Hotels The Kids Will Love: The Best Child-Friendly Hotels

By Martha Davies

11 months ago

Pools, playrooms and outdoor activities – these are the best child-friendly hotels


For a holiday the whole family can enjoy, head to one of these child-friendly hotels, says Martha Davies.

Hotels The Kids Will Love: The Best Child-Friendly Hotels

The Mole Resort

Where? Devon

The Mole Resort, Devon

Tell us about it: Set within 125 acres of land within the Devon countryside, Highbullen Hotel reopened recently as The Mole Resort, complete with 58 new lodges. Children will love the diverse programme of activities on offer, which includes axe throwing, archery, tennis, den building and much more. There are also two pools, a spa and various dining and drinking options – plus all lodges come with well-equipped kitchens, and you can pick up fresh produce at the on-site shop, including breakfast boxes and BBQ hampers. themoleresort.co.uk

Horwood House Hotel

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Where? Milton Keynes.

Tell us about it: With a labyrinth, large outdoor chess set and an old manor to explore, children will feel like they’re in Wonderland at Horwood House. Over 13s can make use of the pool facilities and even enjoy a selection of spa treatments, too. horwoodhouse.co.uk 

Lucknam Park

Young children petting a horse at Lucknam Park.

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Where? Wiltshire

Tell us about it: Lucknam is made for families. Wander through woodland to The Hideaway, with its baby playroom, quiet room for reading, arts and crafts, and loads of dressing up costumes. Jump on bikes; have a ponyride; tuck into to family-friendly fare. lucknampark.co.uk

The Mayfair Townhouse

Executive room at Mayfair Townhouse.

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Where? London

Tell us about it: Timeless elegance meets British charm at the Mayfair Townhouse – and the kids won’t want to go home. The best of London is on your doorstep: head to toy Mecca Hamley’s or immerse yourself in movie magic at the Warner Brothers Studio Tour. themayfairtownhouse.com

Una St Ives

Child and mother in pool at Una St Ives.

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Where? Cornwall

Tell us about it: From one to four bed architect-designed lodges to gorgeous villas, many of which come with a hot tub, families will find everything they need at Una St Ives, located just above Carbis Bay. Swim, spa, beach, walks and a big warm welcome. unastives.co.uk

Bovey Castle

Deer at Bovey Castle.

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Where? Devon

Tell us about it: There are oodles of activities at Bovey Castle, located in Dartmoor National Park, including a dedicated play area, craft sessions, den-making and falconry. They can even feed the hotel’s resident deer fawns after exploring the 275 acres of parkland. boveycastle.com

One Aldwych

Exterior of One Aldwych Hotel Covent Garden

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Where? London 

Tell us about it: Little ones will love the games and treats provided for them by the team at One Aldwych. For an unforgettable experience, take them to the hotel’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-inspired afternoon tea or bring them down to the pool to gaze at spectacular projections of exotic fish. onealdwych.com

Ellenborough Park Hotel & Spa

Ellenborough Park

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Where? The Cotswolds

Tell us about it: Kick on a pair of Dubarry boots from the boot room and get out into the 90 acres of countryside surrounding this five-star hotel. With interconnecting rooms available, mocktails, a milkshake bar, scavenger hunts and the Cotswold Farm Park nearby, you’ll have them sleeping like babies after a fabulous day. ellenboroughpark.com

The Fish Hotel

Cabin at The Fish Hotel.

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Where? The Cotswolds

Tell us about it: From rooms and suites to woodland huts and tree houses, you’ll find the perfect spot for a family escape at The Fish Hotel on the glorious Farncombe Estate. Climb the hill to Broadway tower, enjoy a spot of falconry or archery or take to the hiking trails, there’s so much to do. thefishhotel.co.uk

Elsker

Exterior of Elsker private house.

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Where? The Cotswolds

Tell us about it: This eight-bedroom luxury cottage on the Farncombe Estate is perfect for a family or two. Children can roam around the grounds or make a splash in the heated swimming pool, and if you want to venture further, you can head out into 400 acres of Cotswold countryside. hillsidehangouts.co.uk

Bibury Farm Barns

Barn exterior at Bibury Farm Barns.

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Where? The Cotswolds 

Tell us about it: With five beautifully renovated, self-catering barn conversions, this makes a great family-friendly escape. It’s ideally positioned in idyllic Bibury, with loads of activities on the doorstep – hiking, wildlife parks, country houses, farm shops, restaurants. biburyfarm.com

The Tudor Farmhouse Hotel

Bedroom at Tudor Farmhouse Hotel with a copper freestanding bath and blue and red accents.

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Where? Monmouth 

Tell us about it: Head to the Tudor Farmhouse Hotel for a no-fuss family holiday packed full of fun. A stone’s throw from Puzzlewood, Go Ape and the walking and cycling trails within the Forest of Dean, this is the ideal place for an adventure. tudorfarmhousehotel.co.uk

The Dabbling Duck

Bedroom at the Dabbling Duck hotel.

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Where? Norfolk

Tell us about it: Kids will love this charming village hotel, which is only a short drive from the glorious north Norfolk coast, with its huge swathes of sand. Settle into a cosy room after tucking into a hearty meal at the pub, or go self-catered in a Duckling Cottage if you prefer. thedabblingduck.co.uk

Featured image: The Mole Resort