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When you first arrive and drive into the car park at Woolley Grange, you actually arrive at the back door first. This is a shame as the true grandeur of the Jacobean Mansion can only really be appreciated from the beautiful gardens to the front of the property. But, in a way that sums up this luxury child friendly hotel. It is not about formal decoration or grandeur; it is about welcoming you and your family to kick-back, relax, unwind and enjoy each other as a family and get some couple time back. Ah bliss!
The hotel is full of unusual spaces, turns and objects. Older children will have great fun exploring the hotel and toddlers love the unusual artefacts. My two year old thought the slightly strange looking lion(?) in the hall of the hotel was wonderful for sitting on and pretending to ride. There are lots of little rooms here; there is a little snug and two small lounges, all of which are the kind of places you could kick your shoes off and curl up with a good book. This is truly a place where you do not need to worry about your little terrors annoying other guests; everyone here is in the same boat. The result is surprisingly not a cacophony of noise but a wonderful gentle murmur of children laughing, giggling and playing (with the occasional squawk of course!).
The hotel literature says ‘Woolley is your home whilst you are with us; relax, unwind and let us take care of you’ and that is exactly what they do. If you are a first time parent, you have found your heaven.
There are twenty-five rooms, all individual in style and layout, which mirror the quirky layout of the hotel.
The small double rooms do fit a cot but if you want a bit more space we would recommend the next room category.
A standard double or small suite rooms can fit up to two extra beds or cots. If you want a bit more privacy, ask for a small suite in the courtyard; this suite has a separate lounge area which can have two extra beds (cot or z-beds).
The standard suites or large doubles are bigger still. The large doubles have a small sitting area within the bedroom whilst the standard suites again have a separate lounge area. There is a split level suite in the main house which would be great for older kids as the bedroom is on the upper floor with a sofa bed in the living room downstairs (there are baby gates on the stairs if you book this with younger children).
The interconnecting rooms allow you to book a double bedroom with a separate children’s bedroom; the large suites have a double bedroom with a separate twin room.
Again there is a split level large suite, this time with the bedroom on the lower level and sitting room with a sofa bed on the upper floor. This is located in the Pavilion, which is about a minute’s walk from the main house.
The Hayloft is the biggest room in the hotel and can
accommodate up to two adults and five children.
Most of the hotel rooms have recently been renovated with the remainder to be completed shortly. This is a hotel in an old mansion, so every room is different and some are larger than others and are decorated in a traditional style. They all have that warm, homely feeling like the common areas of the hotel.
Children’s high tea is served in the Orangery at 5.30pm every day.
Older children can choose from their own menu for tea from 6pm in the Orangery. This is the perfect time for the whole family to sit down together – parents can relax with a drink whilst children enjoy a hearty tea.
An Early Evening Menu in the Orangery is also offered for parents or older children so that families can dine together.
For the grown-ups, the restaurant at Woolley Grange offers 2AA rosette fine dining in the evening – the relaxed ambience is complemented by an excellent wine list, fabulous menus and discreetly attentive service.
Longleat House and Safari Park is approximately 30 minutes away - a great place for kids to see some more exotic animals in their normal habitat.
Bath is only a few miles 8 miles away - perhaps more of an adult afternoon but there are some great parks. The Royal Victoria Park has a fantastic playground for kids.
The hotel can arrange for riding lessons at Wellow Trekking Centre which is close by.
The hotel can provide equipment to help look after little ones so you don’t need to bring everything with you; nappy buckets, changing mats, sterilisers (or they will sterilise bottles for you – after all, you are on holiday...), bottle warmers, mini fridge, kettles, travel cots (you can request a wooden cot if you prefer), Z-beds, bed guards, synthetic bedding for allergies, potty, baby bath, night lights, baby listening, babysitting, bibs, highchairs, Robert Welch children’s cutlery, special dietary requirements for those who don’t like vegetables, Bugaboo pushchair, Hippy Chick child carrier to name but a few!
No need to pack the car with toys - the crèche is full of them and you can borrow any toys during your stay.
The hotel welcomes your dogs too but not all rooms are suitable so this is subject to availability and must be booked in advance. There is a £15 supplement per night for your pet.
The crèche has some of the best toys in a crèche I have ever seen – our children could have stayed in here for hours and happily played. When we visited, it was raining continuously but they were never bored. The girls working there were also wonderful. They offered to change our baby’s nappy even whilst we were staying in there with our children to play. There is a very comfortable sofa with a TV in there which adults can lounge on whilst their kids explore the delights of the crèche.
Relax and catch up on your sleep whilst your children are well looked after. This is a place where everyone can recharge their batteries!
The staff are amazing and very friendly. My sister-in- law who came to visit whilst we were there had forgotten her buggy in the chaos of getting her two small children in the car alone. The hotel staff were very quick to welcome her; they gladly lent her a buggy so that her baby could sleep in it while we enjoyed a very relaxed lunch and they helped her to get her two year old into a bib whilst she was sorting out her baby.
Children up to the age of 16 stay for free in their parent’s room - subject to the suitability of the room to take extra beds. Children’s breakfast is charged in addition.
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Book for 3 nights and enjoy 2 nights on a dinner bed and breakfast basis and 1 night on a bed and breakfast basis including a 30 minute spa treatment and a cream tea for two people. Book for 4 nights and enjoy 3 nights on a dinner bed and breakfast basis and 1 night on a bed and breakfast basis including full afternoon tea for two people, and 1 60 minute spa treatment.
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