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Fowey Hall Hotel, Fowey

Muddy says: Can we just move in! Expect sumptuous rooms, loads of child-friendly touches and a fab restaurant, that does family and fine dining with style.

‘Child-friendly’ is so often a red flag for less-than-stylish things, such as wipeable surfaces, marmite rice cakes and soft play. Lucky for us, Luxury Family Holidays have made it their mission to transform the family escape into something a whole lot more luxurious.

I mean check out Fowey Hall Hotel! Housed in a stunning Victorian mansion overlooking Fowey Estuary, every detail in this fabulous hotel is designed to make you feel at home (if home is the set of a glam period drama). Comfortable rooms and suites accommodate families of various sizes and even the spa staff won’t baulk at the presence of your bolshy toddler. In fact you can both take a dip in the sea view hot tub.

Clearly, seasoned parents had a hand in the family-friendly touches, because they are genius. Throughout the hotel and grounds there are lots of things to keep your little people entertained; a big playroom, a cinema, trampoline, pool, tire swings, zip wire and pirate ship, a milk delivery and bottle sterilising service for babies and an Ofsted registered crèche. Two hours of childcare per day is even included in your room rate.

The restaurant keeps up the Cornish tradition, with dishes starring quality local produce and caters really well for both family dining and fine dining. Children’s meals can be ordered all day and a special kids’ high tea is served between 5 and 6pm. Then when your children are settled for the night, switch on the listening service or book a sitter and enjoy proper grown-up dinner.

For anyone without children, Fowey Hall becomes a more tranquil place outside of school holidays, popular with walkers and friends looking for a peaceful place to catch up. It’s worth knowing dogs are welcome too and your four-legged friends will not want to miss the glorious walking in this neck of the woods.

Local legend has it that Fowey Hall inspired ‘Toad Hall’ from Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows. The author was a frequent visitor but whatever the truth of the tale, it is a little like holidaying in a storybook here. And very fitting that years later, the Hall should welcome so many children and families to enjoy this charmed part of Cornwall.

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