As far as I am concerned, when booking a family holiday in Cornwall there is only really one choice; it has to be Coombe Mill.
For those of you who have never heard of Coombe Mill before, Coombe Mill is a fantastic North Cornwall family holiday venue, consisting of sixteen unique self catering properties, ranging from stone cottages to state of the art log cabins, all of which are located within a thirty acre child friendly farm. In addition to the farm, there are many wonderful things for the children to do, including numerous play areas for the children (both indoor and outdoor), and even a ride on train!
This wonderful family business is run by the husband and wife team that is Fiona and Nick (A.K.A Farmer Nick), with the help of their six helpful and friendly children.
We arrived at around 6:30pm on the Saturday; it was pouring with rain. On arrival we were greeted by the lovely Fiona who is a fabulous host and is always on hand (or the end of a tweet) to offer advice and suggestions on things to do and places to visit. We were given the tour and then preceded to unpack, which seemed to take ages - Phil always says that I over pack!
We stayed in a beautiful stone cottage called Water Mill.
On entering our property I was immediately drawn to the huge log burner that dominated the living area. I have wanted a real log burner for many years, so I was keen to get it going; however my fire lighting skills were not very good at first, so we ended up sending an SOS tweet to Fiona, who graciously braved the elements to come and help us on that first night. I am pleased to say that I quickly mastered the art of lighting the fire.... unlike hubbie :)
Ruby woke us up bright and early the next morning as she was super excited to be going on the first Feed Run of the week. All of the guests assembled in the car park, where the children were given their Coombe Mill hats before piling into the purpose built trailer to be driven to the first feed stop.
Ruby, being little miss confident, managed to convince Farmer Nick that she should be the first child of the week to drive the tractor.
Before we set off, Fiona explained that Farmer Nick was running a few minutes late as a Coombe Mill first had happened that morning - triplet lambs had been born!
During the feed run the children fed many many different types of animals, including the chickens, where they also collected eggs for breakfast, pigs, goats, sheep, donkeys and deer.
My favourite had to be bottle feeding Ebony - the only bottle fed lamb on the farm.
We arrived back at Water Mill and after all our hard work had a well deserved second breakfast!
To be continued......