Posh for tots
- Dorset Moonfleet Manor is a hotel that young children will never want to leave. It’s a grand old manor house, but chic enough for them to feel at home. Plus, there’s so much space for them to expend energy, parents feel relaxed too. But it’s the location on the Jurassic Coast that really sets this place apart. It overlooks the beautiful Fleet lagoon and Chesil Beach, and is within an easy drive of the seaside delights of Weymouth or Lyme Regis. Georgian bedrooms are vast, with big old furniture, Roberts Radios and CBeebies on the television. There are three indoor pools and the massive garden has a trampoline and playground. Children can also spend up to two complimentary hours at a time in the Ofsted-registered crèche. In August, a superior double (suitable for two adults and one child) costs from £235 with breakfast, or a junior suite (for two adults and up to three children) costs from £320 with breakfast.
- Hertfordshire The Grove in tranquil Hertfordshire could be lumped in with the country-house hotel set, but oh my, what a lot more it offers. This hotel is one of the Leading Hotels Of The World group and its ‘groovy grand’ label shines bright. What other hotel has an old walled garden, a beach with beach huts, heated outdoor pool and a topiary giraffe? There are funky adjoining rooms opening onto beautifully sculpted gardens, along with the sublime Sequoia spa. There’s a wonderful Ofsted-registered children’s club, Anouska’s, and activities include soccer, junior golf, swimming lessons, gardening, storytelling, treasure hunts and barbecues. You can all jump on bikes and explore the woods on the estate. Double rooms cost from £280 per night including breakfast, with a reduced rate for children staying in their own adjoining room.