It’s Family Time at The Lygon Arms
Our #SummerOf17 Staycation in the Cotswolds is mostly about the many great places to go with the kids and the good times we can have as a family. And today we are excited to share with you the 24 wonderful hours we just spent at one of the most child-friendly hotels in the Cotswolds, the iconic Lygon Arms in Broadway.
A stroll around beautiful Broadway
Arriving early and finding our room not quite ready, we were greeted warmly, our car valet parked and our luggage stored safely for later. We went outside to enjoy beautiful Broadway in the sunshine, spent a bit of time in the awesome public playground, did a bit of shopping and took in all the pretty of this picture-perfect village that it is impossible to get enough of.
The play room of fun
Back at the hotel, we were shown the play room, a large room full of games, DVDs and bean bags, a super room for the kids to have fun for a while. Matthew and Noelle put on ‘Smurfs’ and threw themselves into the pile of beanbags and we went downstairs for a relaxing coffee. An hour or so later it was time for Afternoon Tea.
Afternoon Tea with Harry Potter
…and Harry Styles and Mickey Mouse and Kim Kardashian.
Now, if you follow our blogs, you’ll know we just LUURVE a good afternoon tea, and having already had one of the best afternoon tea experiences at The Lygon Arms last summer, our expectations for this visit were sky-high. This afternoon tea experience at The Lygon Arms were not only as good as the last one, it easily exceeded our expectations. With personalised cakes for the kids, special child-friendly delights, the most beautiful and delicious cakes, sandwiches and scones, Noelle’s vegetarian diet especially catered for and, to top it off, a game of ‘Stiff Upper Lip’ waiting for us (super-fun family game, we laughed so hard!), our afternoon tea experience yesterday at The Lygon Arms was… perfect!
A fantastic afternoon at the spa
If our plan of the day yesterday had a flaw at all, it was that the visit to the spa had to happen right after the afternoon tea. We were stuffed, but off we went to the spa for a couple of hours by the pool and the jacuzzi. The kids were beyond excited about the prospect of swimming-fun and we were all excited to be among the very first to set foot in the newly refurbished spa at The Lygon Arms, just re-opened that morning. The spa was lovely. Brand new facilities throughout and a great atmosphere everywhere. We had a fantastic afternoon at the spa.
A lazy afternoon of luxury
There’s only so much water-fun a person can take (well, that’s true only for the grown-ups, of course, as Matthew and Noelle would still be there if we hadn’t dragged them out!) and it was time to check in to our room. We were in one of the newly refurbished Junior Suites – what a wonderful room. Two rooms, with the living area made up with two beds for the kids making it a perfect space for a family. Met by delicious fruit, chocolates, presents for the kids, a stocked mini-bar and a lovely card to welcome us, we made ourselves unbelievably comfortable with our feet up, TV on, showers before dinner, even a bit of snooze… the perfect way to spend a lazy afternoon in a beautiful, comfortable, luxurious hotel room.
An instant favourite
And then it was time for dinner. We had a table booked in the hotel’s brand new restaurant and we were in for a real treat. The new look of the restaurant is right up my street. Beautifully decorated and furnished, in keeping with the original features of the room and with a really wonderful atmosphere. Instantly, this restaurant placed itself in the my Top 5 Favourite Restaurants in the Cotswolds, and I hadn’t even seen the menu yet.
The food… It. Was. Good.
Service in the restaurant at The Lygon Arms was 5-star. Staff were friendly and helpful, no request was too much. As (almost) always, we have to find good vegetarian options for Noelle by looking at main- and children’s menus coming up with some suitable and tasty mix of two or three dishes for her, and we did just that. She had seen the delicious halloumi sandwich on the bar menu earlier, and with that in mind, she asked if they would make her a halloumi and pesto burger and chips. They absolutely would and she loved her dinner. The rest of us had fish & chips, the beef burger and the sorrel and spinach ravioli. And. It. Was. Good. Only to be topped by no less than 4 ‘Out-of-this-World’ puddings. We can’t wait to come back to the restaurant at The Lygon Arms again and again.
Ahhhh, now that’s a good morning
We had had a long and wonderful day in Broadway, and our plans to drink coffees and hot chocolates and chat the night away in our perfect suite at The Lygon Arms were squashed by our falling asleep way too early in the comfort of the comfortable beds. We woke up this morning refreshed and happy and excited about…. more food! It was breakfast time and having already become accustomed to the best of the best in service and culinary delights, we just knew that the perfect end to a perfect 24 hours at The Lygon Arms was waiting for us in the restaurant. And it was. Breakfast was unbelievable. A super buffet with everything you could ever wish for in a continental breakfast, and an incredible cooked breakfast menu, topped off by another vegetarian option made exactly like Noelle fancied it. Everything was expertly made by the top chefs in the kitchen, from only the very best of ingredients. Ahhhh, now that’s a good morning.
A fantastic family-friendly hotel
The (new) Lygon Arms in Broadway is a truly wonderful hotel, for families and anyone in the mood for relaxation, luxury and 5-star service. It was once an iconic destination, steeped in history and the legacy of famous guests from near and far. And it is still all that, only now it is also brand new and updated to the highest specifications, but with the age of the building and the legacy still very much respected and cared for. We love The Lygon Arms, it is a gem of a hotel destination for anyone coming to spend time in the Cotswolds. See you there x