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TEN GREAT PLACES FOR A ROMANTIC BREAK WITH THE KIDS IN TOW

Jessica Baldwin

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The candlelit bath is running, the bed's covered in rose petals and the champagne is on ice... oh and the little one is screaming her heart out in the corner. A romantic break with the kids in tow? Impossible. Not any more, here I reveal the best UK breaks to entertain your children, leaving you free to indulge in sensual massages, delicious dining and... I will leave the rest to you!
The Grove

Hmmm, the kids have spent all day at Anouska's kids' club and yet they are still running riot, no problem, the hotel babysitter will take care of bedtime at stylish celebrity haunt The Grove so you can enjoy a romantic evening meal in Colette's followed by a nightcap drink in the Mansion lounges. Oh and fear not, on your return the little ones will be sound asleep – in the interconnecting room that is!

South Sands

This charming New England style coastal retreat has five beach suites boasting fantastic dining and entertaining areas, panoramic views of the sandy bay and those all important spare rooms. Whilst the kids debate between horse riding, sailing and canoeing head out for a romantic ramble and pre-arrange the hotel to meet you with their champagne and oyster picnic before retreating to the roaring log fire for a cheeky nightcap.

Budock Vean Hotel

These luxury self-catering cottages have babysitters ready to entertain the children whilst you enjoy the indoor pool complete with a roaring log fire or work up a lather in the outdoor hot tub. Once that's out of your system nearby Falmouth Port is stuffed to the rafters with cafes, galleries, boutiques and boat trips; perfect for a family day out. Or, for fun closer to home explore the hotel's 65 acres of subtropical gardens filled with exotic flowers and abundant wildlife.

Hidden River Cabins

Romantic log cabin, check. Zero phone reception, check. Private hot tub, check. Chilled champagne on arrive, Check. Oh yes and a spare room for the kids. During the day try salmon fishing in the river, or to really tire them out swing through the treetops at nearby forest adventure centre, Go Ape. With them suitably shattered you have the magical forest and steaming hot tub all to yourselves...

Bovey Castle

Turn up with cardigan clinging cherubs and leave with independent progenies. Bovey Rangers teaches children essential survival skills from building shelters to creating toasty camp fires and all whilst you're relaxing in the spa with your other half, enjoying fine wine in the bar or cruising over Dartmoor in a hot air balloon. Alternatively make sporting history on their ‘crolf' course. What do you mean what is it? The love child of golf and croquet, of course!

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