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This week, I am very excited to be featuring a fabulous blogger, Sian, and her wonderful family trip to Cornwall. She was only there for a few days, but managed to pack a lot in from lunching and browsing the shops in St Ives, to taking in the beauty of Land’s End. I’m definitely taking on board some of her great tips when we head there ourselves in a few weeks.

Over to you, Sian…

rp_fotor01005204042.jpgWhat do you look for in a holiday?

Since having H, my main focus is finding something that will give him plenty to do but also give us lots of options too. I am a big foodie so like to know good wine and food is not too far away. We like to do things together too, so activities like swimming and sight-seeing are good. Pre H, we were only interested in lying on a lounger for two weeks but having a child changes things a bit!!!

Where did you go?

We went to Cornwall. Our cottage was in a small town called Hayle, outside St Ives.

Why Cornwall?

Cornwall is beautiful so we wanted to go somewhere with nice views so we could pretend we were abroad!

Who went?

Me, the husband and H (2.5)

Farm_LandsEndWhere did you stay?

We stayed in a cottage on a farm here and booked it through Holiday Cottages. I wanted a cottage so we would have our own kitchen to be able to give H toast and milk at 5.30am!! I also wanted to feel like it was a mini home.

Our cottageWere there plenty of activities for kids?

There is a lot to do in Cornwall for the kids – lots of farms, aquariums and things to explore. We went to St Ives for the day, Land’s End and to the Eden project. All of which H adored.

Eden ProjectYour most memorable moment/s of the trip?

• Eating a lovely lunch in the Seafood Café in St Ives. H had been a bit whingey in the morning but when we sat in there he chilled out, we had a lovely meal and it was a really gorgeous family moment. The hub and I had a chance to chat too so was a lovely start to the holiday.
•H was also really excited about our “holiday home” as he called it. He had bunk beds and this was a massive thrill for him. He loved lying on the top bunk to play, though he slept on the bottom bunk of course.

What did you get up to?

Land’s End was a really fun day out, made better by it being a beautiful day. There is a lot there so you can spend an entire day walking around. There is a farm, a cinema, cafes, shops and lots of places to walk around. It is a really beautiful part of the world.

Was it good value for money?

I think so, especially as went out of season. The cottage was £300 for us for three nights/four days, which for the quality of it I was happy about. Day trips are never cheap but he had money off the Eden Project, through booking with Holiday Cottages, so that saved a few pennies.

Your top tip/s for the area?

• Definitely drive, there is a lot to explore but I think you need your own transport to get around easily.
• Go to the Seafood Café, the food is completely fabulous
• Visit St Ives, there are lots of little shops which are adorable.

Seafood Cafe

Which photo is your favourite and why?

We paid to have our picture taken by the Lands End photographers. My hub snapped this one as they put up our names. I just love the shot, it’s like our family tour photo.

Would you recommend to a friend? Would you go back again?

I would recommend to friends, especially if they have a young family. We will definitely return. Cornwall is a beautiful part of the world and the beaches are gorgeous. On a sunny day you could pretend you’re in the Med!

What are the five holiday essentials you couldn’t live without?

• iPad – great for entertaining kids and adults!
• Bubble bath – I love taking time to have long baths on holiday. It is my little luxury.
• Baby wipes – great for cleaning up little ones of course, but great for the things they spill in your holiday cottage too!!!
• My DSLR camera – I love snapping away at our family moments and capturing beautiful views.
• Books / Kindle – I don’t read as much as I would like in the real world, so being in holiday mode I love to read.

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What is your most favourite place in the whole world and why?

Edinburgh is my favourite place in the whole world. My family has strong Scottish roots and being in Scotland feels like home to me in a way I cannot really explain or describe to anyone.

My hub and I also had a part of our honeymoon in Edinburgh. It is a special place for us and we will back there for two days in December to celebrate our sixth wedding anniversary. I cannot wait!

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