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Lake District … Swallows and Amazons … something to aspire to.

We’re off to Keswick, in the Lake District as a whole family over fourteen of us from three generations! My husband grew up here- he was a typical free range kid- open spaces, outdoor adventures with his sister, being free to be a child and get up to all sorts!

My children have never been to the Lake District so to set the scene for them I bought ‘Swallows and Amazons’ by Arthur Ransome for our bedtime reading to get us in the mood. This was one of my favourite stories as a child. The story of children roaming free – sailing, camping and having their own adventures away from a world where grown ups could keep a close eye on them.

The simplicity of life back then is something of which we would all wish for our own children now. Has it been irrevocably lost or do we think in a different way now? Is it society that does not allow us to relax when our children are out of sight? I’m pretty sure there aren’t many parents who would allow their children at the age of 7years to go camping on their own for the summer holidays on an island on a lake! I know it’s just fiction that I am comparing the present day against but let’s say for sake of argument that the children were to be perfectly safe, how many of them would have the skills needed to survive?

In the attempt of giving my girls varied life experiences I often come up with ideas of things to do that either myself or my husband did as children. The things we choose are uncomplicated, simple pleasures from which we feel the girls will gain life skills, experiences and probably most importantly great childhood memories that they will want to share with their children when the time comes.

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I would like to go there … is now on twitter


So far on my blog I have been sharing ideas for days out and breaks that I have been on and enjoyed. However I am continually searching for unique ideas and come across some really lovely looking places that I would like to visit … these are place I would really like to go there!
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Cornwall – a great family holiday

Set in a hidden valley on a private 30acre estate is a secluded hamlet of holiday cottages, Scandinavian and riverside lodges. Close to Bodmin but a million miles from the hustle and bustle of daily life is Coombe Mill. This family run collection of holiday accommodation on a working farm is so special that we have returned each time we have been to Cornwall.

The drive to Coombe Mill sees you driving deep into the Cornish countryside along picturesque country lanes and eventually down steep valley sides into lush woodland where you come across the farm of Coombe Mill. The unique setting is so far removed from the tourist trail that can be found in parts of Cornwall.The selection of accommodation is all of a lovely standard. We have stayed in the Scandinavian Lodges and one of the cottages. There is so much space for the children to run around and be free. With playgrounds, sand pits, indoor play areas and grassy areas they could really just enjoy themselves, making friends with other children who were also staying.

The highlight of each morning was Farmer Nick’s tractor trailer ride to feed the animals. The children loved feeding all the animals (we saved our left overs to feed to the pigs) and our daily favourite was the goats. So much so that ever since our children still ask us if we can have goats as pets! Not easy in our small suburban garden!

Wellies are an essential item whilst at Coombe Mill! However if you forget to pack yours there is a selection to borrow from in reception along with overalls to keep the mud off. In reception you will find a freezer full of home cooked meals and puddings- the puddings are a particular treat.

Our trips out from Coombe Mill were very varied. Here are some of our best days:

We all hired bikes from Wadebridge and cycled part of the camel trail to  Padstow where we  indulged in take away fish and chips from Rick Stein and ice creams. Beware of the seagulls who attempt to steal ice creams from unsuspecting tourists Рswooping down on the cones from above!

One morning we went for breakfast at Jamie Oliver’s ‘Fifteen‘. The views over Watergate Bay are superb and the breakfast that goes with it even better. If like me you love eating out in great restaurants then holidays with children in tow can make great restaurants tricky if not impossible. At ‘Fifteen‘ the staff welcomed the children and we had a great meal. The coffee was especially good, on my list of ‘Top Ten Lattes Ever’!

Our all time favourite Cornish beach is Polzeath. This is easy to get to from the farm. The beach is huge and has very shallow water if you are brave enough to get in the cold water! There are great little cafes and shops close to the beach and you never have to walk far as parking is on the beach. Polzeath is unspoilt and a great trip for a beach day out. We first came to Polzeath before we were married and I expect we’ll still be heading there when our children get married.

If you are looking for a great place to stay to escape from busy everyday life then Coombe Mill is worth a great deal of consideration – we’ve loved it!