Welcome to Family Friendly Stays #6
Although I’m typing this whilst a Christmas tree flashes its lights at me from the corner of the room, I feel remarkably unaffected by the craziness of this festive time of year. I’m making it my mission to stay well below the radar of Christmas commercial excess. I have taken my kids to see Santa but it was a £3 trip to our local museum. I’ve so far avoided viewing those feature-length adverts on the telly and I’ve yet to make a purchase on the internet for Christmas presents (my local shops have come up trumps). No doubt this will all backfire spectacularly when I discover on Christmas Eve that I’ve forgotten to buy a gift for a significant member of my family, but for now I feel quite smug.
For this month’s Family Friendly Stays, I’m linking up a post about Torridge House Farm Cottages in North Devon. This is a guest post by my friend Penny Metcalf who teaches mindfulness in Hampshire. If you’re finding December to be a tough month, I can highly recommend visiting Penny’s Facebook page as it has lots of ideas and tips for surviving what can be a rather stressful time of year.
Torridge House Farm Cottages sounds perfect for families: plenty of space, an outdoor swimming pool, affordable accommodation to suit families both large and small plus a host of great attractions close by.
Last month’s Family Friendly Stays was rather a quiet affair, but it’s all about quality not quantity isn’t it…? Catherine from Cultural Wednesdays linked her review of the Ice Hotel in Sweden, while Annette from Four Acorns whisked us away to a lighthouse in Ireland and Angharad from Mama Travels Earth shared her review of a very lovely looking ski chalet in France.
What is Family Friendly Stays?
Do you think holiday accommodation is an integral part of your travelling experience rather than just a place to sleep? 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. Did you discover a great little hotel somewhere in France which is perfect for an overnight stay en-route to your destination? Or perhaps 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.