Cornwall has always been a place I’ve wanted to go. But living in Manchester, it’s a hell of a drive, especially with two little people moaning in the back. But, last week we packed up the car and set off on an exciting road-trip to what I have to say is one of the most beautiful counties in the UK. My heart is usually loyal to North Wales for the best coastline, but so far Cornwall has stolen that trophy.
We’re staying on Trevathan Farm, near Port Isaac, just north of Padstow. Our home for the next week is Damson Cottage, a small two-bed bungalow with large private garden and views from the kitchen table that slow down your chewing, as your eyes can’t help but gaze over the patchwork rolling countryside.
Trevathon Farm, is run by the Symon’s family who offer early morning daily trips around the farm on the back of the tractor, so holiday makers can watch the farmer feed the pigs, cows, sheep and some crazy chickens. All the usual animals you’d expect to see, plus some extremely child-friendly dogs and a rather cute, if not random, wallaby. The ride takes over an hour and ends at the large farm shop and restaurant where you’re greeted with tea, coffee and toast and if you’re really lucky a hot batch of freshly baked Cornish scones.
Trevathan Farm is a place where the kids can pretty much just roam and romp free from the parents gaze. They can explore the barn, fling themselves off hay bales and play with the guinea pigs and dogs.
There is even complimentary kayaking on the lake just a short walk down the lane from the cottages. We did just this (without anyone falling in) and spent at least an hour and half just tootling round the lake. Plus, there’s pick your own strawberries and the occasional clay pigeon shooting. It’s a peaceful, safe retreat that makes you want to stay forever.
This is a guest post by Helen Dugdale and you can finish reading Helen’s review of Travathan Farm here.