Great value baby-friendly escapes
Fancy a peaceful holiday in the South West with your pre-school tots and have the flexibility to avoid the Jubilee weekend and summer school holiday rush?
During the quieter window in June, there’s greater availability and good value on many of Classic Cottages’ 700 coastal and country properties across Cornwall, Dorset, Devon and Somerset, including baby-friendly retreats that feature cots, highchairs, stair-gates, baby baths, changing mats and socket covers as standard.
And it’s a perfect time to explore the South West. Temperatures are warming up, the skies are lighter (especially on the ‘longest day of the year’ – the Summer Solstice on 21 June!) and the region’s array of spectacular gardens are in full bloom.
Here is a selection of baby-friendly properties available during this time:
Wazwatt’s Cottage (sleeps six) is nestled in the heart of the dreamy Dorset countryside in the village of Hazelbury Bryan. Relax in the enclosed garden of this peaceful retreat and take a dip in its outdoor heated pool. Be sure to pick up local produce at The Red Barn village shop to enjoy as a picnic on nearby Bulbarrow Hill – it’s the highest point in Dorset and offers the most divine views. A week’s stay arriving 8 June costs £118 pp (£705 total).
Little Crugsillick (sleeps four) lies down a quiet lane close to the village of Veryan on Cornwall’s south coast. Part of a complex of three stone-built cottages, guests can unwind on their own private patio or on the beautiful sandy beaches at Pendower and Carne, less than a mile away. Some of Cornwall’s best gardens are in the area too, including Trelissick, The Lost Gardens of Heligan and the Eden Project. A week’s stay arriving 8 June costs £109 pp (£437 total).
Froglands (sleeps eight) is set near the pretty village of Lerryn on Cornwall’s south coast. This grand home-from-home is surrounded by eight acres of garden, meadow and orchard. Spot kingfishers, badgers and deer from the picnic table by the stream and follow the riverside footpath into Lerryn for lunch at the pub. Fantastic sites nearby include the sailing town of Fowey, the ancient stannary town of Lostwithiel and the Eden Project. A week’s stay arriving 8 June costs £91 pp (£727 total).
Coombe Barn (sleeps six) is found on Kingscombe Farm, a working farm on the edge of the Tamar Valley in Cornwall. If guests can pull themselves away from the indoor heated swimming pool, games room and outdoor play area, this spacious cottage is ideal for exploring the north and south coasts, the moors and the many local sights. A week’s stay arriving 9 June costs £117 pp (£701 total).
Garris Cottage (sleeps three) is set near two of Cornwall’s must-see sites - St Ives and Marazion in the far west. You can even spot St Michael’s Mount from the cottage’s large enclosed rear garden. The beaches in this area have to be seen to be believed. Tropical-looking seas, white sand and oodles of rock pools await discovery. A week’s stay arriving 16 June costs £163 pp (£489 total).
Bramley Parc (sleeps seven) is located in the moorland village of St Breward on Cornwall’s north coast. Its garden and patio overlook open countryside - a lovely place for a barbecue or stargazing as there is virtually no light pollution. Set off on exhilarating walks across the moorland, including Bodmin Moor and the Camel Trail from East Rose, or head to nearby Blisland Inn for traditional pub grub and a fantastic selection of real ales. A week’s stay arriving 15 June costs £94 pp (£657 total).
For more information or to book one of Classic Cottages’ properties, visit classic.co.uk.
To help plan your visit to the South West, with plenty of ideas of places to go and things to do suggested by Classic’s local experts, visit classicguide.co.uk.