Hi I'm turning the big 40 this April (the day the schools break up for Easter) and would like to go on a family break to celebrate. Originally I had planned to go to Thailand but the budget got spent on a skiing holiday to Courchevel instead (still vvvvvvv excited about that - 18 days and counting...), so there's only enough time and money left for a week holiday at the most. DD will be just 4 and DS 17 months, and DH will be coming too of course.
Does anyone have any ideas for a short break/holiday in the UK or nearby, where for at least the day of my birthday I won't have to lift a finger?
Criteria are: - Opportunities for (hopefully) outdoorsy or indoorsy family activities (swimming, beachcombing..), - No self catering (or at least the option to avoid it, especially for breakfast.) - Absolutely NO Centerparcs - I didn't realise I had issues with being fenced in (my need for psychotherapy after my one (and only) visit needs its own thread..) - Around 2 hours travel (by road or air) from Bristol - Childcare isn't necessary, I'd like to spend time with the kids myself. - Any location - we're pretty adventurous.
We usually do self catering for flexibility, but I would like a rest from wiping tables and preparing meals - are there (really) family friendly hotels out there? I'm willing to pay a reasonable amount if the facilities were worth it.
I've posted something similar in the UK section. My 40th is in March! To be honest, I think we are going back to Gleneagles for the night for my birthday but have a look at the thread. Some lovely hotels have been mentioned.
You could come up to Edinburgh for a couple of days. Lovely city, plenty for the children and nice hotels or fly to Edinburgh and get out into the countryside for a couple of days so up towards St Andrews (you'd need to hire a car though)
If it werent the no center parcs bit I would suggest Bluestone. Its a long time since I went to center parcs - but from what I remember they are quite different. Bluestone much less commercialised and has a feeling of space and its a good location to explore permbrokeshire/west wales. Bluestone has a spa where you could get yourself pampered. Might just be worth a look....