At the end of Whitsun week last month, we had the pleasure of returning to one of our favourite hotels in Warwickshire, Chesford Grange. We had been invited back to find out about what they had on offer for families during the school holidays as since our last visit back in 2016, Olly, our four year old has started pre-school and is now the perfect age to try out some of the activities.
Chesford Grange is one of eight family friendly hotels in the QHotels chain that go that little bit further to make sure families staying with them have a memorable break away from home. Whenever we go away with Olly, we want to know he’s going to enjoy himself too. We really appreciate going to hotels where children are expected to be seen and heard because that’s what family breaks are all about. A child laughing and enjoying themselves indicates that they’re having a good time and lets face it, if a child is having a good time then the parents are going to be too.
On arrival at the hotel, we checked in and Olly was given his Quackers cup. All children checking in at the hotel get given a cup and can ask for free squash at the bar which is refillable whenever your child needs it. We found a table in the reception area dedicated to the family breaks offer with details of all the activities on offer over the school holidays. There was a timetable with daily activities and information about what was on.
Planned Activities for Children
The timetable includes planned activities designed to give children some freedom to enjoy themselves. There’s a dedicated splash time with an hour of fun in the morning and again in the afternoon where there’s music and floats in the pool. Children can go swimming at other times of the day too.
There’s a Craft Club in the afternoon held in the main games room where children can get creative and have fun whilst making new friends and something we didn’t get chance to take advantage of was watch a film in Film Club complete with complimentary popcorn.
The Games Room is a complete treasure trove for children (and Dad’s who are more than happy to embrace their youth) Olly took to the table tennis table and loved attempting to play with his Daddy.
The Games Room is open throughout the day and accessible for all on the ground floor. Inside there’s so many board games, colouring books, books and crayons that the children could easily spend hours in there. It’s such a lovely idea, a great space for children to unwind and have fun with the whole family.
Milk and Cookies for the win!
One of the new things that Chesford Grange have introduced this year is complimentary milk and cookies for the children just before bedtime. This is something that Olly was so excited about and eating homemade cookies before he went to bed was such a treat. Such a simple touch but one that Olly was so happy about.
Child friendly buffet dining
We booked for dinner on our second evening at the hotel and whilst Shilts and I ate from the A La Carte menu, Olly was able to help himself from the children’s buffet. Unfortunately we were quite disappointed with the choice of food available for Olly with only one portion of vegetables available on the buffet. There were no chips (just sweet potato fries which Olly wouldn’t eat). There was pizza, chicken breasts, baked beans and chicken nuggets to name just a few things on the menu. We would have preferred to order something from the children’s menu that was advertised when we checked in as there was more choice. Having eaten in the River Rooms before with Olly we do remember there being more choice and unfortunately the food on offer on the Sunday evening was a little disappointing for us.
Not just fun for the children
Whilst we were at Chesford Grange for the weekend we had the opportunity to use the hotels facilities and really unwind from a busy couple of weeks. It was so nice to be able to relax and sit in the bar with a drink whilst Olly read his magazine and sit at the edge of the pool whilst Olly enjoyed jumping in the pool and splashing about. I was treated to a super relaxing facial in the Spa and it was heavenly. Such a treat to be able to take half an hour out and just switch off from everything.
Chesford Grange have also recently introduced their Afternoon Tea offering and we were invited to try this out before we left. The tea set was beautifully presented and the cake and scones came out on a tiered plate and looked delicious. I really enjoyed the scones with jam and cream whilst Shilts enjoyed the chocolate cream tarts.
We had a wonderfully relaxing break at Chesford Grange and we know Olly had a lovely weekend too. It’s so nice to be able to spend a weekend with a hotel who have your children’s best interests at heart and don’t mind the sound of his laughter through the corridors. If you’re looking for a family friendly welcoming hotel with brilliant facilities and extra things for the children to do in the school holidays, we can definitely recommend staying with Chesford Grange.
You can read all about our previous stays at Chesford Grange here;
Disclosure: We were invited to stay at Chesford Grange to try out a family friendly break and had a fantastic weekend. Huge thanks to Elaine and team for a wonderful stay, we really appreciated the hospitality.