Family Friendly Stays #3

Isles of Scilly view summer 2018

Welcome to Family Friendly Stays #3

Here in the UK we’ve had an incredibly sunny summer, the best I can recall and it’s not quite over yet I hope. We took our children to Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly for a couple of weeks at the end of July. Coming from a landlocked part of England, it was great to be so close to the sea. We witnessed some impressive storms during our stay on the Isles of Scilly. Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Scillies see rapid changes in weather, so we were fortunate to have plenty of sunshine too. I found the skies and sea utterly mesmerising.

Scilly sky

Scilly skies are always changing

I’m looking forward to reading about everyone’s summer adventures and I hope you have some great reviews to link up to Family Friendly Stays. If you’re mourning the end of summer, have a look through some of the links below and you can kid yourself it’s not over yet…

There was such a diverse range of accommodation in July’s Family Friendly Stays link up. I loved reading about Victoria Falls Waterfront by Travelynn Family. The rooms look really fun and the restaurant view looks incredible! I was also rather taken by Morawelon Campsite in Wales, reviewed by Have Kids Will Travel UK. Wales has such beautiful beaches and this campsite is within walking distance of one, making it a really appealing place to stay.

This month I’m linking up my post on Longstone Lodge and Cafe on the Scilly Isle of St Mary’s. We only popped by for coffee (and scones) at Longstone but it’s such a lovely and unique place to stay that I couldn’t resist writing about it. Have a read and let me know what you think.

longstone lodge playground

Play area at Longstone Lodge

What is Family Friendly Stays?
Family Friendly Stays is a monthly blog link up where you can share blog posts about brilliant places you have stayed at with your family. It’s also the place to come to if you need some family holiday inspiration.

Have you rented a great little cottage which had a perfect garden for your children? Maybe you’ve stayed on a campsite with the most amazing swimming pool which your kids loved. Perhaps you found that all-important villa which allowed you to walk to a restaurant or a beach. Or maybe you stayed at a hotel where the staff were particularly warm and attentive to your family. It doesn’t need to be a place which is obviously family-orientated, just somewhere which worked really well for you and your brood.

This isn’t the place for all inclusive resorts, big chain hotels or cruise ships. There are plenty of online resources where you can find out everything you need about those types of holiday. Family Friendly Stays is about highlighting smaller, harder to find places to stay.

I’m hoping that Family Friendly Stays will become a community of like-minded parents sharing places to stay that genuinely welcome families.

Posts can be old or new provided you still believe the property is suitable. And if you’re not a blogger, do drop by to have a read of some of the submitted posts, you might discover your next holiday destination!

How it works:

  • Family Friendly Stays will go live on the first Wednesday of each month. It will stay live for 2 weeks.
  • Bloggers can link up one post, old or new. Please add the #FamilyFriendlyStays badge (details below) or link back to my site.
  • Please read my post plus at least 2 others, using the hashtag #FamilyFriendlyStays. We want to share these wonderful places you’ve all discovered.
  • Social media: tweet me your post with the hashtag #FamilyFriendlyStays and I will re-tweet it (@smudgedpostcard). I’ll also be adding the posts to my #FamilyFriendlyStays board on Pinterest and mentioning my favourite posts each month on the @SmudgedPostcard Facebook page.

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  1. Angharad Paull
    6th September 2018 / 9:02 am

    The Isles of Scilly sound dreamy! Definitely on my list! Going to sort myself and link up over the weekend!

    • smudgedpostcard
      6th September 2018 / 9:18 am

      Definitely go! Even in the height of the school holidays the beaches were empty!

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