My husband and I like to go away with Ed but we have a personal irritation when in the vicinity of loud children (and often their louder parents!)
Despite being a teacher and blogger, I think I’m an introvert at heart and love the peace and quiet of a break without hearing people, ‘loudly ignoring’ others. I also dislike being surrounded by families on their laptops and smartphones. (she says while typing away…)
Hotels can often be too noisy. We experienced this recently when we stayed at a well-known Cornish Hotel and felt that kids were being catered for to the detriment of adults. See earlier blog post: ‘Dear Hotels, when did kids become so important?’
I’m not against lively resorts that are full of children. I was brought up going to Butlins and camping in Cornwall. I just don’t like paying a lot of money for that kind of holiday. We are going on an all-inclusive to Majorca soon but we’re not paying over the odds.
It’s just that, when we want the odd weekend away with Ed, we want something a bit special and quieter. I think it’s a difficult balance with kids, but I would rather go to a cheap and cheerful place if I’m surrounded by kids and then pay extra for a special weekend/short break in a quieter B&B or farm stay.
So, I’ve put together a list of places to stay. There is a mixed range of prices depending on the season. Some are tried and tested and others I have been assured are ‘quieter’ and we may therefore visit one day!
1) Syon House Hotel, Budleigh Salterton, Devon
More like a B&B near to kid-friendly attractions and beaches including the wonderful Lyme Regis. A big pink house in the middle of huge gardens where you can pick the fruit in season. Wonderful communal breakfasts where you might get to meet the dogs.
2) Higher Lank Farm, Bodmin, Cornwall
A proper working farm where children can meet and feed animals and play in the farm-themed playgrounds. The owner started her business as she was always searching for quiet to enjoy time as a family. You can stay in a self-catered cottage or in the farmhouse.
3) Ty’r Chanter, Crickhowell, Wales
Ty’r Chanter Bed and Breakfast near Crickhowell, is a family home of four boys, four dogs and a menagerie of other animals. Ty’r Chanter B&B is situated near the lovely market town of Crickhowell, overlooking the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains.
4) Camden Yurts, Cotswolds
Two comfortable 18-ft yurts, each with a private bathroom. They have double beds and cooking facilities and are surrounded by countryside and picturesque villages.
5) Eco Chic Cottages, Cotswolds
Chestnuts and Culls luxury Cottages are both in really quiet rural Cotswold villages – Shilton and Southrop respectively, just south of Burford. Near to family attractions such as the Cotswold wildlife park and crocodiles of the world. Cottages have toys, games and DVDs and Wifi.
6) Come to Good Farm, Truro, Cornwall
A farm where children can enjoy the hands-on approach: collecting eggs, feeding the chickens and ducks in the mornings. Close to lovely walks to the local beach where you can hire boats and kayaks. There are other walks to Point where there is a great spot for crabbing and also to the local pub – the Punch Bowl and Ladle.
7) Bosinver Farm Cottages, Nr St Austell, Cornwall
20 individual detached self-catering cottages that are set in 30 acres of peaceful farm and woodland in a sheltered valley near the coast. Here, children can play freely, couples and families can relax together and nature is truly on the doorstep.www.bosinver.co.uk/
8) Kates Farm B&B, Axminster, Devon
Set in over 95 acres of Devon Hills and three miles from the sea. The-400-year old farmhouse welcomes children and dogs! (find the secret toy room!) Able to explore the Jurassic coast.
9) Nantgwynfaen Organic Farm, Ceredigion, West Wales
Down a quiet track, this B&B, self-catering and campsite welcome families. They are even starting up ‘quiet camping’ this summer! Visitors are welcome to explore the farm, orchards, streams, amazing hedgerows and wildlife.
10) Millpool Lodge, Bodmin, Cornwall
A self-catering lodge is an annexe to the main house which is nestled in a wooded sheltered valley with 3.5 acres of beautiful gardens. There is a wood, stream and playhouse. Beaches and the lovely town of Fowey nearby.