The Benefits of Staycations
We may have been enjoying holidays abroad for years before our children came along. But all of a sudden they can become stressful and exhausting experiences, particularly getting to and from the destination. Just getting through bag drop-off, security and queuing at the airport departure gate with tetchy tots can be bad enough. But if you then find yourself seated next to a passenger with no tolerance of small children you can feel broken before the holiday has even properly begun. Then there’s the dread of the return journey!
So why not remove this chunk of stress and stay in the UK. Not only can you plan your journey time to suit your child’s sleep patterns, you can also have breaks when it suits you and not fear a fellow traveller’s intolerance towards a tired and scratchy child.
After years of seeming like a drab alternative to holidays abroad staycations are very much back in vogue. The holiday accommodation sector in the UK is highly competitive and in order to survive operators have had to up their game and listen to the needs of their market. There are now plenty of good quality establishments that specialise in appealing to families with young children.
One such place is Tredethick Farm Cottages, a small self-catering holiday complex in Cornwall. This family run business has its finger on the pulse with the owners (Ashlyn and Tim Reed) having young children of their own. They understand that parents can only enjoy their holiday if the children are also happy. Over the years they have built up a really good collection of facilities to keep young children occupied and happy whatever the weather. These include an indoor pool, soft-play room with ball pool, slide and soft shapes, a play-barn with an enormous sandpit, play park and giant trampoline.
Despite all these great facilities the highlight for most is the morning animal feeding sessions. Here the children get to bottle feed lambs, watch the pet pigs sit for their morning biscuits, hand feed the goats and collect the eggs from the hens. There’s also twice weekly pony rides on Toby and Ladybird and a surprise at the end of their stay. The children love it and it’s a great way to start each day.
Just before you think this place is all about the kids, Ashlyn and Tim have gone out of their way to make it enjoyable for parents too. The cottages are of a high standard and there are facilities for you too. The Hot-Tub garden with its tree ferns, glass garden pod and views facing south towards the Fowey valley is an oasis of clam and the Soft-Play room, often a parent’s nightmare has fresh lavazza coffee and the morning papers waiting for you. You may find it is you who is dragging your child to the Soft-Play rather than the other way round!
For more information visit www.tredethick.co.uk