A fine Jacobean manor house with 18th-century additions, Woolley Grange is part of the Luxury Family Hotels group. The hotel’s wood-panelled interior – all open fires, antique furnishings, artwork – is impressive but not a showpiece. Children and dogs are positively welcomed and couldn’t be catered for better. The 14-acre garden is one big adventure playground, sporting a climbing frame, fishing pond, heated outdoor swimming pool (in summer) and much more. There’s also an indoor pool, the Woolley Bears Den children’s club and Hen House, filled with games galore. Adult treats include a croquet lawn and a luxurious spa, roaring log fires in the winter and a relaxed tea or champagne terrace in the summer. The bedrooms are not just family friendly but also full of character. After high tea at 5pm followed by play time in the garden, tuck the children up, don your glad rags and head for a superb, sophisticated dinner, prepared using fresh produce from the kitchen garden and the best local suppliers. Doubles from £120.
Name to Know: Head gardener, beekeeper and head of the gardening club, Eliza. Ask her what’s going on in the garden today.
See: Be sure to do the Woolley sheep trail, a fun treasure hunt that takes you around the 14-acre gardens of Woolley Grange, including the walled kitchen garden (where you’ll find the White Witch’s house).
Eat: Do pay a visit to the restaurant for lunch or dinner where the food doesn’t get fresher. It’s more about wheelbarrow yards here than food miles.
Buy: If you can tear yourself away from the hotel, you’ll find yourself in beautiful walking country. Visit Bradford on Avon, a historic market town full of artisan shops and quaint cafes.
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