Luxury Family Hotels Celebrates a Bumper Awards Year
We’re proudly celebrating our best-ever year when it comes to awards, including appearances in The Sunday Times Ultimate 100 British Hotels Guide 2015, leading our founder Nigel Chapman to comment: “Myself and the whole Luxury Family Hotels’ team are over the moon. It’s gratifying to see that all the hard work pays off and the experiences we offer to our guests is up there with the best of the best.”
Among the accolades heaped on our eight country house properties across England are the following:
• The Sunday Times Ultimate 100 British Hotels Guide 2015
Following a visit from The Sunday Times' travel team earlier in the year, the Ultimate 100 British Hotel Guide says of our Polurrian Bay Hotel on Cornwall’s Lizard Peninsula, “Tall, white and teetering near the cliff’s edge, the hotel seems to be craning its neck to check out conditions in the little cove below. And that’s what you’ll be doing over breakfast in its vast, glass-fronted Vista Lounge, as you ponder your options. Surfing? Sea kayaking? A cliff top walk? This is the Lizard, so it’s all possible — with the promise of fresh fish in the restaurant, a movie in the private cinema, and lush white bed linen in your room when you return.”
Meanwhile, judges comment of our Suffolk property: “Occupying the east wing of a vast 18th-century stately home just outside Bury St Edmunds, The Ickworth is as close to heaven as most six- or seven-year-olds can get. It has an indoor pool, a fleet of bicycles, big lawns for footie and Frisbee, and 1,800 acres of deer-filled parkland to explore. The 27 rooms offer views of the Italianate gardens, the 100ft-high rotunda and the wider estate, while the Lodge — half a mile from the main hotel — offers larger rooms and flats.
And as for Woolley Grange Hotel in Wiltshire, on the edge of the Cotswolds, The Times writes: “The welcome to kids at this charming Jacobean manor house east of Bath is warm and sincere. For their part, your offspring will sense the freedom immediately, roaring around the grass maze, dipping for tadpoles in the ornamental pond and swimming themselves to exhaustion in the two pools. They’re even welcome in the Woolley Grange spa, where some of the treatments have been tailored to younger skin. When the grown-ups need some me-time, there’s free Ofsted-registered childcare.”
• Mumsnet Best Award 2015
This year saw Woolley Grange scoop an award given only to hotels that secure a series of four-star reviews on the hugely popular parenting website over a period of 18 months. Said Nigel Chapman: “Getting this award from Mumsnet means a great deal to us as mums are critical to our success. Ever since Luxury Family Hotels started, we wanted to provide mums and dads with a place for them to relax, catch up on their sleep, enjoy some great food and drink, a break from childcare with the use of our Ofsted-registered crèches, as well as some precious family time together. They love the fact that they can do all this and life is made easier for them at any one of our eight hotels.”
• The Good Hotel Guide 2015
Three of Luxury Family Hotels’ unique properties have made it into this year’s leading independent guide to hotels in Great Britain and Ireland, as well as receiving the extra accolade of ‘Editor’s Choice’: Moonfleet Manor in Dorset, Woolley Grange Hotel, and Fowey Hall in Cornwall.
• TripAdvisor Award of Excellence 2015
The TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence – awarded to properties that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on the world’s largest travel review site – has this year been granted to Moonfleet Manor, Woolley Grange Hotel, Thornbury Castle in Gloucestershire and Polurrian Bay Hotel.
• AA Rosettes
Following independent inspection of Fowey Hall and The Ickworth this year, both have been awarded two rosettes for their food. Thornbury Castle already has two stars and is aiming for three.