Crieff Hydro voted U.K.’s top family hotel in Sunday Times listing


Crieff Hydro has sealed its position as one of the country’s leading resorts by being voted the U.K.’s top family hotel by The Sunday Times.

In a listing of the Ultimate 100 British hotels by The Sunday Times last weekend, Crieff Hydro was voted winner in the Family Hotel section. The newspaper’s prestigious travel section described the 900-acre resort as offering a “bumper buffet of ways to wear out the offspring”, listing its supervised kids’ clubs, swimming pool, mini zoo, riding stables and water sports, kids’ tea, quiz nights and an in-house cinema.

“It’s big, but no bunfight and there’s no campfight nonsense,” said The Sunday Times, listing Crieff Hydro’s accommodation options, which range from bedroom suites to self-catering cabins.

Located in the heart of Highland Perthshire, Crieff Hydro has invested around £40 million in its facilities in recent years with, most recently, a play zone for 8- to 12-year-olds. Featuring traditional board games, PlayStation and Xbox One and Kinect consoles, the tween zone is part of Big Country, a child care facility for 2- to 12-year-olds which is included in room rates.

With more than 200 bedrooms, 50 self-catering units, 6 eating places and over 60 on-site activities, Crieff Hydro has consistently won awards as a family business and a family hotel. Accolades include Scottish Hotel Awards’ Family Hotel of the Year and Outstanding Contribution, Herald Scottish Family Business Awards.

Stephen Leckie, CEO of Crieff Hydro Family of Hotels, commented:

“We are thrilled to have been recognised as the country’s best family hotel in last weekend’s Sunday Times listing of ultimate British hotels. This accolade is testament to the consistent hard work and the team effort that goes into making this resort the ideal family getaway. Crieff Hydro began life as a healthy spa getaway in 1868 and we’re proud that in 2016 it’s a healthy family getaway too.

“It’s fair to say we’re not fans of shushing and tutting at Crieff Hydro. The whole resort is designed with families in mind and with kids to the fore.”

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