The problem with my job is that we have so many fabulous holiday choices on Holiday Tots that I never know which one to pick! All of the owners we work with are lovely and their holiday homes ideal for our family. So when I was trying to find a short break this spring for some of my family I really didn’t know where to start. I narrowed it down by focussing on what we as a family were looking for. Nice walks with the dog, a bit of sea air, some animal interaction and a cosy retreat. I decided to centre my search to the Looe Coastline in Cornwall and narrowed it down to one of our fab farm stays, just a short drive to Looe and other attractions. Here’s how we got on…
The cottage and farm
What caught my eye was the views from most of the cottages. We stayed in a one bedroom cottage with private enclosed garden. It was big enough for the three of us plus Millie our dog.
We took a blow up camp bed for Freddie, who slept on the floor beside us, although there is a small conservatory that can house a small bed if required.
The cottage was clean and cosy, the front door leads straight into the front room and its cosy sofas and log burner. Free logs on offer here for the duration of your stay. It wasn’t really cold enough to justify a fire every night but one of the days it was a little drizzly and it was nice to sit in front of the fire with a good book while Freddie and his Dad went to the club house for a game of table tennis.
The front room leads to the lovely bedroom with gorgeous crisp white linen bed sheets and the bathroom has separate bath and shower and under floor heating.
The galley kitchen leads from the back of the front room and the conservatory to the right at the back. The conservatory overlooks the garden and offers views beyond. I loved it here in the morning, the cottage and garden is set on the top of a slope and so you feel you are almost in the tree canopy, watching the birds was so relaxing. Freddie popped some bread on the bird feeder...
...and within seconds they were queing on the fence!
Dogs are really welcome here, we were greeted with two bowls for Millie, a snack bag, some poop bags and a name tag with the farm’s details should she get lost.
and the resident pooch is super cute!
There are walks all around the farm for various levels and ages.
On the first night we decided to walk to the local pub/restaurant which took us about 25 minutes. If you do make this walk remember that it might be dark on your way back! Part of the walk is along a small road, we only saw two cars but it is worth noting that with small children it might not be for everyone. The track from the road to the car is also uneven so not ideal for pushchairs but if Freddie had been younger I would have popped him in a sling.
There are maps for the various walks with some fun trials to do for all ages, from toddlers right through to adults.
Straight from our cottage was the shorted walk, which took you down and up the valley, over the stream and back round through the woods. Perfect for stretching the legs in the morning and took about 20 minutes. We also took the longer walk to the front of the farm where you get stunning views across to Looe, and it is also possible to walk the Looe from here.
If your little ones like animals then the morning feeding run is for them! Every morning at 8.30 the animals are fed, whatever the weather. We were lucky enough to be here when they had Ishy, a cute little lamb who thinks he is a dog! Ishy’s mum had triplets and he was the runt, so had to be hand reared. When we were here he was slowly being introduced to the goats and ducks. The kids loved feeding the animals!
The farm also has a riding school, with riding camps during the school holidays and riding lessons available all year round for all ages and abilities.
The playground has amazing views across the valley and we definitely would have sat here for longer if we had more time. There are swings a climbing frame, sand and water play and more.
The outdoor swimming pool and jacuzzi were closed when we were here but we will definitely be back to play here during the summer season as the views are just spectacular!
The information room is open the whole time, with a wealth of info for things to do on the farm and beyond. There are sofas here, a log burner, honesty shop and small soft play area. ideal for the little ones while you plan your day.
Across the yard there is a larger games room. Freddie and his dad were in their element as there was a table tennis table, fav game of the month at the moment and a pool table. The cute fenced area is home to a playhouse, brio train set and lots of arts and craft stuff. Its really well laid out for a little play.
Towards the top of the farm, next door to the stables is the indoor beach, we didn’t have time to make use of it during our stay as we just were too busy, but it is perfect for a game of indoor football, basketball, volley ball etc if the weather is a little too wet or hot!
If you have budding star gazers the owners have a huge telescope they can lend for some night star spotting. We asked for it one day and it was delivered to our room. Sadly we couldn’t work out how to use it so we recommend you do a little research beforehand.
We really liked it here and will definitely be back, with just once change - I want to see this view on my next holiday here! :)
The whole farm is very well laid out with each holiday cottage feeling extremely private. We met some families who are returning guests and it’s easy to see why. Our cottage was clean and cozy and really did feel like home for a few days.
If you want to learn more about this family friendly farm stay in Cornwall head over to their listings on the Holiday Tots website or contact us for more information.