Autumn is the perfect time to travel with its kaleidoscope of colours and crisp fresh air. Pack up the family for a weekend of long walks, kicking up leaves and jumping in muddy puddles
Bedruthan Steps Hotel
The Bedruthan Steps Hotel is set on a rugged cliff side in the Cornish village of Mawgan Porth and boasts wonderful views across the Atlantic. This delightful hotel offers something for everyone. Guests can enjoy the spa, eat delicious food and take part in one of the many crafts and activity sessions.
The hotel rooms are spacious and well designed for families. After a comfortable night’s sleep you will love waking up in these charming, stylish rooms. Mealtimes will be a treat for the whole family as you can enjoy the fabulous cuisine while you enjoy the beach and ocean view.
Children are warmly welcomed and presented with a fabulous programme of activities throughout school holidays. There are free supervised childcare sessions available so parents can make the most of the leisure facilities. There are numerous adventure play areas to suit children of all ages.
Fly there and arrive in no time – perfect for both convenience and the fun factor. Flybe operates daily flights to Newquay from London Gatwick Airport, tel: 0871 700 2000 or flybe.com
Out & about
There is so much on offer for young families near the hotel – whether you fancy an active day out or a lazy relaxing afternoon
Trenance, Mawgan Porth, Newquay, Cornwall, TR8 4BU
Tel: 01637 860 860
Darwin Forest Country Park
The perfect woodland base to explore the beautiful peak district, a luxury pine lodge break at Darwin Country Park provides a scenic setting with all the home comforts you need. Totally unwind from the stresses of daily life, get close to nature and enjoy the abundant wildlife at this luxurious retreat.
The pretty lodges have spacious terraces which are great for alfresco family dining or a soothing drink once the little ones are tucked up in bed. Whether it’s the woodland walks, family bike rides, a relaxing swim in the luxurious pool with a shallow area for tots or even a few hours of fun at the fabulous Little Monkeys play centre – there is something for everyone. For younger visitors up to the age of 5, there is a free unsupervised soft play room complete with ball pit, slide and building blocks.
The self-catering lodges boast simple stylish interiors and some are equipped with a sauna or a hot tub on the private decked terrace. Each lodge has car parking and free WiFi.
Travel by train and take in the picturesque sights. East Midlands trains run regular services from London St Pancras to Matlock.
Darley Moor, Two Dales, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 5LN
Tel: 01629 732 428
Even the tiniest guest will be gob smacked by the magnificence of Stoke Park. This place is truly special and while you may be reluctant to let your toddler run around in the beautiful grounds – you will be reassured and possibly amazed to know that not only is Stoke Park family friendly, it actually goes the extra mile for its younger visitors.
There is a fabulous crèche, a playground, splash times in the majestic indoor pool. So apparent is the sheer opulence of this hotel, even two year olds can be forgiven for having delusions of grandeur while they drink from their sippy cup in the hotel restaurant.
Steeped in history, Stoke Park is set in 300 acres of gardens, parkland, lakes and monuments created over 1000 years. The bedrooms and suites are spacious and sumptuous ensuring you can relax in style.
As well a 27 hole champion golf course, there are numerous tennis courts, a state of the art gym – hosting over 40 classes each week, a nail salon and an amazing spa with treatments such as the heavenly Terraké Hot Stone Face & Body Massage.
Out & about
Little knights and princesses will love Windsor Castle – the Queen’s favourite weekend home. Look out for St Georges Chapel, Trooping the Colour and The State Apartments. royalcollection.org.uk/visit/windsorcastle
Ascot racecourse is a great day out and offers family fun day events: ascot.co.uk
Park Road, Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire, SL2 4PG
Tel: 01753 717 171
Celtic Manor Resort
This five star resort houses two hotels, a luxury spa and three champion golf courses so it’s little wonder this was a venue for the Ryder Cup. This hotel is perfect for a family break with so much on offer for guests of all ages. There are numerous dining options including gourmet picnic hampers so families can eat in the beautiful grounds of the hotel.
Sample the vast array of leisure facilities available to guests including Adventure Golf, Forest Jump Treetop Adventure, or fishing at the nearby River Usk. The Tiny Tots club offers supervised sessions for two-to-five year olds featuring arts and crafts and soft play.
The outdoor play area has towers, wobbly bridges and slides so children can have fun in the fresh air. The Evergreen Nannies service allows guests to relax and enjoy the hotel facilities while their little ones are charmed by one of these great nannies who turn up with their magic bag of treasure full of fun activities such as face painting, sticking and colouring, or maybe even a woodland walk or a splash in the pool.
Hop on board a First Great Western train and enjoy the beautiful landscapes and travel in comfort. Frequent services run from London Paddington to Newport. Buy in advance for best prices
Out & about
Tredegar House is set in 90 acres of gardens and offers lakeside walks, tea room and craft workshops.
Coldra Woods, The Usk Valley, Newport, South Wales, NP18 1HQ
Tel: 01633 413 000
The Runnymede-on-Thames Hotel
This luxury hotel nestling on the banks of the River Thames is a haven for families. So pretty is the hotel‘s setting that even sitting outdoors and taking in the river views is a treat for the family.
Enjoy the feeling of total tranquillity as you play tennis, indulge in a facial treatment at the award winning spa or some riverside dining at this charming hotel.
Little ones will love feeding the ducks, going for a swim or building their own pizza. As a special family treat, hire one of the hotel’s exclusive electric river boats to spend a lazy afternoon cruising down the River Thames as you take in views such as Windsor Castle. You can stop at one of the pretty riverside pubs with moorings or ask the hotel to prepare you a delicious picnic hamper.
This family friendly hotel has duplex rooms featuring a double room and an adjoining room for the children. These rooms have their own entrance and parking space as well as a private dining area with river views.
The comfort of younger guests is so important to this hotel they offer a ducklings dinner buffet and even have family packages which include tickets to Chessington World of Adventure and Legoland.
Out & about
Venture out and explore picturesque Windsor or Egham. You can also see various rowing events or catch the international regatta at the stunning Dorney Lake – which hosted the 2012 Olympic rowing.
Windsor Road, Egham, Surrey, TW20 0AG
Tel: 01784 220 960