The Good Family Hotel Guide 24. The Sands Family Resort, Cornwall

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Mood

An extravagantly styled south Cornish Victorian mansion, set in five acres, overlooking the Fowey river estuary and English Channel. An easy- going atmosphere, with the emphasis on families.

Accommodation

A variety of family suites and rooms, some interconnecting. In The Court (a converted coach-house) there are child-safe balconies. Telephone child- listening is available.

Activities

Children up to eight years old can hang out in "Four Bears Den", supervised by qualified child-minders from 10am-5pm daily. For older children, there is table-tennis, table football, pool and computer games in the cellar (unsupervised). Also, indoor swimming-pool, volley-ball court and croquet pitch.

Refuelling

Supervised childrens' lunch and high tea in Four Bears Den (pounds 5 per meal). Light meals and a selection of children's dishes in the Palm Court bar. The main restaurant is more formal and specialises in seafood.

In the area

Plenty of beaches, and activities - riding, surfing, sea-fishing, sailing, scuba-diving.

Sample price

Rooms start at pounds 95 per night for two adults B&B, rising to pounds 125 on the last weekend in March. Children sharing stay free but pay pounds 3.50 for breakfast.

Address

Fowey Hall Hotel, Hanson Drive, Fowey, Cornwall PL23 1ET (tel: 01726 833866).

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