The best staycations UK


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Whether you’re after a bubba-friendly bolthole with staff who’ll happily keep an ear out while you dine in peace or who won’t raise an eyebrow when your brood makes themselves at home, we’ve rounded up some of the best staycations in the UK.

Woolley Grange
in Wiltshire is the go-to boutique hotel for parents with little nippers. ‘Not only does it have a beautiful spa, with an amazing view over the walled garden, but the staff welcome families with no restrictions,’ she says. ‘The Woolley Bears Den has a team of brilliantly creative staff for kids and although free, you’d do well to book in advance as it is hugely popular and they operate with limited spaces.’
Old Oak Cottages
If you want to keep the animals a little further away, try Old Oak Cottages just outside the pretty village of Little Thirkleby, on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors.
Eight luxury cottages have been converted from barns and stables. They’re surrounded by 400 acres of stunning farmland where the owner’s sheep graze. There is a heated indoor swimming pool on-site and an outside playground with a fort, climbing frame, trampoline and seesaw for toddlers plus lambing in the spring and goats to feed.
The Red Lion
Red Lion in Leytonstone pub,
this boutique hotel is the perfect hideaway from the hustle and bustle of London.  The pub hotel has 11 lavish rooms, including a family room that is perfect for little people. It has a bunk bed in a separate room – alongside a bookshelf of children’s books and cutesy beanbags. The adult section of the suite houses a grand bespoke made king size bed underneath the stars – plus necessities such as a Nespresso machine, luxury fabric, and supplies from Aromatherapy Associates. 
Bedruthan Hotel & Spa 
Set into a cliff above the dramatic Cornish coastline, the walk down to the beach from the hotel is a great adventure for little explorers. As well as the natural entertainment, there’s plenty to do at the hotel. Water babies will love it, with one indoor and three outdoor pools. The hotel caters really well for kids – from the Jungle Tumble soft playroom to toddlers’ outside play, tennis court and giant trampoline. But it’s also geared up for grown-ups, Ofsted-registered kids’ clubs for all ages (two hours of free childcare daily) mean parents can curl up with a book in the adult-only sanctuaries or use the sea view spa. 
The Nursery Rhyme Barns
Brilliantly set up for families, you can only stay at this 500-year-old working farm if you have at least one child under five. And, if yours is obsessed with tractors, animals and general farm gear, it’s toddler heaven. 
In the mornings, kids can help feed the farm animals, collect eggs for breakfast, bottle-feed orphan lambs, groom and ride the ponies and even have a pony and trap ride. Then it’s time for a trip on a tractor from the farmer, followed by a play in the farm-themed playgrounds.

Farmers Andrew and Lucy are always on hand with interesting facts about what’s going on.
Depending on the season, your little one can also hold newborn chicks, help with the pigs and pet the goats. With so much to occupy the kids, parents can treat themselves to some proper holiday downtime.
Rent one of two cottages (sleeping five to nine), complete with baby and toddler equipment, such as safety gates, fireguards and toys.
Cwmcrwth Farm, Brecon Beacons
This small rare-breed farm with cottages is situated on the edge of the Brecon Beacons in the beautiful Towy Valley in Wales.
You can stay in the old hayloft, milking parlour or coach house – or if you’re feeling really adventurous, camp out in an old pig ‘ark’. The cottages are fully equipped for families, with highchairs, travel cots, changing mats and more. Toddlers can help farmer Rob on his feeding rounds, meeting the animals and collecting eggs.
The farm offers midweek stays specifically for families with young children, three nights from £350 for two en-suite bedrooms,
Calcot Manor
The 14th-century Calcot Manor is a perfect place to unwind. You can have a grown-up stay and take advantage of the Aromatherapy Associates spa, outdoor hot tub, roaring fires and five-star food but this is one of the best family-friendly hotels in the UK, with an Ofsted-registered crèche, called The Playzone, where nannies will take care of your little one while you have a break. 
You can explore the estate by bike, child carriers are available, or take a dip in the heated outdoor pool. If you fancy an adults-only dinner, the baby-listening service will give you a quiet (fingers crossed!) evening while the kids are asleep
The Elms
The best thing about staying at The Elms – one of eight hotels in the Luxury Family Hotels group – is its open layout, sociable spaces and a general house party vibe. It feels less like a hotel, more like an enormous family home, somehow managing to be grand, but also relaxed and low key.
Set in an elegant Queen Anne mansion in Worcestershire, with 10 acres of grounds, it has a large entrance hall and lots of reception rooms with huge sofas where families can hang out during the day. Outside, there are lots of play areas, plus organised games in the gardens at the back – think croquet, football and hide-and-seek. There’s a professional and friendly (not to mention free) crèche, plus The Den caters for kids from three months to eight years. Honestly, it’s hard not to make friends here.
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