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Baby-friendly hotels in the UK with free childcare

Tired parents, the days of relaxing on holiday are not over. These family-friendly hotels in the UK offer rest and respite with a range of services designed to look after exhausted mums and dog-tired dads.

Published by
C. 'silver-tooth' Sharpe·10/11/2022

Parents, you deserve a break more than most humans on the planet. Which is why we've found a bunch of hotels that can take your little-human off your hands and allow you some free time to actually relax.

The Ickworth, Suffolk

With such a fancy backdrop, you'd be forgiven for thinking this grand manor and Italian gardens ain't a place for kiddos. However, The Ickworth is made for families, with 1,800 acres of National Trust parkland to explore, indoor pool and the all-important on-site crèche. You get 90-minutes complimentary childcare per day in the Ofsted registered Four Bears Den. Children stay free if they sleep in their parent's room, however you can book interconnecting rooms too.

Calcot & Spa, Cotswolds

Describing itself as 'fully-geared up' for families, this lovely Cotswold manor and spa near Tetbury is the ideal place for parents to unwind. They have a Ofsted-registered crèche on-site, with a whopping four-hours a day complimentary care from qualified nannies. You can split this time between a morning session 9am-1pm and the afternoon session 1.30pm-5.30pm or book out a whole session. They also offer a free listening service, so parents can enjoy an evening meal with peace of mind. This one is pricier than most, but you get breakfast and access to their heavely spa too.

New Park Manor, New Forest

Situated in the New Forest area, this family hotel is juuuust right for weary folks. Indoor and outdoor pools, hot tubs and even a cinema room for older kids. Oh, and a state-of-the-art spa, thought we'd mention that too. They have a 90-minute complimentary crèche session for each night of your stay, video baby monitors, baby equipment and EVEN morning and evening milk and chef-prepared pureed baby food delivered to your room, each night, free of charge.

Fowey Hall, Cornwall

Located along Cornwall's lovely coastline, Fowey Hall is a pretty manor with a gorgeous view of the estuary below. They say proudly that a stay is 'family-holiday heaven' and with huge grounds, 90-minutes of free childcare each day and a free baby-listening service we'd have to agree.

Moonfleet Manor, Weymouth, Dorset

This Georgian manor on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast has everything you'd need to keep little terrors busy, while you recuperate in style. They have a crèche offering 90-minutes of free childcare a day, free listening service, an indoor play area and heated indoor pools. Older kids will also love going rock pooling at nearby coves.

Woolley Grange Hotel, Bradford-on-Avon

This lovely hotel near Bath has 14-acres of grounds to explore and even has glamping suites that open up in the summer. They offer 90-minutes complimentary childcare for each night stayed for children up to 8 years and a free baby listening system, so you can really enjoy that champagne out on the terrace without worry. The heated indoor pool and family friendly spa is also a hit with older kids.

Crieff Hydro, Scotland

This spa hotel based in Perthshire is action packed, you can zipline, trek with alpacas and throw axes to your heart's content. Oh wait, you have kids... don't worry, you can do ALL of it thanks to the complimentary two-hour childcare per day, provided you book directly on the hotel website for two days minimum. Also included when you book is free tickets to Glen’s Adventure Park! Want a whole night off? You can book a babysitting service, so you can leave the wee one in good hands.

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