We took our two year old to stay for a week at the Seafarers from the 3rd to the 10th August 2013.
We had originally booked a one bedroomed apartment at the Timbertop Aparthotel at 8, Victoria Park (the properties are owned by the same family) but upon arrival found we had been upgraded to the 2 bedroomed cottage at Seafarers, which was a great start to the holiday! This surprise was followed by a lovely welcome pack which included a bottle of wine, butters and jams, bread, millk, a selection of individual cereals and fruit. Washing up liquid, t-towels, washing up cloths, hand soap and a few dishwasher tablets were also provided.
There is use of wifi and a private car park included, which is very useful as the property is within a few minutes walk of the sea front.
This is a roomy cottage with one small double room (though still far more storage space than we could use) and a large twin bedroom which contained two wardrobes, two chests of drawers, a dressing table and still enough space to swing a couple of proverbial cats!
Both bedrooms had a digital TV and the 42 inch TV in the lounge, with DVD player and a selection of DVDs was a real treat! There was also plenty of space in the lounge with a 3-seater sofa and two comfy leather armchairs, coffee table and display cabinet containing a selection of paperbooks, ideal for holiday reading.
The kitchen was large and modern with a table and 4 chairs, a sideboard, lots of storage, a dishwasher, microwave, fridge freezer and every imaginable cooking utensil.
Again the bathroom was a proper family bathroom with an electric shower over the bath. The shower was lovely and hot, though not a "power shower" (which is only to be expected as the house is at the top of a steep hill).
The whole house was spottlessly clean, which for me is really important as I have often arrived at holiday homes only to start cleaning! The decor in the lounge and bedrooms isn't bang up to date (I think decorated about 10 years ago) but I believe there are plans to reurbish in the near future.
The owners of The Seafarers have achieved the perfect balance of being friendly, chatty and available when needed but not at all invasive. We had use of the washing mahine and tumble dryer on request which meant that we didn't go home with piles of dirty washing, very handy with a toddler! There was also a patio area with table and chairs outside the cottage, ideal for us on sunny afternoons when our son was having a nap.
We were so impressed that we have already made a provisional booking to return at the same time next year, but for two weeks this time as we were so comfortable!
Weston itself is ideal for young families, with entertainment for all weathers, including the Pier, water park (£1.50/child for the day and some of the best scones I've ever tasted!) and the lovely flat seafront promenade. We spent several days on the lovely man-made marine lake beach as, unlike the main beach at Weston, the tide doesn't go out!
A few recommendations for food:
Very good breakfast for £5.50 at Cove West, which is on the seafront, just opposite The Old Thatched Cottage restaurant. Also, it's sister restaurant (the glass fronted building which can be seen from the marine lake) serves excellent food, including the "Mac bap" made famous by Hugh Fearnley-Wittingstall).We had 2 great meals and several ice creams at Tutto which is the rotundra restaurant in between the fountain and the Big Wheel on the seafront: excellent italian food and service at a reasonable price. And of course, no trip to Weston would be complete without a visit to Papa's on Waterloo Street for the best fish and chips in town. See separate reviews for more detail on each of these.
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