Woolley Grange - Luxury family hotel review
Dating back to 1665, Woolley Grange has been a stately home, housed an antenatal hostel for evacuated mothers during WW2, and even the first ever NHS ambulance station in 1948. However, it was only in 1988 that Woolley Grange was rescued from neglect by Nigel and Heather Chapman and reincarnated as a luxury family hotel.
Family friendly facilities
Though Woolley Grange remains true to its stately origins, the hotel has been designed to cater for modern families of all sizes: from an Ofsted-registered creche, to organic baby food – the Woolley Grange is a truly family friendly hotel.
The hotel’s childcare facilities are second to none; so, whether you’re visiting with a fussy baby or ahem lively pre-teens, the tailored services on offer will ensure that you have time to unwind on your own as well as having fun as a family.
Make use of the hotel’s complimentary baby-listening system to enjoy an intimate award-winning dinner with complete peace of mind. If you child wakes up or make a noise, the listening panel located at the reception will immediately be alerted. That said, if you would prefer a more human touch, you can request a dedicated babysitter to look after your little one(s). Rather conveniently, the hotel makes a point of accommodating the endless parenting-related paraphernalia you might need during your stay. The staff will liaise with you before your visit to ensure that your room contains everything you need for a “home away from home” stay – including cots, nappy bins and even bottle warmers. There is even a morning and evening fresh milk bottle service offered free of charge and delivered straight to your room.
Throughout your stay, you can take advantage of a complimentary two hour childcare service, located at the Ofsted-registered Woolley Bear’s Den. There is also the option for your baby to be picked up at 8am, leaving you to enjoy a lie in, long luxurious breakfast, or spa treatment (or all three).
For children of all ages
Woolley Grange’s list of family friendly services doesn’t stop at baby care. With a focus on fun and exploration, there is plenty for children of all ages to get up to. If you are looking for something outdoorsy, the Good Life Garden includes play sheds, a tractor, ducks, chickens and – last but not least – Rosie the pig. Around the rest of the grounds you’ll find a grass maze (summer only), a fairy garden, climbing frame and a giant swing. There are even some quirkier activities including crushing apples for juice-making and egg hunts.
During the colder months, when outside play seems less appealing, the Hen House indoor play area offers table football, a pool table, Xbox and Wii games consoles, plus an array of DVDs to keep your little ones occupied.
Tucked away within a secreted walled garden, the Woolley Grange spa offers a wide variety of massage experiences, using Elemis skincare products, and a range of Jessica manicure/pedicure packages starting at £20. And, if this is your thing – there’s a range of “Mini Me” treatments, specially designed for kids under the age of 16 using 100% natural products.
If the spa treatments really hit the mark and you fancy a repeat visit, Woolley Grange also offers Spa memberships.
If spa treatments aren’t your thing then you will find plenty to do around the wellness suite. After depositing your kids at the Ofsted-registered creche, you will really be able to unwind in one of the Grange’s two pools (indoor or outdoor, if you’re feeling brave), or work up a sweat in the sauna or steam room.
Catering for both children and grown-ups alike, Woolley Grange’s menus are guaranteed to keep the whole family happy. If you’re looking for for fine dining, let the children enjoy an earlier ‘High Tea’ while you make use of the complimentary listening service and enjoy a sophisticated meal in The Orangery. Alternatively, keep your little ones with you and make use of the specially-tailored kids menus.
With a focus on locally-sourced and sustainable cuisine, Wooley Grange even employs its own kitchen gardener who tends and harvest a host of herbs, fruit and vegetables from their private garden.
Dining at Woolley Grange is flexible so you can decide whether you’re in the mood for a sit-down family dinner or room service in your dressing gowns. For more information and additional details on breakfast, lunch and dinner – visit Woolley Grange’s dining page here.
Each luxurious room at Woolley Grange is unique and home to some hidden treasures, featuring split level sleeping and lounge areas, mini conservatories and even a room built in a converted hayloft.
Rooms include a TV, DVD player and an en suite with a bath and/or shower and the hotel will cater for any additional requirements such as cots and changing mats. As the rooms are all unique, they can cater for different family sizes from a minimum of two to suites of seven.
How to get there
Located just outside Bradford-on-Avon, the secluded luxury of Woolley Grange is easily accessible by car and train. For more information, visit the Woolley’s Find Us page here.