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October half term meant the chance for the girls and I to enjoy a a short break in Chester with Roomzzz Aparthotel.   None of us have visited Chester before, which is pretty ridiculous for a family that loves city breaks.  We’d also not stayed at Roomzzz Aparthotel either, so we were really looking forward to seeing if they passed the family friendly test during our stay. I loaded up the car, handed the girls two fully charged tablets and made our way to Chester from Nottingham to begin our

Collaborative Post  Planning the perfect family vacation isn’t all that straightforward. You’ve got to find activities that will appeal to everyone — particularly to young children, should you have them, while also sticking to a budget.  Maintaining a certain harmony and equilibrium that can withstand the frayed nerves that so often come with annual holidays is also key. There are many different things that people do in order to ensure the best family vacations for themselves. Some choose to hit the open road in luxurious motorhomes and wake up somewhere

I have to confess I’d never heard of Cofton Holidays in Devon until very recently. Since our visit to stay in their luxury apartments at the Eastdon Estate I’ve literally been telling everyone about them, so it seems only right for me to share our holiday here with you too. Brook and I drove from Nottingham to Devon for a long weekend at the holiday park, and I knew we would be too early for getting the keys to our apartment when we arrived.  I didn’t mind though, as I’d read

Can I be honest with you for a second? Before writing my blog, we hadn’t had much luck with caravan holidays and my husband relishes reminding of a not so successful holiday we had back in 2012 when Indie was a baby. I’ve been determined to turn this round and show him that caravan holidays, especially in Devon can be a great option for a family in 2018. When we received an invitation to stay at Andrewshayes Holiday Park near Lyme Regis, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to show

We hadn’t even reached the reception at Darwin Forest Country Park near Matlock in Derbyshire, before my husband was planning a visit to one of their luxury holiday lodges without us.  Don’t get me wrong, he loves our family holidays, but he doesn’t get to experience many child free breaks these days. He was really impressed with the quiet holiday location, especially as it was only 1 hour from Nottingham, and on first impressions, the facilities at Darwin Forest looked impressive.  I parked us up and went to the reception

When I told the girls they were going to be staying on a farm in Cornwall they were over the moon.  When I said they were going to see lambs being born they literally couldn’t contain themselves and I knew our stay at The Olde House Cornwall was going to be a real high to the end of our Cornwall road trip. I was so happy that they were looking forward to this Cornwall farm holiday as I have really fond memories of spending time on a farm as a child.

While we were exploring Cornwall on our recent UK road trip we had the pleasure of spending a few days in Porthleven in the west of the county. Porthleven probably has the most impressive harbour in Cornwall and is beautiful with it so well worth a visit if you are in the area. We were staying with Porthleven Holiday Cottages for 2 nights in one of the Jeroba cottages directly overlooking the fishing boats in the harbour. We really felt in the middle of all the activity to be honest.

When I began the drive from Nottingham to Surrey, the thought of some great Italian food certainly kept me going, especially when I hit the M25 getting around London.  Fortunately, the Italian cookery masterclass hosted by luxury villa specialist Bookings For You and the Giovannini family certainly did not disappoint and made the 4 and a half hour drive worth it. One of the joys of booking a villa for your Italian holiday is being able to cook your own food.  Undoubtedly you will eat out while you are away, but

Are you looking to revitalise your relationship?  Maybe you need to get away from it all with the one you love most so that you can focus on what really matters?  If so, then you should really consider taking a trip to Crete.  This magical Greek island has helped thousands of couples learn how to be romantic with one another again, and it can help you as well.  Today, we will learn more about how hiring a private villa here in Crete can change your relationship for the better! You

When you have a busy weekend in London planned, choosing where to stay is very important for enjoying your city break. I’m a person who enjoys having lots of space and plenty of creature comforts around me when I’m travelling and I have found that self catering apartments from FG Properties are a great option for staying in the city. Why Did We Stay in an Apartment? Kaz from Ickle Pickles Life and Travels and I have stayed  in London together a couple of times now, and when we do,

Self catering accommodation is a great option for families looking to book a relaxing holiday together.  Hundredrooms is an excellent resource for finding self catering holidays around the world to suit your needs.  Not only does it compare prices so that you get the best deals but you can also specify your family’s specific requirements.  So if you can’t live without wifi or want use of a pool it’s a great place to start your holiday search. As you already know from my recent holiday to France, I love the flexibility

What do you look for in a family holiday? Is quality accommodation at the top of your list? Do you like to be surrounded by natural beauty? Does the family insist on visiting a resort with an excellent swimming pool? Perhaps your holiday isn’t perfect without a beautiful beach to build sandcastles on? If all of these things are important to you then I think you are going to love this post about our family holiday with Yelloh! Village Les Grands Pins. During May half term we flew to Bordeaux

During May half term we are lucky enough to be visiting Yelloh Village Camping Les Grands Pins near Bordeaux for a family holiday.  We are really looking forward to this trip as it’s been a long while since we have visited anywhere other than Paris in France.  As well as planning the finer points of a trip like this, I love to spend some time thinking about what I’m looking forward to.  It helps to inform our family travel itinerary and make the most of our holiday experience.  Once I know what

In November, we were lucky enough to be invited to Bluestone National Park Resort in Pembrokeshire to join them for the winter season.  Perhaps I should say, we were invited to the Kingdom Of The Elves as Bluestone takes on a whole different persona in the winter, and some very special visitors play host to the guests that are staying there.  The elves, along with Santa Claus, take up residence at Bluestone, turning it into a magical festive bonanza of Christmas fun and activities, for the whole family to enjoy. The two

Booking a luxury villa with sites like Villaway has become a very popular way for families, groups and couples to enjoy flexible holiday accommodation in lots of different travel destinations.  Staying in a luxury villa on holiday gives you the freedom to to set your own agenda, without having to worry about someone else’s timetable or opening times.  Having a villa is fast becoming the preferred place to stay, as there is more space for you to relax in, so much more privacy than you experience in hotels and gives

Wales is a beautiful holiday destination, and offers some of the most beautiful beaches that the UK has to offer.  There are several holiday options available for visitors, but the most relaxing has to be a stay in a Welsh holiday cottage.  They are perfect for families, groups or couples looking for Wales holiday cottages, and I’ve picked 4 of the best for enjoying the sea and sand, and setting your own holiday itinerary.

There are so many options for places to stay in London that you really can find the perfect place to suit your needs. London has everything from budget hotels, b & b’s, luxury hotels to gorgeous serviced apartments. Kaz from Ickle Pickle’s Life And Travels and myself were heading to London for the weekend to go to Britmums Live and it was the perfect opportunity for us to catch up without our families in tow.  So that we could make a weekend of it, Kaz found us the perfect place to

I have wanted to visit Bluestone National Park Resort for so long and last week my wish finally came true.  The girls and I headed off on a road trip to beautiful Pembrokeshire to see what the best holiday resort in Wales had to offer.  I was also super excited as a visit to Bluestone meant I was able to catch up with my gorgeous friends from Kaz and Pickle from Ickle Pickles Life and Travels.  I couldn’t wait to spend some proper time with these guys and I knew

When Villa Plus  asked me which of their destinations I wanted to chose to help me create a festive celebration I knew it had to be the Costa Del Sol.  As a family this is one of our favourite holiday destinations and we would spend Christmas in the lovely fishing town of Nerja in a heartbeat. We have visited Nerja nearly every year for 15 years so we know it very well. We regularly hire villas there which allows us to take in the local food and culture, whilst having a

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