The ultimate family-friendly hotel in a beautiful setting.
“I need a break” is a common refrain among parents, and New Park Manor is the place to take it. Set in the stunning New Forest, this historic building was once King Charles II’s favourite hunting lodge, and home to his mistress Nell Gwynne. Now it’s a cosy, convivial hotel and the perfect place for a family break, as well as a good base to explore the local area.
New Park Manor hotel review
Rooms and facilities
Is there anything more wonderful than peeking through the curtains of your cosy hotel bedroom to watch a misty rural sunrise? The views from these rooms are soul-restoring stuff, and inside there’s plenty to smile about too, with a luxurious, English country house vibe that’s still bright and airy.
There are 25 rooms, with family-friendly options including interconnecting rooms (so you can put the baby to bed and still watch TV!) and thoughtful touches such as toiletries for children, as well as a good Bramley selection for adults.
In terms of facilities, this hotel really comes into its own. Firstly, the creche, where you can drop off little ones for a couple of hours while you go and enjoy the spa. Heaven! There’s a steam room, sauna and lovely outdoor hot tub, plus a selection of treatments – we recommend the Couture Touch, an hour-long pampering session incorporating a deep-tissue back massage and Elemis facial.
There’s also a 16-metre pool where you can take the kids to splash off some energy. While the changing rooms are a little tired, the facilities here are generally in very good nick.
Food and drink
There are two restaurants areas at New Park Manor. The Stag offers a grown-up, fine dining service and seasonal fare – if you’re visiting with little kids but want to enjoy an adults-only evening, there is a baby listening service available.
There’s also a more relaxed, family-friendly eaterie (above) where kids can eat high tea from 5pm, or adults can eat with them from 6pm – the food here was great and no one gives you evil looks if your toddler decides to start climbing the high chair while singing ‘Baa Baa Black Sheep’.
While you could certainly visit New Park Manor without children, the main highlight of the hotel is how family-friendly it is. Many hotels feel like unwelcoming places if you have little ones (which is, ironically, when you need a break more than ever). This couldn’t be further from the truth at New Park Manor – from a toy room that turns into an evening cinema, to bunnies in the garden, this place is ideal for kids, and the service alongside it is equally friendly. You can even drop bottles off at reception to be sterilised and returned to you. It’s a real haven for the weary parent!
What to do nearby
As well as stunning countryside, the New Forest is jam-packed with activities. Visit nearby towns and villages for independent shops and cute cafes (try Lyndhurst and Brockenhurst) or enjoy an energetic day out at Moors Valley Country Park, where there’s cycling trails, a huge playground, a Go Ape centre and a miniature steam train you can ride.
Families with young children
Rooms from £150 per night, for more info visit the website
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