In-room spa treatments, gardens, DVD library, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TVs, DVD/CD player, free bottled water. Five rooms have hot tubs.
We love the contemporary, Caribbean-flavoured St Jean room, which comes with bright and breezy walls, a pale-wood four-poster bed, outdoor hot tub, and wickerwork and seashells dotted around. We also like the Moroccan-inspired Rahmoune, which has an antique window frame as part of the bedhead, and Orient-inspired Nishiki, which has a private terrace and hot tub. Greenwich – the large suite up in the house's eaves – is also well worth a look. It comes with two free-standing roll-top baths, for dual bathing without having to share water.
Stout walking boots and a good-quality anorak are must-packs – the weather seems to change every five minutes up here, which is one reason why the Dales are so green.
There's a two-night minimum stay at New Year. Two terraced rooms in the schoolhouse can accommodate dogs, but the main building is off-limits to them.
Welcome: Yorebridge can provide cribs (£10) or extra beds (£30) as required, has a babysitting service and listening equipment, and the restaurant is totally tailored to tots.
Welcome: Yorebridge can provide cribs (£10) or extra beds (£30) as required, has a baby-sitting service and listening equipment, and the restaurant is totally tailored to tots.
Toddlers to teens
Mougins, Pienza, Carabeo and Jasper are all fit to accommodate little Smiths, but Greenwich has a separate sitting room which can be kitted out with extra beds.
Outdoorsy tykes will appreciate the wealth of Dales diversions on offer; the hotel can arrange child-friendly riding, biking and rambling excursions. Older children and teens will love the hot tubs in Nishiki, St Jean, Rahmoune, Kariega and Rangali.
Children are welcome in the hotel's restaurant at all times, and there’s a children's menu. High chairs are available, and staff are happy to heat up baby food, prepare packed lunches, and deal with special dietary needs.
A local nanny can be arranged on request to provide watchful eyes.
No need to pack
Cots for babies can be booked in advance for a £10 charge. Extra beds for older children are £25. Also