Home » Trip to Coombe Mill – #CountryKids

Trip to Coombe Mill – #CountryKids

Ever since I came across the Coombe Mill blog through the Country Kids linky that Fiona runs every week, I thought that it would be lovely to visit one day, either by staying there or by popping in when we’re down that way. As we go on holiday to Tom’s parents every summer, I thought it would be a possibility to have a day trip there this year, as it’s only just over an hour’s drive in good traffic. I was so glad that we managed to make it, just before Fiona and family set off on their family holiday.

PicMonkey Collage (1)

We started off on the journey down into Cornwall and made good time, so arrived in the later part of the morning. The first thing that Andrew spotted as we drew up in the car was one of the play areas, so he insisted that we get him out right away and he ran across to it, climbing up on the ship-shaped climbing frame, steering with the wheel and playing with the canon. He also liked the look of the trampoline, so had a go with some adult supervision from the other side of the netting.

Meanwhile I went across to reception and introduced myself in person to Fiona – it’s so nice to meet people in real life having tweeted with them and read their blogs. She was busy sorting things out to go away, and I felt very privileged that she was so welcoming and willing to spend time with us even though it was a big deal to get things done in order to leave the family business and go away for a week. Whilst she finished off a few things, I went back over and joined the others; my parents and parents in law were looking after Andrew on the playground. Very kindly, Fiona then came back over and invited us to their house for a cup of tea and cake, which was lovely, and we chatted for a while whilst three of her children came to join us, mainly for the cake!

PicMonkey Collage (2)

Then it was time for a farm tour, courtesy of Felix and Clio. Our guides did a great job of showing us all the animals. We saw peacocks, chickens, pigs, donkeys, deer, goats and rabbits. Andrew was very impressed, and was keen to stroke and feed animals where appropriate, as shown by the older kids. Joel also liked looking at the furry moving things, though he was getting a bit whingey by that point, maybe teeth, maybe hunger, maybe tiredness, who knows! We were all particularly impressed by the deer, who did a run by in front of us as Clio ran into the field behind them.

PicMonkey Collage (3)

PicMonkey Collage (4)

PicMonkey Collage (5)

Once the farm tour was over, and we managed to prize Andrew away from the other play areas that he had seen on the way back to the start, we sat down and had a picnic on one of the benches dotted amongst the lodges. I knew that Joel would like some milk before a nap, so I slipped into the BBQ hut to feed him – this is a fantastic hut that seats 15 people with a barbecue in the middle and a chimney that lets the smoke out, or is perfect for feeding a very distractible 9 month old away from all the sights and sounds of a family day out.

PicMonkey Collage (6)

After some milk he soon went off for a nap, so I went and joined Andrew on the play area where he was playing with Granny and Grandma. Fiona came and joined us for a bit too, and Andrew found her son Jed playing with the swing ball so tried to join in.

PicMonkey Collage (7)

After a while we headed back to the toddler-specific play area, which is full of ride-on cars. trikes and tractors, so right up Andrew’s street. He also spotted the soft play hut, and had another go on there (apparently he’d already been in when I was feeding Joel). Not that it was raining that day, but having an indoor play area is perfect for the British weather, because even though we often get togged up and go out in the rain anyway, sometimes it’s nice to have a dry place for him to burn off some energy, so I can imagine that if we stay there it would prove invaluable.

PicMonkey Collage (8)

We would have loved to stay and see the miniature railway running at 5pm, but Andrew was flagging and it was clear that he would need his nap in the car on the way home sooner than that. So we started to make a move towards the car. Once we got going, it didn’t take long for both boys to drop off (Joel had woken up from his nap as we transferred him but went back off again), and by the time we had driven through the winding lanes and reached the main road, they were both sound asleep. A sign on a great day out!

The whole family was very impressed by what we saw at Coombe Mill, and we will certainly be recommending it to other families who might be looking to holiday down in Cornwall. There is so much for young children to see and do, including helping out on the farm for feed runs which we didn’t get to experience, and it’s a great spot to go off and explore Cornwall too, from beaches to hills to towns. All the accommodation is well equipped for families with babies and toddlers, so it feels like a home from home. We are blessed with this ourselves in Devon, and at the moment I expect we’ll continue to stay with Grandma and Pop, but when the boys are a bit older we would love to go and stay at Coombe Mill for a holiday. It would be a lovely place to go with another family or two with children a similar age to ours.

So for this week’s Country Kids linky, Andrew and Joel got to be country kids at the place where Country Kids was born, and they thoroughly enjoyed it.

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

 

 

22 Responses to “Trip to Coombe Mill – #CountryKids”

  1. It looks like such a wonderful place to visit, I hope we get there one day

  2. Looks like you had a great day there! We’re booked in to go next spring, so my 3yo has just delighted in looking at all of your photos, knowing she will go there, too 🙂

  3. Mary says:

    Brilliant! A pilgrimage to the birthplace of the Country Kids Linky – love it!! It does look wonderful, I would love to visit too one day.

    • Ruth says:

      Hehe, yes it was like a pilgrimage I guess! Well worth the trip as we were down that way anyway.

  4. Jaime Oliver says:

    i would love to visit Coombe Mill, it looks like you had a fab time 😉

  5. Coombemill says:

    Thank you for such a wonderful review of your day with us. The whole family were a pleasure to meet and you are most welcome anytime you are staying with the grandparents. There is always cake and tea on offer at mine! Great to see that you made the most of the day visiting all our different play areas. Next time I hopeyou can stay for the train ride too.

    • Ruth says:

      Yes, we would love to stay for the trains another time, Andrew would love it! Thanks again for your hospitality, and one day we hope to stay there for a week, once we’ve graduated from purely grandparent holidays 🙂 Oh and Andrew would spend all day on playgrounds if we let him, and on that day we did! He enjoyed seeing and feeding the animals too, but it’s hard to beat slides, climbing frames, trampolines etc.

  6. Keitha says:

    Looks like you all had a wonderful day! I wish I were close enough to take my kiddo to Coombe Mill. Thank you for sharing your lovely pictures.

    • Ruth says:

      We had an amazing time. We’re lucky to have grandparents down that way, otherwise it would be a real trek from Cambridge!

  7. Oh how wonderful, I am determined to get to Coombe Mill, it really has something for everyone. Brilliant pictures too, it looks like you all had a wonderful time 🙂

    • Ruth says:

      Thank you 🙂 It really does have something for all the family, and we would love to stay one day!

  8. Mama Owl says:

    It does look amazing, I so hope we will be able to visit one day

  9. Emma says:

    Coombe Mill looks amazing! I am determind to go one day 🙂

  10. Aly says:

    Oh even though it was a very short visit you can still say you went.I’m hoping to take my kids for a holiday in the future.

  11. Grandma or Great Grandma says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed looking at your holiday record. Grandad will see it later. I can imagine Andrew having a wonderful time there and not wanting to leave. We are looking forward to seeing you all again soon.
    Lots of love to you all.

    • Ruth says:

      Thank you for reading Grandma! Yes he certainly didn’t want to leave. We’ll try and get over at some point soon xx

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *