For the last two years we have spent Christmas away from home in the most wonderful setting, Coombe Mill in Cornwall.
Coombe Mill was originally a 16th Century water mill, but has been transformed into a beautiful and secluded hamlet of picturesque holiday cottages, Scandinavian and riverside lodges set amidst an idyllic 30 acre private estate between Bodmin Moor and the Beach.
Run by Fiona, Farmer Nick and their six gorgeous children Coombe Mill offers the best of farm life with a daily feed run that everyone gets to join in with. With the opportunity to drive a real tractor, feed and care for the animals and even find breakfast by looking for the chickens eggs, it is not only educational but fun for all involved.
They even have an extra special feed run on Christmas Day and you are positively encouraged to keep scraps of food to feed to Sally and her noisy piglets and check that Rudolph arrived safely back at the farm after his busy night.
Coombe Mill is the perfect base for exploring the delights of the Cornish countryside, or you can make the most of snuggling up in their cosy cottages complete with a real Christmas tree and decorations for you to decorate it yourself and roaring log burner on the go – they even provide toys for the kids to play with.
With indoor and outdoor play areas for the kids, a gym for the adults and 30 acres to explore there is plenty to keep young minds busy and wear them out. Fiona also offers craft sessions and we made decorations for the tree and table decorations in time for Christmas dinner.
One of the highlights of a stay at Coombe Mill is their miniature train which they run every afternoon. Not only do they get to ride on it, but they can operate the signal or wave it into the station.
On Christmas Eve the train turns into a magical Santa Express and the big man takes some time off from his busy journey and comes to see the kids in the tunnel with some presents. In the evening we ventured into St Tudy to celebrate Christingle and then it was back to Fiona and Nick’s house for a huge buffet.
We have stayed in two of their properties and it is difficult to say which is our favourite as they are so different.
Heligan is a contemporary and spacious log cabin with high ceilings, a light, airy but cosy feel, and a vast open plan living space that the kids adored.
It has three downstairs bedrooms and on upstairs plus those all important two bathrooms.
Tree Roots is the biggest of their properties and offers ample living space for large family gatherings round a social kitchen dining room which becomes the hub of the property making it perfect for special occasions like Christmas. With a play room full of toys and a separate living room on the same floor it is easy for everyone in the party to enjoy the accommodation and not feel on top of each other.
There is even a hot tub in the garden for an extra special treat!
I highly recommend Coombe Mill as a place to stay and cannot fault it at all. What is more is that they have a wonderful competition running at the moment to win Christmas 2015 with them. Sadly we won’t be able to stay with them over the festive season this year as hubby isn’t allowed any time off, but whoever does will have a magical time – I promise!