Need To Know
35, including 13 family rooms and suites.
11am, but later check-out may be available. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from £209.00, including tax at 20 per cent.
Rates include full English breakfast and morning tea. Children in cots or extra beds (up to age 16) are charged at £40 a night, including breakfast, high tea and unrestricted use of the Playzone, crèche and Mez facilities.
Don't fret about tipping: service is included in rates. Dinner, bed and breakfast rates are compulsory at weekends and during peak periods, and include £40 towards dinner each.
The spa's changing rooms will be getting a full makeover from 8 to 26 May; during this time, the spa will remain open for business (although some spa treatments may be offerred in-room) and minimalist, temporary changing rooms will be set up behind the outdoor hot tub. Some noise disruption may occur during the period, particularly on 8 and 9 May, when both the pool and hot tub will be closed for re-tiling.
At the hotel
Spa, swimming pools, gym, tennis courts, landscaped grounds, playground, crèche, restaurant, bar, library, DVD/CD library, free WiFi throughout.
In your room
Hypnos bed with Frette linen, flatscreen TV, DVD player, CD player, radio, iPod dock, Aromatherapy Associates toiletries, bathrobes.
Our favourite rooms
Family Suites have a separate sleeping area for your mini Smiths, with twin or bunk beds, but we say opt for a Large Family Suite: spread over two floors, they have separate kids’ bedrooms, dotted with teddies and toys, and a private garden. Great for those with tweens in tow, the duplex Deluxe Family Suite has two single beds upstairs, and a lounge area downstairs leading into a four-postered master bedroom. Deluxe Rooms are ideal for a cot-beside-the-bed set-up; Deluxe Family Rooms have room for two extra children's beds. The rooms in the main house are reserved for those without nippers in tow; family rooms are all in the courtyard-facing converted barn.
The hotel has both indoor and (heated) outdoor pools, as well as a hot tub that just begs for champagne-sipping soaks while your little ones are in the crèche. Your kids are welcomed in the outdoor pool at any time; and there are set family swimming times at the Spa's indoor pool between 3.45pm and 5.30pm weekdays, and at weekends from 8.45am until 10.15am; there’s also a baby pool and plenty of floats, perfect for swimming tutorials. Swim nappies are available to buy at the hotel.
Award-winning and purpose-built, Calcot Spa has seven treatment rooms, a sauna, steam room and relaxation area. The treatment menu is a triumph of flexibility, with choices of massage, facial, pampering just for gents, manicures and pedicures. Up your heart rate in the gym, and wind down with a snack or light lunch in the spa lounge, which has floor-to-ceiling windows that let the light and views flood in.
For those with babies in tow, bottle warmers, sterilisers, changing mats, nappy bags and bottle brushes are parcelled up and ready, in your room on arrival.
Arrange crèche or kids’ club places when you reserve your room, especially if you need them to coincide with spa treatments; it’s also worth getting your spa-pampering sessions in the diary early. The Gumstool Inn is very popular, especially at weekends, so it's wise to book that ahead, too.
Fido can be accommodated in selected rooms – no charge – but please ask when booking.