Family-friendly hotel in Dorset

Family breaks at The Ickworth

Our ethos

We're not just family-friendly, we're family-focused. Our hotel offers an atmosphere that's designed with you in mind. It's a place where kids can explore, parents can unwind, and families can reconnect.


Thoughtfully furnished and designed with both adults and children in mind, our rooms offer a serene retreat for relaxation and quality time together. Each room is equipped with amenities to ensure a comfortable stay for your entire family, including snug bunk beds, HD TVs, and DVD players ready for movie nights. As the night draws near, we'll provide milk and cookies while the kids choose a book from our library's collection.

For those with babies and younger children, our Bugaboo Stardust travel cots guarantee the best conditions for a good night’s sleep.


We offer two unique spaces for dining experiences during your stay with us. Our family-friendly restaurant is bright and airy, with large windows offering views of the National Trust estate. We're also happy to provide fresh puréed baby food from 7am - 9pm.

And for those adults-only evenings, make the most of our baby listening service and head to Frederick’s Restaurant for a candlelit dinner. We also offer room service until 9pm, perfect for those who would rather stay with little ones whilst they snooze.

For those travelling with younger children, we have table-height Bugaboo Giraffe highchairs in our restaurant. Suitable for all ages, even newborns, the highchairs are made from eco-friendly materials. Whether your travel companion is a newborn or a toddler, these will allow all the family to be at the table.


Our indoor pool is a tranquil space for guests of all ages to enjoy. You can swim with the little ones or enjoy some alone time with a blissful treatment while you book the kids into our crèche. We also offer tailored junior experiences, designed exclusively for guests aged between 3 and 16.

Four Bears Den

Our on-site Ofsted-registered Den is a playground of imagination for children up to 8. Think arts and crafts, dressing up, toys and outdoor adventure, all under the watchful eye of our specialist team. And the best bit? You'll receive a complimentary 90 minute session per night's stay!

All the little things

From the provision of equipment to bottle sterilising and warm milk at bedtime, let us take care of all the details so that you can focus on what matters most - making memories with those you love. And come bedtime, steal an hour or two to re-connect with your other half, friends or parents by making use of our baby video monitors.

We also have two Bugaboo Butterfly pushchairs onsite, which you can borrow to take out on your family adventures.

Family-focused facilities

From our lounges stocked with games and family-friendly swimming pool to our outdoor play area and indoor games room, there's certainly no shortage of facilities to keep families of all shapes and sizes entertained. And then there's our LFH rituals that really add that sprinkle of magic - daily story time with milk and cookies, daily cinema screenings complete with popcorn and marshmallow toasting at the firepit come dusk.

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