I was looking for somewhere close to A1 near Doncaster/Sheffield as this was the mid-point of our journey and stumbled across Brodsworth Hall and Gardens.
Brodsworth Hall is managed by English Heritage and therefore free to members (otherwise £9.70 for adults and £5.80 for children - under 5's are free). I was attracted to the fact that there was a lovely looking play park for the children to stretch their legs, gardens to run around and plenty of places to spread out and enjoy a picnic - compared to a service station this sounds like some sort of heaven! We packed a picnic and decided to give it a go.
We were having so much fun in the play park that we decided to grab a picnic table and enjoy our lunch there.
After lunch, we decided to stroll around the beautiful gardens. They were truly stunning and so peaceful and relaxing. The best thing was being able to let the children safely run around to their hearts content.
We had such a lovely time at Brodsworth Hall - it was almost like a day out in itself! On future journey's I will definitely be searching for alternative places to stretch our legs rather than stopping at motorway services.