No exaggerating. Even the hubby said it. In fact “he who never does the same holiday twice” wants to go back again.
We had heard about Coombe Mill Farm via Twitter, lots of bloggers went there and I saw lots of things online about how great it was. However, I wasn’t entirely convinced at their enthusiasm. It’s just a Farm Holiday after all.
So, I knew the kids would have fun and we could (at the very least) sit on our balcony and sink a few wines whilst they played out the front.
It was so much more than just a Farm Holiday.
I won’t bore you with the details of what we did every day, you can see most of what goes on by visiting their website and I’ve bored everyone at work with the details already. However, I will give you the highlights and some of the “extras” that make all the difference.
The feed runs every morning at 9am are just fab. You don’t have to go, so if you fancy a lie in, that’s fine, but after doing that on one day, I made every one after that because, quite frankly, I found it fascinating. Every day is a different conversation with Farmer Nick about some aspect of animals or the running of the farm and I learnt so much. Every conversation was done with ease and smattered with lots of funny comments and I enjoyed every one of them. Each day is different and the kids got to meet lambs and goats born the night before, treating their umbilical cords, moving bantams or sheep. Basically Farmer Nick used as all as cheap labour and we loved pretending we knew what we were doing. Needless to say the ride in the trailer is fab for the kids and they all get a chance to drive the tractor too.
With so much in a wide area of land to explore, we only went out on 2 of our 7 days. Skimming stones in the river, paddling in our boots, walking in the woods, taking some snacks over to the pigs, using all of the play areas (4 in total) and riding the miniature train. That was just outside, as our lodge also had a play room so my children had a ball.
It was the little things that worked so well: provision of a slop bucket for all your scraps for the pigs, underfloor heating, a massive bed and shower, caps for the kids and a certificate at the end of the holiday.There was a wood burner, the train at 5pm, sticks galore and the play areas that even my 3-year-old could spend some time in unsupervised. The place felt very empty, even though it wasn’t. Really idyllic.
Best of all we were also lucky to get involved in an annual mini raft contest instigated by a yearly returning guest. We had 30 minutes to use some recyclable items to compete. Here is the masterpiece. We came third!
To find out more visit www.coombemill.com
This is NOT a sponsored post. I received no incentive to post this up. I felt compelled to do it.