Do you remember your first childhood family holiday? Mine was to a caravan park in Westward Ho, Devon when I was 7 years old.Holidays were always based in Devon, Cornwall or Wales back then.So when my mum said she’s pay for our first family holiday, I instinctively knew where I wanted to go, Coombe Mill in Cornwall.Having read Fiona of Coombe Mill’s blog and met her in person, I’ve always wanted to go there as it looked so idyllic and every parent blogger I know who has been has raved about it.
Now neither my mum or me drive, so the journey down to Cornwall was a 3 hour train journey from Chippenham, Wiltshire to Bodmin Parkway.We had reserved tickets and used our family railcard to save a third off our fare.As seasoned train users, the journey wasn’t any different to the frequent trips to London.We played top trumps, coloured in, used the internet and the kids had their DS’s.
We arrived just before 1 pm at Coombe Mill after a 25 minute ride via a taxi, which my mum had booked ahead of time and this cost £30.As we were early, we mooched around the children’s play area for 45 minutes in the drizzle.By the time we had settled into our home for a week, the autumnal sun came out and the kids were off to explore the farm.After me and my mum unpacked and received our Tesco home delivery we chilled out for the rest of the evening.
Sunday 25th October
The photo above is the view from our front step.Gorgeous, eh? At 9am we went off for the animal feed run, which lasted almost two hours.All the kids enjoyed feeding the animals and if we lived closer we would be bringing home a baby rabbit.
After the 2 hour animal feed run, we headed back to our cottage for brunch and to chill before heading off to St.Breward by foot.The walk included a very steep hill, not suitable for those with pushchairs or very young children.After taking two wrong turns, our 4 mile walk ended at The Old Inn and restaurant, where the kids played darts before having cream teas.The way back was fortunately much quicker with spectacular views and Hobbit like woodland walk, despite the steep hill it was well worth the trek.
We visited the Eden Project yesterday, plans to visit Newquay Wednesday and St.Michael’s Mount Thursday with days in between enjoying the farm activities.
We’re staying at Coombe Mill until Saturday 31st.