Need To Know
217, including 191 family-friendly rooms in the West Wing, and 12 suites.
12 noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm, but this is sometimes flexible, subject to availability.
Double rooms from £340.00, including tax at 20 per cent.
Rates usually include a full buffet-style breakfast. Under-12s can sleep on extra beds in parents' rooms for £35 a night, including breakfast (cots for under-3s and extra beds can be provided).
The Walled Garden hosts a croquet lawn and outdoor tennis court, and in season there's even a man-made 'beach' beside the pool, complete with beach huts, sandpit and a volleyball court.
At the hotel
Spa with fitness suite, swimming pools, restaurants, bar, crèche, kids club, 300-acre grounds including golf course and kitchen gardens, bikes to borrow, helipad, games room, on-demand film library, free WiFi throughout.
In your room
3D-enabled flatscreen TV with on-demand films, radio, iPod dock, minibar, tea tray, black-out curtains, toiletries from the White Company, slippers, bathrobes, hairdryers. Kids will find small-sized robes and a toy box waiting for them, too.
Our favourite rooms
The interconnecting Deluxe Rooms in the modern West Wing are best for family stays, offering the opportunity to create two-bedroom, two-bathroom 'suites'; cots, extra beds and even bunk beds can be provided. Contemporary in style, with simple, soothing decor, these rooms overlook the formal gardens; each has both a bath and a freestanding shower, and some have balconies. West Wing Superior Rooms are similar, but smaller. We also love the Mansion rooms: if you only need one cot for a baby, go for a Deluxe Room in this original part of the building, where rooms are uniquely decorated with contemporary art (but less suited to children). Executive Suites and above win the space war hands down, but have no interconnecting options.
The moody-looking ozone-filtered swimming pool at the spa is adults-only, but next to Anouska's there's a small heated indoor pool where parents can take babies and young children; it's open 9am–7pm. The 22-metre outdoor heated family pool in the Walled Garden is manned by lifeguards and surrounded by sunloungers – in summer, a gazebo bar serves cold drinks, slush puppies and Chilly Billies, and sometimes there are barbecues on the 'beach'.
The Sequoia health club and spa is a tip-top pampering centre with sauna, steam room, Espa therapies, couples' massages and every kind of beautification treatment possible (including eyelash extensions); an army of trainers is on hand to teach you tennis, yoga or Zumba, and there's a formidable fitness suite packed with TechnoGym and other hi-tech kit.
Don't forget your swimwear (especially if the weather looks promising).
Colette's is particularly popular: book a table (and a babysitter) well in advance, especially for weekend evenings. You'll also need to book the crèche, spa and anything else you've got your heart set on, including lunch at the Stables.