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.
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.