You know when you find a holiday that is right for you and your family and you just keep returning? Staying with family in Uzes in the south of France is that holiday for us. It isn’t the 750mile drive across France or the night of missed sleep on a ferry, it isn’t the 35 degree heat or the mosquito bites all of which I could live without. However it is the warm welcome we receive when we arrive, the way we instantly relax into holiday mode and watch 10 kids enjoy each other’s company picking up where they left off the year before.
Running a holiday business ourselves it is very hard to take holidays but with a lot of planning and Amber, our duty manager in charge back at Coombe Mill, we can enjoy a week away in the school holidays ourselves. This year was a special one for me, as I fear it may be the last time we all go away as a family. Alistair is off to University this weekend and who knows what his plans will be by next summer. I know neither Nick nor I were taking family holidays by his age and so this year was one for making the most of having my family together. We made full use of our time with some wonderful day trips and adventures I will share soon, however whatever we did by day there was always some favourite activities at our cousins’ house that brought us all together.
Ping Pong tournaments.
Despite having our own ping pong table at Coombe Mill, I swear we all play more games in a week in France than all year at home; it must be the freedom of time on holiday.
With soaring temperatures this year the pool was always in use. The kids made up their own games which seemed to involve much dunking and throwing in of each other. It was lovely to watch them all frolicking around together with banter flying through the air.
Al fresco dining
Meal times are a social occasion with so many of us, from watching the sun rise over breakfast to setting over dinner, we all met for meal times soaking up the stunning view from the veranda. I wish we had more days in Cornwall where you could guarantee the warmth to eat al fresco sitting out till late.
My idea of relaxation
In my free time on holiday or at home I like to do something physical and sporty. We took a couple of bikes with us and I managed to pack in plenty of cycling with my eldest and enjoy my favourite running routes along the ancient route from Serves to Uzes passing sunflower fields, vineyards and fig trees should I need to refuel along the way!
It is only a 5 minute walk from our cousin’s house into the centre of Uzes and whether it is shopping in the market by day or walking the streets by night the charm of Uzes can’t fail to capture the heart. The imposing town castle is still the personal home of the Duke to this day.
This beautiful part of France is where I switch off and relax into holiday mode. It is my happy place and I now understand how people say this to me about holidays with us at Coombe Mill. It is all about finding somewhere you feel comfortable and able to really appreciate quality family time. I’m already planning our 5th visit and daring to hope that maybe all of my children will want to come just one more time.
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