The top 17 best UK hotels for families have been revealed by the AA, which also pinpointed where family-friendly hotels can be found in the highest concentrations.
It found that London has the most family-friendly hotels, with Devon in second place and Cumbria and North Yorkshire joint third.
The travel firm says that top-ranked London has 26 AA-rated hotels that are family-friendly while second-place Devon has 25.
The Grove, pictured, is a historic hotel in Hertfordshire that has been singled out as one of the best family-friendly hotels in the land by the AA. It is praised for its ‘extensive crèche facilities and family activities’
Calcot in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, pictured, makes the top 17 ranking. The AA notes its ‘supervised crèche and playzone are a real bonus for families’
Out of these 25 hotels in Devon, 44 per cent offer babysitting or listening services and 96 per cent have cots, highchairs and children’s menus or portions.
North Yorkshire and Cumbria both have 18 hotels each offering family facilities, according to the AA.
In North Yorkshire, 100 per cent of the family-friendly hotels offer highchairs, while 94 per cent offer cots and child-friendly menus or portions.
The Bedruthan Hotel and Spa in Mawgan Porth, Cornwall, pictured, is described by the AA as a ‘very child-friendly hotel’
The Woolley Grange Hotel in Wiltshire, pictured, is described as being ‘very well kitted out for children’
THE TOP 10 DESTINATIONS FOR FAMILY-FRIENDLY HOTELS
1. London (26 hotels)
2. Devon (25)
3. Cumbria (18)
4. North Yorkshire (18)
5. Gloucestershire (16)
6. Hampshire (15)
7. Cornwall & Isles of Scilly (14)
8. Suffolk (13)
9. Cheshire (12)
10. Norfolk (11)
Source: The AA
Meanwhile, at Cumbria’s family-friendly hotels, 67 per cent offer highchairs, cots or child-friendly menus.
Completing the top five is Gloucestershire with 16 child-friendly hotels. Out of these, 88 per cent offer highchairs, cots and child-friendly menus and 19 per cent have a babysitting or listening service.
The rest of the top 10 comprises Hampshire (sixth, 15 hotels), Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (seventh, 14 hotels), Suffolk (eighth, 13 hotels), Cheshire (ninth, 12 hotels) and Norfolk (10th, 11 hotels).
One of the top 17 hotels, meanwhile, is Calcot, a ‘luxury English farmhouse’, located in Tetbury, Gloucestershire.
The AA notes its ‘supervised crèche and playzone are a real bonus for families’.
Another property on the list is Bedruthan Hotel and Spa in Mawgan Porth, Cornwall, which is described as a ‘very child-friendly hotel’.
The AA says: ‘It has kids’ clubs for various ages, play areas, childcare, a baby-listening service and equipment such as pushchairs that guests can borrow for free.’
The Grove, a historic hotel in Hertfordshire, is praised for its ‘extensive crèche facilities and family activities’.
And the Woolley Grange Hotel in Wiltshire is described as being ‘very well kitted out for children’ thanks to its Bears Den child-minding facility and indoor and outdoor swimming pools.
Bovey Castle in Devon, pictured, makes the AA’s list of family-friendly hotels. It provides cots, highchairs and a babysitting service
Stoke Park in Stoke Pogues, Buckinghamshire, has a babysitting service as well as a children’s play area
The Trefeddian Hotel in Gwynedd, Wales, pictured, is named as one of the AA’s favourite family-friendly hotels. It provides cots and highchairs
The Moonfleet Manor Hotel in Dorset also makes the list with the AA pointing out that ‘children are especially welcome’.
While Fowey Hall in Cornwall is described as a ‘very family-friendly hotel with a crèche, babysitting and listening services, plus many other facilities for children’.
The other hotels in the ranking are The Celtic Manor Resort, Wales; The Ickworth, Suffolk; Four Seasons Hotel, Hampshire; Bovey Castle, Devon; Chewton Glen, Hampshire; The Fish, Worcestershire; Trefeddian Hotel, Wales; Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire; Rockliffe Hall, County Durham; Gleneagles Hotel, Scotland, and The Vale Resort, Wales.
Simon Numphud, managing director at AA Media, said: ‘There are a huge variety of hotels suited to families in the UK with over 400 establishments offering child-friendly facilities.
‘From the heights of the Highlands to the coasts of Cornwall, there are hotels to suit all tastes, and we hope many more families will enjoy discovering the incredible hospitality of the UK’s hotels in 2020 and beyond.’
THE AA’s TOP 15 HOTELS FOR FAMILIES
The Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, Wales
Bovey Castle, Newton Abbott, Devon
Calcot, Tetbury, Gloucestershire
Chewton Glen, New Milton, Hampshire
The Fish, Broadway, Worcestershire
Trefeddian Hotel, Gwynedd, Wales
Bedruthan Hotel and Spa, Mawgan Porth, Cornwall
The Grove, Hertfordshire
Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire
Rockliffe Hall, Darlington, County Durham
The Gleneagles Hotel, Perth & Kinross, Scotland
The Vale Resort, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales
Four Seasons Hotel, Hampshire
Moonfleet Manor Hotel, Dorset
Woolley Grange Hotel, Wiltshire
The Ickworth, Suffolk
Fowey Hall, Cornwall
Source: The AA