WHO WENT Sarah Jeffries, 27, her partner, Max, 30, and children Alby, 4, and Mimi, 6
WHERE WE WENT A magnificent former stately pile set in glorious gardens that is now a welcoming haven for families
just off the M1, near London, and even nearer to Luton Airport, it’s easy to get to Luton Hoo from almost anywhere in the UK. It took us less that half an hour from our Hitchin home, so the children barely had time to whine, let alone squabble.
A stunning country estate, you suspect that Mr Darcy may be wandering the gardens somewhere!
In fact you might get a feeling you’ve been here before as it’s featured in several movies, including Bond films and Four Weddings and a Funeral to name but two. We stayed in a suite which suited us perfectly – after exploring the fabulous gardens designed by 18th- century landscape architect Capability Brown, we could put the exhausted little darlings to bed in their own room, and relax in the living room for an evening of Saturday night telly and a bottle of red. Just like being at home, except it’s a huge five-star country pile!
Fine dining and afternoon tea are some of the splendid delights on offer at Luton Hoo, but we
opted for the family-friendly Adam’s Brasserie, which serves burgers and steaks as well as veggie options, and offers a well thought-out children’s menu in a relaxed atmosphere.
WHAT WE DID
The hotel didn’t necessarily shout ‘family!’ but for all its splendour it has a relaxed atmosphere and the staff went out of their way to make our two bundles of energy feel welcome. There’s a crèche and special events such as teddy bears’ picnics, but check ahead to ensure the playroom is staffed or you’ll have to stay with them and miss out on playing golf in the estate’s own 7,107 yard course, or relaxing in the hotel spa.
Everything you need for a short break is within the estate, but also in easy reach are ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Woburn Safari Park and, just 45 minutes’ drive away, Legoland, Windsor.
For details visit lutonhoo.co.uk or call 01582 698888