Initially we were thinking of going abroad around Christmas time but we were a bit last-minute as usual and couldn’t find anything that suited our budget or needs! So we started thinking about Cornwall instead. I always love going to Cornwall as there are so many lovely places to visit, can’t resist a beach! Having been blogging for a few months I’d seen Coombe Mill pop up a lot on twitter and other blog posts so I had a peep at their website, knowing they were in Cornwall and found their fab family friendly farm details.
I was immediately drawn to the Scandinavian lodges and especially one that had a play room in it, meaning that we wouldn’t have to load up the car with all the normal kids malarkey. It also had a toddler room off the king size room which would be perfect for Charley as she is often so unsettled when we are away. I also liked the look of the all the childrens play stuff that was available on site such as the bug hotel, fairy garden, tractor rides and train rides, not forgetting the soft play barn.
So we booked a week in Heligan Scandinavian Lodge for the Sunday after Christmas to the Sunday after New Years Eve. My parents also planned to come down for a couple of nights, we’d booked one that had a few extra rooms, just in case family or friends wanted to join us.
We travelled down to Cornwall, leaving about 11am on the Sunday and finally arriving about 5pm in the evening. The traffic was awful most of the way unfortunately so it was a big relief to finally get there and into out lodge.
The lodge was exactly as described on the website, just what we had expected. It was very spacious, plenty of room and kitted out with all we needed for our week. There was a fab log burner which was the focal point of the open plan room downstairs.
The children were very excited to have a play room full of new toys for them to use. As it was dark when we arrived we didn’t get to see any of Coombe Mill that night, and we decided to have a meal of Christmas left overs rather than take the children to the nearby pub (after they’d been sat in the car for so long).
I always dread the first night when we are away as Charley doesn’t settle too well. This was no exception! Charley and Bodhi were in the toddler room off our bedroom, Bodhi in a cot and Charley in a lovely toddler bed. Unfortunately, after a sleep in the car and new surroundings Charley didn’t settle easily, though I can’t remember what time it was when she did eventually drop off. It was pretty similar for the rest of the week and she ended up sleeping in our bed towards the end of the week. Bodhi got used to his cot and slept pretty well! Enough of sleep and onto our Cornwall experience!
Day 1 A dry day!
Although, I love the idea of tractor rides for the children in the morning, we are terrible morning people. Especially as the children were going to bed later than normal, they were waking up later than normal so we were just going with it to get some lay-ins. Probably didn’t help the bedtimes though. Anyway, we made it out to the tractor ride for the first morning along with all the other guests.
Charley sat in the trailer with the other children while I carried Bodhi. The first stop was the little piggies. Very stinky and noisy but very cute nevertheless. They got fed all the scraps of food while we all watched and peered in. Next to be fed were the chickens. Charley was keen to go and help but still quite wary of them having never done anything like this before. Next it was the little goats and then the donkeys. Finally, we went into a field where the very elegant deer came wandering down. They really were quite amazing to watch. Very shy and watchful. After feeding all the animals it was back in the trailer for the children and walking along behind for the adults to the car park. We then went into where the rabbits were kept, which were just lovely. I was happy to watch them, I don’t have a big yearning to touch them although I think Charley would have loved to, but wasn’t quite brave enough!
For our first day we headed to Padstow to get some lunch but with it being a bank holiday the car parks were full and the children had fallen asleep so we headed to Rock instead. I’ve only been to Rock once before but there is something about it, maybe its just because its got a White Stuff there and a few bars/restaurants right on the sea front but there is something so appealing about it. From the cafe we had lunch in you can see straight over to Padstow. It was a really blustery day and some brave folks were getting a small boat over to Padstow. I was happy to have some lunch in the warmth.
As my parents were heading down that evening we didn’t spend much time there and headed back to be sure we were around when they got there.
The best weather of our week away. A bright, blustery and sunny morning. It was lovely to be able to see our surroundings in the sun, the stream just down the slope from our veranda. The fields of the farm just beyond that.
Each morning as went for a drive out we would pass the fields of sheep and alpacas on the farm. We’d slow down so that the children could see them and Bodhi liked to wave ‘bye’ to them.
On our second day we went to the picturesque and well-known town of Port Isaac. This is where they film Doc Martin so we just had to have a wander up to the house that is the doctors surgery on the show to get some photos. We also couldn’t resist having a cream tea.
Next stop for the day was Polzeath beach. We had a walk along the pebbly beach with the children having a lot of fun stepping in all the little puddles of water. Although Bodhi had his wellies on he still managed to walk through the deepest puddle so that it went over his boots. He didn’t seem to mind though and was quite upset when we started walking back to the car.
In the evening we ate out at the local pub The Old Inn. They were really accommodating as we hadn’t booked a table and they had a 30th birthday party in the main restaurant but they still managed to squeeze us in. We had a really lovely meal too. I chose a seafood basket which Charley ended up eating most of. She didn’t realise it but she was eating squid and scampi! I think she thought it was chicken nuggets so it just goes to show what she will eat. I wish I’d got some photos as evidence.
This was a really wet, and windy day. My parents were leaving after lunch so we decided to head to the local pool in a nearby hotel. The pool was a really good size and Charley had a fab time splashing about in the toddler section of the pool, as did Bodhi once he’d warmed up to the idea.
We had some lunch back in our lodge and then waved my parents off.
I think it might have been the really stormy day as I’ve got photos of the river at Coombe Mill looking really high as we drove over the bridge.
We decided to just go to the Tesco’s in Wadebridge in the afternoon to stock up on some essentials. (Why is it not possible to go away without having to visit a supermarket?)
The weather didn’t get much better for the rest of our stay but we did get out to visit somewhere every day. As this post is already far too long I’ll write about it in another post!