There’s nothing like a crab sandwich and/or a cream tea overlooking the shimmering sand to get you well and truly into the summer holiday spirit. As the sun finally shows its face, we share our favourite beach cafés handy for our seaside hotels in Cornwall and Dorset – all of them, naturally, very family friendly.
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Ask Dad what he wants for Father’s Day (18th June) this year, and the answer will probably be very simple – a long lie-in and the chance to read the papers over a cup of tea. This is where Luxury Family Hotels come in – our Sunday lie-in service means dads (and partners!) can chill out under the duvet while our lovely nannies entertain the kids, before you all grab some quality family time.
You may well choose to have a leisurely lunch in one of our child-friendly restaurants or a cream tea, then walk or cycle it all off around our grand estates or in one of our swimming pools. Or you could book Dad a treatment in one of our wonderful spas. But if you fancy a great day out, there are also some brilliant attractions and activities within easy reach of our hotels – places that Dad will enjoy but that have something for all the family. We’ve rounded up our favourites.
With the arrival of new head chef Jamie Holmes and new food and beverage manager Tom Perriman at our family-friendly hotel in the New Forest, it was time for a revamp of the children’s menu. General manager Lauren McCann tells us more.
Our property on the Lizard Peninsula takes its commitment to the local landscape very seriously, and this of course includes our very own Polurrian Beach (Mullion). Once a month, we support the Friends of Polurrian Beach's cleans by taking responsibility for the disposal and transport of the litter collected, and by provided refreshments and cakes for its volunteers and any other helpers, including our own guests.
Here at Luxury Family Hotels, we understand that your first trip with a baby might be daunting. Will you remember to bring everything he or she needs? Will they disturb other guests? In short, will it all be more stressful than it is relaxing, meaning you’re better off staying at home…?
Our child-friendly Wiltshire hotel Woolley Grange can set your mind at rest – not only with its tips but with its new two-night Baby’s First Stay Away breaks.
Part of Luxury Family Hotels’ ethos has always been to encourage our younger visitors (and their grown-ups!) to get up close and personal with nature. We’ve looked at some of the best ways of inspiring kids to get outdoors, whatever the weather.
Our multi-talented gardener Andrew is also responsible for outdoor education – running forest schools and fossil walks on the magnificent Jurassic Coast on the doorstep of our wonderful Dorset property. We find out more about Andrew and the activities he organises.
Lamb are one of the earliest signs that spring has arrived - and the lambing season is now underway at Ickworth Estate, home to our Ickworth Hotel, with the farmers there anticipating the arrival of more than 1,000 lambs. Go for a family walk and see how many you can count - you may be lucky and see some of them take their first steps in the park.
Easter is a wonderful time to visit the Polurrian Bay Hotel, with all kinds of seasonal crafts and activities scheduled for younger visitors. We asked the team to share with us their top ideas for keeping kids entertained at Easter, based on what they have planned for the coming school holidays in the OFSTED-registered Den. All are lo-fi, requiring minimal, inexpensive, easily sourced ingredients/equipment.
After a recent stay at our Fowey Hall Hotel, Hermione Norris, star of ITV’s Cold Feet, said: ‘When I was young it was Cornwall, Wales and Devon for family holidays… A week in the UK with sandy sandwiches, building dens, free entertainment with a bucket and spade, Cornish pasties and family chaos. It was a lovely, wholesome experience. And I want that for my own children.’
Indeed, there’s a vast amount to do in our Cornwall hotels and on their doorstep. But Fowey Hall and the Polurrian Bay Hotel also provide great bases for families to enjoy the annual events that the region does so well. Here are some of our top choices this year.