Keen for the kids to swot up on history? Head to one of these heritage hotels when you hit the UK
Inverlochy Castle, West Highlands
Scotland’s finest luxury castle is beautifully located among the glens, lochs and majestic mountains of the West Highlands. Built in 1863 by the first Lord Abinger, it had been a private residence for over one hundred years until 1969 when it was converted from a family home to one of the region’s highly sought-after country house hotels. Each of the 17 bedrooms have their own individual design and character, along with magnificent views of the colourful grounds. Take advantage of the stunning location and enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities that suit all interests and abilities, including whitewater rafting, golf, mountain biking and fishing.
Cliveden House, Berkshire
This grandiose five-star hotel’s a brilliant place to spend time with the family, offering its fortunate guests an unbelievable wealth of history and comfort. Cliveden’s gilded clock tower featured in the latest Cinderella film as the all-important timer that strikes midnight, sending the future princess fleeing from the ball. (Its grounds were also the launchpad for a far more scandalous occurrence). Set amid 376 acres of magnificent National Trust managed Grade I listed woodlands, the grounds have a number of exciting places for kids to explore, including a ginormous maze and children’s playground.
Tylney Hall, Hampshire
A Grade II listed building and an outstanding example of a luxury country house hotel that’s never lost its old world sense of charm. Tylney is a great place for a family break, with plenty to keep the children entertained. Staggeringly beautiful entrance archways, walnut panelling and a splendid grand staircase wows guests of all ages. The 66 acres of glorious grounds are no less spectacular, originally designed by the renowned gardener and planter, Gertrude Jekyll.
Swinton Park Hotel and Spa, Yorkshire
Get your kids in the kitchen and join one of the many cookery courses that encourage children of all ages to master basic baking skills. Or learn how to handle birds such as hawks in a ‘Birds of Prey’ session at the park’s aviary. All of the 32 luxury rooms at this impressive moss-smothered castle are fully equipped with top-of-the-line amenities, and are designed to indulge every member of your brood. A more adventurous clan may prefer Swinton Bivouac; a ‘glamping’ site on Swinton Estate. These luxurious and rustic handcrafted, round-wood timber frame shacks are tucked away in the park’s peaceful woodland.