Hello people with experience of these things (I hope!)
It's my stepmother's 80th in January, and as we are scattered all over the place, we'd like to get together for a meal on the Saturday night. But this will mean most or all of us staying over, and I'm struggling to find somewhere with nice food which will let us just stay for one night. Has anyone done this, and if so where?
If you are struggling with the two night rule with hotels I would seriously consider an AirBnb as they can be more flexible and you can get a lot more bang for your buck and all stay somewhere lovely. Just need to make sure there is a restaurant within staggering distance.
Not all hotels allow you to leave children in rooms alone.
I’d suggest finding a really nice restaurant, take the children, it’s a special occasion. Have a lovely dinner and the. Get taxi to hotel. The midlands is huge. Have you got a better idea of where you want to be? Northamptonshire, Leceistershire?
We did this Op and my parents in law used classic hotels - we were in one near Doddington I think but I will check and it was exactly what you are looking for. Swimming/spa, super restaurant (not Michelin but caters for groups and ages). No 2 night rule when we went. I will try to find it for you.
The other alternative might be to rent a large house and get caterers in. I did similar for a hen do and it was really nice. We had around 20 of us, had afternoon tea during the day and then a 4 course dinner during the evening and the caterers washed up and left everything immaculate.