Sunday, 6 January 2013

are you going anywhere nice this year?

picture above of National Trust Beach Kynance Cove ©Emma Bradshaw 2012

I always feel quite sluggish in January, the desire to tidy, de-clutter and start afresh but with the extra winter pounds from Christmas eating, slowing me down and long dark days making me lethargic. The way I usually get round this is by booking our summer holidays, and I'm not the only one as January is peak trading time for travel agents too.

As with many other families we are feeling the pinch and will have to be careful to watch our spending this year. So we have decided to go on a sensible two week summer holiday in the school holidays (even though this is the most ridiculous time to go away as holiday companies double their prices!) We have chosen to go back to Cornwall, we love it and have the benefit of knowing our way around having been many times before.

We have chosen to stay with Forever Cornwall again as their properties are so beautifully furnished to such a high standard and have everything you need and more for your holiday, we have previously stayed in the Driftwood Beach Chalet in 2011 & Wildwood cottage in 2012 and I can't recommend them enough. I hate holiday homes which look beautiful on the outside but inside are furnished with musty smelling granny sofas!

fishing at Cornish Tipi Holidays ©Emma Bradshaw 2009

I had been entertaining the idea of the Isle of Wight with a week in a camper van as we had so much fun when we stayed in a camper van a few years back, followed by a week in a beach chalet. I've heard lovely things about the island but the cost of the ferry crossing has been putting us off. Fforest, home of the Do Lectures is in one of the most beautiful corners of Wales and I've heard great things from people that have stayed there - so really want to visit there too.

We have always had the most amazing holidays with Under The Thatch in Wales and Feather Down Farms, although expensive, are just the BEST holiday ever and is worth eating lentils for the rest of the year for! If you are the adventurous type and fancy getting back to nature, then Cornish Tipi Holidays are for you, sleeping in tipi's, catching fish for your supper, real fires under the clearest of skies; no TV, no electricity, no distractions - just proper family time together, we loved it!

Are you going anywhere nice this year?


12 comments:

  1. We're going to Cornwall too (St Ives again) and I'm toying with the idea of booking a Featherdown farm weekend in France in the summer holidays and taking the long route down in the campervan - I figure after a week of sleeping in the van, those Featherdown beds will be a winner! Wildwood looks brilliant too. x

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    1. Have you done Feather Down Farms before Suzie? Definitely a good idea after a week of sleeping in the van, the beds are so comfy! At least you have the weather too if you go to France.

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    2. Yes, we've been three times. It's brilliant isn't it? But it's getting rather expensive as you say. Good luck back at work this week btw x

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  2. We are going back to The Isle of Wight. Vintage Vacations - amazing!!! We have stayed at The Shack before, you would love it, I am sure x

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    1. Thanks for the recommendation - I think this just may be our 2014 destination! Will start saving pennies now ;0)

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  3. Cornwall for us too! Port Isaac for us with day trips down to Polruan/Fowey. We're going to take our caravan down this year so looking for a quiet farm site, not those big parks for usual.
    May also get over to France camping to catch a little of the Tour and up to the Yorkshire Dales for Whit with the van too.

    Couldn't agree with you more, only way to get through January is planning the holidays. Would love to stay with Forever Cornwall one year, they look like my perfect

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    1. Glad it's not just us that return to the same place, I always think there are so many new places to discover why waste time going back, but we love Cornwall!

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  4. I agree entirely that there is nothing as dismal as a beautiful holiday home let down by its furnishings. We love the Under The Thatch homes and have visited many over the past few years, but thanks to this post of yours we will be visiting Cornwall this summer. Our only problem is which beautiful property to choose! (and fingers crossed the rain stops sometime!)

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  5. I'm an expat living in the US and for the first time since our boys were born we are all coming back to England for a holiday! Three days in London, three with my brother in Devon - cannot wait!!

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  6. Hi Emma, great links thanks for such wonderful ideas! I go on holiday camping to the isle of wight for two weeks every year. I have been going since i was about 5 and im now 27. I love it so much and yes the ferry is pricey but the island is well worth it with heaps of stuff to do from walking, fishing, amusement parks, to national trust properties and all kinds of beaches. Its well worth a try, you might fall in love with it like me :) Here's a blog of a lady who lives on the island, it will give you an idea of the isle.
    http://www.rustyrambles.com/
    Gem
    x

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    1. Thank you Gemma,
      I think we'll give it a go and save up for 2014! Love the http://www.rustyrambles.com/ blog too - thanks for the recommendation,
      Emma x

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  7. We went to Kynance and Tipi last year on your recommendation. In fact I printed out your guide to West Cornwall and had it in the Campervsn with us so thanks for that! Cornwall was very beautiful and we will def be returning, but this year I am hoping to chase the sun in France in the campervan! Hazel at YellowFieldsCamping, can't seem to post comment using my wordpress id so have gone for anonymous!

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