As The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge may well discover, the first trip away as parents of a young baby can be a daunting experience. An endless packing list and the worry of whether you’ll actually be able to relax with your baby when you finally arrive can make you wonder if it’s worth travelling at all.
For families of any age, a stay at a Luxury Family Hotel, a group of eight of the most beautiful, family friendly country house hotels around the country, comes as a welcome relief. With their home from home atmosphere, and ethos that guests shouldn’t have to compromise on style or comfort just because they’re travelling with children, everything has been thought of to make a family break as easy as possible for everyone.
Free OFSTED registered childcare comes as standard in superbly equipped ‘Dens’; as does a free-baby listening service so parents can enjoy dinner without constantly baby-monitor-watching. All the paraphernalia that comes with young babies is on hand, from the sterilisers, bottle warmers and mini-fridges that can be set up in rooms to spare pushchairs if you can’t squeeze yours into the boot. Perhaps most welcome of all are the deep, comfortable sofas that just perfect for catching up on that precious lost sleep.
The newest Luxury Family Hotel – New Park Manor in the New Forest – is no exception. It even comes with Royal credentials. Originally the favourite Hunting Lodge of King Charles II, this 17th century Manor house is in the heart of the Forest, just outside Brockenhurst. Having recently undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment, it is set to become the most family-friendly luxury hotel in the Forest. The atmosphere is one of a stylish ‘home-from-home’, with Daisy the whippet there to meet guests as they arrive and attentive, relaxed service ensuring a stay here is as comfortable as possible. Interiors combine contemporary style with some more traditional touches, and facilities include a superb spa, indoor and outdoor pool, lovely gardens and a Canadian hot tub with views out over the surrounding heathland.
Alternatively, enjoy one of the seven other properties around the country. From The Ickworth, a grand country estate in Suffolk, to the elegant Fowey Hall in the pretty Cornish fishing town of Fowey; and from the atmospheric Moonfleet Manor overlooking Chesil Beach in Dorset to Polurrian Bay on the Lizard Pensinsula, there is plenty to be inspired by.
Luxury Family Hotels are currently offering some superb midweek offers for summer 2013, valid for stays until 18th July 2013. Stay two nights from just £249 per room for two nights bed and breakfast, including a three course dinner on one night; or three nights from £349 per room on a bed and breakfast basis with a three course dinner on two nights.
Children under 16 stay for free in their parents’ room, with meals charged as taken. A complimentary upgrade is also on offer subject to availability. This offer is available at all properties except Thornbury Castle, is subject to availability at the time of booking and valid for new reservations only.
For details please visit www.luxuryfamilyhotels.co.uk or 0844 482 2152
For more details on this offer, visit http://www.newparkmanorhotel.co.uk/family-holidays/
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