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Toddler Top 5

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Happy New Year to you.  We do hope you had a wonderful Christmas.  It has been a busy time here at the cottages, welcoming guests over the festive period and making sure the animals all got an extra special Christmas lunch.  We had a wonderful Christmas; with the three young grand children really embracing that Christmas spirit we all hanker after.  Then on New Years Eve the first full sleep over of all three grand children took place, to everyone’s surprise it went well and Granny and Grandchildren (4 years old and and two 2 1/2 year olds) all slept through – a minor miracle!


With children around the farm little people really are a huge focus for us.  We want to make sure you have a stress free, relaxing holiday even if the children don’t always sleep through the night every night!  Here on the farm you will find a fantastic Play Barn with soft play, a special Wendy House, so many toys and dressing up box to keep even the most active soul entertained for hours.  Upstairs in the barn adults can make the most of complimentary papers and coffee, table tennis, pool and stunning views across the valley.  Next door you will find a heated indoor pool perfect to teach little people to swim or a great place to escape the occasional Cornish rainy day.

Here is our top 5 places to visit with toddlers:

  1. The Lost Gardens of Heligan – Our children love running freely around Heligan – whether you come during the holiday or throughout the year there is always so much to interest and entertain.  Strangely our noisy 2 year old loves the quiet bird hide – trying to spot the resident pheasant.  It seems the birds are used to noisy little people and are pretty un phased.  The cafe is so child friendly with highchairs and areas you can take your own food.
  2. Jungle Jacks – On the whole we hate soft play establishments and avoid them like the plague, however Jungle Jacks is a little bit special.  It is very well laid out, it is not huge so you don’t loose your children and it has a lovely very well priced cafe.  A large jug of squash with as many cups as you like is £1 and there is a brilliant selection of freshly cooked food.  It is worth noting your are not permitted to take in your own food and drink.
  3. Cardinham Woods – whether you fancy a long walk, short walk, a  bike ride, barbecue or just a play area and a coffee Cardinham Woods has a lot of offer families of all ages and walking/cycling abilities.  The shortest walk is pretty flat and ideal for little legs who might like to balance bike their way around.  The bribe of an ice cream at the end of the circular route usually helps tired legs.  There is a small charge for parking, and excellent toilets.
  4. Porthpean Beach – children love exploring the beach no matter what time of year it is.  Porthpean is ideal for families, a small cove Christmas at Tregongeeveswith lovely rock pools to explore at low tide and great for paddling in.  We can be found there throughout the year attempting to catch the elusive crabs!  Plenty of parking and a seasonal cafe.  Toilets open daily.
  5. Charlestown – a latest favorite family day out.  Enjoy lunch in the very child friendly Longstore – with sea views and amazing food you will not be disappointed.  We forgo pudding, but instead head to the Tallships Creamy – a tiny little ice cream shop that sells toddler ice cream cones for £1.  Perfectly sized for little hands and mouths.  Just Monday we enjoyed lunch their followed by an ice – cream and an explore of the beach, perfect no matter what time of year it is

For more information on any of our farm holiday cottages in St Austell please give us a call on 01726 68202.

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