A Short Break Weekend in Winter

Posted on February 17th, 2017

Winter can feel very long without a few things to look forward to. One tradition we have is a family winter short break to our favourite hotel in Devon on a weekend when we have no visitors at Coombe Mill. We spotted our chance and booked up.

A winter break for the family to Devon

The hotel is one we have been going to for 21 years, since our honeymoon. I’d have never thought back then that it would be somewhere we would still be returning to all these years later with our now almost fully grown 6 children. It is pricey and so 2 nights in mid winter is all we can stretch too but we all look forward to the break.

Thurlestone Hotel Devon

Our first day was met with a real south westerly wind and drizzle, not to be put off some of us braved the coast path.

Wet coastal family walk

The more sensible ones opted for the badminton and squash courts and it wasn’t long before we caught them up for some inter family challenges.

Squash and Badminton inter family challenge on holiday

The outdoor pool was unsurprisingly closed but thankfully the indoor one was open and the kids were in and out all weekend when they had a spare half hour.

family time in the swimming pool on holiday at Thurlestone

Day two was quite different with glorious sunshine and warm too, there was no time for indoor swimming as we headed out to wear off our indulgent breakfast. Guy and Jed fancied themselves as the next Wimbledon stars

Playing tennis at Thurlestone

The others dabbled at golf. This is Farmer Nick’s passion and a big part of choosing this hotel 21 years ago. He has so much patience teaching the children and keeping their spirits up after landing in the rough.

Golf at Thurlestone

I find golf very frustrating and am happy to enjoy the coast path after failing to gain a true golf score again!

Thurlestone beach in winter sun

After a full day of outdoor fun dressing up for dinner is a treat and enjoying the odd mocktail or cocktail down in the bar.

Dinner at the Thurlestone Hotel in Devon

Even with one very rainy day we had another wonderful visit and returned to the farm feeling refreshed and ready to greet those visiting us for a welcome winter short break.  


Do you have a short break to look forward to in winter?