This Room Report is by Ting Dalton who writes about her family’s travels and adventures at My Travel Monkey. Ting stayed at Coombe Mill farm in Cornwall in Southwest England in October and it sounds like they all had a lovely time:
“Myself, husband and three-year-old son took a week-long holiday in a self-catering Scandinavian Lodge within Coombe Mill farm, situated in St Brewards – a small village near Bodmin in Cornwall.
Coombe Mill consists of eleven self-catering properties including cottages and Scandinavian Lodges. It’s a family-run farm who’s ethos is to offer fun and educational activities for children of all ages including a daily feed run where the kids can tend to the farm animals and ride a tractor, as well as riding a miniature railway in the afternoon.
Trevano was built in Coombe in 2012 and is one of the newest properties. It sleeps up to a family of four and is one of the farm’s most popular properties, with views across a field and the river which runs through the estate.
The living space is situated on the ground floor, with an open-plan living area and kitchen with all mod cons. There is also an upstairs playroom dedicated solely to the pleasure of young children and filled to the brim with toys. Plus a large deck outside with a grass area enclosed within fencing – perfect for little ones to play safely. There is also free wi-fi when you log into the Coombe Mill intranet, although it does log you out after two-hours of use. Electricity is run on a meter, taking £1 coins. The whole week of electricity cost us approximately £10. The water is heated via solar panels on the roof and the heating via the floor underneath.
Trevano has one master bedroom with a king-sized bed. Lovely and huge, and plenty big enough for the three of us to snuggle up in! The main bedroom has side cabinets for smaller items, but there were no large drawers, although there was a closet area with plenty of hanging space. There is also a twin-room with plenty of storage for the kids’ clothing, and you are able to pre-order a bed guard or baby cot before your arrival. Both rooms have large windows, which let plenty of light in and were both spacious and comfortable.
The shower room ensuite had a large enclosure with strong water pressure. There are no cabinets for all your toiletries, but that wasn’t a problem as there was a large window ledge to place these items on. The family bathroom is larger, with a standard bath and shower – perfect for my son to splash about in. Both bathrooms were clean, bright and modern, and towels were provided at an extra charge.
We spent the majority of our time in the open plan kitchen, living and dining area. Not only was there a breakfast bar which my son enjoyed sitting at while watching me prepare his meals, but there was also a dining room table which could seat four people comfortably. There was also a large couch and arm chair and a large flat screen TV which had all the usual channels plus free view. There was a lovely wood-burning stove, which was the main feature of the living area, but because the weather was unseasonably warm there we had no need to use it. Although, it would be so lovely and toasty in the depths of winter.
The kitchen was well-equipped with a dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer, which came in handy with all the muddy clothes we had from being on the farm. It was also a bonus to have washing up liquid, dish cloths and tea towels provided.
Families are also able to order an online grocery shop from all the major supermarkets and have it delivered straight to the door. This was a fantastic option as it meant we could settle in without having to dash around the shops.
Coombe Mill’s owners Fiona and Nick couldn’t do more to make your stay an enjoyable one. Fiona herself shows you around the property and, if there are any problems, she is on hand to solve them. There is also a comprehensive book that explains how to work all the gadgets within the lodge, as well as helpful information regarding nearby amenities, attractions and restaurants. You are able to speak to Fiona and Nick at all times of the day – and they really do listen to suggestions from guests. Recently, a holiday-maker complained about the state of the pillows, and Fiona replaced all of them.
Set deep in a valley of a small village called St Brewards at the start of the Bodmin Moors, Coombe Mill is perfectly located to explore the rest of Cornwall. Attractions such as The Eden Project and The Lost Gardens of Heligan are only a short drive away, as is the fishing port of Padstow and Fowey.
If you’re looking for a self-catering holiday in Cornwall, then Coombe Mill and their properties are the place to stay, particularly if you have children. We met several families who have been returning year after year because of the unique environment that the farm offers to them. We have promised to return ourselves in the near future.
Family travel lowdown
The Trevano Lodge sleeps a family four, but Coombe Mill has properties that cater for up to 10 people. Prices do vary throughout the year during peak and low seasons, but we paid £480 for the whole week, during the first week of October half term. You can book directly through The Coombe Mill website. Be quick as places get booked up very quickly!”
Thank you Ting for writing this report – Coombe Mill sounds like a great place to stay with young children.
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