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The Apartments by The Sloane Club

Ever wanted the luxury and service of a hotel with the intimacy of a private residence? Well, now you can have it. We all know when travelling with children that a tantrum in the hotel foyer or a food fight in the breakfast room with lots of quiet diners around you is no picnic, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice first class service and luxurious, pampering surroundings.

Just a short jaunt from Sloane Square are the new Apartments by the Sloane Club that offer the services and amenities of a five star hotel (including the all-important concierge) with the privacy of your own front door. And the best bit is that they have introduced an alliance with the infamous Norland agency so you can leave your children knowing they are in truly exceptional hands.

The interiors of each gorgeous and very spacious apartment are fresh and bright, flirting with Art Deco touches along the way (but there are no original Art Deco antiques so toddlers can roam freely!) Aside from the aforementioned concierge (who is there 24 hours a day for guests), each apartment is loaded with everything from Nespresso machines to L’Occitane toiletries, Siberian goose down duvets and Samsung SMART TV Technology. The concierge will gladly advise you on the area, or arrange transportation when needed, restaurant bookings and even theatre tickets. If you really want a proper vacation from domestic goddessness, food is available to order from The Sloane Club. Alternatively, the Club Chefs are available for private hire to prepare dinners in the designer kitchens of The Apartments themselves (with wait staff as an additional option, of course).

The Apartments by The Sloane Club

Aside from the esteemed childcare options available through Norland Nannies, the Apartments have also partnered with Fortnum & Mason to offer exclusive offers and VIP experiences to guests. So world class babysitters, a stunning Sloane Square address, private chefs and the luxury touches of a hotel? Yep – we’re sold.


The Cornwall

Looking for a later minute yuletide getaway? You need look no further than Cornwall this Christmas.

If you’ve not yet sorted your Christmas and New Year plans, or you just can’t face the idea of another year at home and need to flee, The Cornwall Estate and Spa is still taking bookings. Not only is it set on 43 acres of stunning Cornish Victorian parkland, but it is a stone’s throw (or a short car ride, at least) from amazing local attractions such as the Eden Project, and a plethora of beautiful beaches ripe for early morning winter walks.

Not only are there beautiful rooms to book in the main house, but a series of five star, self-catering woodland homes are now available to rent, too. (if you really fall in love these are available to buy).

This Christmas you can enjoy a 2-night stay from £290 per person, or a 3-night stay from £375 per person. The amazing Arboretum restaurant will delight with its Christmas offerings, or if you want a more personal experience, the woodland homes come complete with a Christmas tree, welcome packs, chocolates and mulled wine. You can then cook your own traditional meals or walk across to the main hotel and eat there. Its totally up to you. Between the gingerbread men and the Christmas carols, the children’s activities that are arranged by the friendly hotel staff and the live magic show, you’ll feel right at home.

Prefer a New Year’s Eve getaway? There are several packages to choose from if you rent one of the gorgeous Woodland homes, but the Cornwall Family Break is especially good. It includes tickets to Kidzworld, ready to heat meals, fruit juice and welcome food pack. For more than 4 people, supplements start from as little as £5 per person, making the per person prices even lower, but you can enjoy 4 nights for the price of 3 from as little as £74.25 per person no matter what package you choose. Between the stunning location, the ample activities both on site and off to keep the everyone happy and the babysitting that can be arranged by the hotel if you fancy a night off, this is an excellent last minute option.

For reservations call 01726 874051 or email

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Four Seasons, Hampshire

If you fancy staying a little closer to home this Christmas but want to ensure your little ones have ample entertainment options, The Four Seasons in Hampshire is ideal. A top notch hotel with fabulous amenities for parents (the spa is legendary) there is plenty for young ones this yuletide, thanks to Sharky & George. Renowned for their children’s parties, S&G will be at this restored Georgian Manor from 26th – 30th December 2013, arranging marvellous festivities for children of all ages who are guests at the hotel.

From 5-7pm each day, children can enjoy a fabulous line-up of games, activities and races such as a Smartie Sucking Championship and a 3-legged balloon burst. Their dinner each evening will be movie themed (think Harry Potter, Ice Age, Snowman, Polar Express and Elves). And while children are happily playing away, parents can enjoy fireside cocktails or hit that aforementioned spa for a treatment which is nestled in a gorgeous 18th century stable block adjacent to the main hotel.

Cost: £15 per child.

Four Seasons, Hampshire

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