Tap anywhere to start

Escape:
Kid’N’Play

Keeping it local this summer? Yep, us too. Here’s our pick of the most fun, family-friendly staycations all within three hours’ drive of the capital — which should keep the ‘Are we there yets?’ to a minimum

For the easy-lifers

Manor of speaking:
New Park Manor

New Park Manor, Hampshire

Ask a parent of young children what their dream hotel stay would include and their answer will probably be, ‘A good night’s sleep.’ New Park Manor, set amid the foliage and foraging horses of the South Downs’ stunning New Forest, offers you the support to make those shoulders fall. Fancy a massage and an Elemis facial at its spa? Book the kids in for their daily 90 minutes of Ofsted-registered crèche time, where they can hang with the hotel’s own lop-eared rabbits.

Take advantage of the early family meal service, pop the kids to bed then use the hotel’s video monitoring system to dine in peace just downstairs. And if you’re tired of turning the lights out at 7pm, you’ll enjoy a suite with doors to close. Plus, Peppa Pig World is just down the road. From £189 per night B&B (020 8076 5555; newparkmanorhotel.co.uk) EP

For the style set

Lansdown Mews, Bath

The team behind The Bird hotel in Bath, Homewood, and the outstanding restaurant Plate have opened a self-catering mews house — a two-bedroom bolthole with room for the little ones and fitted with the finest fixtures and finishes for the grown-ups. Come for the gorgeous décor, stay for the exquisitely hand-picked book collection. Cashmere mattresses, Dyson hair dryers, Sony sound bar — these guys have truly got understated luxury down to a T.

The mews house is set on a beautiful street only 10 minutes from the centre of Bath and a 40-minute drive from the Farleigh & District wild river swimming club that’s a must for the kids. Bucolic bliss that will leave you wondering whether you’ll ever bother leaving Britain again (maybe). What are you
waiting for?
No 7 Upper Lansdown, Bath.
From £350 per night (homewoodbath.co.uk) AVP

For luxury lovers

The Pop-Up Hotel at
Woolley Grange

Although technically tents, The Pop-Up Hotel’s glamping suites are luxe enough to lure even the most reluctant campers. These super-chic pods are usually hired by festival punters too posh to pitch, but until late September are peppered across the glorious grounds of Woolley Grange, a Jacobean country house hotel near Bath. Each two-bedroom suite is plumbed in and wired to the grid and there are proper beds, a living space with shabby-chic furnishings, a bathroom and even a night-time hot water bottle service.

Pitch perfect: glamping tents at The Pop-Up Hotel at Woolley Grange

A breakfast hamper arrives at 7.30am (try the overnight oats) or nail a fry-up in the hotel restaurant. Children can roam free and try activities including marshmallow toasting and woodcrafts. Parents can nip off to the spa or bar during their daily 90 minutes of free registered childcare. Everyone’s a winner, baby. From £375 per night, B&B (020 8076 5555; luxuryfamilyhotels.co.uk) KP