Still haven’t booked a getaway for the summer school holidays? If you’re on the hunt for child-friendly UK holidays with late availability, you’ve come to the right place. From chic family-friendly hotels in Britain to cosy country boltholes you can call home for a week or two, check out our round-up of the best summer staycations…
Summer Holiday Staycations for Families 2019
DEVON: Chalet Saunton
This summer, guests staying at gorgeous North Devon apart-hotel Chalet Sauton can make the most of the newly launched Beach Butler service. Securing the best sunbathing spot and enjoying a luxe picnic made with the freshest local produce will be part of the help on hand from the team, meaning families can focus on their quality time together. As Devon staycations go, this is the way to do it.
BOOK: Starting from £400 per night, families can stay in one of six stylish three-bedroom apartments. A welcome hamper of local deli produce will also be included on arrival and Apartments 1-4 are dog friendly. chaletsaunton.com or call 01271 890514.
CORNWALL: Luxury Lodges Clowance
It does not get more exciting for a child than staying in an actual treehouse for their summer holiday. Check out Luxury Lodges Clowance’s Treehouse on the lake, which comes complete with a private outdoor hot tub, wraparound balcony and a fully-equipped kitchen to prepare family meals in. Complimentary activities on site include swimming, tennis, golf, badminton, basketball, and rowing on the lake.
BOOK: Stay from £950 for two nights (sleeps four) | www.luxurylodges.com/clowance
COTSWOLDS: The Old Dairy, Bloxham
If it’s a big family getaway you have planned for the summer holidays, we’ve found the perfect place. A stunning cottage for 12 people in the Cotswolds with availability this summer holidays, The Old Dairy is part of Beachspoke’s boutique collection. Featuring a beautiful outdoor swimming pool next to a BBQ, family pool parties are on the menu this summer.
BOOK: From £400 per night (3-night minimum stay) | beachspoke.com | 0208 740 3097
LONDON: Dukes London
Dukes London is offering a Family Escapes Package all year for those seeking London staycations, with 10% off, up to five hours of complimentary childcare and in-room children’s amenities. Kids eat for free in the Great British Restaurant, or you can make the most of Dukes’ gorgeous picnic in the park offering. Just a short walk from the likes of Buckingham Palace and Hamleys toy shop, it’s the perfect spot for exploring all that the city has to offer.
BOOK: Offer valid until 31st December 2019. Applicable to stays in Junior Suites, One-bedroom Suites and DUKE of Clarence Penthouse Suite. dukeshotel.com
CORNWALL: The Lugger Hotel, Portloe
Sitting on the water’s edge in the heart of Portloe, Cornwall, The Lugger Hotel is surrounded by headlands and cliffs, making for a picturesque family summer escape. A charming 17th-century smuggler’s inn on the South West Coastal path, The Lugger Hotel is perfectly situated for exploring St Mawes Castle, St Anthony’s Lighthouse and Treluggan Cliff.
BOOK: Doubles from £164 a night | bespokehotels.com
CAMBRIDGE: University Arms
If it’s a UK city break for all the family you seek, check into the University Arms in Cambridge, which is perfectly positioned to check out all the main attractions this iconic city has to offer. Events this summer include the Big Weekend, The Midsummer Fair and the Cambridge Folk Festival, but a visit at any time would be incomplete without a session punting on the River Cam.
BOOK: The new ‘All Together’ family package from University Arms starts from £256 per night and includes 50% off a second room, daily breakfast and complimentary three course dinner for two children at destination restaurant, Parker’s Tavern. The package is valid on selected dates in July, August and October 2019. universityarms.com/all-together
Overlooking Hyde Park Corner, Lanesborough is perfectly positioned to explore Belgravia, Knightsbridge and Mayfair with the kids this summer holidays. For a real luxury London escape, try the special Family Time package, which offers a children’s room at 50% discount when booking two rooms. Children will receive a gift on arrival, while a dedicated butler will prepare a day of exploration in the city for families. Children can enjoy Mocktail making lessons at the Library Bar.
BOOK: Doubles from £590 per night | www.oetkercollection.com
SCOTLAND: The Fife Arms, Braemar
Keen to get the family disconnected from their phones and reconnected to each other? Head to the Scottish Highlands for a self-imposed digital detox at The Fife Arms. Set in the middle of the Cairngorms National Park, there is plenty of beautiful scenery to explore, from wild trails to red squirrel hunts and murder mystery nights in Braemar castle. Young guests will receive a traditional glass memory jar to fill with treasures and memories of their Highland escape. This is the ultimate when it comes to Scottish staycations.
BOOK: Rooms at The Fife Arms are priced from £250 a night and suites are from £795 | thefifearms.com
COTSWOLDS: The Fish, Farncombe Estate
Hidden in 400 acres of gorgeous Cotswolds countryside, The Fish is part of the Farncombe Estate near Broadway which is also home to Dormy House and Foxhill Manor. The Fish, which has just undergone a £4million renovation, features gorgeous new accommodation options including shepherd’s huts, three treehouses, new rooms and suites in The Coach House and The Farmhouse. Take the kids and the dog, with facilities including The Original Muck Boot Company boot room, a screening room which shows a range of films and outside an eight-obstacle dog agility course and kids play zone created using recycled wood from across the estate.
BOOK: Rates at The Fish start from £150 per room on a B&B basis based on double occupancy. Visit www.thefishhotel.co.uk or call 01386 858000.
HAMPSHIRE: The Pig, Brockenhurst
One of our Great British & Irish Hotels, if it’s foodie summer holiday staycations with the kids in tow that you’re searching for, look no further than The Pig at Brockenhurst. Here’s our Great British & Irish Hotels entry:
Many hotels boast kitchen gardens, but few are as central to operations as that of THE PIG. Here, it’s an imaginative edible paradise from which the chefs source much of their daily produce. Indeed, this abundant patch was the inspiration for the original concept of THE PIG and its subsequent litter of four hotels in the rustic Home Grown Hotels sty (see pages 00, 00 and 00). This handsome Georgian shooting lodge stands in a clearing in the New Forest, with walking, foraging and spa treatments on offer. There’s a wonderful Victorian-style conservatory dining room, glamorous bar and outdoor courtyard. Calm, countrified and deeply comfortable, the hotel’s seductive shabby chic comes in a palette of soft greens and chalky greys. Bedrooms include fun family rooms and rustic, romantic lodges tucked away in the woods. The walled garden leads to a lovely lily pond and wooden potting shed. Inside? You will be charmed. Oh, and there are pigs too.
DORSET: Silverlake, Dorchester
Built with wildlife and sustainability in mind, Silverlake is set among hundreds of acres of wild heathlands in the heart of rural Dorset. Guests can make use of the outdoor pool, cycle through woodland trails or participate in family yoga. The stunning Jurassic coastline is right on the doorstep, to boot.
BOOK: Visit www.habitatescapes.com or call 01285 869 489.
CORNWALL: St Mawes Hotel
This boutique Cornish retreat is surrounded by the outstanding natural beauty of the Roseland Peninsula and has supported the creation of the Roseland Walks guide in partnership with a number of other local gems. St Mawes Hotel is offering guests the opportunity to explore the beauty of the Roseland Peninsula with a seaside family getaway for the upcoming Easter Weekend. Pack your hiking boots and alternative ice cream and pasty pit-stops.
BOOK: Rates from £250 per night | stmaweshotel.com
EAST SUSSEX: Artist Residence, Brighton
Justin and Charlie Salisbury first met as students and when Justin’s mum – who’d bought a run-down Brighton guesthouse – was seriously injured in an accident before she’d had time to renovate it, 20-year-old Justin stepped in. Having no idea how to tackle the redecoration, he filled the listed townhouse with artists and gave them a free hand. And so the couple’s first Artist Residence, successful and buzzy, was born. It was soon joined by three more in Penzance, Pimlico and Oxford. The Brighton original has sea views and retro-style bedrooms ranging from tiny crash pads to a huge suite and a brand new apartment. Each has bespoke or vintage furniture, hand-picked artwork, entertaining murals and excellent beds. Artists Maria Rivans, Charlie Anderson, Fox Fisher and Jessica Albarn have designed four fabulous rooms. There’s the sparky Fix Bar for drinks, easy-going Set Bar for seasonal British tapas and The Set Restaurant for Dan Kenny’s stunning seasonal tasting menus.
BOOK: Doubles from £95 | +44 (0)1273 324302 | artistresidence.co.uk
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