A Tale of Two Holidays: Our Trip to Bluestone Wales {Part Two}

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If you read Part One of our trip to Bluestone Wales, you'll know that we had non-stop rain for our first couple of days. It didn't dampen our spirits at all, but you can imagine how pleased we were to wake up to sunshine on our third day! Max and I donned our coats and headed up to The Village to explore the playground and the pretty coloured houses.   Exploring The Village     Max loved the playground and we were up so early we had it pretty much to ourselves. It was small but with some great things to play on. A boat is always a big hit with Max and he loved steering this one and peering through the binoculars.     Later that morning ...

A Tale of Two Holidays: Our Trip to Bluestone Wales {Part One}

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Bluestone in Pembrokeshire has been a place that I've wanted to visit for a long time now. It ticks all of our boxes as a family - lots of outdoor activities on site, with things to suit every age, as well as being surrounded by beautiful countryside and beaches. So when we were invited to stay by Bluestone I leapt at the chance! But I had some reservations and I wasn't completely sure if it would be 'us'. We usually opt for a self catering holiday cottage for our holidays, as we like the flexibility and privacy it offers, and we're not really that 'organised activity' loving family. My kids don't do kids clubs, and often struggle with big groups, ...

Planning our Family Holiday to North Norfolk

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This post is written in collaboration with Original Cottages If you read our UK Travel Bucket List earlier this year, you'll know that North Norfolk is one of the places on my list for our family travels. I'm a big planner, and I love the process of putting together a trip, so although we're not planning to go until next year, I'm busy preparing our itinerary for our family holiday to North Norfolk already. Norfolk ticks so many of our boxes as a family - lots of opportunities to get outdoors and explore, with beautiful beaches and nature reserves, as well as a shed load of National Trust properties and gardens, and lots of family friendly days out too. As well as ...

My UK Travel Bucket List

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The UK is such a beautiful country, and the more I see of it, the more I want to explore all of the stunning landscape it has to offer. From quaint villages, to stunning misty mountains, to the wonderful beaches that are dotted around the coastland, it has so much to offer right on our doorstep. We didn't go abroad on holiday last year and due to young children and limited finances, we're repeating that plan this year too. But there is so much that I want to see in this country, there's no way we'll tick it all off this year, so I'm creating a bucket list that we can work through over the coming years.   The Cotswolds We're actually quite ...

Postcards from St Ives

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  When it came to planning where we wanted to go on holiday this year, there was no question. We took Max to St Ives in Cornwall for his first little holiday when he was just 7 weeks old and we had an amazing time. So much so that we've returned many times - we love making memories down there, and so it was an easy choice for this year's holiday. We wanted to introduce Ben to one of our favourite places and make new memories as a family of four.     There's something so special about St Ives; the light, the beaches, the laid back vibe. It's easy to see why so many people return year on year. And I love it ...

What makes our Perfect Family Holiday?

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Holidays can seem a daunting thing when you have children. All of a sudden, that longed for break is more about 'life as normal but in a prettier location', but without all of the things that you have to hand at home to make life easier - toys, gadgets, TV - all of those parenting crutches are gone! We've had a few holidays as a family since our children came along, and there are certain things that we definitely look for to make our perfect family holiday.   A Home from Home Pre-children we were all about a luxury hotel, but all of our holidays since Max came along have been villa holidays or cottages in the UK. I find the flexibility of ...

A low-key babymoon in Surrey

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I remember when I was pregnant with Max I scoffed at the idea of a babymoon. It may have been related to the relentless sickness I suffered from most of the way through that pregnancy, but the thought of going away for a break just didn't feel like something I wanted or needed to do. But this time around I definitely felt in need of a break! Having been pretty sick this pregnancy too, plus running around after Max, and with the knowledge that we don't have a holiday planned until the end of September, we decided to book a weekend away. We didn't want to go far, so when I read that Bel and The Dragon, a small chain of restaurants ...

Postcards from Tuscany

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I always describe Tuscany as my 'happy place'. We've visited so many times now that as soon as we head off from Pisa airport in the car I can feel myself start to breathe in more deeply, and becoming more relaxed. I'm not sure if it's the green of the vineyards, the good food, the amazing wine, the nice weather, or the friendly people, or just the way they all come together to create one of the most magical places on earth. Of course, I'm slightly biased, as Tuscany is where my husband proposed, and where we honeymooned, so there is a huge amount of nostalgia for us there too. Which is one of the reasons why we were so keen ...

A wet and windy trip to Wheal Coates

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As recently signed up members of the National Trust (a sure sign you've hit middle age!), I spent a good amount of time trawling their website for sites in Cornwall that we could visit on our recent trip. Wheal Coates is an old tin mine, located on a dramatic clifftop above Chapel Porth beach, and the ruins are one of the most photographed places in Cornwall. The best viewing time is supposedly the evening, when you should see a spectacular sunset, but as we have a toddler, we took the easy option and visited on a moody looking morning. There are 3 engine houses and from the car park you can take a circular walk amongst the heather and gorse and ...

An April trip to St Ives

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We've just got back from a wonderful few days away in St Ives - it's been a bit of a stressful time at home lately and the timing was perfect to get away. St Ives is one of my favourite places - there's something almost magical about it that makes you relax instantly. As soon as I'm down there, my hair remains unstraightened, most of my makeup stays in it's bag - I'm just happier to go with the flow. We were blessed with amazing weather considering it's April, but we seem to get lucky on the weather front every time we visit. We visited last with Max when he was 7 weeks old, so it was lovely to be able to revisit ...