Location: Picturesque St Austell
Why go: For pampering and relaxation, with the kids in tow. The Clearing Spa, which sits in the estate's old stables, boasts an infinity pool that looks out over a restored walled garden. It makes for a heavenly morning dip, especially in summer when the glass wall is pulled back to bring the outside in. Here, staff cater for your every whim - pull up a lounger poolside, take along your Sunday paper, and they'll keep you in mouth watering smoothies all day long.
What's the story: The Cornwall estate centres on the striking White House, built in 1834 for a local banker. By 2005, the house had fallen into disrepair and the surrounding 43 acres of parkland was overgrown, so a team of experts set about the daunting task of restoring it. Now the building is back to its former glory, with bright, airy, sumptuous suites and a grand dining room. But it's the 22 Woodland Homes, clad in sustainably sourced cedar wood and natural slate, that families should head for.
Eating and drinking:
There are three places to eat on-site: Acorns Brassiere, which
serves cracking pizza and hands kids drawing kits on arrival, the
candle lit Arboretum Restaurant for something special, or The
Parkland Terrace for lunchtime snacks and child friendly suppers,
such as sausage and mash.
Out and about: Little ones will adore exploring the estate, with its miles of hiking trails, woodlands of holm oaks, cypress trees and wild cherries, and resident wildlife - look out for woodpeckers, badgers and bats, who have their own bat hotel. And The Eden Project, The Lost Gardens of Heligan and scores of beaches, such as the one at nearby Porthpean, are a ten-minute drive away.
Rates: Two-bed Woodland Homes from £99 per night.
Website: The Cornwall Hotel Spa and Estate