The large indoor pool at The Scarlet hotel in Cornwall
Mawgan Porth, Cornwall
Family-friendly hotels in Cornwall are ten a penny but if you want to get away from the sandcastle brigade, then adults-only The Scarlet is the place to do it.
The clifftop hotel has spectacular views over the sands and comes with both an outdoor pool that is reed filtered and an indoor one. Here, as in the 37 contemporary rooms with pale wood and sumptuous furnishings, floor-to-ceiling windows make the most of the vista.
Spend days on the beach surfing or coasteering, hit the spa, sunbathe on the terrace, then relax in the open-air clifftop hot tub with a glass of fizz. For those with families, all is not lost: the Scarlet has a sister property, Bedruthan Hotel (bedruthan.com).
• Doubles from £320, scarlethotel.co.uk, 01637 861 800
On a 26,000 acre estate with magnificent sandy beaches, lochs, and munros, this revamped victorian hunting lodge feels like your own personal Scottish retreat, with just 12 rooms, done out with oak panelling and tartan furnishings.
Gardens running down to the loch’s edge are perfect for picnics or a spot of fly fishing.At dinner, which features loch-fresh seafood as well as estate lamb or beef, seals can often be spotted.There’s boating on the water and biking, hiking and pony trekking in the grounds, as well as falconry.
• Doubles from £205, B&B shieldaiglodge.com, 01445 741 333
Porth Tocyn Hotel, Abersoch, Gwynedd
PORTH TOCYN HOTEL
With views over Cardigan Bay and out to Snowdonia, Porth Tocyn Hotel is ideally positioned for both the beaches of the Llyn peninsula and hill walking – it also has direct access to theWales Coastal Path.
What’s more, it has a heated pool in the grounds, and a sea-facing terrace which makes the perfect spot for lunch (the Thai fish cakes are particularly good).
The 17 traditional rooms include a shepherd’s hut in the grounds; children can share their parents’ room at no extra cost, and there are cots, high chairs and a games room.
• Doubles from £125, B&B porthtocynhotel.co.uk, 01758 713303
SOAR MILL COVE HOTEL
It’s just a ten-minute walk from this hotel to the pretty uncrowded beach of the same name, with shallow water for swimming and rocks perfect for crabbing.
For the more adventurous and those with four-legged friends (who are welcome), there’s easy access to the South West Coast Path. Back at the hotel, take a dip in the indoor saltwater pool, or play a game of tennis, ping pong or snooker.
The 22 rooms, some with floor-to-ceiling windows and private patios, either look out to sea or onto rolling National Trust countryside. Both family rooms and self catering cottages are available.
• Doubles from £159, half board; soarmillcove.co.uk, 01548 561 566
The Bushmills Inn, Bushmills, County Antrim
THE BUSHMILLS INN
Bushmills, County Antrim
It might look like the perfect place for a cosy winter break but the Bushmills Inn, all nooks, crannies, and higgledy-piggledy rooms, makes a good summer’s getaway too. For a start, it’s less than ten minutes from the Giant’s Causeway.
Nearby you’ll also find the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge where the brave can walk over a 20m chasm to a rocky island, Game of Thrones filming locations and Blue Flag beaches.And don’t forget the distillery tour of Bushmills.
There are a couple of family rooms with mezzanine levels, and others with views over the River Bush. Eat pub classics such as fish and chips alfresco on the patio.
• Doubles from £220, B&B bushmillsinn.com, 028 2073 3000
New Milton, Hampshire
For the ultimate stay that appeals to all generations, look no further than Chewton Glen. On the edge of the New Forest, near the coast, it is home to both an outdoor heated pool and an indoor one.
There’s more: croquet on the lawn, a nine-hole golf course and both indoor and outdoor tennis courts. Children can head to the kids’ club, take cookery lessons or try duck herding, falconry and archery, while parents indulge in the spa.
There’s formal and informal dining, and the 72 rooms range from more traditional affairs in the main house to the swish treehouses a short bike ride away. Yes, it’s expensive – but it’s worth it.
• Doubles from £370, B&B chewtonglen.com, 01425 275 341
Chewton Glen, New Milton, Hampshire
Little Sark, Channel Islands
For that real getaway feel, head to car-free Sark, then take the horse and cart over the narrow isthmus called La Coupée to Little Sark.
Here, among the sea views, the sandy beach of Grande Grève and the natural pools of Venus and Adonis, lies La Sablonnerie Hotel, run by the charismatic Elizabeth Perrée.
You won’t find televisions or wifi in the hotel’s 22 slightly old-fashioned rooms but the food is delicious, much of it from La Sablonnerie’s own farm and garden, or from the surrounding sea (we recommend the lobster).
• Doubles from £195, B&B sablonneriesark.com, 01481 832 061
La Sablonnerie, Little Sark, Channel Islands
There’s both an indoor and an outdoor swimming pool at this elegant Jacobean manor turned uber child-friendly hotel, on the edge of the Cotswolds.
The Luxury Family Hotels group set up by Nigel Chapman is now under new ownership but the ethos remains the same; providing families a top-notch hotel with everything they need, from Ofsted-registered crèche and games room to activities such as pond dipping and egg collecting.
Families can eat together in The Orangery, or adults can put the little ones to bed after high tea, switch the baby monitors on, then enjoy fine dining a deux by candlelight.
• Doubles from £129, B&B woolleygrangehotel.co.uk, 020 8076 5555 All prices are for one night stays in September. See goodhotelguide.com