We were discussing going away as a group (6 adults & 6 kids - 5 boys!) in a big house somewhere. I suggested Coombe Mill and it was no contest! It actually worked out to be very good value and very competitive compared to other large houses which didn't have a hot tub. I didn't know this before we booked but out of season you can rent out the properties for short breaks so it was ideal to see if we still remained friends at the end of the trip.
Well what can I say the place is stunning! So beautiful and very welcoming and child friendly, exactly like I thought it would be. We arrived on Friday evening with 4 hyper excited children who wanted to scope out their bedroom. The two cots were all ready for us and were normal wooden cots rather than travel cots. I had high expectations for tree roots and it didn't disappoint exceeding them all. The space is bigger in real life than on the website and the bedrooms - wow massive beds and still plenty of space even with cots in the master bedrooms.
Each family had their own bathroom which really helped us all feel like we had our own space. The kids had a playroom complete with plenty to keep them occupied. There was a separate lounge area with sofa's to seat 6 but the real hub of the home was the huge kitchen diner complete with all the crockery and cutlery needed for us all to eat together with some spare. The kitchen is also stocked with childrens plates, cutlery and cups. Can I live here please!
We made use of the hot tub every day and the kids even got a turn on Sunday after a wet farm run - don't worry they are only drinking water.
One of the the things that makes Coombe Mill magical for the little ones is the farm run. All the children instantly took to farmer Nick and were eager to have a go riding the tractor - well all except the only one who went to sleep! He was worried that he wouldn't know how to drive it so with a bit of coaxing he got his turn on day two.The thing that surprised me, and it was a welcome surprise, was how close we were allowed to get to the animals. I had assumed it would be like the local tourist farm all behind fences in fields with the opportunity to hold baby chicks if they were ready. We went in the fields with the deer, geese, chickens, wallabies and goats and were welcome to come back at any point as long as we respected the animals.
The scenery is stunning and any eggs collected were dished out at the end of the farm run. The boys all had a go at being King Arthur in the chicken field but failed to have the magic touch to free the sword from the stone.
There were plenty of smiles on board the Coombe Mill railway and a few screams as the grown ups in our party and some of the boys tried to make the rest of us jump when they appeared from behind bushes.
Would I recommend Coombe Mill & Tree roots? You bet! We wanted to head back for the summer, October half term or new year but tree roots is all really booked which isn't a huge surprise given how great it is! Now we are waiting for next years school dates to be released so we can book before you all do.
It may be fuzzy but it's the only group photo we got just as we had packed up our cars to go home - do we still look like friends?
We visited some stunning beaches during our brief stop in Cornwall but I'll save those for another day.