New Park Manor - a Luxury Family Hotel
Child friendly hotel, Hampshire – Lyndhurst Road, New Forest
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About New Park Manor - a Luxury Family Hotel
The New Forest, in my opinion, is one of the best places for holidaying with children, so child and adult friendly New Park Manor hotel located in a such a fabulous area is a diamond find. With 21 bedrooms, luxury spa, an Ofsted registered creche, meals perfectly timed for the kids and forest walks on your doorstep, it's a must!
The Away with the Kids review
New Park Manor hotel can be found in the heart of the new Forest nestled amongst lots of green fields, one of them being home to New Forest Polo club, incidentally they play on a Saturday between March and September, if you want to catch a match. In 1601 this was a favourite hunting lodge of King Charles 2nd, it is now a favourite family friendly hotel. Essentially a modern hotel - it has a stylish interior with a nod to its ancient roots. Keep an eye open for the acorns and oak leaf patterned doors, these were to commemorate the oak tree which hid King Charles from Cromwells men when he escaped to France - a history lesson for the children to boot.
It has 21 rooms, those housed in the original part of the hotel are more traditionally styled whilst those in the modern quarter are contemporary yet classic, all are very comfortable and child friendly. If you have a particular request for the room set up to accommodate the children call reception prior to your arrival and they will do all they can to help. The z beds that my children were sleeping on were just as indulgent as the big bed. We stayed in the forest wing, the children were indulged with a tv in the bath whilst I was indulged with the Elemis products! It's all about the products!
We were welcomed by very efficient, friendly front of house, the reception area is very relaxed, the children were immediately at ease and were drawn to the resident dog, Forest the cockapoo. After a quick tour around we soon made sense of the layout. There seems to be a "nothing is too much trouble" attitude with all the staff, irrespective of position, together with extreme child friendliness which combined means you will soon start winding down to enjoy all that the hotel and the area has to offer.
If the children are between 3 months and 8 years book them into the Den, the onsite crèche, where they will be entertained by the marvellous child loving nannies. Then head into the spa, just make sure its not during the child friendly hours if you are looking for complete relaxation. The treatment list is extensive and the therapists very proficient. If treatments aren't your thing then enjoy the award winning spa facilities, keeping an eye open for the grazing fallow deer, such a spectacular sight. There is also a cinema where you can request a film from a selection at reception, the blue room which has table football and a selection of video games all to keep older children occupied.
The grounds edge onto the forest, outside in the hotels gardens you can hide and seek amongst the trees, the children can bounce on the trampoline, shoot balls into the net or get acquainted with the quintessentially English game of croquet, or simply enjoy the sights and sounds of the forest.
The forest itself is an amazing playground for children to explore, there are cycle/walking paths direct from the hotel straight into the forest, swing across the streams or paddle, skim pebbles, balance on fallen trunks, bug hunt, marvel at the freedom of the new forest ponies and the wild boar, bird spot or hunt the gruffalo, it keeps the children amused for quite a while! The hotel can arrange bike hire. There is horse riding, archery, clay shooting and golf all available within the forest and the hotel will happily help with arrangements.
A short drive away you can find the Solent for sailors and Bournemouth for beaches. A number of theme parks are within easy reach for example, if the kids need a fix of Peppa Pig head to Paultons Park, Beaulieu for car enthusiasts or Marwell for zoo animals. Lots of historic stately homes for history lovers are close by and there are beautiful gardens to explore. I think you can safely say the most day out needs are covered.
Meal times are a delight and both the fine dining menu and more relaxed forest menu use as much local produce as possible. For a more fine dining experience the Stag Restaurant delivers on all accounts or if you want a more relaxing meal or choose to eat with the children at high tea there will be something to tempt you on the forest menu. Children's food is comfortingly fresh and nutritious, purees are also available and any allergies will be catered for. The hotel has a baby listening system, it works very efficiently and allows you to have a relaxed dinner in a grown up environment.
The baby room will ensure you have everything to cater for bottle fed babies and the bottle washing service will save you the hassle of washing them yourself. Just leave the dirty bottles in the basket at reception in the morning and collect them all clean and ready to use later in the day.
In summary, an extremely child friendly hotel with very happy helpful staff in one of the most amazing child friendly landscapes. I highly recommend it.
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