More Postcards From St Ives

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We visit St Ives every year, but this was the first time we'd visited in the height of summer and we really couldn't have been luckier with the weather! We headed down after our week in the Cotswolds, which had been very busy, so I'd decided it would be best to have a really quiet week in Cornwall and just stick to playing on the beach and exploring St Ives. Which turned out to be exactly what we all needed! I love visiting a place that is now so familiar and finding new ways to see it - new angles, different times of day - there's always something new to see. I went for a walk early one morning and took ...

How To Spend A Day In Bourton on the Water

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We've just got back home from a week in the Cotswolds, where we stayed in Bourton on the Water. We loved exploring the Cotswolds, with it's pretty little villages, and although I worried that basing ourselves in Bourton on the Water might have been a bit too touristy, it was perfect for us as a family with young children, as there was so much to do right on our doorstep. Bourton on the Water is the perfect place to spend a whole day, as there are numerous tourist attractions, none of which take very long, so even the shortest of attention spans can't fail to get bored!     Parking at Bourton on the Water Parking in the Cotswolds towns is always difficult, but ...

The Prettiest Villages in The Cotswolds

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The Cotswolds is packed full of so many picture perfect villages, filled with chocolate box cottages and flowing rivers. It's how I suspect people who don't live in the UK must picture England! It's a place that I've not managed to explore as much of as I'd have liked - I suspect partly as it's that bit too far away to visit on a whim with small children, but close enough that we've not felt it worth staying before. But I completely fell in love with it on our recent trip, and I'm already planning another trip, perhaps in the autumn to see it at a different time of year. There are so many villages to explore, and we only managed ...

Planning A Family Holiday To Devon

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This post is written in collaboration with Original Cottages Devon ticks so many boxes for us as a family holiday destination, and it’s right up there on my list. We’re huge fans of Cornwall, with it’s beautiful coast, but for some reason we always sail through Devon without stopping, and I think it’s time we explored more of what this beautiful county has to offer. I’ve been planning a family trip to Devon for next year and the more I research, the more it appeals to me - there’s so much to do for families!   The Beach You don’t go to Devon and not plan to enjoy the beautiful beaches it has to offer! We love the beach, so would plan to base ...

A Family Visit to Chicheley Hall

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A hotel stay with a young family is often a bit of an intimidating prospect. An unfamiliar room and surroundings can be difficult for children to adapt to, and there's always the worry of whether a hotel will be accommodating to families. We've only attempted it once as a family of four, and it's fair to say that it was a total disaster with no sleep had by anyone. But we've definitely been feeling the need lately for quality time together as a family, so when Chicheley Hall got in touch to invite us to stay we couldn't say yes quickly enough! Just one look at their website and the beautiful 18th century house and beautiful grounds had me looking ...

What To Do In The Lake District With Kids

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This post is written in collaboration with Original Cottages A few years ago, pre-children, my husband and I had the most wonderful break in the Lake District. We stayed in a super luxurious hotel, went walking every day, before coming back to the hotel to relax in the bath and then head to the swanky hotel restaurant for dinner. We absolutely loved the beautiful scenery and as part of our plan to explore more of the UK, it's been really high up on our list. But there's no denying that our plans for a trip to the Lake District have changed now that we have children to consider. No more long rambles for us! But there's still plenty for us to ...

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 ...