, running around the garden and splashing about in the pool. Others provide all the mod cons you could ask for complete with spa experiences to pamper parents. Invariably these beautiful properties were once family homes themselves, and you can just imagine the fun and games that everyone got up to with such freedom and space. Food is typically superb, and many of these country house hotels include a choice of family rooms in the main hotel or self-catering options within the grounds. Plenty are dog-friendly too, so everyone is invited! Amongst our favourite family-friendly country house hotels, you will find the magnificent Hambleton Hall, the spa hotel Chewton Glen, Lords of the Manor in the Cotswolds and the entirely unique Augill Castle complete with its cinema, flexible meals times, tennis courts, playground and 'Little Cooks' school.