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What Will I Love About Our Family Holiday?

Posted on: 8th January 2020


Pool, animals, balance bike track, playpark, yarda yarda.


You need something  – aside from happy children – to look forward to as part of your week away with the family.  So here’s our choice of parental perks to anticipate.


Firstly, take time out to soak in a hot tub

HOT. TUB. GARDEN. (with a child-proof garden gate) – oh yes!

Tredethick’s hot tub garden is secluded and stylish, with a peerless view.  Tag or bargain with your other half, or book a baby-sitter for both of you (we provide a list of recommended babysitters in your cottage info file) so you can take some time to soak. And we have plastic flutes and fluffy bathrobes in your cottage, and prosecco in the farm shop.  Grab a book from the play barn, which has an unofficial secondhand exchange thing going on, or borrow Grazia or the papers from soft play.

Next, book a massage with Tia

Because it’s amazingly relaxing and one of our most popular and well-reported recharge strategies.   Visit her beautiful farm or arrange a visit to your cottage.  There’s usually an option for an al fresco massage on clement summer’s days.  If you want to extend that treat, you can book partner or family sessions.  One of my daughters ADORES these family
sessions – which allow you to focus and enhance your connection with your small one.  But hey, you may be trying to enjoy some peace and avoid that connection for an hour!  Take a look at options here:

Go for a sea swim or SUP, at any time of year

There’s first-rate wild swimming near us (Lansallos, Palace Cove) and it is so renewing and inspiring.   Or you could choose sheltered Polkerris with the option for a post-swim cappuccino (or Aperol)!  Do check local swim conditions.  Or swim in our peachy indoor pool.  It’s open all day and night – and exclusively for you guys.  There’s plenty of time (especially in the evenings) when you can have the pool to yourself.  Or if you prefer, hire a SUP or kayak from Encounter Cornwall to explore the peaceful, widlife-rich Fowey estuary.

Enjoy a mooching morning at the Duchy of Cornwall Nursery

There’s delicious cafe food with a view of Restormel Castle, as well as a fabulous selection of home goods, clothes, gifts and food,  AND  horticultural delights.  Or wander down Lostwithiel Fore Street for an quirky range of independent shops. Watts Trading Organic Emporium, Atticus and WillowAlice in Scandiland, Cindy Ashbridge Jewellery and more.  If you like antiques, you’ll want to relocate: Lostwithiel has a clutch of antique shops and is home to Jeffreys auction rooms which has featured on Flog It! and Celebrity Antiques Roadshow.

Cycling quiet lanes

For fresh air and exercise, borrow our Garmin route planner to cycle traffic-light and scenic circular routes.  Choose your distance and visit Bodmin moor, the Camel Trail, the north or south coast via network of quiet rural lanes, picked by local enthusiasts (that’s us).  This is especially lovely in the spring when Cornish lanes are vibrant with a miasma of hedgerow flowers: bluebells, violets, stitchworts, red campion and primroses.  Maybe pick up a Nelly’s freshly-made pasty to enjoy en route?

Explore vineyards and ginyards!

For more earthy pleasures, book a tutored gin tasting at Colwith Farm Distillery or Green Cart Farm. Both distilleries get terrific reviews and are a five minute taxi ride away.  If you prefer wine, Camel Valley is just seven miles away and offers vineyard tours and tastings.

Lastly, let someone else cook

Bring back a bottle of Camel Valley sparkling wine or local gin back because you might want to book a private chef to prepare a post-7pm feast  in front of your log burner, we have the contact details for some exceptional local chefs. Or wander down to Lostwithiel for mouth-watering contemporary British food at Asquiths and Trewithen restaurants.

I hope this inspires you to take some time for what you enjoy to renew your energy, along with the family experiences and fun during your holiday at Tredethick.

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