Whether you are pregnant or a new mummy taking time out is, in my opinion, one of the best things you can do. This year has been tough if you’ve been through lockdown and haven’t been away. We have almost got used to not going to the hairdressers, not going on our usual weekenders and not having some time to ourselves. I’ve put a list together of ‘Baby Friendly Staycations & Pregnancy Spa Breaks.’
When I had my first baby we went away every few weeks. There’s nothing better than escaping to a place where you have no commitments, you have fresh bedding daily and you wake up to a breakfast bar. It wasn’t just self indulgent, it was also a perfect way to make memories as husband and wife, as a new family and it let us push the reset button.
I personally loved having a lockdown baby in the early days. Relaxing in your new bubble is bliss but I have missed weekend getaways, family holidays, the sun, the sea and just being somewhere else. I imagine you have too so I’ve put together a list of places to stay in the UK that are baby friendly or that have pamper packages. I will keep it updated as and when I come across hidden gems for you and your family.
1. Warbourne Farm
Warborne Farm is a 100 acre family run farm based in Lymington. It makes a lovely family holiday; close to the sea, the New Forest and to beautiful Lymington it’s ideal for lots of outdoor adventures.
The barns are beautiful and you can explore the grounds at your own leisure, if you love the country and you want to switch off it is a perfect little getaway.
Cliveden House, the ultimate escape. Set in 376 acres of National Trust grounds it is everything you need to completely relax and unwind.
Cliveden offers children stunning grounds to play and explore, a challenging maze built from 1000 yew trees, a Storybook Play Den to let their imaginations run wild and a Natural Play Trail for them to enjoy in the woods.
They can also use the pool and restaurant during certain times and they have a babysitting service so you can enjoy some adult time.
3. Lygon Arms
The Lygon Arms is a gorgeous getaway set in the beautiful Cotswolds’ village of Broadway. Broadway has lots of boutique shops and there’s plenty of stunning countryside to explore.
During December it is a quintessentially english Christmas escape with beautifully decorated trees, open fires and locally sourced food. Everything you imagine Christmas to be.
They even have a pool, spa treatments and suites for children and babies too.
4. The Pig
There are seven Pig Hotels all inspired by home grown, locally sourced food and the countryside.
Renowned for it’s luxury and homely charm, it is the most relaxing getaway. They also have a beautiful ‘Mum to be’ spa treatment to relax and uplift mother and baby.
Babies and children are welcome, they provide a cot service and there’s lots of information on their website about all the amazing things to do locally as a family.
From the moment you walk into New Park Manor Hotel you feel like it has been designed to help parents completely unwind.
Set in the New Forest with acres of countryside to explore; they also have a creche, room monitors, entertainment, an outdoor and indoor pool and a childrens menu full of beautiful homemade food. Each family room includes toys and games to keep them occupied too.
Parents can relax in the spa area, enjoy some relaxing treatments and make full use of some well deserved downtime.
6. Luckham Park
Lucknam Park is unspoilt, elegant country house living at its very best with a home from home atmosphere.
Set in 500 acres of countryside, it is described as a ‘luxury playground for families. Fun, friendly and full of entertainment.’ There’s a whole list of things for them to do on their website including duck herding, pony riding, archery and lots more.
There’s also lots of treatments available in their spa including a ‘Mother to be Collection.’
Daylesford Farm in the Cotsolds’ is a wellness retreat with treatments and classes that are designed to relax and restore body and mind.
The Daylesford cottages have been beautifully restored to create peaceful spaces for guests to retreat in. With cosy cashmere blankets, log fires, soft organic linens and botanical bath products, they are the perfect place to take time to reflect and unwind.
As one of the most sustainable farms in the UK you can eat home grown food, take part in a class or explore 2000 acres of countryside and meet the many breeds of cows, sheep and hens dotted around the farm. There’s even buggy friendly walking routes.
Set in the heart of the stunning New Forest National Park, Lime Wood is laid-back luxury at its best – the perfect secluded hideaway escape!
The Herb House Spa is a spa dedicated to natural well-being and inspired by its forest surroundings. Instilling a sense of calm, well-being and serenity. Designed over three levels, the Sauna and indoor Hydro Pool have stunning forest views, there’s a Mud House, a steaming outdoor Hot Pool and beautiful treatment rooms.
Children are welcome; with cots, a nanny service, bike and scooter hire and a children’s menu all available they will enjoy every moment of Lime Wood Hotel too.
The scenic route to five-star bliss. Coworth Park is based in Ascot and offers an oasis of calm. With a beautiful spa, some amazing pre and postnatal treatments and luxury accomodation it’s a lovely getaway for new and expectant parents!
Families are also welcome, at Coworth Park Kids they’ve transformed a whole house into a dedicated area for kids to play, bake, build and chill out with movies and games. The seven play rooms include a role play area with a giant kitchen and train set, quiet room with books and dolls’ houses, and even a ‘messy’ room for baking and arts and crafts. Upstairs, the teen den keeps older kids entertained with movies and games – perfect for rainy days.
Cots and a nanny service are also available on request.
Featuring 25 treatment rooms, relaxation lounges and a bespoke outdoor barrel sauna and hot tub, Alexander House is a luxury spa hotel in Sussex the perfect destination for an invigorating and refreshing break away. After your treatments you can spend the day unwinding in your soothingly fluffy robe while you enjoy a drink at the bar, delicious dining in the Reflections Restaurant or you can explore the 120 acre estate.
This is adults only but they do have a lovely ‘Mother to Be’ massage to help relieve anxiety and surround mother and baby with peace and harmony. It’s also perfect for a new mummy to take some time out and completely unwind.
Chewton Glen is set in the New Forest and it is everything if you are looking for lots of outdoor adventures in the forest or by the sea, a beautiful five star luxury spa and a magical experience for the kids too!
The rooms and treehouses available for children are designed with them in mind, inspired by the country and with cute finishing touches to enjoy. They also have ‘Little VIPs Activities’ where they can take part in arts, crafts, sports and lots more.
The best bit, they have lots of spa treatments available including ‘Junior Spa Treatments’ to give them a bit of TLC too!
Langshott Manor is a beautful getaway overlooking the Surrey hills. The manor dates back to 1580 so it’s a beautiful historical building.
Children and babies are welcome and they provide a childrens menu, games and a cot service.
Barnsley House is a gorgeous getaway in the Cotswolds; with stunning rooms, a cottage that’s perfect to book for a family getaway, a stunning spa and a beautiful village pub. It’s definitely worth a visit.
Their country garden feels like a fairytale and secluded within them is their luxury spa. They also have plenty of countryside, walks and family friendly activites to enjoy at your leisure.
The Grove Hotel is based in Hertforshire, what’s lovely about The Grove is they pride themselves on being an award winning family hotel.
From forest walks and winding nature trails to archery, segway rides and lots of other activities you can enjoy watching them making some wonderful memories.
They also have a childrens club so you can slip off and have some adult time in their beautiful spa. With cots available, interconnected family rooms and a babysitting service there’s everything for a new and young family.
It’s hard to know where to start with Woolley Grange Hotel and Spa, they don’t just cater for children and babies with cots, bibs and highchairs but they have created lots of fun things for them to do. It feels like it’s been designed by parents for parents.
Children can collect eggs from Roald Dahl’s Chicken House, explore the Good Life garden, go pond dipping, get lost in the maze, visit the animals or splash around in the outdoor and indoor pool.
With every booking there’s a complimentary hour of childcare and a free baby listening service so parents can fully relax in their beautiful spa.
The Elms Hotel & Spa
The Elms is a luxury hotel and spa nestled in the Worcestershire countryside. The greenhouse spa looks incredible, it’s definitely somewhere I can imagine lounging around all day.
They have family rooms available so children are welcome. A perfect little staycation.
Bishopstrow Hotel & Spa
Bishopstrow is situated on 27 acres of grounds in the Wiltshire countryside. A quintessential country retreat with locally sourced food and a beautiful spa, it’s another little gem to add to the list.
As a family run business they welcome children and dogs! There’s not only Longleat on the doorstep but they also have traditional family board games in the lounge, wellie boots to borrow for a stroll along the River Wylye and heated indoor or outdoor swimming pools if you want to take a dip.
The Ickworth sits under the same umbrella company as New Park Manor Hotel. I honestly love them for new parents as they seem to be designed to give parents a break. They pride themselves on being grand and historic with a modern and accomodating attitude.
The Ickworth is based in Suffolk and it has absolutely everything you need including beautiful gardens and trails, iCandy pushchair hire, a creche, clubs, games and activities as well as a childrens/ baby menu full of locally sourced food, two hours free childcare a day and baby monitors in the room. If that’s not enough downtime they also run a Sunday Breakfast Club, they pick your children up so you can have a lie in- amazing!
Children are also allowed in the spa area so you can relax and enjoy watching them make memories between having a treatment or two!
Who doesn’t feel like they need a break to the Cornish coast once in a while? If being by the sea isn’t enough to keep everyone occupied for hours, Bedruthan also has drop in arts and crafts rooms, free baby and toddler equipment hire and they put a little Jellycat animal in the room for them- how cute is that?!
They have an indoor and outdoor spa area, both overlooking the sea and inspired by nature and they have a whole list of pregnancy treatments so it’s perfect for a prenatal getaway too!
Another incredible spa hotel in Cornwall, Sands Resort over looks the Atlantic Ocean with long stretches of beaches and coastal walks to explore.
They have put a lot of thought into making it child and baby friendly with spacious family rooms; cot, linen, prams, bottle warmers and sterilisers to hire, warm indoor and outdoor pools, baby splash pools, soft play and toddler playgrounds and a free baby listening service. They completely take the stress out of parenting for you.
They have lots of treatments available including a pregnancy spa massage. A wonderful pre or postnatal retreat.
Bailiffscourt is absolutely stunning, it sits on 30 acres of privately owned parkland leading to Climping beach. Families are encourage to explore the grounds and return to big open fires and a beautiful spa.
They have a wonderful list of treatments available and an indoor and outdoor pool that children are able to enjoy during certain times.
I don’t need to be told twice to grab a crab line and wellies and run down to the beach. Fowey Hall overlooks the Fowey Estuary in Cornwall. Close to beaches, ancient lanes with secret shops and beautiful coastal paths, you can have days of adventures here.
If you are more like me who would loves adventures mixed with siestas they have a beautiful spa to snooze in with lots of treatments to enjoy, including a hot tub overlooking the Estuary.
They have an extensive list of facilities and activities for babies, toddlers and children and they can use the indoor and outdoor pool anytime- bliss!
Another Place Hotel is set on Ullswater in the Lake District. Another firm favourite as a place to visit as a family, the Lake District has so much to offer.
The hotel has walking, cycling and running routes, paddle boarding, kayaking and sailing lessons and you can use their wetsuits and boots if you fancy a swim in the lake.
For babies and children they have a creche, a baby monitoring service, babysitters, free stroller hire, baby friendly dining and lots more.
The spa overlooks Ullswater Lake, it really is a perfect place to relax and unwind. They have a lovely list of treatments available too.
Last but definitely not least, Moonfleet Manor sits on the Jurassic Coast. You can head to the beach to find fossils, enjoy afternoon tea while the kids have fun in the enormous indoor play zone or make use of their sitting service while you enjoy good food, fine wine and a little time together.
Children and babies are welcome in any of the three indoor heated pools and you can sneek off and indulge in one of their spa treatments. Dinosaurs, spa treatments, beaches and everything you need for babies and children- what’s not to love?!
Whatever you decide to do relax, unwind and most of all enjoy making memories as a family. Embrace the little things, soak up the time spent with them and indulge in a little you time too.
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