The Elms Hotel – a family break

A rather long overdue post.  We spent a glorious break at The Elms Hotel in Abberley, Worchestershire in June.

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I stumbled upon The Elms when googling family-friendly spa hotels in England.  The Elms didn’t disappoint.  From the time we checked in and throughout our three-night stay, service was warm and welcoming.

The grounds are very impressive – very well maintained, lawn games to get you out into the fresh air, there is a maze to explore and my favourite, a vegetable garden. The resident cat, George can be seen resting on the comfortable sofas after a hard day at work..

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Our room was very spacious, a roll top bath which I indulged in every evening.  There was a Kids Club, with free daily 2-hour childcare, which left us free to swim and use the jacuzzi/steam/sauna facilities.  There is a small gym – whilst we had every intentions to use, the lure of the steam/sauna won.  I was tempted to book in for a massage or two, but that would have meant more time away from Hubby and the Bear.

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Food – For breakfast, there was a simple selection of pastries, cereals, yoghurt, juice – and according to Hubby, anything more spells wastage.  Hot food can be ordered and we had eggs, ‘shrooms, beans on toast, porridge – all very tasty.  Service was always friendly and with a smile.

We had afternoon tea on our second day in the drawing room which was incredibly pretty.  Nowhere comparable to the likes of The Dorchester, but it was enjoyable.

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The dining room is split into two – a formal section and a more casual, family-friendly room.  The menu is the same – some of the dishes are rather dainty and you may balk at the prices, but overall, it is worth being able to eat as a family with toddlers in tow.

Amenities are a drive away and we stocked up on treats at Tesco’s in Stouport.  Our room had a little fridge which was handy for storing fruit salads and yoghurt pots.

It was a very relaxing holiday.  We felt re-energised and the Bear had a ball.

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