Woolley Grange – Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire
The homely, relaxed atmosphere of this Jacobean manor house, the original Luxury Family Hotel, puts you immediately at ease. Its wood-panelled interior, open fires and antique furnishings are impressive but not pretentious, and it’s unmatched for making children and dogs welcome. The 14-acre garden is one big adventure playground, with swings, play houses and dipping pond. There are indoor and outdoor swimming pools, the complimentary Woolley Bears Den children’s club and the Hen House for older kids. Adult treats include picnics in the grounds, a luxurious spa, roaring log fires and a terrace for champagne on summer evenings. The bedrooms are both family friendly and full of character. For parents with younger children, take advantage of the baby listening service, don your glad rags and head for a superb dinner, prepared using fresh produce from the kitchen garden and the best local suppliers. When you do venture out, Bradford on Avon is a true Cotswold artisan town, full of quaint cottages, cafes and interesting hidden nooks.
Doubles from £120
+44 (0)1225 864705; woolleygrangehotel.co.uk