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.


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..


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.


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.


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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