High above the delightful harbour town of Fowey, which famously inspired author Daphne du Maurier, stands the handsome country house that was also said to be an inspiration for Toad Hall in Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows. Inside, as in every Luxury Family Hotel, the ingredients of a perfect grown-up establishment – heralded by a hall with open fires, inviting sofas and twinkling chandeliers – are mixed with the essentials of a children’s paradise: play areas, an indoor pool, an Ofsted registered crèche, audio and visual child monitoring system and more. A selection of rooms and bespoke suites, all beautifully furnished and accessorized with a cohesive mix of new and lovingly restored antique furniture. The oak-panelled dining room is the setting for delicious dinners for adults, with family dining in the Garden Room restaurant next door and the same mouth-watering menus in both. But don’t think you have to have a family with you to come here: cleverly, it’s a hotel that works just as well for couples. Don’t miss the spectacular estuary and sea views.

Doubles from £185

+44 (0)1726 833866; foweyhallhotel.co.uk

Fowey Hall Hotel - Fowey, Cornwall