Our First Family Holiday to Cornwall

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Last week, we took our first real holiday as a family of 3. We’ve been on holiday to visit my parents but its not quite the same. I thoroughly recommend our whole trip and more detailed posts will follow over the next few weeks (of the Monkey Sanctuary and the Eden Project).

So where did we stay?

We stayed in a very cute cottage at Tregoad Park near Looe.

It was lovely, there was a dishwasher, microwave, 2 bedrooms, a pool and hot tub as well as a lovely countryside setting. We also requested a high chair and cot so we didn’t need to take them with us.

The property was really clean, recently decorated and had everything we needed, from cutlery and nice bedding, to frying pans and grill pans as well as egg cups and various Pyrex and oven dishes – everything needed to be a home from home. There was also a tv and dvd player. Unfortunately although there was wifi on the site, it was very limited and didn’t really work, we didn’t manage to connect to it at all.

As the living room, dining room and kitchen were open plan we created a little ?H safe area using the sofas and a chair (which conveniently had lots of rungs so she couldn’t crawl through it!). We also put a duvet on the floor to make it a bit softer, and she spent lots of time playing and watching In The Night Garden before bed.?SAM_8383

We also chose this cottage as it had an indoor pool which would be fab if the weather was not so great and also perfect for wee H. H has had swimming lessons since she was 10 weeks and loves the water, so a pool was essential.


What did we do?

We visited The Monkey Sanctuary and Eden Project, as well as some Cornish towns.

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  • Looe – has a harbour and beach?SAM_8388
  • Charlestown – a harbour (Poldark is filmed here)
  • Pentewan – village and beach
  • Mevagissey – cute village and traditional harbour SAM_8357
  • Seaton – beach


A bit more about our trip:

We knew going on holiday in October was risky, lets face it the weather can do anything, most likely rain. We were lucky, it didn’t really, and only rained heavily on the last morning as we (hubby) packed up the car. The weather did get cooler and duller throughout the week, but we still got out and had a fun time seeing beaches, harbours and going swimming. Lets face it, holidaying in the UK means being prepared for anything and everything, rain, wind, sun.

The Eden Project is an absolute favourite of our week. The Rainforest Biome was fascinating, so many plants, and so much information. From banana trees to palms, and from South America to the Maldives, the plants were so diverse. The temperature was also very accurate for that region, it was very humid at the highest point in the dome, but, like everything they had included a ‘Cool Room’ where you could shelter from the humidity and heat. We found this invaluable given we had a 10 month old in a pushchair and it was actually October outside! The Rainforest Biome also had a walk up to the Lookout across the whole dome. From here you could look down from the centre taking in the whole dome. Unfortunately little ones who can’t walk can’t go up, and slings aren’t allowed either. This is entirely due to safety, and I completely understand that as the stairs are open metal and rock as you walk up them, this is a very valid rule. We were quite happy doing a tag team, with me going up first, and hubby after. SAM_8053

We also discovered an absolute gem, potentially every parent’s dream, a soft play area! If you’re unsure why this would be a dream, baby had been sat in the car, pushchair and a high chair over lunch, followed by some time in the sling as she was getting grumpy… this was really far too much time with no crawling or walking for an active little monster. I think the soft play saved us as we discovered it at just the right time, 4pm, just as H was getting rather grumpy of being in the pushchair and latterly the sling. Luckily as we were visiting before the October half term holiday, everywhere was quiet, so H had the soft play to herself for some of the time. It’s definitely worth a visit if you have little ones (before they get grumpy). SAM_8210

We of course had the obligatory Cornish Pasty, fresh fish and chips, Cream Tea and fudge!

Look out for my follow up posts on the Eden Project and Monkey Sanctuary over the coming weeks. Both are fab days out and I thoroughly recommend them!!

Lynne x

PS. Sorry for the dull images, as you can see the weather wasn’t the best! It was dry, but dull most of the time 🙂

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  • Reply
    Mum in Brum
    October 29, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    I love Cornwall so much. I don’t think you can beat staying in a cottage and having a ‘home from home’, especially with kids. I’ve always wanted to go to the Eden project, it sounds like there’s so much to see – and always great to have a soft play area for entertainment when all else fails! Thanks for sharing #coolmumclub
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      October 29, 2015 at 10:03 pm

      It really was fab. The Eden project is definitely worth it, it’s expensive at £25 each, but we saw vouchers all over the place for money off, and if you book online you get 10% off too. But really there is no where else like it! Thanks for commenting x

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    Jenny Eaves
    October 30, 2015 at 10:09 am

    It looks fabulous, a lovely place to stay and lots of great places to visit. I would love to visit the Eden project, it looks amazing! Fantastic that they have a soft play to let younger ones run off some steam too. It’s hard when they are stuck in slings and buggies all the time. Your photos are great, looking forward to reading more about your adventures!
    Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather 🙂 x
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      October 31, 2015 at 10:36 am

      Thank you, and thank you for hosting! It’s a fab linky x

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    Mummy Fever
    October 30, 2015 at 10:50 am

    I need that soft play in my house! I think I’m in love lol #TheList
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      October 31, 2015 at 10:36 am

      Haha me too!

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    October 31, 2015 at 10:53 am

    I’m glad you loved your first family holiday down here. Eden Project is absolutely incredible isn’t it. It’s so hard to describe just how much there is to see and do. It looks like you stayed in a lovely place too. And you really can’t beat going to the beach, no matter what time of year or the weather! It’s still fun! Thank you so much for linking to #whatevertheweather xx

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      October 31, 2015 at 2:08 pm

      Thank you, it really was a lovely week x

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    October 31, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    We visited cornwall the week after we found I was pregnant with our first baby. So, no Doonbar for me! It rained all week, which was a shame. We had a very soggy day at Eden but still loved it. Cornwall is so beautiful but you can’t guaruntee the weather anywhere in the UK, even in summer! We always joke we went a year too early – its the perfect with baby holiday – I knew we should have booked to go on one last long haul trip that year! 😉 x
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    Nadia - ScandiMummy
    November 1, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    Looks like you had a lovely stay. We have our first holiday planned in February going to Gibraltar for five days. I can’t wait. Thank you for sharing #busydoinglife

    Nadia – ScandiMummy x
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    November 1, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    I love visiting Cornwall 🙂 Your photos are amazing, it sounds like you all had a fun time!

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    November 1, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    I absolutely love Cornwall as a family holiday destination and it looks like you got up to lots of fun things! #busydoinglife

    Helen x


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    Luke Strickland
    November 2, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    We love family holidays to Cornwall – and especially the Eden Project. We discovered the soft play and dressing up area there last time too I remember! Glad to connect with your blog via #busydoinglife
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