Welcoming The New Year & Cornish Events January 2020

Posted on January 4th, 2020 - Fiona

First of all, a very Happy New Year to you and your family. I’m sure for you, as for us, the Christmas decorations are down, the children are going back to school and we are optimistic for the possibilities of a new decade. I hope you can take a minute to glance through the month past here on the farm, our plans ahead for the forthcoming season and of course a guide to the Cornish Events january 2020 if you are in the area. 

welcoming the new year and Cornish Events January 2020

Thinking ahead to a weekend break?

Because the pennies are tight after Christmas, but everyone fancies a few nights away, we have the perfect offer for you. A little something from us for you to look forward too over the coming months:

Book ANY 3 night break before 28th March for just £250.

To book this great deal simply place your booking on line and write Jan2020 deal in special instructions before you pay and I will add a discount to change the price for you to reflect the £250 stated.

  • Optional extra charges still apply.
  • Coombe Mill properties only.
  • Excludes 15 – 22nd February.

 

March is the start of lambing for us and a wonderful time to be on the farm.

Lambs April 19 at Coombe Mill Holidays

A look back at Our Christmas Fun

Christmas is always a wonderful time here at Coombe Mill. It is a chance for parents to escape the usual Christmas rush and chill out in our beautiful rural surroundings while excitement builds for the children. Christmas Eve saw us treat the children to some fun crafts with snow globe making and mince pie baking.

 

Snow globe making and mince pie baking

 

For those who enjoy a children’s Church service St Tudy Village did us proud with a delightful Christingle finished off with Santa on his sleigh

 

Xmas Eve at St Tudy

 

We followed this up with a party for all the family in the games room. No Christmas Eve party would be complete without a visit from Santa who managed to hot foot it back on his sleigh from St Tudy. Sat in our purpose made Grotto he delighted the children with a few wise words and a gift for all.

 

Christmas Day saw us enjoy a very relaxed 10 o’clock start for the Feed run with Santa Nick and a glorious sunny day.   

 

We were like tourists on our own doorstep over the Christmas period and joined many of our guests with a stroll around Padstow enjoying Cornish pasties and some lovely coastal walks. We are in such a perfect location to make th4e most of the coast any time of the year.

 

Padstow and Polzeath at Christmas 19

 

If you fancy all this for Christmas 2020, the activities are all included in the price of your stay.

 

Just in case you are taking us up on our great £250 deal for January. Here’s a look ahead to some of the things we have going on locally in Cornwall.    

Cornish Events January 2020

 Cornish Events January 2020

Venue

Date

Price

Find out more

Distance from Coombe Mill

Point to Point 

Royal Cornwall Showground Wadebridge

12th January 11.30

Entry fee to park

https://pointingdc.co.uk/fixtures/ 20 minutes

Masked Ball Lanhydrock National Trust

Lanhydrock near Bodmin

5th January 11 – 4

Free with entry price https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/443b8886-de2e-4f87-919a-d1378973b58c/pages/details 35 minutes

 

 Eden Project Ice skating

Eden Project

All January

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

Free with Eden Admission

https://www.edenproject.com/visit/whats-on/ice-skating

40 mins

Wedding Fayre at Milky Way Adventure Park

Bude from 19th January Free but Milky Way entry still required to go on the rides.  https://www.themilkyway.co.uk/childrens-events-north-devon/view/north-devon-wedding-fair?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=visitcornwall.com&utm_campaign=listing 30 mins

Nb: I have not been paid or sponsored to mention these places, they are just the Cornish  Events January 2020 that I feel would be of interest to Coombe Mill Guests.

 

Wishing you and your family a very prosperous 2020 and as ever hoping to see you here on the farm

Fiona x

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Christmas Festive Fun at the Farm

Posted on December 13th, 2019 - Fiona

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

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December Events Cornwall & Latest Holiday Farm News

Posted on November 28th, 2019 - Fiona

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

Venue

Date

Price

Find out more

Distance from Coombe Mill

Padstow Christmas Festival

Padstow Harboure

5 – 8th December

Free!

http://www.padstowchristmasfestival.co.uk/ 25 minutes

Santa’s Grotto at Trago

Trago Mills Liskeard

December

Not clear but inexpensive https://www.trago.co.uk/stores/liskeard/ 35 minutes

 

Newquay Zoo Santa Grotto

Newquay Zoo

 

14 – 15th December 

£7.50 p;us zoo entry

https://cornwall365.com/events/santas-grotto-6/ 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

http://www.lappavalley.co.uk/events 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

https://www.edenproject.com/visit/whats-on/ice-skating

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 https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/61038197-b10a-44c4-868d-9083a19406cb/pages/details 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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Halloween Fun Day 2019

Posted on November 15th, 2019 - Fiona

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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October Farm Highlights and November Events Cornwall

Posted on November 1st, 2019 - Fiona

With Halloween just passed, Bonfire night coming up and Christmas festivities on the horizon this feels like a busy time of year for families. With this in mind I have a snappy to the point newsletter for you with updates from the farm, ideas to keep holidays in mind and the latest on November Events Cornwall.

 

October Farm Highlights and November Events Cornwall

Halloween Fun Day

Hot off the press our Halloween fun day was another year of spooktacular fun and games. From the morning fancy dress feed run to evening trick or treating, this remains probably the most popular event of the year.  Jump ahead to book October half term next year and be part of fun.

Halloween Fun Day

The Golf Course has moved!

I mentioned last month that the train and golf course would be coming across the road as we separate Honeysuckle, Willow and Tree Roots cottages. The train was waiting till after Halloween so that we could run the ghost train, but the golf course has moved. It is now located where the under 5’s ride on play area was and Farmer Nick is working on a fun 7th hole into the little house.

crazy golf at Coombe Mill Holidays

Come and stay for New Year

Christmas is almost fully booked (unless you are a family of 4?)  but we still have good availability for New Year. Come and join us for anything from 3 nights upwards. A holiday here is a perfect chance to walk off the Christmas calories on the farm and local beaches before warming up by our cosy log burners.

 

New YEar at Coombe Mill

An imaginative Christmas Present

Don’t forget we have gift certificates from £50 upwards if you are looking for a different sort of gift for a family member this year. You can use our gift certificates with our “refer a friend” scheme saving you, and those you refer, £50 off your next booking with us.

 

Coombe Mill Gift Certificate

Guest post of the month

This wonderful post came through to me on Facebook messenger. The family are now all grown up but still have fond childhood memories here with us. The property is long since gone and the pig field moved, the rest is very much Coombe Mill. Please do share your posts and pictures with me on social media using #CoombeMillHolidays or direct to our group or via the page or email.

On the Farm

Baby Guinea Pigs

We have so many baby guinea Pigs that we are going to need to re-home a few. Just ask if you fancy taking one home with you after your holiday. They make the most adorable pets.

 

guinea pigs at Coombe Mill

 

We are now entering the Rutting season when Rudolph can become quite unpredictable and as such we are recommending that guests only go through the deer field with Farmer Nick on the morning feed run. Rudolph is however looking his most magnificent for his ladies with a full set of antlers.

 

dear hunt in the rut at Coombe Mill Holidays

November Events Cornwall 2019 

 November Events Cornwall 2019

Venue

Date

Price

Find out more

Distance from Coombe Mill

Winter Fair

Royal Cornwall Show Ground, Wadebridge

16th November 10 – 5pm

Free!

http://www.royalcornwallshow.org/cornish-winter-fair/ 20 minutes

Truro City of Lights 

Truro City Centre

20th November

https://rove.me/to/england/truro-city-of-lights 50 minutes

 

Christmas Fair

Pencarrow House

 

16 – 17th November 

£2.50 kids Free

https://www.pencarrow.co.uk/christmas-fair/ 10minutes

End of Season Steam Extravagenza and Fireworks at Lappa Valley

 

St Newlyn East Truro 2 and 3rd Nove

£5 for fireworks 5 – 7pm or. Free with Lappa Valley day tickets

http://www.lappavalley.co.uk/events 35 minutes
St Tudy Bonfire Night.   St Tudy Playing fields 5th November £ donation on the gate. 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

https://www.edenproject.com/visit/whats-on/ice-skating

40 mins

Lanhydrock Gardens (National Trust) Ranger Day burning scrub and toasting marshmallows

Lanhydrock House 23rd November 10 – 3.30 Free with normal admission. Suitable for children and dogs on leads. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/61038197-b10a-44c4-868d-9083a19406cb/pages/details 25 mins

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

As a last note I will just say that we are open right through November and December if you fancy a long weekend break before the rush of Christmas. Have a good month whatever your plans and I hope we all enjoy some crisp sunny winter days.

 

Fiona x

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