I Think I’ve Found The Perfect Family Hotel

The Ickworth, Suffolk, a family friendly hotel


When you’re pregnant with your first child, it’s not uncommon for someone to say to you “Make sure you go on holiday before the baby arrives! It’ll be your last relaxing break for 18 years!”

This is true to a certain extent, but what I’ve learned in the two years and five months since becoming a mum, is that you can definitely have the best of both worlds. There are brilliant UK hotels out there that cater for families – and not in a grotty soft play area next to the bar way – they have luxurious touches for the parents and kick ass fun for the kids.

I’ve made it my mission to seek out these hotels. My Safari Bookmarks folder is stuffed with them. I mean, how could it not be sheer heaven to wake up to this view…

Family friendly hotel, The Ickworth

…in a room like this…

Guest bedroom at The Ickworth, Suffolk

…before taking a bath in this bathroom…

Bathroom at The Ickworth

…and dropping your kids off in the complimentary Ofsted monitored crèche…

The Ickworth creche

…having a spa treatment…

The Ickworth spa

…spending the afternoon with the children…

Playing with the kids outdoors

…and then having dinner while the hotel listening service or babysitter makes sure your kids are sleeping soundly….

Delicious fresh food

This is The Ickworth in Bury St Edmonds, Suffolk. I think I’m in love with the place. Part of the Luxury Family Hotels group, it seems to have that balance of grown up chic (beautiful décor, seasonal food, pampering) and family fun (space for kids to run around, swimming pool, garden games, outdoor play area and a cinema room). If you’re looking for kids holidays in the UK, you’d be hard pushed to find anywhere more perfect, right?

My friends with school-age kids keep telling me to take advantage of having a pre-school child. “Go on holiday LOADS now!” they tell me. “While you can get good value term-time deals!” And they’re right. We should be going on at least six holidays a year, shouldn’t we? That’s the logic I’m going to be using on my husband anyway…


This is a sponsored post but all views are my own. 

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  1. Suzanne says

    Wow, just wow! This place looks totally amazing…..we are always looking around for places like this where kids have as much as the adults – looks perfect!

  2. Kemi Lawson says

    Hi there – can I askif you have actually stayed in this hotel ? Am considering a trip but the reviews on tripadvisor are very mixed. Thank you, love your blog

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