Saturday 6 June 2020

10 amazing family-friendly breaks in Gloucestershire

Enjoy a getaway with the kids and take your pick from some of the most amazing family-friendly breaks Gloucestershire has to offer.

From luxury log cabins to sleeping under the stars, find some of the most amazing family-friendly breaks in Gloucestershire in this hot list.

Perfect to enjoy some time as a family, SoGlos’s selection of breaks boast activities to keep busy little ones busy and plenty of space for the grown-ups to relax too.

1. Forest Holidays

Tucked away in magical woodland, the gorgeous log cabins from Forest Holidays provide the perfect getaway for a family-friendly break in Gloucestershire.

Set in the heart of the magical Forest of Dean, the selection of majestic log cabins are complete with everything you could need, with many cabins boasting a luxurious hot tub to soak in. Little explorers will be kept busy with acres of forest to run around and a Forest Ranger on hand to take the whole family on an adventure. .

2. The Old Stocks Inn

The Old Stocks Inn is nestled in the picture-perfect village of Stow-on-the-Wold and offers luxury family rooms that are so good, the kids won’t want to leave. The Bunker Room, complete with triple bunk beds all tucked away behind a curtain; is the perfect place for hiding from mum and dad!

The space was designed by the children of the owner of The Old Stocks Inn and offers the ultimate dream den that has a second television and a games console to keep little ones busy. The food menu has plenty to tempt diners of all ages, while the outdoor pizza oven is perfect for alfresco summer meals.

3. Log House Holidays

Set among a nature reserve in the breathtaking Cotswolds, Log House Holidays promises the finest selection of luxury log cabins at its secluded location near Cirencester. Children will love toasting marshmallows over the fire pits on balmy evenings, while parents can hop into the hot tubs to take in the gorgeous views across the lake.

In the warmer months, dare devils can take a dip in the crystal clear lake or try their hand at paddle boarding. What’s more, with an enchanting nature trail, fishing and cycling all on offer, there’s plenty to keep boredom at bay.

4. Calcot Manor

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Combining a luxurious haven for grown-ups and thoughtfully designed family suites for little ones, Calcot Manor near Tetbury will not disappoint with its glorious outdoor pool, crèche and play areas.

Boasting an Ofsted-registered Playzone, kiddies can enjoy arts and crafts, games and fun-filled activities with the friendly team. The hotel also has a dream hangout spot, The Mez, for children aged eight and up and includes a 12-seater cinema, Xbox, Playstation and Wii, which they won’t want to leave!

5. Cowley Manor

Promising to impress with both style and substance, Cowley Manor has everything for a perfect for a family getaway. Serving up build-your-own pasta and homemade kid’s burgers in the Malt Restaurant, alongside two generous swimming pools, there’s plenty to keep children entertained.

Sitting among 55 acres of rolling countryside, little and big explorers can wander around the woodland and meadows, with Hunter wellies available to borrow for the whole family.

6. Orion Holidays

Get back to nature with a family break in one of the lakeside lodges from Orion Holidays, located in the peaceful surroundings of Cotswold Water Park near Cirencester.

Promising a break from busy everyday life, families can retreat to the Cotswolds and enjoy everything from woodland walks to the adventure playground and games room. What’s more, active families can also try their hand at a range of watersports, including water skiing and zorbing.

7. Cotswold Farm Park

Animal lovers will jump at the chance to stay just a stone’s throw from adorable piglets, little lambs and the cutest chicks at Cotswold Farm Park’s on-site campsite.

Set in picturesque rolling countryside, the campsite is perfect to let the little ones run wild and with the on-site café and restaurant, Adam’s Kitchen there’s no need to cook either! What’s more, families hoping to feed the lambs or visit the resident goats can purchase a ticket to the Farm Park, which is valid for their entire stay.

8. Thistledown Farm

Set in the rolling countryside of rural Stroud, Thistledown Farm is an organic family-run farm boasting three beautiful areas to camp, complete with fire pits, an on-site clay pizza oven and magical woodland for kiddies to explore.

Star-gazers can keep their eyes out for a glimpse of a meteor shower, which are often seen from the campsite thanks to its location in the glorious unspoilt Woodchester Valley.

9. Whitemead Forest Park

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Hidden away from the hustle and bustle, Whitemead Forest Park is set in the heart of the Forest of Dean and is perfect for outdoorsy families who still enjoy some luxury touches.

Promising something for everyone, visitors can choose from fun glamping pods or larger family lodges. With everything from water zorbing, archery and fencing available to try, there’s plenty to keep the kids busy and for the adults, the on-site gym, pool and Jacuzzi are a real bonus too.

10. The Dome Garden

Promising glamping with plenty of originality, The Dome Garden is a luxury glamping site in the Forest of Dean. This family-friendly gem offers a selection of different sized geo-domes with the added extra of a luxury bathroom.

Adjoining domes and hammock floating beds are all part of the attraction alongside sky roof panels, perfect for stargazing in bed. What’s more, for little ones there are bike tracks, rope swings and of course, a pizza night too.

By Sophie Bird

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Friday 08 June 2018

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