The Elms is designed to be used by all the family, which means we’re not precious where the little people are concerned. We actively encourage our youngest guests to roam the grounds, explore the house, kick a ball around on the lawns, monkey about in the adventure playground, bounce on the trampoline and splash in the pool.
In keeping with the ethos of Luxury Family Hotels, we also understand that a true holiday must include some me-time for parents, too. The Elms is set up to take the strain by providing a crèche, a babysitting and baby listening service, and food served at times suitable for younger children. In the evenings, the restaurant is the adults’ domain – so you can enjoy a genuine ‘night out’ with your partner without needing to book a taxi.
For children aged between three months and eight years, the Ofsted-registered Den at The Elms will keep them entertained – while you sneak off for a grown-up cocktail on the terrace or just go back to your room and read the papers in bed. The crèche sessions last for two hours – so there’s plenty of time for you to indulge in a treatment and swim in the spa, or get stuck into a good book in the gardens. There is a great choice of activities and our super staff will ensure that all age-groups have fun – from ride-on toys and dressing-up for the little ones, to tennis, football and indoor games for the older children. We always advise guests to book crèche places in advance.
Some of our rooms have interconnecting doors – ideal for families with older children who want to have a sense of independence. Smaller children can be comfortably accommodated in the family rooms and larger doubles. And to take the stress out of packing, we provide travel cots, z-beds, extra bedding, nappy bins and changing mats. Call us in advance, and we can also supply bottle warmers, sterilisers and mini fridges.
Our spa is carefully zoned so that the whole family can enjoy the indoor pool and hydro pool, while adults can escape to the peace and quiet of the thermal suite or slip away for a therapeutic treatment. The lovely Garden Café, with its all-day menu, is a great place for everyone to enjoy a light lunch or post-swim snack together.