The best UK hotels for family and friend reunions in summer 2021

If all goes according to plan, holidays with extended family members could be back on the cards on May 17. There are several hurdles to go until we reach that point, but the date, set out by Boris Johnson in his roadmap out of lockdown on February 22, offers a glimmer of hope for the many thousands of families and friends kept apart by the succession of lockdowns and local travel restrictions.

To be precise, that date in mid-May (which is highly subject to change) is when England’s social distancing rules will be relaxed and groups of six people, or two households, will be able to meet indoors. It is also the proposed date for the reopening of hotels. The devolved governments in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are also working on plans to ease lockdown restrictions, and while these will almost certainly move at different paces, it seems as likely as not that domestic holidays will be possible across the UK by the summer.

After such a long period of separation, many extended families or friendship groups are looking forward to that first holiday together in what seems like an age, and travel firms are already witnessing a bookings boom as people rush to secure self-catered accommodation for the summer. With the additional benefits of high-end services and facilities – whether that’s surfing lessons or Covid-secure spa treatments – there are a number of hotels set up to meet this surge in demand for family reunions. Here’s our pick of the best.

Chewton Glen Hotel

New Forest, Hampshire, England

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The hub of this New Forest hotel is the original 18th-century manor house, but a series of additions over recent years make it ideal for a post-lockdown family stay. Chief among these are the 14 treehouse suites, set 35ft above the ground, the largest of which can accommodate groups of up to 12. The bedrooms all come with separate sitting rooms and kitchenettes, allowing for full self-containment, as well as wraparound terraces replete with hot tubs. Provided Government guidelines allow, adults will be able to take advantage of the award-winning spa, while children will be well looked after at the impressive kids’ club.


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Another Place, The Lake

Ullswater, Lake District, England

8
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Situated on the banks of Ullswater, much of Another Place’s appeal lies in the breadth of water activities on offer, including sailing, paddleboarding and kayaking. There are also plenty of land-based adventures to be had, from cycling through nearby woodlands to pony trekking across the fells. Accommodation-wise, there are a number of family suites to choose from in the main body of the hotel, all with views of the gardens and/or lake, but a pair of cottages in the grounds are the best option for family groups. Each sleeps up to five people, so larger groups would have to mix and match.


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