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Now we are 25: the original luxury family hotel comes of age…

Posted by Lucy Fennings on July 1st, 2014

Luxury Family Hotels | 25th birthday offersThey say time flies when you’re having fun… and at pioneering parents’ pad Woolley Grange, 25 years has flown past since the doors first opened at the Luxury Family Hotels flagship. Since then, they’ve rolled out their relaxed take on red-carpet treatment for children at some of Smith & Family’s best-loved family staycation spots from Wiltshire to the wild Cornish coast.

As if free baby-listening, dreamy Ofsted-rated childcare and better-than-home comforts weren’t enough of an enticement, they’re celebrating their big birthday with special rates and packages at Smith & Family-selected hotels. Here are our favourites: pick yours, book by 18 July (kids stay free!) and raise a toast…

UK family hotel offers | Woolley Grange, WiltshireWOOLLEY GRANGE
17th-century country living in Wiltshire
Get the picture? The story of Luxury Family Hotels began at Woolley Grange in 1989, when Nigel Chapman and his wife Heather turned their Jacobean manor home into a hotel. As they had three young children themselves, Nigel says it ‘seemed the most natural thing in the world to provide a safe and fun place for both our own and our guests’ children to spend time’. They’ve nailed the formula for family-friendly fun, with hallmark perks including a great crèche, a flexible and easy-going restaurant, and failsafe baby-listening that lets the grown-ups enjoy evenings alone.
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UK family hotel offers | The Ickworth, SuffolkTHE ICKWORTH
Georgian stately home-from-home in Suffolk
Get the picture? Indoor pool, walled gardens, National Trust good looks… Beautifully foxed, feel-good and family-friendly, the Ickworth is the ultimate child-friendly country-estate hotel. Days are filled with fresh-air fun as you explore forest, fields and formal lawns on the 1,800-acre estate; later you can relax guilt-free with dinner in Fredrick’s while the kids snooze safely upstairs. In the grounds, Ickworth also has a converted farmhouse lodge with family apartments, perfect for longer breaks.
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UK family hotel offers | Cornwall's Polurrian Bay HotelPOLURRIAN BAY HOTEL
Seaside simplicity on Cornwall’s scenic cliffs
Get the picture? Gazing seawards from a cliff-top perch, and with 12 acres of verdant grounds to explore, this is truly somewhere to get away from it all. Inside is as stylish as the surrounds are spacious: there are cosy checked blankets on the beds, beautiful parquet flooring in the restaurant and natural light flooding every room. Toddlers can conquer the climbing frame or run wild in the gardens, and older kids can master the waves at surf school on the nearby sandy Poldhu beach; as for adults, cocktails and couples’ massages turn your holiday into a more grown-up getaway.
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UK family hotel offers | The Elms, WorcestershireTHE ELMS
Modern-mannered mansion in Worcestershire
Get the picture? This grandly gorgeous period home ups the luxe-country ante with a standalone mini-spa, purpose-built crèche annexe and flourishing kitchen gardens to supply its menus. And yet there are just 23 rooms: no impersonal child-herding atmosphere here. Free extra beds, a wealth of family-friendly dining options, a built-in baby listening service, and free crèche places for under-8s leave enough left over for splashy fine-dining in the adults-only Brookes restaurant.
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UK family hotel offers | Fowey Hall, CornwallFOWEY HALL
Comfy country château on the salty Cornish coast
Get the picture? Commanding sweeping views of Fowey’s river estuary, port and the sea – and not just from the spa deck – this inspiring small family hotel has an air of literary romance: the inspiration for Toad Hall in The Wind in the Willows also overlooks Daphne du Maurier’s favourite coves. Its French furniture, Wilton carpets and fine oak-panelled dining room give it a traditional but relaxed and intimate feel; a croquet lawn, indoor pool, interconnecting suites, and nearby beaches and sailing position it perfectly for fun family escapes.
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All of the above luxury family hotels have two-night and three-night celebration packages, including free accommodation for children, dinner for the adults, champagne on arrival and an upgrade (subject to availability) for stays until 18 July 2014. For more details or to book, ring the Smith & Family team on 0330 100 3183.


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