If you're looking for a genuinely relaxed but emphatically 'treaty' place for a stay with the kids, you couldn't do much better than Woolley Grange.
The lovely-but-not-stuffy combo is actually quite a difficult trick to pull off. 'Family' hotels tend to be brightly lit and 'colourful and wipe-clean' contemporary - which always feels a little antiseptic and forced. Others are only fun if if your children enjoy sitting with avery straight back in a sotto voce dining room, surrounded by disapproving blue rinses.
Woolley Grange manages to pull it off with aplomb. Decor is relaxed 'posh' - bedrooms have lovely fabrics, sturdy antique furniture, luxe-y bathrooms (and VERY nice products), weathered floorboards and persian rugs - plus charmingly wonky angles to ceilings and floors. But there are brilliant kid-friendly touches too - vintage fairground ride-ons scattered in the landings, towels made up into origami animal shapes hiding in corners - and there's a general sense that everything's sturdy enough to withstand a bit of kid.
The staff were also very lovely - informal but super-organised (again, a difficult one to pull off, and a really refreshing change if you've previously experienced the slightly snooty staffing at other country house hotels). The food was really fantastic - we had an excellent dinner in the dining room (which was swanky enough to cheer the grownups, but by no means intimidating with kids past the toddler stage).
If yours are still tiny, there's a baby-listening service (or babysitters if you prefer) to enable you to have a blissful hour or two a deux at dinner. Or have an informal supper all together in the Orangery if you'd rather - there are highchairs aplenty. The hotel have bibs and baby cutlery on hand, and can provide organic baby food if you need it, too.
There's also a really beautiful section of the dining room which can be closed off, or half closed off, to make a private dining room; we thought this would be a brilliant place for a celebration dinner with wider family - a 'big' birthday or similar. There are also plenty of cosy sofas dotted around to have an after dinner drink (or afternoon tea - very good).
The following morning, after a crisp, sunshiney walk in the beautiful grounds, we mooched around the breakfast buffet, with delicious options for both kids and adults. We wandered over to the swimming pool in the Spa area and had lots of fun there - then a brisk walk in the beautiful grounds before lunch. If you're staying for a couple of nights, there are loads of walks to in the beautiful surrounding countryside, and lots of pretty market towns to explore. Back at the hotel we found the games room - table football, a pool table, and games consoles: enough to keep everyone happy.
Woolley Grange gets pretty much everything right - if you're thinking about going, do!