Looking for an easy family holiday? Hall Farm Cottages Cotswolds
Friday, 9 September 2011 | Admin
Sorry it's been a bit quiet lately but the summer holidays are just about over and we've survived - yay!
As we moved house this year, funds were a bit short for an overseas trip. And although we normally love camping I wasn't convinced about taking a 5 month old baby for any period of time - there's just not enough room in the car for all the baby related gubbins necessary.
Instead we decided to stay in the UK and booked a week in the Cotswolds, staying in Gardeners Cottage, at Hall Farm, in Sedgeberrow, just outside Evesham. We chose Hall Farm for several reasons, but mainly because they promised to supply all the baby necessities (travel cot, high chair, steriliser, toys) plus had good outdoor space for the older children to play in.
We arrived on Saturday lunchtime and were delighted to find fresh scones and home-made strawberry jam waiting for us, along with tea, coffee, milk etc which was great and meant we didn't have to cook on Saturday evening which was fabulous. A yummy bottle of red wine was also included - perfect start to our holiday!
The cottage itself had a spacious kitchen / dining / living space and I was really impressed with how well stocked the kitchen was in terms of utensils, crockery, pans etc. I just HATE going to a rented cottage and finding one blunt knife for cooking preparation, but here there was a food processor and hand-held mixer if you fancied doing a bit of baking! There was even a copy of Delia's classic cookery book, just in case you fancied making something more strenuous than pasta / pizza / paella.
There were two bedrooms above, both en-suite with full bathrooms which was really handy. The kids took the larger room which had a double bed plus a single. Baby came in with us in the twin room and it all worked out well, although my monkeys were awake at 6am as usual every morning....yawn.
Outdoors, there was plenty for the kids to play on, with a large trampoline, grassy field for ballgames, swing / slide etc. And as if that wasn't enough, there were chickens in the orchard, and no1 son really enjoyed going to find the eggs each morning. Lastly, we were able to use the owners heated outdoor swimming pool which was a 5 minute stroll away and was a really lovely way to spend an afternoon.
Although I had visited the Cotswolds before it was pre-children so I wasn't sure what we could actually do. Visiting cutesie Cotswold villages with 4 kids under 7 just isn't the same as mooching around just the two of you... Thankfully Rebecca the manager had prepared an extensive folder full of ideas of places to visit and things to do. We spent days out, visiting Cotswold Wildlife Park and my personal favourite Cotswold Farm Park where the kids all loved feeding the pet goats and sheep. Trips to Croome Park and Westonbirth Arboretum were also worth a visit, if for no other reason that an ice-cream treat after our walk!
On the days we had sunshine, we were happy to relax by the (heated) pool, or just let the kids exhaust themselves bouncing on the trampoline or playing football.
All in all, it was a really enjoyable holiday and I would thoroughly recommend Hall Farm Cottages. I believe that they're going to have a new holiday let available from next year In New Quay in Wales, so will be keeping that on my shortlist too!
The website is Hall Farm Cottages. Prices start from £260 but apparently they will offer a discount for last minute bookings so it's always worth asking...