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Cornwall most family-friendly destination in the world

Porthcurno Beach, Cornwall picture by Flickr user Fraser Reid

Porthcurno Beach, Cornwall picture by Flickr user Fraser Reid

That’s right, our beloved Cornwall has been voted the most child-friendly holiday destination in the whole world, with Devon, Somerset, Dorset and the Isle of Wight also appearing in the top ten.

The results are from a recent poll of 2,000 parents by an international lettings agency, with Cornwall recommended as the best place for family-friendly holidays. The news comes shortly after Cornwall was granted national minority status within the UK, officially recognising it’s distinct culture and heritage.

Top priorities to ensure the best child-friendly holiday included nearby play areas, a good choice of food to cater for fussy eaters, and a shallow sea. Half of the parents polled said the ideal holiday destination must have nice beaches, and 28% said kids’ swimming pools are essential.

Cornwall pipped Orlando in Florida to the top spot because even though Orlando boasts vast theme parks and near-perfect sunny weather, it was marked down for the long flying time of around nine hours.

The study also found that the ideal length of time for a family holiday would be around 10 days, and travelling time to the destination would be under five hours.

Other UK destinations to feature in the top 50 include West Wales, the Yorkshire Dales, Peak District and the Scottish Highlands.

The results are unsurprising to us at Holiday Cottages, where we have holiday accommodation at all of the high-ranking areas voted on in the poll.


Top Ten Child-Friendly Holiday Destinations

1. Cornwall, UK

2. Orlando, USA

3. Devon, UK

4. Majorca

5. Costa Del Sol, Spain

6. Isle of Wight

7. Menorca

8. Dorset, UK

9. Somerset, UK

10. Tenerife


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2014 Spring Steam Gala 27th- 30th March

Ride on the visiting locomotives of days-gone-by as part of the Spring Steam Gala, taking place from Thursday 27th – Sunday 30th March.

The Gala will feature locomotives used on the ‘Withered Arm’ (so-called because the network looked like the withered arm of a tree) and a recreation of the ‘Atlantic Coast Express’ supported by the WSR Home Fleet Steam Locomotives. There are lots of journeys to choose from, and you can also further enhance your journey by downloading the Heritage Hunter’ app which takes you through the history of the railways using interactive augmented reality. For more information, a timetable and to book your train tickets go here.

Stay at this semi-detached former farmhouse in Hatch Beauchamp, a little conservation village nestled in rolling farmland between Taunton and Ilminster. A short walk from the pub, restaurant and children’s playground, the property is by fields and cider orchards. Downstairs there is a large Shaker-style kitchen/dining room with pantry, and also a living room with a piano, and a downstairs loo. Upstairs there are three bedrooms, a double, a family room with double and a single bed and a bunk room. There is also a family bathroom. Outside you can enjoy a pretty, enclosed garden with lawn and small patio. There’s a rustic games barn with table tennis, darts and storage for bicycles.

View from outside

Kitchen/dining room

Double bedroom




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Frome Cheese and Agricultural show

If you are down in the South West this weekend and fancy a day out, there is the Cheese and Agricultural Show in Frome on Saturday.

Cheese makers have been visiting the Show for 151 years, coming far and wide from across the globe. This year there will be around 1,200 award-winning cheeses to set your tastebuds going. Not only that, but there will be entertainment from a motorbike display team, dog agility, lurcher racing plus many other countryside pursuits and rural crafts. It’s a family-friendly event with 20,000 visitors last year and even more expected this year as its popularity grows.

Why not rest your head at this lovely family house in Compton Bishop, Somerset (sleeps 12). The Mendips rise directly behind Compton House with good walks up to Crook Peak. The property has a south-facing terrace running along the length of the house with plants, table/chairs, fire pit and BBQ.  There is also an enclosed lawn, croquet lawn (mallets provided), children’s adventure playground, trampoline, outdoor heated swimming pool (available 24 May to 13 September) and all-weather hard tennis court. Games room (pool table, darts, table football, Wii, iPod dock, TV/DVD). Table tennis in garage. Fun coarse fishing available on the river Yeo, up to 15 March and after 15 June (licence required).

Inside the property consists of a big open plan kitchen/dining room, utility room, loo, large living room and sitting room with open fire. Upstairs there are four bedrooms (three doubles and a twin with en suites). At the rear of the house is a smart annexe: hall and two double bedrooms, one with en suite bathroom (suite) and the other with en suite shower-room (wet-room suite).

View from outside

View from outside

Stunning kitchen and dining room

Stunning kitchen and dining room





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