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A collection of child friendly accommodation for that perfect family holiday.
Located in beautiful Yorkshire in a pretty market towns is the inn turned boutique hotel the luxury Black Swan. Dating back to the 15th century the hotel, the hotel mixes antiques with classic contemporary design. We love the quaint bar area with little nooks for exploring and the hidden garden for wandering through. The Black Swan provides the perfect backdrop for a romantic getaway or luxury child friendly break.
Children’s DVD library and DVD player in your bedroom.
Separate children's dinner menu - the Little Adults Menu - which can be enjoyed either in the Rutland Restaurant or alternatively the more informal surroundings of the Brasserie or the Tearoom at the Black Swan
Verbena Spa - To add to the relaxing benefits and enjoyment of your stay, spa treatments and packages can now be enjoyed in the luxurious and relaxing ambience of The Verbena Spa only a couple of minutes’ walk away.
Nestled snugly behind the charming frontage of the Black Swan lies the hotels beautiful walled gardens. These beautifully kept gardens are the perfect place to sit and play with the kids, we looked for the Gruffalo and had a scavenger hunt. Perfect family fun.
The hotel's tearoom was Voted the ‘Top Tea Place 2010’ and a ‘Tearoom of Excellence’ in 2011 and 2012. Of course when in Yorkshire it would be rude not to partake! The Tearoom offers a fabulous afternoon tea experience. The kids loved the little sandwiches and cakes. Perfect for little fingers.
Six course tasting menu which changes with the seasons.
The Black Swan offers 45 individually styled bedrooms, including a selection of Feature Rooms and a Junior Suite all located in the oldest part of the hotel. The newly refurbished Classic Rooms are mostly located in the garden wing of the hotel which has a more contemporary feel.
None of the rooms in the hotel have a separate lounge area but they do have larger rooms which can fit two adults and children in extra beds. The four Superior Bedrooms, which have just recently been refurbished, offer a nice large king sized bed and have plenty of room to accommodate your little ones, with separate sofa beds and extra beds available.
There are also three sets of interconnecting rooms available but they do get booked up fast so enquire early. These rooms are the Classic Bedrooms which have recently been refurbished.
A charge of £25 per child applies when your children are sharing a Superior Bedroom with you. This charge includes the extra bed and bedding, full English breakfast, bathrobes and children's toiletries, and applies to children up to the age of 16 years old.
Children aged up to 4 years are welcome on a complimentary basis when sleeping in a cot bed. Children aged 16 years and over are classified as adults. Please note that if you do opt to book an interconnecting room for your children, this will be charged at the full adult rate.
Bathrobes and slippers
Tea and coffee making facilities
Iron and ironing board
The hotel offers a variety of dining experiences. We opted for the more laid back option of eating with the kids in the hotel bar. This is one of my favourite places in the hotel, really cosy and welcoming. The menu is varied with a relaxed feel
The more formal option is to eat in the hotel's Gallery Restuarant. The hotel prides itself on its food and dining experiences and there are often gourmet or tasting menus on offer.
Towering over the attractive market town of Helmsley, and surrounded by spectacular banks and ditches, Helmsley Castle is an imposing sight with a wealth of history. The first castle at Helmsley was built in the early twelfth century by Walter Espec - 'Walter the Woodpecker', who also founded nearby Rievaulx Abbey and Kirkham Priory.
Rievaulx Abbey was founded in 1132 by twelve monks from Clairvaux Abbey as a mission centre for the colonisation of the north of England and Scotland. It was the first Cistercian abbey in the north. With time it became one of the great Cistercian abbeys of Yorkshire, second only to Fountains Abbey in fame.
Go Ape – Dalby Forest
Enjoy Hill-to-Hill zip wires with Stunning Views of the Vale of Pickering. Enjoy the classic Tree Top Adventure and epic Forest Segways. With hilltop-to-hilltop zip wires and a plunging valley below, it’s easy to see why the adventure at Dalby Forest is so popular.
Flamingo Land – theme park, zoo and children’s planet.
If you want to bring along your pet please feel free. The hotel charge £10 a night per pet. Please note some parts of the hotel are pet free.
Lovely, quaint hotel. There is not that much for the kids to do in the hotel itself but the surrounding countryside has plenty to offer.
The hotel is comfortable and has a really welcoming, friendly feel.