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Rothay Manor

Rothay Manor

Ambleside

In large, landscaped gardens a stroll from Lake Windermere, this ‘friendly’ traditional hotel, after 50 years in the same hands, has new owners, Jenna and James Shail. ‘Everything has been spruced up,’ say Guide inspectors in 2016.
From £135 per night
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • value
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled
  • wifi
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The Cavendish

The Cavendish - Escape on Sunday

Baslow

Teatime brings ‘some of the nicest, warm, home-baked scones’ at this ‘welcoming’, ‘beautifully kept,’ traditional hotel on the Chatsworth estate.
From £244.00 per night
  • romantic
  • view
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • fishing
  • wifi
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Lindeth Fell

Lindeth Fell - Autumn 20% Discount Special Offers

Bowness-on-Windermere

Family owned and family run, the Kennedys’ ‘excellent’ luxury B&B is in an Edwardian country house overlooking Lake Windermere.
From £63 per night
  • view
  • walking
  • garden
  • b&b
  • wifi
  • child-friendly
  • parking
  • country_house
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Budock Vean

Budock Vean - Summer Special Offer

Mawnan Smith

'Tasteful refurbishment' has given a 'fresh seaside look' to Martin Barlow’s ‘super’ hotel, says a returning visitor in 2016.
From £60 per night
  • indoor_pool
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • fishing
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled
  • wifi
  • parking
10% discount voucher
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Corse Lawn House

Corse Lawn House - £169 per night Special Offer

Corse Lawn

'I love it as a place to get away from the business of everyday life.’ Experience traditional hospitality at this ‘graceful’ Queen Anne house in the Severn valley.
From £170 per night
  • tennis
  • indoor_pool
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
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Congham Hall

Congham Hall - Sunday Special Offer

King's Lynn

Wander in the herb garden here, and breathe in the aromas of 400 varieties, planted by a former owner of this ‘lovely’ Georgian country house hotel.
  • tennis
  • activities
  • indoor_pool
  • gym
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • value
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled
  • wifi
  • parking
25% voucher
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The Horn of Plenty

The Horn of Plenty - Luxury Gourmet 3 Night Break

Tavistock

Guests exult over the ‘spectacular’ views from this 19th-century manor house in a ‘wonderful’ location overlooking the wooded Tamar valley.
From £110 per night
  • gourmet
  • view
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled
  • wifi
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Hambleton Hall

Hambleton Hall - Summer Breaks in Rutland

Hambleton

Arrive, as did Guide readers this year, ‘in perfect time for sitting on the terrace and being wonderfully spoilt’.
From £270.00 per night
  • tennis
  • country_house
  • view
  • activities
  • outdoor_pool
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • fishing
  • wifi
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The Pier at Harwich

The Pier at Harwich - Lobster Lovers Sunday

Harwich

In a ‘great position’ on the quayside of this pretty, historic port town, Paul Milsom’s ‘excellent’ hotel comprises two handsome buildings.
From £125 per night
  • view
  • historic
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
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Lastingham Grange

Lastingham Grange - 10% discount Special Offer

Lastingham

On the edge of the North York Moors, where the road merges into a bridle path, this ‘excellent’, traditional country house hotel is run by the Wood family: brothers Bertie and Tom, and their mother, Jane.
From £210 per night
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • b&b
  • wifi
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The Great House

The Great House - Midweek Special Offer

Lavenham

Behind a Georgian facade at the medieval heart of this ‘incredibly beautiful’ village sits a smart restaurant-with-rooms whose ‘well-deserved reputation’ for ‘magnificent’ modern French food draws fans.
From £184 per night
  • gourmet
  • wine
  • child_friendly
  • wifi
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Lewtrenchard Manor

Lewtrenchard Manor - September Treat

Lewdown

Admirers of Sue and James Murray’s ‘characterful’, ‘beautiful old manor’ continue to sing its praises. ‘It is uniformly excellent, with high standards of hotel-keeping, comfort and service,’ says a guest this year.
From £155 per night
  • romantic
  • gourmet
  • country_house
  • historic
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled
  • wifi
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The Capital

The Capital - Weekend special offer

London

‘Old-fashioned hospitality and exceptional cuisine’ come together at this ‘intimate’ luxury hotel.
  • gourmet
  • child_friendly
  • value
  • wifi
  • parking
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The Levin

The Levin - Seasonal/Weekend Special Offer

London

Grand-hotel luxury mixes with small-scale intimacy at this ‘immaculate’ town house hotel, close to Hyde Park and the museums.
  • wine
  • child_friendly
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
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The Redesdale Arms

The Redesdale Arms - French Fizz Special Offer

Moreton-in-Marsh

‘Friendly, efficient’ staff, ‘very comfortable’ rooms and ‘excellent’ food draw visitors to this 17th-century coaching inn ‘with a modern twist’.
From £140 per night
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled
  • wifi
  • parking
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Chewton Glen

Chewton Glen - 4 Nights for 3

New Milton

There’s a great atmosphere at this privately owned country house spa hotel (Relais & Châteaux), unstintingly luxurious yet completely family friendly.
  • romantic
  • tennis
  • seaside
  • country_house
  • view
  • indoor_pool
  • outdoor_pool
  • wine
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled
  • wifi
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The Rose and Crown

The Rose and Crown - Autumn Escape

Romaldkirk

With ‘exceptional’ food, ‘exemplary’ housekeeping and ‘staff who are a real pleasure to be among’, this ‘delightful’ creeper-clad coaching inn finds favour among our readers.
From £115 per night
  • gastropub
  • activities
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled
  • wifi
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Star Castle

Star Castle - 10% discount all year

St Mary's

Visitors new and old continue to award gold stars to the Francis family’s characterful hotel, in a star-shaped, 16th-century castle above Hugh Town, with ‘stunning views’ over the islands.
From £75.00 per night
  • view
  • indoor_pool
  • historic
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
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Soar Mill Cove Hotel

Soar Mill Cove Hotel - Autumn Adventures Await

Soar Mill Cove

Family owned, family run, exuberantly family friendly, Keith Makepeace’s ‘welcoming’ hotel stands in rolling countryside above a valley running down to the shore.
From £125 per night
  • tennis
  • seaside
  • view
  • indoor_pool
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled
  • wifi
10% discount voucher
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The Lake

The Lake - Champagne escape offer

Llangammarch Wells

‘It’s like going home,’ writes a regular Guide reader this year, who considers Jean-Pierre Mifsud’s country house hotel ‘a regular haunt’.
  • tennis
  • country_house
  • indoor_pool
  • wine
  • gym
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • value
  • fishing
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled
  • wifi
  • parking
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Plas Bodegroes

Plas Bodegroes - Exclusive 20% discount

Pwllheli

Roses, roses all the way: on the remote Llyn peninsula, Chris and Gunna Chown’s ‘lovely’ restaurant-with-rooms occupies a Georgian manor house.
From £150 per night
  • romantic
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • wifi
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Ardanaiseig

Ardanaiseig - Hogmanay Special Offer

Kilchrenan

The scene is pure theatre: the Scottish baronial mansion, built in 1834, with turrets, chimneys and crow-stepped gables, stands against a backdrop of Loch Awe. Inside, owner Bennie Gray, an antiques dealer, has filled the place with ‘eccentricity’ and ‘a pleasingly old-fashioned air of country house grandeur’.
From £217 per night
  • romantic
  • honeymoon
  • country_house
  • view
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
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The Airds Hotel

The Airds Hotel - Three Night Special Offer

Port Appin

Take a breathtaking drive through Glencoe to this former ferry inn (Relais & Châteaux) on Loch Linnhe, with the Morvern mountains beyond.
  • gourmet
  • view
  • activities
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
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Knockinaam Lodge

Knockinaam Lodge - Summer Breaks

Portpatrick

Sheltered by a horseshoe of wooded hills, and edged by a private beach on the coast of the Rhinns of Galloway, Sian and David Ibbotson’s 19th-century former hunting lodge is a popular choice for special occasions.
  • romantic
  • gourmet
  • honeymoon
  • view
  • historic
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • wifi
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The White House

The White House - Bluebells in Bloom 2016

Herm

‘Walking is the thing’ on this ‘very green’, car-free island: alight from the ferry and let a tractor bring your luggage to this ‘truly lovely’ hotel (‘it’s all part of the enjoyment’).
From £72 per night
  • view
  • outdoor_pool
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi

Family-friendly hotels

The summer holidays are always a time of great joy, but there’s also a phenomenal juggling act to be done in order to make sure that parents and children alike get a chance to relax and enjoy themselves.  Instead of everyone spending time doing something that no one really wants to do as a measly compromise, the right hotel is an opportunity for everyone to enjoy time out.  

No choosing between entertainment for the kids and luxury for adults, the Good Hotel Guide carefully selects hotels for their variety of opportunities, whether it’s those with plenty of pools and activities available, beautiful grounds to roam in or a steady supply of books to luxuriate in, there’s something for everyone.

Recognising that not every child or parent wants to spend their holiday ferrying children to and from summer camps, the hotels that garner the most treasured memories for families are those that straddle quality time and the chance to take a little worry and responsibility away.  The likes of Fowey Hall and Moonfleet Manor in Dorset and Cornwall are both expert at such things, with spa and creche facilities alike.

Of course a trip to the beach is the stuff that even fairytales are made of, so it will come as no surprise that the UK’s coastal hotels, whether they be in Norfolk or Devon, are supremely popular for stylish holidays with the family.  Strolls into postcard perfect towns and menus that cater for all ages in suitable environments are joyful for everyone involved, and this is a selection of family friendly hotels that have delighted guests time and again.