We have been blessed with having some really great family holidays together over the last few years, it's something I take seriously, both in discovering fab places to go, spending months planning and looking forward to getting away (which gets me through the darkest winter months). Here are just a few of our favourites;
1. DRIFTWOOD BEACH HUT
I dream of living in a beach hut by the sea and this beach chalet at Gwithian Towans is pretty much perfect, I'd move in tomorrow if I could and owner Phil would let me! The boys would surf after school, I'd serve cappuccinos in the surf cafe nearby and wear flip flops all year round!
Ok, back to reality, if you share my dream you can hire this beach hut through Forever Cornwall, which even has surfboards in the rafters to borrow.
2. CORNISH TIPI HOLIDAYS
3. RUSTY THE TIN TENT
This is perhaps the most imaginative and quirky holiday property we've ever stayed in, the boys had acres to roam, we had real fires and Rusty was so cosy you could stay all year round - utter bliss in the most magical of settings in Cornwall.
4. FEATHER DOWN FARM
I love Feather Down Farms, they've got it spot on when it come to family holidays and whilst they are quite pricey they really are the stuff of childhood memories and we remember our holiday so fondly and have judged all our 'glamping' holidays against it.
5. WENDY THE ABERPORTH EXPRESS
When the boys were little we stayed in a railway carriage called Wendy right by the sea in west Wales, it was beautifully converted and contained lots of railway paraphernalia. The train loving boys thought it was brilliant!
6. CAMPING AT FARRS MEADOW
We discovered this gorgeous campsite last year, with quirky compost loo's and showers in horseboxes it was enchanting and we'll certainly return.
7. A ROAD TRIP IN A VW CAMPER
Despite being quite a squeeze this road trip in a camper to the Norfolk coast (taking in the world snail racing championships on the way) was perhaps my favourite holiday. I would love to hire one again and go on another road trip with the boys, now they're older they would love it - although I'm not sure we'll fit all five of us in!
So after so many great places over the years, where next?