A family Glamping holiday with Feather Down at Fountain Violet Farm

Last weekend, we had one of those short breaks that feels like a proper holiday. It was my first experience of glamping but it definitely won’t be the last. What a wonderful way to holiday. All the benefits of camping like being outdoors in the fresh air and that happy, tired feeling at the end of the day. Yet at the same time, you live in the lap of luxury. Comfy beds with snug, warm duvets. A toilet and hot shower, kitchen, dining table, wood burner and a sofa. Better still, Fountain Violet Farm is such an idyllic location that…

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Planning your first family ski holiday

We never intended to be a family that didn’t travel with our children. My husband and I have always travelled. I enjoyed adventurous holidays and he loved skiing. I took my eldest to Paris with me for work well before she was one year old. As soon as the girls were big enough, we were going to get them on the slopes. I learnt to snowboard as an adult but I’ve never skied, so we’d all learn together. But life never really goes to plan does it? My husband was badly injured in an accident. Finances became difficult. Now, the…

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Paris beyond the Tower

Collaborative post. Have you been to Paris? Most of us have. The City of Light, the City of Love. Home to the iconic Eiffel Tower. Paris in springtime, one of the most popular city break destinations in the world. Yet most people visit Paris the tourist mecca, missing out on its true character. The culture and identity that lies beyond the city walls. Exploring the outskirts of Paris Some of the most iconic tourist destinations in Paris actually lie on the outskirts. Take the Palace of Versailles for example. Once the palace of the French royal family, this extravagant building has…

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How to find the best villa for a family holiday

This is a collaborative post.  Holidays are something completely different when you have children aren’t they? To have any chance of relaxing, you really do need to find the ideal accommodation. The advantage villas have is their generous size. Much like at home, you’ve all got your own space. Unlike at home, you’re also in an idyllic location with a swimming pool. But there are other factors to take into consideration as well, which is why using a service like Villa Finder can help you to find perfect villa for your family. Why use Villa Finder? Villa Finder was founded…

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A Winter weekend at Bluestone Wales

As Autumn turns to Winter, time seems to slow down. Weeks and months drag on. Exercise levels decline and exposure to the outdoors decreases. It’s no wonder then that most of us find this time of year tough. The one thing that seems to help is taking a break. Getting away from the daily grind and better still, getting outdoors and active. And there’s nowhere better to do that than Bluestone, the home of Free Range Breaks. Accommodation at Bluestone The self-catering accommodation at Bluestone is an ideal home from home. Beautiful wooden lodges offer upside-down living, with the bedrooms…

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Dog friendly family adventures in the Lincolnshire Wolds

Rolling hills, unspoilt countryside and long, sandy beaches. The Lincolnshire Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is one of Britain’s dog friendly hidden gems. Located in the East Midlands, it’s easily accessible by motorway. Rail links with London are excellent, and yet it feels a bit like stepping back in time to when England’s landscape was dominated by greenery rather than houses and industry. Dog friendly accommodation in the Lincolnshire Wolds Canal Farm Cottages are a collection of holiday homes located in a tiny hamlet near Louth in the Lincolnshire Wolds. We stayed in the adorable Barn Owl Cottage, which…

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24 hours in Manchester with Roomzzz

Is there anything more inconvenient than staying in a hotel with children? Putting them to bed, then creeping about the room and resorting to reading in the bathroom so you don’t disturb them. Eating out because there’s nowhere to cook. Then trying to entertain them in the morning with no space for them to play. Thankfully, Roomzzz have a solution. About Roomzzz Aparthotels In cities around the UK, Roomzzz Aparthotels are bridging the gap between boutique hotel and serviced apartment. They aim to give you more freedom and space, providing you with everything you need and nothing you don’t. So, the…

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