Christmas Festive Fun at the Farm

Posted on December 13th, 2019 -

Here at Coombe Mill we are ready to enjoy the festive fun to begin. The planning is done, present wrapping begun and the place is looking its seasonal best. I’m a great believer in planning, not because I like to gloat, but because I want to enjoy the Christmas week myself and I’m not good at handling last minute stress.  


Christmas Festive Fun at the Farm

Christmas Lights

The lights are up around our log store and across the car park and the phone box is also lit. This has the dual purpose of looking festive and helping you to navigate the farm in the early evening darkness.

Festive Christmas Lights

Christmas Trees in all our properties

Our properties each have a tree with lights on ready for our guests to arrive. In addition there is a box of decorations for each family to embellish their tree to their own design on arrival. Speaking of arrival, we also ensure the fire will be lit and the heating and hot water all on to make your Christmas visit welcoming and relaxing from the minute you arrive.

Christmas Trees in every holiday lodge and cottage

Christmas Eve Family Entertainment all planned

Christmas Eve is an afternoon of entertainment for the children here at Coombe Mill. We will have fun making Snow Globes for our festive fun craft in the afternoon. This is followed by a trip to the village Christingle service for those who would like to participate; Santa makes an appearance and there is a treat for everyone.

Back at Coombe Mill we start the evening off with a drinks party in our games room for all our family and guests to meet and chat over a glass of bubbly and a bite to eat. As a special treat for the children, Santa will be there too, in a purpose built Grotto for all to visit.  


Christmas Eve Plans

Farm rides throughout the festive fun

Out on the farm the feed run will run each day with the usual swell of enthusiasm from our little helpers. This is the perfect way to learn about the farm and run off some of that Christmas excitement each morning.


Christmas Festive fun on the Farm

Christmas Bear on Social Media

I’d love you to follow our fun on social media too. We have our very special Christmas Bear out in a new location each day. See if you can spot him on my Instagram and Facebook stories and see what he gets up to. Each week in my main feed you there is a summary of the week’s activities and locations.


Get ahead for some Christmas festive fun for next year

We still have some last minute space for this year, or why not take up our December offer from my last post: Book head for next year now in the property of your choice and pay nothing till March 2020 just by writing “Pay March” in special instructions when booking on line.  


A break for us too

With all this in place and nearly 2 weeks to go, we are enjoying a couple of mini breaks ourselves before our extended family and guests arrive.


mini break

Whatever your plans this Christmas, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas filled with love, peace and family festive fun.

Merry Christmas

Fiona x

Animal Atlas from Lonely Planet Kids

Posted on December 2nd, 2019 -

For growing kids with a developing appetite for discovering the planet and the animals that inhabit it, we have the perfect book. Animal Atlas from Lonely Planet Kids is a wonderful resource for children age 8 – 12 year olds. Not only is it packed with fun facts, they are illustrated beautifully and even have life size pictures to give the reader a real sense of reality even if it is something many miles away. Read on to discover more about Animal Atlas and for a chance to win your copy of this wonderful new publication.


win Animal Atlas from Lonely Planet Kids

More about Animal Atlas

The book takes you across continents and oceans exploring the incredible animals that live there.  Feel the enormity of our planet with the double spread fold out pages. From a life size look at an eagles claw to the frozen habitat and wonder of the polar bear this book covers it all. See how animals adapt to their environment and see the impact we have on their lives. This book touches science and geography and delves into our history. A great way to understand and respect the planet we all know and love.  

What we love

  • Educational

  • Factual

  • Fun to read with fold out pages and secret fold out fact flaps

  • Beautifully eye catching

  • Quality finish to each page

Animal Atlas fold out pages

Need to know

RSP £12.99
Age Range 8 – 12
AuthorAnne Rooney
IllustratorLucy Rose
StockistsLonely planet Kids online, Amazon, 
Product specifications

32 pages

32pp color 

Dimensions: 282mm × 259mm




Video clip highlighting the key features of Animal Atlas


Win your copy of Animal Atlas from Lonely Planet Kids with Coombe Mill

For your chance to win a copy of this lovely educational book simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.

Animal Atlas from Lonely Planet Kids


We were sent our copy of Animal Atlas for the purpose of this review. However all thoughts expressed here are my own. The Coombe Mill copy can be borrowed by our holiday guests from the book library in the games room.

December Events Cornwall & Latest Holiday Farm News

Posted on November 28th, 2019 -

Welcome to the festive month of December.  It feels rather like the whole country has gone Christmas crazy and Christmas spirit is well and truly buzzing. I hope I can interrupt your planning for the big day with a little update for you from the farm, an offer you can’t refuse for next year and of course all the best local events in Cornwall for December if you are joining us.


December Events Cornwall & Latest Holiday Farm News


Reserve any 2020 holiday this December for FREE

I know this one made a big difference to many of you last year, so we are bringing it back again.

Secure your favourite week in your favourite property next year by simply placing the booking:

  • Online: Write “Pay March” in special instructions. Pull out when asked to pay a deposit. I will see your booking at this point and confirm that I will hold it for you until the end of March. I’ll email you at the start of March to remind you about the deposit payment.
  • By phone: just call 01208850344 and secure the booking by phone.   
  • By email: provide your name, when you last came (if you’ve stayed before) phone number, address, number in the party, week and property wanted.
  • If your booking is in January or February you can still book in December but pay January. Just write “Pay January” instead of “Pay March” in special instructions

lodges and cottages at Coombe Mill Holidays

Holiday news from the farm

The Chickens have come indoors

After October half term the chickens have all moved to their indoor quarters. This will keep them dry and cosy with a deep wood chip floor and electric lighting to compensate for the short daylight hours.


chickens indoors at Coombe Mill for winter

Free Range Goats

The goats are enjoying free ranging the tractor route while we have no guests staying. This has the benefit of munching down all the brambles and overgrowth, reducing our animal food bills, natural pruning of the pathways and a varied diet for the goats. It’s a ‘win win’ situation for everyone. Most importantly Dusty, or Houdini as Nick now calls him for his ability to escape all but the ‘Sin Bin’ field where he has ended up in isolation over the summer, is now reunited with his friends. Even Dusty can’t escape over the river.


free range goats over winter at coombe Mill

Cottages over the road

Camel Side Cottages comprising of Tree Roots, Honeysuckle and Willow are now separated from Coombe Mill with gates and its own sign, website and booking system.


Camelside cottages sign & gates

Train Move

The train is in Farmer Nick’s shed waiting a new lick of paint, while the train track has all been lifted and stored. The plan is to run it along the path of the lodges and Farmer Nick has begun the trench for this. We hope to have it up and running as soon as possible in spring.


Favourite guest post of the month

This has to go to Lucy Williams. Lucy and her family have been coming to Coombe Mill for many years. Family holiday memories have built up to the point where their latest family addition now has her middle name as ‘River’ after the river Camel running through Coombe Mill.  How wonderful is that? (Photos from Lucy’s last visit in October half term)

Christmas and New Year

All that remains is for me to wish you and your family a very Happy Christmas and New Year. We have a last minute cancellation in Eden if you can take advantage and space over New Year if you fancy a little country escape. Otherwise don’t forget to take us up on our December offer for next year.


Eden holiday lodge log fire and Christmas Tree


December Events Cornwall 2019 

 December Events Cornwall 2019




Find out more

Distance from Coombe Mill

Padstow Christmas Festival

Padstow Harboure

5 – 8th December

Free! 25 minutes

Santa’s Grotto at Trago

Trago Mills Liskeard


Not clear but inexpensive 35 minutes


Newquay Zoo Santa Grotto

Newquay Zoo


14 – 15th December 

£7.50 p;us zoo entry 40minutes

Santa Train at Lappa Valley


St Newlyn East Truro 14, 15th Dec and 20 – 24th Dec

£13.50 for adults and children with child present & adult refreshments 40 minutes
St Tudy Christingle with Santa Visit, mince pies and mulled wine St Tudy C of E Church 24th November 5pm  £ donation  No website but just 3 miles from Coombe Mill 5 minutes


 Eden Project Ice skating

Eden Project

All November

£7 Adults £6 children (admission to Eden Project)

Free with Eden Admission

40 mins

See Santa at Lanhydrock National Trust

Lanhydrock House and Gardens Saturday and Sundays in December £6 with gift plus admin for non members 25 mins

Nb: I have not been paid or sponsored to mention these places, they are just the December Events Cornwall 2019 that I feel would be of interest to Coombe Mill Guests.


Happy Christmas

Fiona x

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 ASDA Photo turn photos into gifts this Christmas

Posted on November 18th, 2019 -

Show someone special you care with a personal gift this Christmas. With ASDA Photo it couldn’t be easier. They have a wide selection of household products, accessories and handy everyday items ready to be personalised as gifts this festive season. Personalised photo gifts are perfect for family and friends. With quick turnaround times and something to suit every budget you’ll be sorted for that unique present in a stocking or under the tree.

If this sounds like the answer to your Christmas shopping worries, read on to discover the range available and for your chance to WIN a personalised photo blanket worth £28.00.


ASDA Photo Win a personalised blanket

Check out our handy ASDA Photo Gift Guide

ASDA Photo ProductPrice FromDescriptionExample Image
Calendars£8.50Enjoy your favourite photos every day of the year with Asda Photo Calendars. Select from a wall, kitchen and desktop calendars. These calendars are simple to customise and ideal for printing several copies for all the family.ASDA Photo Calandar Gift
Cushions £14.00Check out these quality Photo Cushions. Choose from a wide range of design options (including the trendy sequin reveal cushions) and make them yours with a favourite photo and words. Printed on one side.ASDA Photo Personalised Cushion Gift
Photo books£6.00Make up a Photo Book for someone special. Photo Books make a wonderful keepsake for reliving those happy times. They are orderable in different sizes and styles; including the popular lay flat photo book which is great for showcasing landscape photos.ASDA photo book
Slate Photo Panels£11.00Show your best photographs off with these slate photo panels. The chiselled edge naturally frames the photo making them ideal for family portraits or holiday moments to keep forever.ASDA Photo Personalised Photo Slate
Mugs£7.00Asda photo Personalised Mugs and travel mugs could be just your ‘cup of tea’. Choose from the wide range including ceramic, porcelain, latte, kids and the travel mug – Perfect for a warming hot chocolate, that morning wake up coffee or grabbing a cuppa on the way out to work or the school run.ASDA Photo personalised mugs
Jigsaws £10.00What better than a jigsaw with your own special scene to create. The puzzles come in a range of sizes and difficulty levels to keep everyone entertained from little ones to adults. There is even a pairs game that is ideal for stocking filler.ASDA Photo personalised jigsaw
Canvas Prints£12.00For something to display on the wall why not choose a canvas print of your favourite photo? These are available in a range of sizes and designs including collage and retro prints.ASDA Photo canvas personalised
Towels£13.00Never muddle your towel up again with a Personalised Towel. These soft and fluffy towels are available as a Tea Towel or traditional beach towel. Perfect for the home or taking away on holiday.ASDA Photo personalised holiday beach towel
Keyrings£4.40The Asda Photo keyrings make a perfect little stocking filler or Secret Santa gift. Choose your favourite picture and turn it into a stylish Personalised Key ring. They are available in a range of shapes and with a choice of backs (from double-sided to glitter).ASDA Photo Personalised Key ring
Blankets£28.00A Photo Blanket makes a wonderful keepsake for a loved one, remind them of a favourite time, place or event to wrap up inside. Choose from the range of sizes and designs finished with traditional edge stitching.ASDA Photo Personalised blanket

Win a Personalised blanket worth £28 with ASDA Photo and Coombe Mill

If you fancy a blanket with one of your favourite photos as a gift or to snuggle up on winter evenings yourself simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking in part.


ASDA Photo Personalised Blanket


I have not been paid to write this article, all content is my own, but the prize is with thanks to ASDA Photo department. 

Halloween Fun Day 2019

Posted on November 15th, 2019 -

The Coombe Mill Halloween Fun Day is one of the farm annual highlights. It has developed and grown over the years into a day that holiday makers return for year after year. This year followed the highly success format of 2018, but with a few additions to keep things fresh.


Halloween fun day 2019

Halloween Fancy Dress Feed Run

Our usual morning tractor and trailer ride to feed the animals was turned into a fancy dress feed run. The trailer really looked the part and even Farmer Nick joined in with fancy dress.


Halloween Fun Day Feed Run 2019


Perhaps the highlight of the feed run was discovering spooky Halloween chocolate eggs in place of farm eggs at the chickens


Halloween chocolate eggs


Families then had the middle of the day free while I moved decorations from the Trailer to the train tunnel and added to them and prepared the pumpkin crafts for the afternoon.

Pumpkin Hunt

Last year we provided pumpkins for carving as part of the carts. It was so successful I thought I’d extend it to this year but instead of just handing out pumpkins I hid them in the fairy garden so the children’s first task was to go on a pumpkin hunt.


Pumpkin Hunt at Coombe Mill Holidays

Pumpkin carving

Armed with a pumpkin each the children set about designing their pumpkin and then carving. We had plenty of adults on hand to help out with this. When it came to scooping out the middle, we reserved the seeds and flesh for baking.


Pumpkin Carving

Pumpkin Cakes

We made pumpkin cakes indoors, very similar to the blackberry cakes of a few weeks before, but substituting the blackberries with grated pumpkin flesh.


Pumpkin cakes

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

This is one of my favourite things to do with pumpkins. The seeds are so easy to roast. Simply clean them in water and pat them dry, then transfer them to a roasting dish, add salt and pepper to taste and drizzle with olive oil before roasting in the oven or under a hot grill for around 10 minutes or until golden. It is worth shaking the seeds mid way through cooking to ensure they toast nicely on both sides.  

The children filled jars with the toasted seeds and made spider tops from cereal boxes while the cakes cooked.

Pumpkin seeds

Halloween Party Games

We cleared away the baking tables and turned up the Halloween music for a bit of fun with musical statues and musical bumps. The children were so good it was hard to catch anyone out, even with a wide age range. In the end I had them spinning and bumping to make it harder for them and easier for me! There were treats for all so everyone was a winner really.

Halloween party games

Ghost Train

Daytime turned to night times during our games and the children were really excited for our last two events, the Ghost train and Trick or Treat. We made our way over to the train station by torchlight and everyone enjoyed at least two round of train riding in the dark with a spooky tunnel of fun.


Ghost train at Halloween 2019


Trick or Treat.

The evening ends in style with a huge trick or treat procession. This is totally unique and very Coombe Mill. We go from property to property as an organised group. Weonly stop if there is a pumpkin lit outside. Between the ones we carved together and extras created by families in their own time there were some real works of art

Trick or Treat challenges my voice. My trick is to keep order, keep everyone safe and ensure the little ones have as much of a chance to call at each house as the bigger kids. Excitment is full on as this is the real highlight of the evening for the children.

My thanks to all the parents for the wonderful treats and decorated properties. I think this might have been the best trick or treat ever. One little one told me as much which was totally spontaneous and adorable.


Trick or treat Halloween 2019 at Coombe Mill


Already half the properties have rebooked half term with Halloween on the back of this year’s fun day. Do jump on board if it appeals to you and your family. 

See all the fun on the short video below:

Coombe Mill Halloween Fun Day 2019

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