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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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 Tantallon Castle and Seacliff Beach, East Lothian

This year, we’ve been exploring English Heritage properties with our annual pass. When we ventured up to Northumberland on holiday, we took the opportunity to meet up with my friend Jenny. She suggested meeting at Tantallon Castle, a Historic Scotland property near North Berwick in East Lothian. With Historic Scotland properties either free or half price with English Heritage membership, this was a great chance to explore somewhere new. About Tantallon Castle Tantallon Castle is a Historic Scotland property near North Berwick in East Lothian. It was built in the mid-1300s by William Douglas, whose descendants owned the castle for…

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10 tips for packing a campervan for family travel

This is a collaborative post.  Just before the Easter holidays, we finally bought the campervan we’ve dreamed of owning. Its high top means we can use it in all weather and there’s plenty of space for adults, children and canines. Since then, we’ve made the most of the freedom it offers and headed for the coast on several occasions. And we’re loving every minute of it. But there’s also a steep learning curve when it comes to packing. Here are our top tips for clever packing. 1. Vacuum storage bags These are a revelation. If you travel without them, it’s…

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