The winner of our holiday competition with Classic Cottages and JojoMamanBebe tells us all about her fab baby-friendly holiday in Winnie's Cottage (1822)
Winnie's is one of our collection of extra baby-friendly properties, that have a checklist of paraphernalia such as high chairs, baby baths and socket covers to make your holiday with the little one that little bit easier.
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Arriving on a sunny Friday evening, we were greeted by the lovely Maria who owns the cottage and lives on the farm with her family. She gave us a warm welcome and showed us around the cottage, where we instantly spotted the delicious cream tea that had been left for us, as well as the little playroom full of toys and colouring pens for hours of toddler entertainment (phew!).
And it got better. Just outside our back door was a chicken run complete with a hutch full of chirping little chicks. Beyond that was a paddock with horses, and an adjacent communal garden complete with a huge trampoline and a swing ball set for extra hours of fun.
After waking up to the roosters, and saying a quick hello to the other animals, we were off to find the beach. Spoilt for choice, we started off at the closest in St Agnes, a quaint little town with a sharp decent to the sand that takes you past a vintage ice-cream van, taken straight from the 50s. The wide beach is perfect for exploring, with lots of rock pools to hunt for sea treasure in when the tide is out.
As we soon found, stunning beaches are ten-a-penny in this part of the world, and one of our favourite days was spent on the huge beach at Perranporth. Our daughter loved the estuary that ran down towards the sea, and there were lots of little shops and restaurants to potter around - not to mention the homemade ice creams at Pavilion Ice.
We also had a very pleasant (read: flat, picturesque and safe) bike ride along the old tram lines all the way to Porthtowan. It took us about 30 minutes through country lanes and we were rewarded with a wide, sheltered beach, another little stream for our daughter to splash about in, as well as a cute little shack that served fresh food that we ate on the beach. Perfect.
That's just a snippet of what we got up to, but I can also recommend Dairyland nearby with plenty of animals for the kids to feed and pat, educational sessions, as well as pony and tractor rides.
Winnie's Cottage itself is very modern and perfectly equipped, with more toddler cutlery than we had at home and even a blender for weaning babies. The kitchen is so well-equipped, that you can cook whatever you like and the views out over the paddocks really help the relaxation kick in.
In all, we had a wonderful holiday and the best bit was that it was so easy because everything was so well thought out. Hang on, maybe the best bit was the beach, or the local cheese, wine and ice cream we bought from the farm shop at the end of the road…you get the picture.