If you are a parent, you are very well aware that having children in school and nursery means that we have set times of the year when we can go on holiday and because I do my best for my children to have 100% attendance (education is very important to us) we face additional expenses. We all know that during term times and school holidays everything is more expensive. However, there are places you don’t need the fortune to spend. At first, we considered to go abroad but the cost of the tickets was more than the price of a cottage for a week here in England, and I don’t count boarding fees for our dog Lola.
Nowadays, it is very easy to find a suitable accommodation. All you have to do is search for ‘pet-friendly accommodation’. This time, we found the Oldiscleave Farm on www.welcomecottages.com. I fell in love with the location and the little house had everything we need so there it was, I book our holidays in North Devon.
Location, location, location
The leaflet I found in our cottage says ‘ Beautiful holiday accommodation in an idyllic Devon setting’. I must admit, it is all true. The location is picturesque. Have you ever seen a farm surrounded by fields and wondered how the hell do people get there, you can’t even see the road leading to it? Well, this was the farm. The 1-mile country road leading to it felt like the longest road we had to drive on as there were only a few places you could avoid a car coming from the opposite direction and for the whole 5 minutes I pray we won’t meet any as that would mean reversing a long way back. But the breath-taking views… it is well worth the five minute pray.
The building itself is a single storey beautifully converted barn with high ceilings exposing wooden beams, open-plan kitchen, dining and living area 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. The open space is a great advantage if you have small children. Towels and linen were provided for all beds apart from the cot. I believe it should have been there as well especially as they were expecting a baby as one of their guests. But that was easily fixed by taking off one sheet from the other unused bed. Putting this little issue aside, I was very pleased that the cot was a wooden one, not the foldable travel cot, which our baby is not so keen on.
We had high-chair at our disposal and even some family games we could play in the evenings. Also, they had a great selection of DVDs and books for those who are not so keen on family squabbles.
In overall, I would recommend the place to anyone, especially to families with small children as this place was very child-friendly and secure. However, if you are planning to use the cot ask, whether you need to bring your own sheet and beddings.
For those who want to know how much we spend in total, here is the list:
Petrol: £80 (300 miles from home and a lot of driving around)
Attractions: £50 (bike hire, Clovelly village entry, parking)
Total cost of the holiday: £575
If you are interested in booking this place for your holiday or want check it out, visit their website www.devonfarmholidays.co.uk.
TIP: If you book directly through their page (contact details are provided there) you will receive 10% discount and no £30 booking fee! I wish had known this before. 🙂
If you would like to know what to see, read my blog post about places we visited here.