With the arrival of the new royal baby, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will soon be looking to take a break. Here, VisitEngland picks the best family getaways…
Calcot Manor, Cotswolds
Amid Gloucestershire’s leafy rural roll, Calcot Manor offers the acme of family escapes, with child-geared facilities at every turn as well as a parent-pampering spa. For those with babies in tow, bottle warmers, sterilisers, changing mats, nappy bags and bottle brushes are parcelled up and ready in your room on arrival. The hotel also offers an Ofsted-registered (and high-scoring) crèche, The Playzone, for the younger ones and The Mez – complete with PlayStations, Xboxes, board games, books and activities – for eight-year-olds and above. For those who want to embrace our green and pleasant land, there are complimentary bikes, a mini football pitch and a woodland gymnasium too.
Rates from £244 per night.
The first year after having a new baby is undoubtedly rewarding but can be challenging, so Dorchester Collection’s luxurious London properties, The Dorchester, 45 Park Lane and Coworth Park, are offering a “Mummymoon” package to ensure that every mother can indulge, relax and re-energise. The “Mummymoon” getaway offers: luxury accommodation, £100 spa credit, a choice of films for a relaxing night in-room, a digital guide to London’s best specialist shops for babies (as inspired by the Duchess of Cambridge) and a signature rubber duck to take home.
Rates start from £790 at The Dorchester (Stanhope Suite), £1,955 at 45 Park Lane (Park Lane Suite), £575 at Coworth Park (Cottage Executive Suite). Rates are per room, per night, based on double occupancy.
The Connaught, London
For a spot of post-baby pampering, The Connaught in London offers post-natal spa therapies for new mums at the UK’s only Aman Spa. Post-pregnancy reflexology treatments encourage overall mental and physical well-being for both mother and baby. Reflexology is extremely beneficial in helping you to recover and re-balance all body systems following the birth of your baby. It can also help re-balance moods and emotions as you adapt to life. Initial consultation is 90 minutes with 45 min follow-up consultations. The hotel itself is stately and stylish: more than 100 years old, set in Mayfair and it has the royal stamp of approval.
Rates from £450 per night.
Chewton Glen, Hampshire
Chewton Glen in Hampshire is a traditional country house with ivy-clad period charms. This utterly indulgent rural retreat knows how to spoil parent and child, providing bathrobes and slippers in kids’ sizes, as well as an activity pack for all junior guests. What child could resist the adventure of staying in a treehouse? Treehouse Loft Suites have hidden bunk areas for up to four children, as well as a dining and sitting area; you’ll love the contemporary fittings – locally sourced cedar and Purbeck stone, floor-to-ceiling windows, plenty of tech and a hot tub on your private covered deck – all 30 foot off the ground and framed by the forest canopy. Best of all, babysitters can be arranged with a day’s notice, from £10 an hour (minimum two hours), leaving mum and dad to enjoy the award-winning fine dining restaurant.
Rates from £280 per night. Treehouses from £800 per night.
The Rib Room Bar & Restaurant, London
Finally, celebrate the arrival with a regal cocktail at The Rib Room Bar & Restaurant in Knightsbridge. Two limited-edition cocktails have been created: ‘The Heir’, after HRH Prince George, and the other named ‘The Spare’ in homage to the new Princess. To mark the occasion, for the next week, those who purchase ‘The Heir’ will receive ‘The Spare’ at no extra cost. ‘The Heir’ and ‘The Spare’ are Hennessy-based cocktails, expertly crafted by The Rib Room’s professional mixologists whose exclusive cocktails are renowned due to their topical twists and flavour pairing.
Priced at £15.
For more holiday and short break inspiration, visit www.visitengland.com.
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