Posted on February 3rd, 2018 - Fiona
Usually for my week in photos I share the happenings on the farm. I’ve looked at the early signs of spring unfolding here in Cornwall and the fun of the farm on a winter holiday, but I rarely come back to our holiday accommodation. We have just 11 properties here at Coombe Mill, each of which are bespoke mixes of old and new cottages and contemporary Scandinavian style lodges. This past week I have been updating the website photos inside our earliest 2 bedroom lodge, Trebah. I thought I’d share a selection of the photos here too.
The wood interior darkens over time, and as we constantly replace furnishings, keeping photos up to date as a true representation of our properties is important. Like all our lodges Trebah is named after a famous Cornish attraction. Trebah Gardens are set in a beautiful sub tropical location much like the hamlet that forms Coombe Mill and it felt like an obvious name choice having visited the gardens. Over the years our very own Trebah has grown into its name.
As the addition of Trevarno and most recently Polzeath have since been built based on the successful layout of Trebah, I felt it was time to return to our original two bedroom property and give it a little focus. My style of photography has moved on since 2010 when Trebah was built as has my camera quality. Gone are the old over staged grainy photos to be replaced by these new, more simplistic and representative images. Hopefully any prospective family of four looking to book will be able to picture themselves relaxing into a holiday here in this comfortable and very practical holiday lodge.
Looking at Trebah holiday lodge from dining area through to lounge.
Compact kitchen with every home from home appliance included.
Simple and stylish furnishings with feature woodburner.
Super King bedroom En-suite with space for a cot.
Upstairs is just a giant playroom. Stair gates are built in.
The outside photos also need an update on the website but I’m waiting for spring to fully show it’s hand before updating these.
Posted on February 2nd, 2018 - Fiona
Welcome to Country Kids from Coombe Mill
Country Kids is the original outdoor family fun linky designed to:
“Encourage family fun outdoors, in an age where technology and screens are such a draw to a sedentary indoor life”
Welcome back if you are a regular to Country Kids and if you are new please join in. You will find plenty of inspiration for enjoying outdoor space and please do share your own adventures. We support the National Trust #50 things along with all other ideas for family fun outside.
Well I for one am happy to see January behind us and the welcome longer days February arrive. It may still be chilly outdoors and the weather very mixed, but with longer daylight hours the opportunity to make a little outdoor time increases. Here on the farm we are waiting for our first lambs to be born and hoping the fields will soon begin to dry and and new season grass start to grow for the animals. The end of this coming week will see our half term guests arrive and after a couple of quiet weeks I feel ready for the buzz they will bring. I have lots planned for our guests and family over the half term and hope to share this with you here on Country Kids over the coming weeks. I hope you will have your own adventures to share too. As ever the link up is below.
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December / January Welly Winner
Congratulations to Dawn of Dear Mummy Blog with the star of her blog Bella who is our December / January winner of the lovely Rockfish wellies. Dawn stayed with us here at Coombe Mill over New Year and has shared some lovely posts and videos of her time here and out and about in Cornwall. The winning post is from an overview of their family holiday here on the farm. Dawn, do DM or email ([email protected]) your choice of wellies from the Rockfish range including size and colour as shown in stock.
Favourite posts from last week added to the shortlist for winning the February Rockfish Wellies:
Top Commenter: Merlinda from Pixiedusk
Very Much So Blog shares a winter walk in Avebury, I’m rather taken with the wishing tree which I want to create at Coombe Mill
Meme and Harry shows how much fun a National Trust visit can be with the added sparkle of snow
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Posted on February 2nd, 2018 - Fiona
Every family begins to build up its own traditions over the Christmas holidays and we are no exception. I spoke last weekend about our local weekend away for family time and Christmas shopping together. This week I’m sharing another of our favourite winter holiday activities, watching the horse racing. Our local showground is Wadebridge, just 20 minutes from us and where the kids go to school. It is home to the Royal Cornwall show in summer and a whole host of other events throughout the year. The Christmas point to point is one we have attended for the past 3 years and it is always a fun day and surprisingly good value for money, if the bets go your way!
Coombe Mill is in the most beautiful sheltered valley and the Royal Cornwall show ground is on the top of an exposed hill, well I don’t know how old you need to be to understand that the temperature will be vastly different, but no amount of telling the triplets to wrap up warm would work. We gave up and just threw a few extra jumpers and jackets of ours in the car for good measure. Sure enough they were frozen by the biting wind in seconds and piling on the layers from the car! Thankfully placing bets takes place in the big barns which is sheltered from the elements.
Despite being farmers, we know nothing about horse racing and place our bets with a team vote over a name we like and a hunch on watching the horses in the parade ring
For the first three races we felt like we should have been offered a bet on the losing horse, as it always seemed to be ours despite our braving the cold on the side lines and cheering. But finally our moment came in race four and Guy’s choice of horse came in first. We only had a £5 bet on each race to win but that one £30 win was enough to have us break even on the day.
Guy and Farmer Nick couldn’t have looked more delighted, you’d think they’d won a fortune!
We put our winnings to good use rewarding ourselves with some excellent pasties and coffee against the cold.
There are always some lovely outdoor clothing and craft stalls to wander round between races too and I found myself picking up a couple of lovely unexpected presents there.
Our last race was a maiden race and we hedged our bets with an each way bet. Lucky we did as our horse came in second and paid out again. We left in high spirits despite the biting cold wind and headed home to warm up and enjoy the roast I had on low it the oven.
We certainly won’t be put off another flutter on the horses in future.
Helpful hints for winter horse racing at Wadebridge:
Entry is just £10 for adults on entry. Under 16’s go free|
Fixtures for the year are online|
|Pasties, tea, coffee and cakes are all very reasonably prices and piping hot.|
|Our local moorland village pub host the bar for those wanting something stronger.|
|Limit your bets to just a fun amount per race and you won’t spend a fortune and may even come out in profit.|
Keep your car wheels on the tarmac in the wet as the field parking gets very churned up
Wrap up warm as the wind up on the showground can be wicked.
Posted on January 29th, 2018 - Fiona
Capturing young minds to learn their alphabet, numbers and shapes has never been easier. Chalkboard Books are a great new concept in learning made fun by children’s book illustrator Stephen Barker. If you know a child in this age range and fancy giving them a step up in early years education at pocket money prices then read on to discover more and how you could win the set.
What are chalkboard Books?
Essentially these books are just what they sound like, books you can chalk on. Follow the easy to practice traceable letters, numbers and shapes. The clever part comes in the ability to simply wipe away your work and have another practice. Made from shiny wipe clean hardboard, each page is perfectly designed to write and wipe time and time again. There is even a set of chalks and a handy clip close case integral to each book.
Learning Made Fun
The colourful illustrations and easy to follow guide is great for building pen control as well as learning the topics of the book. Each page brings fresh designs and learning and a new opportunity to chalk and wipe. I can see these books being popular with teachers and parents and at just £7.99 a book they would make the perfect educational birthday party gift.
Being big kids here at Coombe Mill we couldn’t resist giving them a little go ourselves just to show you just how great these books are. We will certainly be using them as part of our activity hour learning here on the farm.
Need to Know
|Books in the Series
||Chalkboard alphabet, numbers, shapes
||£7.99 per book
||28.0cm x 21.5cm
||4 chalks in clip close integral case
||Cloth to wipe clean
Win your set of 3 Chalkboard Books with Quarto and Coombe Mill
If you fancy giving these clever chalkboards a go why not enter to win the set here. Simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.
I was sent my set of 3 books for the purpose of this review. However all thoughts and options are my own and in no way influenced by the promoter. If you are staying with us on holiday they may well feature as part of our arts and crafts sessions.
Posted on January 27th, 2018 - Fiona
If I were to order months of the year May would probably be my favourite with the growing spring animals and bursting summer plants and January bottom of the heap. However somehow this January it feels as though when I blink, it is nearly over. We’ve had some lovely winter weekend guests and plenty to keep us busy from the newly forming crazy golf to property maintenance and farm management ahead of the new season. In between we have enjoyed beach days and city trips and moorland walks as a family. After a rainy start to the week that kept me on indoor chores, I emerged with the sunshine to discover spring around me. From snowdrops to daisies, the farm is coming to life and daylight is now officially past 5pm here in Cornwall.
January you weren’t so bad after all!
It is a steep climb from Coombe Mill up onto Bodmin Moor but worth it for the far reaching views out across Cornwall. Up here, in Poldark country, the vast expanse of moorland can make you feel so small. The air is clear and at night it is a star gazers paradise. In fact it is now an official dark sky zone. When I master my night sky photography I promise to share our wonderful night skies. For now a late winter sun caught on my i-Phone.
Back down in the valley of Coombe Mill, winter moorland scrub gives way to spring flowers. I’m sure this rose has flowered all through winter on the wall of our old Millers cottage facing south.
The snowdrops are like a long white carpet along our riverbank now.
Our summer rhododendron are in bud and the camellia all over the farm are in full bloom now. Banks of new season daffodils are just flowering too following the early season ones now past.
Primroses are out in the woods but perhaps the biggest surprise was seeing daisies in the lawns. If only it would stay dry for long enough they could do with a mow, the lack of cold weather, snow or frost again this winter has left them running away mistakenly thinking it is summer!
Do you have a favourite and worst month of the year?