The Easter holidays are just around the corner. Book into one of these fabulous hotels for a solid dose of family fun.
Packed full of family-friendly activities, Cheltenham is pretty much perfect for an Easter escape. And to complete the picture – we have our Cotswolds Family Getaway package at our elegant Cheltenham townhouse No. 38. Settle down in one of our 13 spacious bedrooms (ideal for two adults and two children) which are super comfortable with Egyptian cotton sheets and mohair throws. Little ones can enjoy a complimentary supper of scrumptious Best of British dishes, created using locally-sourced ingredients. For adults, there’s fabulous South-Asian fare in-house at Prithvi. After a feast of a breakfast, we’ve organised a late check-out to allow for that whirlwind of getting everyone out of the door. Four-legged friends welcome, too. If you’ve got Easter sorted, come for the summer holidays instead – Cheltenham looks glorious in the sun.
Fowey Hall, Cornwall
Perched just above the estuary, this Victorian seaside mansion on the south coast of Cornwall has everything you could possibly need for a family holiday: a restaurant serving seasonal Cornish cuisine, a complimentary Ofsted-registered crèche, a family-friendly Elemis spa, a night-time baby listening service and the run of the beautiful grounds. There are 36 individually styled rooms, ideally decked out to accommodate children and dogs. Adventure is in the blood here – Wind in the Willows author Kenneth Grahame stayed at Fowey Hall when it was a private home and it is believed that ‘Toad Hall’ was based on the building. The nearest beach is a 15-minute stroll away (buckets, spades, nets and crabbing lines are provided for guests) and there are plenty of activities from kayaking and canoeing to sailing, swimming, rock pooling and crabbing.
Glenapp Castle, Scotland
A fine example of 19th-century Scottish Baronial grandeur, set in an enchanting estate of forests with giant redwoods and formal gardens in Ayrshire, this is more of a country house than a fortress. With breath-taking views across the sea to the Isle of Arran, there are 17 rooms with high ceilings, inviting armchairs by picture windows, Oriental rugs and big canopy beds. There are connecting rooms for families, a babysitting service, and books, games and DVDs for children. Early evening dinners are available for under-fives. There’s an all-weather tennis court, a croquet lawn, plus wellies, umbrellas and rain jackets by the front door for exploring the grounds. A hearty breakfast sets you up for the day with, this being Scotland, smoked haddock and grilled kipper.