Finding the perfect family hotel, whether you have energetic little ones or hard-to-please teenagers, can sometimes seem impossible.
This is where The Good Hotel Guide 2020 comes in…
The guide is brimming with details of hundreds of highly-rated, stand-out hotels, whether you’re looking for places by the sea, hotels with the most amazing spas or pet-friendly establishments.
Here we look at the guide’s Editor’s Choices for the best family hotels in Britain and Ireland.
The guide has been tracking the views of its readers for more than 40 years and their views, along with those of undercover inspectors, results in entirely independent reviews.
The 10 best family hotels below are in order of distance from Derby, nearest first:
Calcot in Tetbury
This converted Costwold farmhouse has just the right level of sophistication to make it feel special, says The Good Hotel Guide 2020, offset by an unstuffy atmosphere, a great spa, crèches and children’s clubs. There are duplex families suites, some with terraces.
Prices: Double roooms start at £219.
Miles from Derby: 120
The Blakeney Hotel in Norfolk
A gorgeous, family-friendly quay-side hotel with great staff, according to the guide. In fact the hotel is a previous winner of a Cesar award. Cesars – named after celebrated hotelier Cesar Ritz – are awarded to the best of the best. Guest can expect a tranquil upstairs retreat, comfortable bedrooms and interconnecting rooms. There’s a games room, a heated pool and a beautiful beach to explore.
Prices: Double rooms from £134
Miles from Derby: 130
Trefeddian Hotel in Aberdovey, Wales
This popular hotel is just a five-minute dash from the beach – but first you’ll have to tear yourself away from the games room, indoor pool, putting green and tennis court. Family rooms are generously sized and bright.
Prices: Double rooms start at £98
Miles from Derby: 137
Woolley Grange in Bradford-on-Avon, Cotwolds
One of the first country house hotels to welcome families, this Wilshire Jacobean manor is set in extensive grounds. The winning formula includes fine dining and a spa for the adults and all-day fun for children including a maze, fairy garden and playroom.
Prices: Family rooms start at £219.
Miles from Derby: 150
Chewton Glen in New Milton, Hampshire
The guide warns that you’ll raise children’s expectations sky high by taking them to this super-luxury hotel. You’ll find a Kid’s Club Treehouse, a kids’ cookery course, a bug hotel and outdoor pool hotel. Adult indulgences include hot tub suites, golf course and treehouse hideaway suites.
Prices: Double rooms start at £470.
Miles from Derby: 190
Moonfleet Manor in Fleet, Weymouth
Boredom is just not an option at this friendly 17th century manor house on the Dorset coast. Owned by Luxury Family Hotels, reasons to visit include two swimming pools, football pitch, fossil hunts and great food. An Ofsted-rated crèche frees parents for pampering in the spa or a glass of fizz on the terrace.
Prices: Double rooms from £179.
Miles from Derby: 230
The Nare in Veryan-in-Roseland, Cornwall
A great place for a three-generation family holidays thanks to Carne beach, swimming pools, tennis and family painting sessions with a resident artist. You’ll fall to sleep with the sound of waves on the beach and guests praised super-soft towels, good linen, fresh milk at turn down and overnight shoe cleaning.
Prices: Double rooms start at £319.
Miles from Derby: 300 miles
The White House on the island of Herm, Guerney
The Famous Five would have had an awfully jolly holiday at this traditional country house with a tennis court, croquet and solar-heated pool. Herm is a car-free island so children can be safely unleashed. Great views of a beach with white sand. Some parents will be thrilled to know there are no TVs or telephones.
Prices: Doubles start from £145.
Miles from Derby: 300
Roundhouse House in Mountrath, Co. Laois, Ireland
This a wonderfully relaxed property beneath the Slieve Bloom mountains is a family home not a sterlile hotel, with chatty hosts and a warm atmosphere. A passionate chef rustles up award-winning food as well as happily catering for children. You’ll find a library in the stables, crackling fires and a babysitting service.
Prices: A double room starts at 170 euros.
Miles from Derby: 314 miles
The Colonsay in Colonsay, Scotland
Children love the adventure of a ferry ride to an island. Here there are bikes to hire, dolphins and seals to spot and white-sand beaches – as well as the purest of air. You’ll also discover board games, a kids’ menu and a chilled vibe.
Prices: Double rooms from £115.
Miles from Derby: 420
This Good Hotel Guide 2020 (£20) has a reputation for independence because its entries are selected solely on merit.
This year’s guide has been edited by two distinguished journalists: Ian Belcher, winner of several national travel writing awards and Joanna Symons, former commissioning editor of the Daily Telegraph’s travel section. Buy a copy here.
More than 100 of the hotels in the guide offer a 25pc discount, including the family-friendly Roundwood House, detailed above.
*If you’re looking for hotels a little closer to home and insist on the best, check out the finest hotels and B&Bs in Derbyshire here.