We recently headed to Cornwall for a much needed family holiday. Regular readers will know that I've been hankering to visit Cornwall for months, I'd read such tempting articles on blogs, seen many stunning images of the Cornish coast, I needed some of that in my own life!
I was asked by Bosinver Farm Cottages if my family would like a complimentary stay in return for a review of our time staying in one of their cottages. So yes, this is a review of a stay that we didn't pay for, however I can assure you that my review is 100% honest and unbiased.
Bosinver Farm Cottages offer luxury self-catering holidays in Cornwall located near to St Austell and Mevagissey, tucked away in a valley. There's 20 child-friendly cottages to choose from on Bosinver's 30-acre farm which gives the place the feel of being a cozy Cornish village at times. The site is laid out so that each cottage is close to all on-site activities and facilities and yet feels totally private - when we were at the cottage we felt we were miles away from anyone.
The best way to start to think about Bosinver, is as a complete experience and as such is incomparable to anywhere else. There's different elements that make Bosinver the success it is...
Each cottage is unique, the decor has been chosen with care and love to look beautiful and cries luxury and on a practical level contains all the equipment you need for a relaxing holiday.
We stayed in Buddleia - you can see details and photos of all the Bosinver Cottages on their website here. It was welcoming and spotless, with a table laid out for tea, a vase of pretty hydrangea blooms (picked from outside the cottage - zero flower miles at Bosinver Pat tells me!) and a fresh cream cake to welcome us in the fridge that was much welcomed by all of us.
The cottage was a very comfortable size for the 4 of use and there was plenty of room so that when we returned from a long days exploring there was room for us to take ourselves off to a different corner to chill out.
Outside the cottage there was room for the kids to run about and play and a nice patio area with outdoor table and chairs for dining alfresco.
Everything in the cottages has been carefully handpicked by Pat with the aim of being completely child-friendly - so parents can relax without having to worry about breakages and children can stay safe. The decor, bedding, curtains, blinds etc were of a high quality, in fact it was nicer than at home - and I've stayed in enough self-catering cottages over the years to know that that is not the norm, it's of a high standard.
Below you can see some images from the cottage we stayed in, Buddleia (taken on my iphone so excuse the quality).
Bits to Borrow
There are additional resources available onsite at Bosinver for days out - such as a selection of wellies, umbrellas, buckets and spades, body boards, nets for rock pooling, tennis rackets, ball, kites and more.
This is a brilliant touch, I don't know about you but we are always having to buy bits and bobs like buckets and spades when we go away. Even if you are uber-organised and have these things at home, it frees up valuable packing space!
There's also a huge DVD library onsite, located in the Laundry area (no. 4 on the Bosinver map), just pop in a grab a film to watch in your cottage.
Below, you see my husband, Al and my daughter, Kitty enjoying using the rock-pooling nets borrowed from Bosinver at Porthpean Beach one afternoon. The extras you can borrow during your stay, at no additional cost, really do make having special quality moments like this with your children effortless.
Facilities and activities
We loved the fact that on-site activities and facilities are included in the price (no additional costs is always good!) They include:
- New solar heated indoor swimming pool
- Play Barn - caters for under 8's. And there's a running machine, cross-trainer and exercse bike in there too so you can keep fit while the kids play if you so wish, which I did a couple of times (burning off the excess of scones and clotted cream that I consumed!)
- Games room with table tennis, table football, pool and darts,
- Outdoor play equipment
- Zip wire and huge tunnel slide
- Daily animal feeding sessions and egg-collecting with Farmer Dave
- Pony rides
- Wild Kids sessions
- Family adventure trails
- Tennis courts
This might sound a bit overly-sentimental but it's quite obvious that a lot of love and care goes into Bosinver Farm Cottages from the owners Pat and Dave. There's another element to the place though, one you will discover if you stop to chat with Pat and that's her passion for making sure that children who visit make happy memories to remember for years to come. Keep an eye out for my 'Why children will LOVE staying at Bosinver Farm Cottages' post that's coming this week - it will show you how your child(ren) will benefit from a family holiday at Bosinver.
Some practical info
Internet access and WIFI is available in all the cottages and there's a PC and printer that guest can use if needed, located in the Internet room next to Reception.
Food - fresh eggs are available to purchase from reception as are high quality chef-prepared frozen meals, more here: bosinver.co.uk/frozenmeals. You can also pre-order groceries ahead of your stay to save space in the car (and to try out some locally sourced produce), more info here: bosinver.co.uk/order-groceries.There are some local takeaways who deliver to Bosinver - we indulged one night and can thoroughly recommend Spice Indian Cuisine, Porthpean Road, St Austell.
Some of Bosinver Farm Cottages are dog friendly - check bosinver.co.uk for more details.
There's loads to do locally and across Cornwall, for inspiration and a flavour check out the Bosinver blog and What's on Cornwall for more information on days out - and of course my Cornwall section where I'll be sharing where we went and what we did soon.
If you enjoy a bargain or are a spontaneous type then do take a look at Bosinver's Special offers page here: bosinver.co.uk/special-offers
We loved visiting Cornwall in Autumn - don't be decieved by the cooler weather, there is still plenty to do. We want to return in Spring and needless to say that we'll be booking with (and paying for) Bosinver Farm Cottages then! A huge thanks to Pat and Dave for such a warm welcome, relaxing break and quality family time.