Our Easter stay at Coombe Mill
The Christmas before last we had an amazing holiday at Coombe Mill, and we were all keen to come back. The Coombe Mill Christmas was magical. We will never forget that holiday. This time, I wanted to come back at a time when we may see some baby animals. We also decided that rather than staying in a cottage again, we would try one of the lodges.
We stayed in in Trebah, which was a two bedroom lodge. Two of the things we liked best about Willow cottage were the huge bed in the master bedroom and a playroom for the girls. Trebah had both, but the playroom was bigger and the master bedroom had an ensuite. As much as we loved staying in Willow, Trebah definitely won us over very quickly. However, as great as the lodge was, the girls were still desperate to get outside as often as possible.
There is just so much to do at Coombe Mill. Our lodge had a decked area with picnic table and a private lawned area. Beyond this was a large grassy area and a playground to the left. This meant that Rich and I could sit outside the lodge whilst the girls could happily play.
There was also a large covered barbecue down towards the river. Rich had been taught how to get a proper log fire going during our stay at Christmas. We couldn’t justify using the log burner in Trebah at this time of year, so we did the next best thing – had a barbecue! Rich was in his element, getting the fire going and cooking the food. And honestly – Quorn sausages cooked over a wood-fueled barbecue taste delicious!
Of course, the main draw to Coombe Mill is always going to be the animals. Each morning at 9am is the feed run. The kids all given Coombe Mill caps and get certificates at the end of the week for helping our Farmer Nick.
Each morning, the kids pile into the trailer and await Farmer Nick (or Farmer Amber) to pick someone to help drive the tractor. The kids all get a chance to drive the tractor at least once (but more usually two or three times). Whilst Farmer Nick is choosing a helper, ALL of the parents are secretly wishing that they could drive the tractor themselves. The best bits to drive the tractor on are going through the river and the “fast bit” on the way back to the farm. Although I suspect that it is the promise of the “fast bit” that actually gets all the kids back onto the tractor or trailer at the end of the feed run.
As I said previously, the draw for our stay at this time of year was seeing baby animals, and we were not disappointed. There were baby lambs born on the mornings of the first two feed runs, and two sets of twins born on the last day.
The other highlight of the week is Activity Hour. Rich asked me how long Activity Hour is. Unsurprisingly, it’s an hour long. Fiona runs it and manages to pack so much in. I have always enjoyed reading about what happens in these each week via her Country Kids linky. She finds activities that are seasonal and pitched perfectly for the children on the farm that week. My two had so much fun, and what went on warrants another post on its own.
You might be reading this thinking that Coombe Mill sounds perfect when the weather is good (which it is), but what about when it rains. We spent over a week at Christmas when it was wet and muddy, and honestly, we had an amazing time. We made use of the washing machine and tumble drier in the cottage every day. With waterproofs and wellies I assure you that we still had loads of fun. If the rain does get too much though, there is a soft play barn for little ones, and a games room for bigger ones. I tried to teach Emily how to play table tennis. She was very easy to beat!
Coombe Mill also makes a great base for exploring Cornwall further. Within about half an hour we visited Polzeath beach, the harbour town of Padstow, the National Trust property Lanhydrock, and the amazing Eden Project. Coombe Mill is also not far from the Camel Trail – in fact the River Camel actually runs through the farm.
We had such a great time at Christmas. The girls regularly talk about their time there. I honestly didn’t think this stay would better than, but it exceeded all expectations. We all had a wonderful time. So much so, that I booked for next year before we left.