I have never been away from home at Christmas but this year we got the opportunity to go to Coombe Mill and it was easily the most stress free Christmas we have ever had (apart from trying to for everything in the car before hand).
We stayed in Heligan with our children aged 13, 5, 2 and 6 months. It is a stunning log cabin that's bigger than our own house. Being December we were worried that we would be cold but we actually had to switch the heating off as the log burner was so efficient (and gorgeous to relax in front of). There was plenty of room to play, lots of storage and all the facilities you need with young children ie. washing machine, tumble drier and dishwasher.
The farm itself is set in a valley with a river running through the middle. They have a feed run every morning (even on Christmas Day) where the children got to feed all the animals - chickens, sheep, pigs, ducks, wallabies, goats, donkeys, and the most beautiful deer - my son was convinced the stag was Rudolph! They are transported around the farm on a tractor and each child gets a turn to drive (with Farmer Nick or Farmer Kim). The feed run lasts about an hour and then you are free to do your own thing throughout the day until a scheduled miniature train ride at 4pm. This was made extra special by them creating a Santa's grotto inside the shed and Santa himself turned up and gave the kids presents on Christmas Eve.
We didn't venture off the farm apart from a brief shopping trip to Asda and the kids had plenty to keep them occupied. They have plenty of toys available in the properties and in their store room, plus a couple of play areas with a pirate ship, trampoline, climbing equipment and zip line.
We chose to explore the farm ourselves in the daytime, played pooh sticks on the bridge and enjoyed the play areas.
Fiona and Nick also suggested we went to a Christingle service in St Tudy on Christmas Eve which was magical and we were treated to mince pies and mulled wine in the street alongside another visit from Santa and then were invited to their home for drinks and a buffet!
Even Christmas dinner was a great success despite being cooked in a strange oven!
If you are looking for a get away from it all family holiday then this is perfect. Be aware there is very little phone signal in the valley but there is free wifi. It can be a bit patchy though when inside the property as their insulation is too good!
If you have a baby you will need a baby carrier and they do have one to borrow if you need it, along with lots of other equipment from waterproofs to wellies and even DVDs and games for the kids.
It is a family run business and all Fiona and Nicks kids get involved and help out. They're all polite and knowledgable and make you feel welcome - my 13 year old has made friends for life!
- Also Known As:
- Coombe Mill Bodmin, Cornwall