As the last autumn leaves fall from the trees and the chill of winter begins to set in, it’s time to think about cosy weekends away, snuggling up with the family. Expect roaring fires, country walks and a some hearty fare to warm your cockles…

The Beckford Arms

Set in beautiful Wiltshire countryside, this rural paradise is the ideal weekend retreat for the whole family. The delicious gastropub serves outstanding local and seasonal cuisine Рwith a specially tailored menu for little Smiths. And while the grown-ups enjoy the roaring fire and cosy, well-stocked bar, the kids will love the p̩tanque piste, sandpit and extensive DVD library.

Doubles from £95 per night


Calcot Manor

This well-groomed farmhouse getaway offers family-tailored rooms and excellent childcare, with a well-equipped kids club and an all-weather play area. Feeling active? Take a bike ride, play some tennis or take a dip in the pool. Then unwind in the award-winning spa, with its seven treatment rooms, sauna, steam rooms and relaxation area.

Doubles from £204 per night, including breakfast and morning tea


Gleneagles Hotel

If you’re looking for some Scottish luxury, look no further. Here, kids of all ages can fill their days horse-riding, fly-fishing, off-road driving and taking masterclasses in wildlife photography. And with Michelin-starred dining, a spoiling spa and championship golf course among Gleneagles’ 850 acres, you’ll never want to leave this plaid-clad paradise.

Doubles from £255 per night, including breakfast and transfers from Gleneagles rail station


Smith & Family gives you the best price, guaranteed, as well as a little something extra on arrival. Book online at or by calling Smith24 on 0330 100 3180.

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