For big getaways, tick-boxes should include acres of spaces, plenty of playthings (from boardgames to tennis courts), spot-on wi-fi and an abundance of sink-in sofas.
Let the generations mingle, don’t be too strict on itineraries and make sure there’s loads of ‘downtime’ for real relax.
Some people might relish being let loose on a wow-factor, gadget-laden kitchen while others organise a mini sports tournament to get the competitive juices flowing.
Allow for lazy family-time, such as watching movies slouched on a sofa in PJs with sweets.
And make sure there’s a ‘cocktail hour’ when everyone gathers back together for a meal, chat – and even dancing into the night.
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Huge breakfasts: tray bake loads of bacon, sausages etc, lay out buffet style and keep them warm for latecomers. Make sure there’s bread for butties and fruit, muesli and cereals. Linger over the breakfasting and you’ll be fuelled for big walks and adventures.
Don’t over-plan: it’s meant to be a break. There will be those who like to rise with the lark and go for a run. That’s fine, but go easy on to-do list or it’ll end in tears.
Order in: arrange a supermarket delivery to the property. Think about easy-prep one-pot dishes, order a takeaway or head to the pub for food. Or, you can usually arrange for a chef. Homemade cakes or a cheeseboard will never go unloved for snacking.
Naps: arguably the best thing about a remote retreat! Have loads.
GAME FOR FUN >>
We love The Polo Farm a stunning honey-coloured property in the Cotswolds with lashings of lovely potential for an all-age getaway, be that for a big birthday, grand reunion or just a celebratory get-together away from busy lives.
Kids and teens will love:
• A cabin-like den with bean bags, big TV and lots of hang-out space.
• Room to roam in the 30 acres of grounds that was once a smallholding.
• Sky Q and a Sonos sound system
• Wellies for all. Time to get muddy.
• Space and kit for cricket, badminton, croquet and table tennis.
Grown-ups will love:
• Sipping a glass of something in the nicely-lit outside space with an antique firepit to take the chills away.
• Well-chosen artworks throughout the property and an extensive library to luxuriate in.
• Gardens full of rambling rose, abundant herbs and a springtime bluebell meadow.
• Farmers’ markets nearby and an outdoor Big Green Egg barbecue and pizza oven for al fresco cooking!
• Scented candles and Elemis products.
OUT & ABOUT >>
The Cotswolds offer up a very glossy vision of Britain. Explore chocolate-box-charming villages abundant with cakes and cafes. Explore a landscape of rolling hills within this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Watch some polo at Cirencester Park or live some history at the Roman Amphitheatre in Cirencester.
The Wychwood Way is a historic 37-mile route from Woodstock to nearby Wychwood which runs through an ancient royal forest. Try and take a trip to Daylesford, the outstandingly stylish sustainable organic farm which is home to a cool café, dreamy food hall, gardens, spa and shops full of lust-after clothing and interior goods.
The Polo Farm sleeps ten. Prices from £3,650 for a week’s stay.