From stylish hotels to glamping breaks, find some of the most amazing family-friendly breaks in the Cotswolds, in this hot list sponsored by Cheltenham Ladies’ College.
Perfect for soaking up quality time as a family, SoGlos’s selection of breaks boasts activities to keep busy little ones busy and plenty of space for the grown-ups to relax too.
Cheltenham Ladies’ College is a prestigious independent school that has been educating girls for over 160 years, achieving consistently excellent exam results while providing a supportive, nurturing environment.
Welcoming both day girls and boarders to its diverse community, the school gives pupils the opportunity to achieve academic excellence and pursue their own passions, with its impressive co-curricular programme that includes sport, dance, drama and outdoor education.
For more information, visit cheltladiescollege.org.
The new Sunset Lodges at Cotswold Farm Park offer families a chance to reconnect with nature, while enjoying home comforts. Each sustainable lodge sleeps up to six adults, plus one infant, and has its own private bathroom; fitted kitchen with appliances, crockery and utensils; and a private veranda.
What’s more, entry to Cotswold Farm Park right next door is included with every stay, so animal lovers can enjoy getting up close to the resident rare breed animals at Adam Henson’s famous farm.
Cowley Manor has everything for a perfect for a family getaway. From the build-your-own pasta and homemade kids’ burgers in the Malt Restaurant, to the two generous swimming pools for splashing around.
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.
Set among a beautiful nature reserve, Log House Holidays promises luxury log cabins at its secluded location, near Cirencester. Children can toast 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, there’s a chance to take a dip in the lake or try paddle boarding. There’s also a nature trail, fishing and cycling on offer to keep boredom at bay.
Combining a luxurious haven for grown-ups and thoughtfully-designed family suites, Calcot Manor near Tetbury will not disappoint with its glorious outdoor pool, crèche and play areas.
Boasting an Ofsted-registered Playzone, kids 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!
Take to the treetops at one of the magical treehouses at The Fish Hotel. Set high up in the canopy, each treehouse sleeps two adults and two children, with room to bring a four-legged friend too.
While children will love the experience of sleeping in the trees, adults will appreciate the underfloor heating, well-stocked minibar and Nespresso coffee machine. There are even two outdoor heated baths out on the deck for those wanting to take an alfresco dip.
The cottages and cabins at Soho Farmhouse are bursting with quintessential Cotswold charm. With nature inspired colour schemes, gorgeous views and room for the whole family, a stay here is nothing short of idyllic.
Plus, there’s an indoor-outdoor pool, boating lake, cinema and Cowshed Spa on site, with plenty of activities that all ages will enjoy.
Part of the international Featherdown Farm glamping sites, for those wanting to spend a night under canvas, the Canvas Frill Lodges at Hidcote Manor Farm provide an authentic camping experience with luxurious touches like comfortable beds; private bathrooms with hot showers; and a wood-fired stove to cosy up next to.
Explore the nearby National Trust Hidcote Manor Garden, with its colourful, art-inspired outdoor rooms, as free entry is included as part of every stay.
For a blissful Cotswold getaway, Daylesford Organic Farm has everything you could possibly want. Luxurious Cotswold stone cottages, award-winning local food and even a spa in a converted barn.
Families staying in the cottages will also enjoy a bespoke welcome pack, which includes delicious treats from the famous farm shop and a complimentary wellness class like yoga, Pilates or sound healing.
Ideal for a rustic retreat, Thistledown Farm, set in the rolling countryside of rural Stroud, 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 perfect for little explorers.
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.
While not strictly in the Cotswolds, tucked away in the lush woodland of the nearby Forest of Dean, the gorgeous log cabins from Forest Holidays provide the perfect getaway for a family-friendly break.
The selection of log cabins are complete with everything you could need, with many boasting a luxurious hot tub to soak in too. Little ones will be kept busy with acres of forest to run around in and a Forest Ranger on hand to take the whole family on an adventure.
For more information, visit cheltladiescollege.org.
Monday 10 August 2020
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