Sharing Our Farm Fun

Posted on January 25th, 2015

Six months of change

From May last year when we finally completed our big project of building Tree Roots Cottage Nick and I have had a bit more time on our hands. Time and money never go together; Tree Roots was a huge financial drain on the business. That said we are not ones to sit back and wait for the money to build, we know only too well that a successful business means continuing to invest, just becoming clever with the investment.

Tree Roots Cottage completed May 2014 at Coombe Mill

Perhaps one of the outstanding characteristics of Coombe Mill is the beautiful setting; we are at the foot of a stunning valley with the river Camel running through the grounds, plenty of woodland, meadows and in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. The beauty of the estate can be a real drawback when looking at planning permission, but a total plus for our holiday makers. With 30 acres there is always a new area to plan and with budgets tighter this year making the most of nature has been our focus.

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - Coombe Mill

We worked with twinkl UK, the on line educational specialists, to help redesign and update our education pages with content relevant to our farm environment and the national curriculum. I have combined the learning from here with some great ideas on the creative use of outdoor space, inspired by those linking to my weekly outdoor fun based Country Kids linky, to create new pursuits at Coombe Mill. Over the last six months we have developed a thriving and evolving Fairy Garden, a purpose built Den Building Zone and are now working on a Wildlife Trail.

 

Wildlife Trail, Den building Zone & Fairy Gardens at Coombe Mill Farm Holidays

 

Add to this Activity hour on the farm, which began in time for the summer season last year, where we invite the children staying to help us create with nature each week and join us for some fun and games and we have a whole section developed around nature and still more ideas to follow.

 

Activity Hour at Coombe Mill: crafts, learning & fun with nature

Sharing what we do

I suddenly realised none of this was showing on the website; only those following me on social media and the blog knew half of what was on offer on a holiday at Coombe Mill. As we are right into the peak booking month of January I knew I needed to rectify this, but was struggling to come up with a heading to accurately reflect all these wonderful new initiatives.

This is where social media comes into its own, I asked on my Coombe Mill facebook page and some great ideas and phrases came through. Thank you to all who pondered and contributed, we had a great discussion going on which left me with a list of favourites, from here I finally settled on Wild Adventures to capture the fun.

 

Facebook names Wild Adventures on the Coombe Mill Website

 

As Activity hour is an organised event rather than something for holiday guests to do in their own time I have given it its own heading just as the Train and Little Helpers Club does. Wild Adventures encompasses all the nature based “in your own time” activities. All these headings now fit perfectly under the new Kids Fun Category

Kids Fun at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays on the website

 

The category began to look over populated and so many of the facilities that are for adults as much as children have been moved into a new category titled Farm Facilities such as Fishing and Sport and Fitness.  

 

  Farm Facilities at Coombe Mill Family Holidays

 

My hope is that anyone looking at our website will see at a glance that a stay at Coombe Mill includes so much more than just a self catering cottage or lodge holiday in Cornwall. If you have a chance to to browse our site I’d love your feedback in the comments here. 

 

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