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Thinking about holidays

After a fabulous and unexpected holiday at Bluestone in January this year, we’ve been a bit reticent in getting around to booking or planning our breaks for the summer. 

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve never been one for booking holidays early. In fact, I’m a bit of a last minute wonder. Hubby is definitely the organised one, he’s a bit of a stress head when it comes to getting things done. 

The time we spent at Bluestone has put a completely different perspective on holidays for us though, and made us reconsider the sort of thing that we will all enjoy. 

Hubby and I are both keen walkers and love to take the dogs on holiday with us. Sadly now though it’s just Pluto and he’s not as keen a walker as you might expect a dog to be.

He also hates holidays, but that’s a different story. He’d certainly rather be able to come with us than stay at home. 

This gives us a natural leaning towards holidays to places that are quite remote, with beautiful walks, stunning scenery and a nice local pub. 

That is of course if we can’t go on exciting adventures abroad, which we are putting on hold for the time being whilst the children are so small.

Anyway, I digress. Seeing how much the children loved Bluestone has made us realise that the sort of holidays we would usually opt for are just not what the children would enjoy. 

We have a folding camper (slightly glorified trailer tent) and the time has come now to look around for a holiday that will suit all of our tastes. 

Libby and Lia will want to go to the beach, do some exciting activities, go swimming, go to soft play, run around and try new things. 

Pluto will want to sulk. 

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I would love to stay in a luxury spa hotel with a fabulous restaurant and a Jacuzzi in my room. On my own. 

Hubby would like to go somewhere remote where we can stay in the trailer tent, do lots of walking and drink good beer. 

As you can see, these things don’t all reconcile. 

We found Pembrokeshire to be brilliant last summer, but one of the things that we loved the most about it was Oakwood.

We have a strange dilemma with Oakwood this year, because by the summer, Lia will be big enough to want to go on the rides, but won’t be able to do so until she turns two (she’ll only just be one).

So we’re thinking of going to the South coast where there’s plenty to do, or maybe even heading over into France. Do you have a favourite family destination you can recommend? Preferably in the UK or not too far into Europe. I’d love to hear your suggestions. 




  1. March 9, 2015 / 11:00 pm

    It’s interesting where you come from really and how that affects something as a family holiday. I know many people who flick to Kent for their holidays and I just question why they’d want to. Ideally for me I’d love a quaint little cottage or bungalow in the country. With a book and just me. Boys wouldn’t have any of that! We went to but linseed last year and to be honest I won’t go again at least until the boys are a few years older! Flashing lights, rides, money and early nights made it a strange holiday. I took the boys camping at a summer church festival they loved that! Fields, tent and just something different. It’s so difficult I’ve found to get a balance for everyone.

    • March 10, 2015 / 7:45 am

      Actually going to a family friendly festival sounds like a great idea. We go to day festivals locally sometimes and the girls love the music so that’s something we might look into.

    • Anna busby
      March 10, 2015 / 10:37 am

      New forest is amazing hols for family’s with dogs and kids ! We went last year managed to get a cottage for 4 of us and dog for the wk for 250 ! ! Best holiday ever !

      • March 10, 2015 / 12:14 pm

        Oh thank you Anna, that sounds amazing and it’s a part of the country that we’ve never really been to. I’ll mention it to hubby and we’ll have a look.x

  2. Izzie Anderton
    March 10, 2015 / 1:37 pm

    Booking a holiday that suits the entire family is not for the faint-hearted. When my daughters were little we used to stay in Cornwall as it has fabulous beaches and so many great places to visit. Here’s hoping you find something that’s perfect for all of you x

    • March 10, 2015 / 2:25 pm

      Thank you Izzie, Cornwall is a definite maybe, I do love it down there!x

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