Fowey Hall, Cornwall
Commanding sweeping views of Fowey's river estuary, port and sea, this comfy country chateau on the south coast of Cornwall doubles as a small, charming and unpretentious luxury family-focussed hotel. It was the original inspiration for Toad Hall in The Wind In The Willows. A croquet lawn, indoor pool, interconnecting suites, and nearby beaches and sailing make it ideal for fun family escapes and wannabe sea dogs. Babies and children of all ages are warmly welcomed; those aged up to 12 are particularly well cared for, and for the under-eights, there's an Ofsted-approved creche.
Rates: £175-£550 half-board
Details: Fowey Hall, Hanson Drive, Foway, Cornwall. Call 01726833866 or visit www.mrandmrssmith.com