Hayley with Isabelle, 3, and Olivia, The geese are getting fat Isabelle takes a tentative dip Happy Christmas!
A great way to gain courage on the ice - take a penguin friend! What's under the Christmas tree? A wintery Padstow harbour Cheers! The Wonderland is open at Retallack from the 5 November to the 31 January Hayley gives us the lowdown on their Cornish Christmas adventure The Resort Just as we got to the stage of our first daughter walking and the possibility of a holiday seeming more achievable, we had our second child.
We decided that although hard work, we should be able to holiday with two well behaved little girls. Perfect timing too, as the on site Winter Wonderland has recently opened for the season.
Our luxurious self-catering lodge was easy to find - meaning no arguments in the car. The resort is made up of approximately 60 large wooden lodges, three sets of apartments situated on the waters edge and a central leisure and reception complex, all very spaced out and private. The complex is built on a gentle slope with a number of small lakes at the bottom, making for a lovely and relaxed country setting. The reception and leisure complex has a restaurant, leisure facilities, reception and a great lounge area.
We checked in at reception, with very friendly faces offering help with anything that might be needed. They provided a map so we could drive straight round to our allocated lodge and park right outside. Very convenient with two little children in the back, raring to go. There was generous space for at least two cars parked right outside the front door.
A number of the lodges are specifically tailored to families with many essential items provided for you by the resort to save you taking your own. These included sterilisers, baby baths, steps, baby monitors, travel cots, change mats and stair gates. Once the car was unpacked our month-old, Olivia, was investigating.
No room or cupboard was left untouched, so it was a good job the lodge was child-safe. Our 3-year-old, Isabelle, was far more interested in watching Peppa Pig on the DVD player in one of the lodges two living rooms. I instantly felt very at home, comfortable and settled which, being a mother of two young children, is no mean feat.
No room or cupboard was left untouched, so it was a good job the lodge was child-safe. The cheap cloths are available in bulk and you can hand or machine wash them easily. This new exhibition will focus on personal accounts and key objects at the Submarine Museum, which will explore the history of the British nuclear at sea deterrent.
It gave us the opportunity for us to take Isabelle ice skating, something I had not done for years and something our daughter was only aware of from Peppa Pig - an opportunity not to be missed. We booked a session and donned our skating boots. Isabelle was a little unsure but with my encouragement and some very helpful 3ft weighted Penguins on the ice, she did it!
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And it was a fantastic, magical experience. While we skated, my husband and Olivia enjoyed the 17ft sparkling Christmas tree, animated deer, Christmas scenes and yet more penguins, all while enjoying Bratwurst hot dogs and cappuccino from the bar. Imagine a simulated surfing wave that never stops. You can body board, do tricks and when confident enough, stand up and surf.
A great activity in all weathers and best suited to ages 10 upwards. If your pace is a little more relaxed then you will enjoy using the leisure and spa facilities. The indoor pool is a must; light, very warm and inviting with a small shallow children's area and both of our girls loved it. I managed to book a spa session for a massage, which was a lovely treat. A little disappointing to hear the noise from the family changing room next door, but a lovely hour's break none the less. For the little ones, the outdoor play park was superb with a soft floor, children's swing, 'big girls' swings as Isabelle calls them , a pirate ship with slide and climbing wall pieces, a separate climbing frame with monkey rings and the usual space to run around.
Although, we couldn't find a way down to the soft play with the buggy, so we had to resort to carrying it down a flight of steps. What we ate While this is a self-catering resort, there is a restaurant on site; The Green Room.
Chef James Nathan was the winner of Masterchef The atmosphere in the restaurant was suitably grown up yet relaxed, and the staff were very welcoming and relaxed with our children - even when Olivia kept dropping cutlery and books to see how many times she could get someone to pick them up Isabelle had spaghetti bolognaise from the children's menu and we've not seen her eat so much from one plate in a long time.
It was delicious, fresh and well cooked. One evening, my husband drove two miles into St. Columb Major village for a takeaway where he found Chinese, Indian, a fish and chip shop and a Co-Op supermarket.
Further afield is Padstow with numerous restaurants including the famous Rick Stein outlets. On the nights we cooked at the lodge, I relaxed in the hot-tub in the dark while my husband prepared a three-course meal at the same time as listening to the baby monitor. This demonstrates years of training, but remember, he did also have control of the TV remote.
Further afield is Newquay with it's famous surfing beaches and the city of Truro for all the retail therapy you may need. Why we would go back We didn't have time to experience the golf, tennis or electric skateboarding. The location provides great access to the whole of Cornwall. We found it very relaxing, even with the little ones with us. It felt more luxurious and up market than Centre Parcs and, in our opinion, was better value.
It is a lovely environment for children, with things to do on site. You can easily walk from all the lodges to the activity areas.
The facilities in the lodge were child friendly and the comfort levels were very high. Essential information For the latest prices, visit Tots To Travel. If readers book properties at the resort through Tots To Travel there is no additional charge compared to booking direct and there are additional child-friendly benefits.
The Eden holiday houses sleep up to eight people. Sumptuous interiors, state of the art kitchens, beautiful views and private terrace with a hot tub. Winter Wonderland Opening times 3pm-8pm Monday-Thursday. Penguin aids are also available for children on a first-come-first-served basis General Admission: Photography provided by the Burden family.
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