Long before my beautiful children came along, I used to frequent many a top class hotel where luxury and quality were at the forefront of its name. As much as I love my children dearly, it is with regret that that part of my life has somewhat diminished.
I only have to cringe at the thought of taking them into a posh restaurant, let alone a hotel!
It’s such a shame that many top hotels out there, do not cater for families, in fact, I have felt somewhat uncomfortable being in these places with my children. I get that people don’t want screaming children running around whilst they are eating their 7 course menu of griddled red mullet, red wine jus, seared foie gras with turnip and prune (see, I can be posh!) but families can have well behaved children and like to enjoy a bit of luxury too, amidst the sandwich picnics on the floor, chicken nuggets and fish fingers to which we have become accustomed.
So imagine my delight when my family and I arrived at the Cottons Hotel and Spa, in Knutsford, Cheshire.
The sheer fact that I want to share this fantastic hotel with you all, speaks volumes.
I’ll be honest though … we arrived in the evening and as we drove into the carpark, the fountain and stunning sparkly trees which front the hotel where lit up to create an idyllic entrance. Although this fairytale welcome, met all of my ideal, that inner anxiety that we were arriving with an 11 year old, a 4 year old and heaven forbid a 9 month old baby, started to rear it’s ugly head. I remember my words “…behave you lot… you have to be on your best behaviour… don’t touch anything.. etc etc”
From the minute we met the night porter and checked in, I was blown away by this gorgeous hotel. Our bags were carried to our room for us, on the 3rd floor and the sight of a 4 poster bed was more than a welcome surprise.
The room was extremely spacious, even for all of us. There was a lounge area with a double sofa bed and I was delighted to see that the hotel had put up a travel cot for Lola. The 2 Tvs made the boys very excited. Teas, coffees, Horlicks and delicious biscuits were provided. There was also a fridge with complimentary chilled water and milk. I thought it was lovely that the boys were each provided with a bottle of juice and a packet of raisins, on arrival. And this photo, well, it speaks for itself ….
… what a brilliant idea: a dish for your ghds!
We were staying 2 nights at the Cottons Hotel, so made the most of the huge breakfast they had on offer, each morning. Guests can enjoy a cooked breakfast buffet, croissants, cereal, toast, yogurt and fresh fruit. All of us were full to the brim.
The staff were so attentive. It was during the morning of our first breakfast that I realised how unbelievably family friendly this hotel is. We were given a comfy high chair for Lola, child cutlery and the staff were so good at clearing up the odd bits of toast that she kept flinging onto the floor!
We also made the most of the gorgeous spa that the hotel has to offer, visiting both days.
Again, this photo speaks for itself. How adorable that the children are provided with their own ‘VI little P’ white fluffy robes. What a brilliant touch:
The spa houses a great size pool with a shallow baby pool attached. It was perfect for us as we could all be together.
The spa also had a relaxing Turkish Steam Room giving off a deliciously inhalant Eucalyptus scent (one of my most favourite smells) with ambient red spotlights on the ceiling and also a Sauna. There is a large jacuzzi pool which Ethan loved as he was old enough to use it.
Outdoors, there is another jacuzzi overlooking the tennis courts. How about this to wake up to in the morning or relax in at the end of the day?
Saturday evening we popped into Knutsford. What a gorgeous, quaint, little town. I wish we had visited in the day so that we could have made the most of all of the wonderful little shops. I have to say that I found my ultimate dream kitchen in the kitchen shop there!
This beautiful hotel had already done more than enough to sell itself to me but it totally outdid itself when room service knocked on the door. We were a little confused at first as we hadn’t ordered anything but to the children’s sheer delight, the hotel had sent them up a cookie and a glass of milk before bed, with their names written in chocolate.
My goodness, how many hotels do that? Not many, I’m pretty sure.
From the minute we arrived, to the minute we checked out, we felt truly spoilt and well looked after. From the hotel itself, to its staff, to the food, to the spa, even the complimentary toiletries in the bathroom, all exceeded our expectations.
For a short break in idyllic countryside, yet only a short distance from the M6 and M56, I can’t recommend this Shire hotel enough. The Cotton’s Hotel and Spa, is a haven of class and relaxation. It took me back to those days when I could enjoy a top notch hotel, only this time, my children were able to be with me and I’m not sure there’s anything better than that.
Disclaimer: I received a 2 nights stay at the hotel with breakfast thanks to Baby “N” Mums Best, a super website that offers advice and support for all things mums and babies. However all words and opinions are my own; I was not expected to write a review of the hotel but felt compelled to do so, as I was so impressed. Baby “N” Mums Best are currently running a competition to win a 2 nights stay at the Cottons Hotel and Spa if you click here. So be quick and good luck! I’m certain you’ll love it as much as I did.
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