Saturday, 1 November 2014

Sand between your toes (and catching chickens)

At the end of September, me, my husband, two year old daughter and Pablo T Dog all squeezed into our car and began the drive down to Cornwall for our week long holiday.  I seemed to have pack for a year long backpacking expedition around the world, but luckily the car doors shut (barely) and off we went on our adventure.

We stayed at Coombe Mill, and if you are in the know, then you will already be very familiar with this place.  I only stumbled across this gem, when the lovely brummymummyoftwo (you NEED to check this lady out here), mentioned that Fiona who runs Coombe Mill with her family,  ran a fab linky that I should link up to.  Well, instead of linking up any of my posts, I spent a good few hours reading about Fiona's family's amazing holiday farm, and then I spent the rest of the day persuading my husband that this was the place we needed to go.   

But I digress. Sometimes when a place has so much hype around it, I worry that will it will not meet my expectations, and Coombe Mill certainly has alot of rave reviews and a host of awards to its name. The only thing I can say is, yes, you have to go.  The farm is set in gorgeous 30 acre estate and holds a number of self catering properties, ranging from gorgeous log cabins to quaint smaller houses suiting a range of budgets. We stayed in the old Watermill cottage and the property was just stunning.  But this isn't the best bit.  

Every morning, Fiona's husband, Nick the farmer (who has the patience of a saint with all the children), takes all the families out on the tractor to feed and care for the animals.  My daughter was a bit wary on day one, by the last day she was driving the tractor and was a seasoned hand at catching chickens.  It was fabulous.  My daughter especially liked collecting her own egg in the morning and retiring to our accommodation for her elevenses of boiled egg and soldiers!!! You can take a look at Coombe Mill website here.

You were free to visit the animals at any time of day, and there were also play areas, fields and woodland to explore. And this was only where we were staying.  We still had the whole of the Cornish coast to explore!

We had the best week of weather...ever...and at times, it actually felt like we were abroad.  We spent days wandering along the beaches, collecting shells, trying to catch a fish, eating ice cream, munching on fish and chips and marveling at how big the seagulls were. 

We had days out to St Michael's Mount which was just breathtaking and well worth a visit (very, very child friendly and amazing staff).  We also visited the lovely seaside town of Padstow, St Ives, Fistral beach and Port Isaac (where Doc Martin was filmed), to name but a few. (You HAVE to visit The Mote restaurant if you stop by, the food is AMAZING!!). 

St Michael's Mount

Finding the legendary heart stone

Where the Witches was filmed(Such a classic!)

Pablo T Dog was in his element, and because we went out of season he was allowed on most beaches. He was a naughty scamp however, and stole a sandwich from someone's picnic one day, which wasn't our finest hour. Sandwich theft aside, he loved running on the beach and being chased into the sea. 

I have fallen in love with Cornwall.  We returned home with shells galore, a car full of sand that I am still cleaning and the ability to catch a chicken. Perfect. 

"Ah, the smell of salt and sand.  There is no elixir on this blessed earth like it", unknown. 

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  1. I fell in love with Cornwall 14 years ago but you're selling Coombe Mill to me now. Love your pictures and words and nothing quite beats a car full of sand! :)

    1. Thank you and yes you must definitely return! Thank you for taking the time to stop by and comment x

  2. Everything is really pretty in there! Amazing holiday! =) #countrykids

  3. Glad you loved our lovely county and found Coombe Mill a perfect base for your days out. So pleased to hear we lived upto the rave comments as well. Thank you for joining in with Country Kids and sharing your love of Cornwall.

    1. You most certainly did live up to the rave reviews! We will be back :-) x

  4. Looks like a lovely place to visit, I am glad you and your family had a great time but oh no!!! I can't believe he stole a sandwich! bad boy! at least he behaved the rest of the time :)


    1. I know! I have never been so embarrassed! Totally the husband's fault! :-) x